Blizzard has halved the party size of players in Heroes of the Storm’s Hero League mode.
After player feedback and analysing metrics, the developer decided to cut down from four players in Hero League to those who queue alone or in pairs.
“When we look at the data for parties of three and four players in Hero League, we often see large skill gaps among party members,” explained Blizzard in a blog post.
“This is fine for players in a party of four, for example, who have agreed to queue together despite any differences in skill that may exist. However, the matchmaker needs to complete the team by pulling in a fifth player who queued up alone, and did not necessarily want to play with teammates of varying skill levels.
“This can also create situations in which party members will discuss strategy with each other, but don’t end up communicating the game plan to their fifth teammate. On the other end of the spectrum, solo players may disagree with the party’s decisions, or show unwillingness to help the team. This can result in a friction for both sides if communication doesn’t improve.”
The new restrictions will come in to place with the release of the next Heroes of the Storm update.