Overwatch Hero Pools Removed From Competitive Play

Overwatch Hero Pools were removed from Competitive Play effective immediately, according to an announcement by Molly Fender.
Overwatch Hero Pools were removed from Competitive Play effective immediately, according to an announcement by Molly Fender. / Photo by Blizzard

Overwatch Hero Pools were removed from Competitive Play effective immediately, according to an announcement by Overwatch Community Manager Molly Fender on Blizzard's general discussion forum.

Hero Pools essentially served as a ban list for heroes so that the meta changed constantly. Developers received backlash for the addition, even from coaches in the Overwatch League, including Houston Outlaws coach Chris "Dream" Myrick who called Hero Pools "the worst thing to ever happen to Overwatch," in a Twitter post from May 12.

Overwatch Hero Pools Removed

Now, though, Blizzard seems to have realized the error of its ways and removed Hero Pools from Competitive Play without a date for re-implementation. Fender explained the decision to add Hero Pools in the first place and the new decision to remove them in the forum post.

"We initially implemented Hero Pools to address issues with stagnating metas and to keep match-ups exciting and fresh," Fender said. "However, we’ve found that the introduction of Experimental Card and increased hero balance updates has helped us work towards a healthy, changing meta in Competitive Play without needing to disable heroes."

Overwatch will now use its Experimental Card to test nerfs and buffs to some of the heroes, and will use real-time feedback from players to decide what works and what doesn't. Additionally, rumors about an expanded use of Experimental Mode have been circulating around Twitter, so players should keep an eye out for that in the near future.

Players should also make sure to check out the Overwatch Anniversary event and see what rewards are available before the event ends.