Heroes of the Storm brings forth characters from Blizzard’s games and players will have a new way to measure their skills soon. In a media event that took place in Newport Beach, California earlier this week, Blizzard Entertainment announced that they will be getting rid of the old Ranked Play system in its popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) title. At the time of writing, the game has a ladder system in which players test out their skills in hopes of ascending the ranks. They will start from Rank 50 and it will max out at the top with Rank 1. You will have to play in ranked matches against other players that are within the same skill level as you. However, starting on the 14th of June in North America (which will roll out in other regions throughout that same week), the developer will replace it with League Tiers and Divisions.
Heroes of the Storm Replaces Ranked Matches With League Tiers and Divisions
For the League Tiers in Heroes of the Storm, it will group players into specific categories which are Bronze (the very bottom), Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, and finally Grand Master. The divisions will represent a player’s progress within those tiers. For instance, if you’re within the Bronze 1 Tier, you would, for example, land to Silver 5 for your next promotion. Furthermore, Silver 1 players who get promoted will be able to reach Gold 5 status when they move up a rank, and so on.
During a presentation, Blizzard Entertainment’s Heroes of the Storm senior systems designer Travis McGeathy stated that most of the ranked players will “fall into the gold and silver range.” The developer is confident that the addition of these changes will be able to let players reflect their skills more accurately than with their old ranking system. It would also allow players to be incentivized so that they are able to keep on aiming for higher ranks.
Along with the new League Tier system and Divisions, Heroes of the Storm will also get two new Warcraft heroes to join the fray. These are Chromie and Medivh. The former is a World of Warcraft character and will be available for use starting on the 17th of May. Medivh, who appeared in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos as well as in World of Warcraft, will arrive at the same time as the new Ranked Play system.