The Overwatch competitive scene has had mixed negative feelings about the current hero ban system (currently known as the hero pool system.) The hero pool system has gone through many iterations, passing entirely from random chance to a specially designed algorithm. taking into account the playing time of the heroes.
For the 4th anniversary of Overwatch, OGN did an anniversary showmatch that presented another alternative to the hero ban system currently in place, and fans are taking note.
The system used during this match allowed each team to choose heroes to be banned in turn: with 1 support, 1 tank and 2 DPS choices for 4 heroes banished in total. Unlike other similar proposed systems, this is not a mirrored ban, which allows for some interesting strategy dilemmas to take place. OGN Overwatch Showmatch Showcases Another Change To Hero Ban System – This Time Players Finally Get To Decide
The first two cards are played this way, and on the third card, each team can “protect” a hero effectively prohibiting one of the restricted heroes. After this point, each additional card sees another opportunity for each team to protect a hero. This is an important integrated security for this system, and prevents teams from being completely excluded from the hero they need to counter-choose and win matches.
If a team had initially banned Widowmaker for example, and then achieved elimination after elimination with their own sniper character, the opposing team would have the opportunity to protect Widowmaker and try to counter-snack for the rest of the matches . It won’t make up for the losses, but it will certainly make the next games more interesting to watch and give both sides a chance to fight.