In January, Blizzard announced that a form of hero bans was being added to Overwatch—but instead of letting players select who to leave out on a per-match basis, they’d be sidelined through “Hero Pools” selected by Blizzard on a weekly basis. A few months later, Blizzard decided Hero Pools weren’t working out quite as it had hoped, and dropped them from all matches with an average skill rating below Master.

Today it took an even bigger step by washing its hands of Hero Pools completely, outside of Overwatch League. Effective immediately, Hero Pools will be removed from Competitive Play, “with no tentative date for re-implementation.”

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