17 Heroes of the Storm

17.1 Anti-Cheat

No additional anti-cheat is required for official matches.

 

17.2 Match Procedure

The higher seed will create the lobby. Matches are played as a Best of Three series in the preseason and regular season, Best of Five in the postseason.

 

17.2.1 Match Format

The lobby should be set up with the following settings:

  • Lobby Mode - Tournament Draft

  • Game Privacy - Normal

  • First Draft Team - See subrules of 17.2.2

 

17.2.2 Map Veto

17.2.2.1 Best of Three

The higher seed will have the choice of which team bans Battlegrounds first from the list of Battlegrounds in 17.2.3. Teams will then take turns banning maps until there are seven remaining. The team which banned first will then choose the first map, the team which banned second will choose the second map, and the team which banned first will choose the third map. The team which banned second will be the first draft team in games one and three, and the team which banned first will be the first draft team in game two.

 

17.2.2.2 Best of Five

The higher seed will have the choice of which team bans Battlegrounds first from the list of Battlegrounds in 17.2.3. Teams will then take turns banning maps until there are seven remaining. The team which banned first will then choose the first map, the team which banned second will choose the second map, and the team which banned first will choose the third map, the team which banned second will choose the fourth map, and the team which banned first will choose the fifth map. The team which banned second will be the first draft team in games one, three, and five, and the team which banned first will be the first draft team in games two and four.

 

17.2.3 Battlegrounds

The following Battlegrounds are permitted for play in official matches:

  • Battlefield of Eternity

  • Blackheart’s Bay

  • Braxis Holdout

  • Cursed Hollow

  • Dragon Shire

  • Garden of Terror

  • Hanamura

  • Haunted Mines

  • Infernal Shrines

  • Sky Temple

  • Tomb of the Spider Queen

  • Towers of Doom

  • Volskaya Foundry

  • Warhead Junction

 

Sandbox and Brawl-specific Battlegrounds are prohibited from play in official matches.

 

17.2.3 Hero Picking Process

All drafting will take place using the game’s in-game draft system. For reference the hero picking order is (with the team that is the first draft team acting as Team A and the other team acting as Team B):

  • Team A Bans 1 Hero

  • Team B Bans 1 Hero

  • Team A Picks 1 Hero

  • Team B Picks 2 Heroes

  • Team A Picks 2 Heroes

  • Team B Bans 1 Hero

  • Team A Bans 1 Hero

  • Team B Picks 2 Heroes

  • Team A Picks 2 Heroes

  • Team B Picks 1 Hero

 

17.4 Pausing

Teams are allowed a maximum of five minutes of pause time per game. Teams are prohibited from pausing during Hero vs. Hero combat. Immediately before/after pausing, the pausing team must state the reason for their pause. The team which called the pause will be the ones to unpause the game, but before they are able to unpause they must confirm that both teams are ready to resume play. If the pausing team is ready to unpause but the other team is not, pause time will be used from the team which is not ready.

 

17.5 Player Count

All teams must provide 5 players at the scheduled match time. Any team that fails to provide 5 players at the time of their match will receive a forfeit loss.