One of the biggest problems with esports in Overwatch is the lack of any way to ban heroes.With constant meta changes int he game, Overwatch is constantly evolving. A slight change to one character can shift the entire meta. We also had Mark Cuban commenting on the huge meta shifts coming from (Unikrn Investor)
All great points. Adaptability is important. Training best practices will continue to evolve in esports. Pubs have to do a better job of managing meta changes and patches. More growth and focus in amateur & high school to better develop players. Lots to be excited about in 2019.
— Nate Nanzer (@natenanzer) December 28, 2018
Patch updates bring about significant changes to the game. They can single-handedly alter the nature of the game. The changes to Brigitte definitely changed the way the game is played.
There are several Overwatch talents who feel that a hero ban [ or the concept with a different name ] can help the game immesnsely. This is what Flam3 had to say about the game.
The fundamental problem with OW is the fact that no matter what patch it is there will always be a combination of 6 heroes that is deemed 'broken' or 'optimal'
1 hero ban per team per map would open up so many different compositions and make the game so enjoyable to watch again.
— Matt Rodriguez (@flameirl) December 28, 2018
Matt “flame” Rodriguez is currently the General Manager of Houston Outlaws. He has a deep understanding of the game and the state of the current meta. The call for a hero ban system as well as a map ban system has been consistent in Overwatch esports. While Blizzard has made its stance clear on the map ban system; there are possibilities of a hero ban system.
We also have current Overwatch players making the call for such a system. Custa, formerly of Dallas Fuel and currently a player for Los Angeles Valiant feels that Blizzard should implement such a situation.
In the pro scene it would cause matchups of teams choosing to ban what is strong (ie dva right now) or what a team is strong at (ie jjonak on Zen). Counterplay and strategy is increased and metas can be limited
— Scott Kennedy (@Custa) December 28, 2018
However, is it worth it to implement a ban system in Overwatch? Will it tip the scales to one side over the other? RainBow Six Siege caster Parker Mackay does not feel it will affect the game in any negative way. In fact, it will only make the game more diverse and extremely exciting.
A lot of Overwatch players are talking about "Hero bans" where each team gets to ban a hero per match.
Rainbow 6 introduced Operator bans earlier this year and oh boy… The bans are excellent. It will improve your game while making matches more enjoyable and diverse. Do it.
— Parker Mackay (@INTERRO) December 28, 2018