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HGC 2017 Battleground Pool and Map Selection Rules Announced

Heroes News by Justin “Fenix2424” Lee 04:00 PM on 11 Jan 2017

Blackheart's Bay, Garden of Terror and Haunted Mines won't see play at least until the Mid-Season Brawl. Plus, Blizzard finalizes the rules for battleground selection.

Official Announcement

Battleground Pool

Blizzard has decided on a 9 map pool for competitive play. For the upcoming phase of HGC 2017, the maps listed below will be the battleground pool. However, this map pool could change after the Mid-Season Brawl as maps may be rotated in or out of the pool.
 

  • Battlefield of Eternity
  • Braxis Holdout
  • Cursed Hollow
  • Dragon Shire
  • Infernal Shrines
  • Sky Temple
  • Tomb of the Spider Queen
  • Towers of Doom
  • Warhead Junction


The exclusion of Blackheart's Bay, Garden of Terror and Haunted Mines come as no surprise. Both Blackheart's Bay and Garden of Terror see very little competitive play, while Haunted Mines was recently reintroduced to hero league after being removed last year. Blizzard may still be looking to make some further adjustments and improvements to the map before rotating it into competitive play.

Battleground Selection Process

Before the match begins, one team will be elected ahead of time to go first in the banning process. After both teams have banned one map, the team that received the first ban will be able to choose the first battleground of the match, while the other team will receive first pick/ban in the draft. After each game, the loser will get the choice to either pick the next battleground or get first pick/ban in the draft.

Stay tuned for more information - HGC 2017 begins on January 20! Follow the action on the BlizzHeroes twitch channel.

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Justin “Fenix2424” Lee
I have played Heroes of the Storm for over a year now with over 3000 games played. Although this is the first MOBA that I have played, I have been playing strategy games for years and always loved the thinking/theory side of games as much if not more so than the actual gameplay.

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