Blizzard Entertainment has announced major changes to several game play systems including the much talked about 2-2-2 role lock. The game will move to a two support, two tank, two DPS ruleset in quick play, ranked mode and all esports leagues. Players will be able to queue up for each respective role in a different queue and will be given different Season Ratings based on their performance in each individual one. To alleviate potential issues arising from more players wanting to play DPS and therefore the queue times increasing in those roles, rewards will be offered to players playing the less populated roles. Competitive points to purchase golden weapons will be split evenly between the different queues and will still scale with the rank you achieve in each respective season.
The changes also contain a major hero update to Brigitte. The hero seemed out of place under the 2-2-2 role lock as she was mostly played as a third support in most compositions she saw playtime in.
• Healing amount increased from 100 to 130
• Self-healing from Inspire is now halved
• Now has 3 charges
• Healing amount changed from 150 to 120
• Now heals over 2 seconds instead of instantly
• If you throw multiple packs at the same person, the current duration will be extended by 2 seconds
• Out-going velocity increased from 60 to 80
• Retracting time reduced from 0.6 seconds to 0.3
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• Barrier health reduced from 500 to 200
• Stun duration reduced from 0.9 seconds to 0.75
• Ultimate cost increased 10%
Several other heroes have also received balances changes. You can find the hero patch notes here.
The top 500 leaderboard will also be split up into each respective role, but there will be an aggregate top 500 leaderboard for all three combined roles.
The changes are expected to be hitting live servers with the “Role Queue Beta Season” in patch 1.39. This season will be significantly shortened in length in comparison to regular seasons and will also take away two weeks from the currently running season 17. The patch is already available on PTR at the time of writing.
As always with bigger announcements, Blizzard put out a developer update with Game director Jeff Kaplan. An entire breakdown of the changes can be found here.