Just after the bloodbath of DreamHoN comes Lock Pick, the official competitive mode for HoN. This cutthroat mode takes the hero pool to the next level. Unlike the traditional pool, Lock Pick features a "Locked Hero Pool" of six heroes. Of the six, four must be picked in the end. Every action during the picking phase will be done by each team’s captain.
The order of actions each captain will take is as follows:
- Two blind bans. These function exactly as they do in Mid Wars
- "Lock" three Heroes. These six Heroes make up the "Locked Hero Pool" and are unbannable and picked at the conclusion of the Picking Phase
- Ban three Heroes
- Pick three Heroes
- Pick two Heroes from the "Locked Hero Pool". Your team is not limited to picking from the Heroes only your team "Locked", you can freely pick from any of the six. Two heroes from the "Locked Hero Pool" will remain unpicked
- Players may not Ready Up until all ten players have a Hero
- You may still Swap with teammates at any time
This new style of picking will create a unique battle lineup for every game. Some teams may decide to pick universal heros that they know they can dominate and others may pick heroes that throw a curveball into the game play.
Check out Lock Pick’s introduction video here: http://youtu.be/dnuAb_-SFAo
Last edited by Konran; 06-21-2012 at 08:16 PM.
It is interesting to say the least. It will be exciting to see how it plays out.
just watched the video. a little too complex for my liking. but prob wont play it much anyways
Seems like a great solution to the "all competitive games are the same" criticism. Nice work.
So you have to pick heroes from a "locked pool" that both teams have a hand in creating?
i'd be interested to see how this turns out.
Can someone please explain how can a person be retarded enough to think that it's "just like" Dota's Captain's mode? Or are they just trolling?
Either way, awesome new mode WOOOHOOO!
looks interesting,a lot more complex than the banning pick.
i liked it a lot.
It'll be fun to see heroes like damp, bloodhunter, rampage, blitz get put in the locked pool!
Ermm......good job S2. Question: Why took so long to introduce this?
seems bad because the player who picks could be retarded as hell and don't know what he is doing and picking scout and wildsoul for example..
Expected a balance patch or a mmr compresion/rework but this will also do it
This... could be very interesting. Can't wait to see how this pans out
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Hummmm im unsure about this.
There's SO MANY phases. For competitive may be a good option to give it a fresh air, but really for any other public will be a failure. Imagine playing in Matchmaking this mode. You are not blue, and blue gets to decide himself what the team will play and will ignore his allies onto their preferences. Then, after some disencouraging minutes waiting for the start, someome leaves/dc, or you get stomped bc team heroes don't match players expertises. Will you want to endure all those thousand pick phases again and be unsure if it will be worth it anyday? I don't think so.
Will be only something for a 5 man group. If it is, then it's fine. Still, very limited for public.
Last edited by SmashNess; 06-21-2012 at 09:02 PM.
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Looks interesting. Wonder how this turns out.
if this is 5man only, its good but for public it will suck...
also will s2 bribe competetive teams to use this? i think they will stick with good ol' banning pick. if this post gets removed i will consider that as a yes.
Last edited by Vinne; 06-21-2012 at 09:25 PM.