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Heroes CCL Season 3 - Format and Details!
Hello, CCL Fans and Friends!

As promised, it's time to reveal the plans we've put together for HeroesCCL Season 3. There's a lot of information to share, so we'll do a TL;DR breakdown up front with the details below for further clarification, including some notes from Commissioner Jules Scott.

If this is the first time you've heard about HeroesCCL, you can refer to this blog post for all the details and the format about Season 1 and this blog post about how Season 2 was structured.

Welcome to the CCL Season 3 Patch Notes!

Overview

HeroesCCL Season 3 is a 13-week long Heroes of the Storm league composed of Masters-plus players from any region.

HeroesCCL is owned and operated by Wisdom Gaming Group d/b/a Heroes Hearth and not affiliated with or administrated by Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. in any way.

The eight (8) Orgs from Season 2 will continue to be a part of CCL and those Orgs are selected by CCL Admin. Orgs are responsible for drafting their team, managing their rosters and paying Players their monthly stipend and prize money.

Summary of Changes in Season 3

(You can read up on the details of these changes after the summary.)
  • There will be no mandatory roster releases in Season 3. Teams will be permitted to release players or make 1-for-1 trades between Organizations from the end of Season 2 (July 24, 2021) to the roster lock deadline of September 16, 2021.

  • After the roster lock deadline, Orgs cannot pick up or sign new Players to their rosters until Draft Day on October 9, 2021. The teams will fill their open roster spots through a standard draft format with a closed Free Agent pool.

  • Free Agent Player applications open August 23, 2021 and close September 13, 2021. Applications will not re-open again during the season. You can find the Free Agent Application form here.

  • Exhibition Season 3 will have one optional Free Agent Open Tournament. Free Agents will be invited to form their own 5-person teams to compete in the Free Agent Tournament from players within the Free Agent Pool only. The Free Agent Tournament will be held October 1-3, 2021.

  • After the Free Agent Open Tournament has been played, Orgs will participate in the CCL Season 3 Draft on October 9, 2021. Each team will draft the open spots in their roster from Players who signed up as Free Agents. In Season 3, the Draft process will be shared via social media outlets and will not be broadcast live.

  • Player trades and transactions will be permitted from Week 2 of the regular season (November 1, 2021) through Week 6 (December 10, 2021). No trades or transactions will be permitted during Draft (including trades of draft pick spots).

  • CCL will be played on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 2pm ET/11am PT/8pm CET. (This is two hours earlier than in previous seasons.)

  • CCL’s Regular Season + Playoffs will run from October 30, 2021 through January 22, 2022.

The Details

Teams

Eight (8) Organizations (Orgs) were selected by HeroesCCL for the league.

Organizations in CCL Season 3:

30k
Chilly Mountain
Diamond Hands
Granit Gaming
Oxygen Esports
Simplicity
STORM Esports
WildHeart Esports

Roster Changes

There will not be a mandatory re-draft in Season 3.

Teams will be permitted to release players or make 1-for-1 trades between Organizations from the end of Season 2 (July 24, 2021) to the roster lock deadline of September 16, 2021.

After the roster lock deadline, Orgs cannot pick up or sign players to their rosters until Draft Day on October 9, 2021. The teams will fill their open roster spots through a standard draft format with a closed Free Agent pool. (See Draft section below for further details.)

All Players who are released from their rosters must sign up* for Free Agency again for Season 3 to be eligible to be re-drafted.

*Any Player who is released from a roster after the Free Agent Pool closes will be given the option of entering the Free Agent pool to be drafted by another Organization. This is the only exception for entry into the Free Agent pool after the deadline passes.
Commissioner's Note: We learned a lot during Season 2 and what was most important to the Players, Orgs and fans when it came to how rosters are built and maintained in CCL. One of the key findings in Season 2 is that there were no roster changes made outside of draft week, which indicated to us that the teams had really settled into their rosters. We made the call to not require roster releases for Season 3 to really see how the teams grow and progress with the Players they want to work with.

However, this doesn't mean that mandatory roster releases will be gone forever. As Jaycie "Gillyweed" Gluck and I spoke about in our Season 3 announcement video in July, our future plans include expansion of the league when the time is right. Expansion plans would likely lead to possible roster shuffles to ensure the best level of competitive integrity for all the teams, so we want to prepare you for that possibility down the road.
 
Free Agency

On August 23, 2021, HeroesCCL will open Player applications to the Season 3 Free Agent Pool. You can access the Free Agent Application here.  Anyone who signed up for Free Agency in Season 1 or 2 must sign up again in Season 3 if they wish to be eligible for the draft in Season 3. 

No member of an Org’s leadership team or administration staff that works directly with the CCL team will be permitted to compete in CCL as a Player at any time.

To enter into Free Agency a Player must achieve a Master Rank or higher at some point in Storm League 2021 Seasons 1 or 2 and submit a screenshot of this achievement in their Free Agent application. Free Agent applications will close on September 13, 2021 and will not reopen again during the season. Players from any region who meet the eligibility requirements may enter the Free Agent Pool. All games will be played on the North American Central server.

Exhibition Play

Once the Free Agent pool has closed, the eligible Free Agents will be invited to compete in one Free Agent Open Tournament run by CCL that will be held prior to Draft Day.
  • Free Agents will form their own 5-person teams to compete in the Free Agent Tournament from players within the Free Agent Pool only.

  • Free Agent Teams will be responsible for signing up and maintaining their rosters for the tournament

The Free Agent Tournament will be held October 1-3, 2021.

Players do not have to participate in any Free Agent Open Tournament to be drafted by an Org.
 
Commissioner's Note: We liked the changes we made in Season 2 to create the Free Agent Open Tournament system and we'll be continuing that process in Season 3. All games in the round of 8 and beyond will be broadcasted on our Twitch channel.

Draft

Draft pick order for Season 3 will be determined by the final placements of the Season 2 playoffs and grand finals. The draft will be a standard draft, ranked by lowest placement to highest placements.

The final placements in Season 2 were as follows:

#1 - Simplicity
#2 - STORM Esports
#3 - Chilly Mountain
#4 - 30k
#5 - Oxygen Esports
#6 - WildHeart Esports
#7 - Granit Gaming
#8 - Diamond Hands

Below is the draft pick order determined for Season 2 (if applicable):

Pick 1 - Diamond Hands
Pick 2 - Granit Gaming
Pick 3 - WildHeart Esports
Pick 4 - Oxygen Esports
Pick 5 - 30k
Pick 6 - Chilly Mountain
Pick 7 - STORM Esports
Pick 8 - Simplicity

The finalized draft order will be released after the roster lock deadline on September 16, 2021 and the number of open roster spots has been determined.

Once the draft has concluded, the Org has one week (7 days) to enter into an agreement with each player for the duration of the season.

No transactions or trades will be permitted during Draft or through Week 1 of the regular season. Orgs will not be permitted to trade draft pick spots or Players during Draft as they have in previous seasons.

If a Player refuses to sign with an Org that drafts them during the official Draft process, the Org will be required to select a new Player from the Free Agent Pool and sign them. The Org will lose one (1) Player Transaction for the season if a player refuses to sign after Draft.

Each Org will be allowed a total of three (3) transactions in CCL Season 3 that may be used during Weeks 2 and 6 of the CCL Group Stage (November 1, 2021 - December 10, 2021).
 
Commissioner's Note: We have simplified the draft process this season to make it more straightforward and streamlined. The draft will continue to have the excitement of "who will get selected by whom" but with fewer unknowns like the trading of draft spots on the fly.

On Draft Day, we will be sharing the draft results as they happen via our social media channels and website but will not be broadcasting it live this season. As much as we love the excitement of a live draft show, the uncertainty of how many roster spots will be open to fill makes it difficult to plan a full broadcast.

The community is invited to make those mock drafts, stream and talk about the Draft results as they're revealed on October 9th!


League Schedule

Season 3 Key Dates

Commissioner's Note: Some of our eagle-eyed fans may notice there is no Icebreaker Tournament listed in Season 3. Our parent company, Wisdom, has some scheduling conflicts that would require us to push back when we would like to start the season. However, although the Icebreaker Tournament provided a great way for teams to “break the ice,” it also sacrifices the “first look” at how teams match up that we would otherwise get in league play. Additionally, the tournament hasn’t ever landed the way we at HeroesCCL have wanted for the league. Rather than changing the tournament to fit our production calendar, we decided to use this opportunity to try a season without it and see how league play shapes up as a result. As always, let us know your feedback as we continue to build a league structure that feels great for all involved.


Map Pool

Each season, the Players of CCL vote for their top 9 map choices to help us create that season's map pool. In Season 3, we will survey the 48 rostered Players after the draft on October 9th.

We'll share the final map pool in a separate announcement after the survey results have been tallied.
 



It won't be too long and CCL will be back again!

In the meantime, Commissioner Jules Scott will be answering questions on an AMA on the Heroes Subreddit on Tuesday, August 24th at 2pm ET/11am PT/9pm CEST.

To stay as up to date as possible, here's where you should make sure to check often:

Socials:
Twitter
Discord


Thank you again for your continued support of HeroesCCL! We are so excited for this new season and the next stage of competitive Heroes of the Storm.

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