Couple of hours ago, Blizzard president and cofounder Mike Morhaime had announced at this year’s BlizzCon that the three Lost Vikings will also be introduced to Heroes of the Storm along with the confirmation of Ranked Play.
You guys must be wondering how exactly was this going to play out. The game is a mix of characters from so many titles, would the Ranked Play also be a mash-up or would it be inclined towards a specific game out of them?
Well, it has elements of World of Warcraft and Starcraft but it is actually Hearthstone’s ranked mode that has influenced Heroes of the Storm.
As expected, drafting will be the corner stone of the whole competitive ranked mode where both sides pick their heroes; the place of battle is automatically selected and players are informed about it beforehand.
There will be no banning except in the case of special tournament matches.
In case you have a habit of leaving a game in the middle, you are in for a rude treatment because the game will label you a ‘leaver’ and you will battle against other ‘leavers’ like you until you manage to complete game consecutively.
You cannot choose duplicate heroes, and will start at level 50 to reach the rank one. There will be thresholds that will get you special bonuses on your way up.
You will get to choose between Hero League and Team League. In the former you play against anyone with the same skills if you are level 30 or above. In the latter you only get to play alongside a preset team of five. This requires a level 40!
So, what do you think of the new Ranked Play you are getting in Heroes of the Storm?