Overwatch Hero Pool to Feature Universal Bans Across All Competitions

Blizzard announced that the Overwatch League, Contenders and Competitive Play will have a universal Hero Pool.
Blizzard announced that the Overwatch League, Contenders and Competitive Play will have a universal Hero Pool. | Photo by Blizzard

Overwatch hero pool will move to a universal format starting April 13, Blizzard announced Thursday on the Overwatch League website.

"We are moving to a universal Hero Pool because it enables Overwatch League players to practice with available heroes in scrims and Competitive Play and allows the entire Overwatch community to get a consistent experience both playing and watching," Blizzard said in the announcement.

One tank, two damage and one support totaling four heroes will be banned each week moving forward.

Overwatch Hero Pool to Feature Universal Bans Across All Competitions

While some might be critical of hero pools as a system in its own right, this move was widely praised by the Overwatch community.

According to the announcement, the next Overwatch hero pool will be announced Sunday on Watchpoint following online Overwatch League matches. The hero pool will then go into effect on Monday. Subsequent hero pools will be announced on Watchpoint moving forward instead of in the client on Thursdays.

The current hero bans implemented Thurdsay remain the same, but they'll be cut short and revamped Monday. The current hero bans are:

  • Tank: Zarya
  • DPS: Symmetra and Pharah
  • Support: Lucio