EDIT: The APL launch has been postponed until mid January 2016. Click here for more information.
The Australasian Player League, a solo sign up league that will be running for 10 weeks over the Summer, is now taking applications from eligible players in the Australian and New Zealand region.
Starting from 4 December, 2015, players who are accepted into the league will battle it out against each other, with the sole goal of finishing on top of the ladder. This is achieved by playing a mimimum of five games per week and increasing your MMR (This MMR is unique to the league and separate from your in-game rating).
In addition to the five matches per week that challengers will need to organise between themselves via the IXDL client, there will also be scheduled events happening throughout the season. These include Friday night and Saturday exhibition matches featuring the top 10 players for the week, as well as tournaments like the Top 30 mid-season APL tournament.
The season will come to its conclusion on 26 February 2016, with the top 10 APL Grand Final Tournament happening on 4 March, 2016.
Those wishing to participate in the Australasian Player League are required to meet a certain set of criteria in order to be accepted into the league:
- Must be a resident of Australia or New Zealand.
- Must have achieved at least Platinum status on the Hotslogs Leaderboards at the time of application or referral.
- Must have played at least 200 Hero League and/or Team League games within Heroes of the Storm.
- Must have at least three of every Hero Type (Assassin, Specialist, Support, and Warrior) unlocked and ready to play.
- Must have a TeamSpeak 3 account and must use during all APL game play.
- Must agree to the APL Code of Conduct and follow the Rules and Regulations of the League.
While these requirements may seem steep to some players, the organisers believe that this not only will this provide participants with the best competitive league play possible, but it will also provide highly skilled streams and VODs that will exhibit to an international audience the best of what the Australian and New Zealand Heroes of the Storm scene has to offer.