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New Ranked Play Details Announced

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As we near the end of Season 3 it is time to look to the future of Ranked Play. The new Ranked Play Season will begin next week with the release of the Probius patch. The first change is that seasons will now be categorized by year so we won’t be talking about Ranked Play Season 23 five years from now. The new season will be called 2017 Season 1 and it is scheduled to run until the week of June 13. The format of Ranked Play will remain the same, with Hero League being solo queue only and Team League being for groups of 2, 3 or 5. According to the official Ranked Play announcement, which you can find here, the solo queue format of HL has been a huge success. Team League numbers have also risen with more people playing TL games than ever before. They do plan to continue

Season 3 of Ranked Play is fast approaching and there are some big changes coming with this new season. For starters, Hero League will now be solo queue only. No more duo queuing your way up the ladder. As a result, Team League is being changed to accommodate parties of 2, 3, and 5 players. At this point these changes are only being implemented on a trial basis for Season 3. They may or may not remain in effect for future seasons based on how they affect ranked play as a whole. They will also be making some changes to how players are disbursed throughout the different leagues in order to even out the Bell Curve a bit. At Blizzcon they mentioned that they felt too many players were ending up in Silver and they would like to see some of these players moved into Gold. They also play to reduce to


Setting Goals For Season 2

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Season 2 is fast approaching and players from around the Nexus are convinced that this will be the season when they finally claim their rightful place in the hierarchy of Ranked Play. Everyone is an optimist when it comes to what they think they can accomplish, but they often fail to plot out what steps they need to take to turn their nebulous hopes and dreams into reality. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a try hard pushing for Master, your results will improve if you take the time to set defined goals. This is how you turn what you hope to accomplish into what you plan to accomplish. There are countless books and articles out there that go in depth into goal setting. That is not what this article is about. If you would like to learn more about goal setting, by all means, seek out those other resources,


Season 2 Details Revealed

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Some might say it’s the end of an era. The first official season of Ranked Play is coming to a close soon, which means its time to start looking forward to Season 2. With that in mind, Blizzard recently released a post detailing what to expect in the upcoming season. Here is what you need to know: Season 2 will run the week of September 12th thru the week of December 12th. Just like Season 1, players will need to complete ten placement games in order to be ranked. Each player’s certainty level is also being loosen to allow players to more easily move up or down in Rank for their first few games. Players will once again earn unique portraits based on their highest Rank achieved in both Hero and Team League. Players who reach Platinum in Hero League or Bronze in Team League will be awarded with the Elemental


Season 1 Extended

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Good news! Blizzard announced earlier today that Season 1 is being extended and will now last until September 13th, as opposed to the week of August 23rd as previously scheduled. This gives players a couple more weeks to try and hit that next Tier, or for those not in Platinum or higher to complete their Team League Placements in order to earn the Elemental Lizard Mount. Going forward the target length for Seasons will be around three months. The announcement also contained a tease that they will be sharing even more improvements to the Ranked Play systems “very soon”. You can find the complete announcement from Blizzard simply by scrolling down.

The new Ranked Play changes have only been live for a few days, but I am already seeing lots of complaints from players about how they are still stuck in MMR Hell and the changes didn’t work. In fact, I have heard the complaints so often that it has motivated me to write about it because it simply isn’t true. The fact is that it is way too soon to judge whether or not the changes to Ranked Play are having the desired effect. While Blizzard may have enough data from the thousands of games played on the new patch to form some preliminary conclusions, individual players do not. Forming an opinion based on your own limited experience in conjunction with comments from a few like minded individuals is the definition of anecdotal evidence. Not only is it not supported by fact, but it fosters a negative mindset that isn’t

Today’s patch brings with it one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the history of Heroes of the Storm. Season One of Ranked Play has officially arrived! Not only is Preseason finally over, but Ranked Play itself has also received a dramatic overhaul. Ranks have been removed and replaced with League Tiers. Rather than working their way down from Rank 50 to Rank 1, players will progress thru a series of Leagues. There are seven Leagues in total, consisting of Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master and Grand Master. Each League is further broken up into five Divisions, such as Gold 5 or Gold 1. If you advance your way to the top of a League, you will have to win a Promotion Match to earn your way into the next highest League. Similarly, if you lose too many games you will have to win a Demotion Match to avoid


I have been having so much fun playing Team League recently! Now you might be thinking to yourself, “Who plays Team League?”. Maybe you have heard that the queue takes forever, or that it is impossible to find anyone to play with, or that everyone who plays Team League is a pro. Well times have changed. It is easier than ever to get into Team League and I have two good reasons for why you should be playing. Fun I play a lot of solo queue and I am just going to be honest, being a part of a full group of five players is simply a more enjoyable way to play. Win or lose, the added level of communication and coordination that goes along with a premade team adds a whole new dimension to the game. I’m not just talking about playing with friends either, I mean playing with


Rexxar Has Arrived!

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Let the hunt begin! Rexxar has arrived in the Nexus, and he has brought his loyal companion Misha along with him.  Not only is Rexxar the first ranged Warrior to be introduced into the game, but he is also our first Hunter (the best WoW class). While likely not as difficult as The Lost Vikings, the fact that Rexxar’s pet Misha will require some independent control should open up interesting game play options.  I think we will be amazed at some of the plays that high level players will pull off with this Hero, but I think we will also have more than a few face palm moments in Quick Match games.  Either way, it should be fun to watch. Rexxar is available for purchase thru the in game shop.  You can buy just the Hero for $9.99, or pick up the Frostlord Rexxar Bundle for $13.11, which includes the