The Overwatch League has finally received its first issue of disabled heroes in from the newly proposed Hero Pool system.

10:15, 02 Mar 2020

Pulling data from Week 3 and Week 4, the Overwatch League took any hero over 10% play rate and marked them as an eligible hero to be disabled. One tank hero, two DPS, and one support, each week will be disabled from professional play. Before closing out the show that Sunday, the analysis desk drew the hero randomly from the pool of eligible heroes. 

However, Hero Pools will not disable the same heroes two weeks in a row. So fret not Widowmaker or Reinhardt mains, your favorite characters won’t be gone from the pool for too long.

For Week 5 of the Overwatch League, Reinhardt, McCree, Widowmaker, and Moira will be disabled from professional play. 

OWL Hero Pools

After being announced through the most recent developer update, Hero Pools feature a weekly rotation of playable heroes to “[...] improve the quality of play, increased hero diversity, and strategy to matches. To reflect this overall change to the game, the Overwatch League is going to implement Hero Pools as well,” per official league channels

However, the Hero Pool system will not be used for the Mid-Season Tournament, the play-in tournament, and the end of season playoffs. 

Washington Justice’s second homestand during the weekend of March 7th will be the first time Hero Pools see professional use. This homestand features teams like the Toronto Defiant, the Florida Mayhem, the Paris Eternal, the Houston Outlaws, the Boston Uprising, the Philadelphia Fusion, the Atlanta Reign, and the New York Excelsior. 

As for Week 6, Week 4 and Week 5 will act as data sets and four new heroes will be drawn and be removed from the pool.


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