Heroes of the Storm further adjusts Hero League placement and ranking system

Heroes of the Storm updates its ranking and placement system.

Heroes of the Storm has updated its ranking system by implementing a placement system that requires gamers to complete 20 ranked games before being placed into the system. 

In order to improve the alignment between a player's rank and matchmaking rating (MMR), all players must complete 20 ranked games. However, players who have completed their placement matches and received a ranking in a previous season will not need to play 20 games when ranks are reset in future seasons. 

Veteran players will only need to play a couple of games to determine their rank and, when ranks reset, matchmaking rating (MMR) will remain unchanged. 

Initial placement into the new system will be determined by a player's MMR, plus or minus the rating received from the placement games. Due to possible rank inflation, players will be ranked conservatively. For those with low to mid rankings, their initial placement will be improved. 

Players will earn "bonus" MMR points for winning when their current rank is below their MMR. This will help players to quickly improve their rank ratings to where they belong. 

For those ranked 40 - 50 range, they will still not lose points when losing games before reaching rank 40. 

Bonus points will also be added back to the upper ranks so that those in the top five can more easily rank-up.

What do you think of the many changes to Heroes of the Storm?


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Published Aug. 31st 2015
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    The placement matches are cancerous as well, nobody knows what their doing or what they should play. Not only that, the toxicity is about equivalent to what I experience in League. Definately not interested in solo queue Hero League on HOTS.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I miss my 6 minute queues for good matches. They've dropped the match quality requirements or something because I get quick queues full of idiots now. They may have made match making a bit better for the middle of the run people but really messed up us top % players. They just throw us in against stacks to "level the mmr".

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