Heroes of the Storm Matchmaking Update Will Balance Battles Better

Update will take experience into account in addition to rank.

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Blizzard has detailed upcoming matchmaking changes for its free-to-play MOBA Heroes of the Storm. According to a post on the game's forum, many of these changes are being implemented in response to feedback from players.

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Blizzard community manager Trikslyr laid out the changes, which include "a couple of bug fixes to help the matchmaker identify players that are closer in skill." This should result in more evenly balanced matches.

The update will also increase the maximum waiting time in a matchmaking queue to ten minutes, on top of "other system improvements," though exactly what these are was not specified.

Looking further forward, Blizzard intends to implement changes to improve matchmaking performance at high skill levels, tweak the user experience, and make the necessary changes to match players based on experience as well as matchmaking rank.

On October 8, Blizzard released a Heroes of the Storm patch which introduced StarCraft medic Lt. Morales as a playable hero. Morales is a healing-type support character. She is capable of transporting her entire team across the map using her dropship.

Heroes of the Storm is one of many free-to-play MOBA games available now. For those trying to figure out which to spend their time and effort on, GameSpot has provided an overview of the difference between the most popular--League of Legends, Dota 2, Smite, and Heroes of the Storm. Take a look here.

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