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Ladder seasons organize division tournaments.

Seasons are periodically locked before a new season begins. Players can still move up and down within a division but cannot jump from one league to another, and bonus points will no longer accumulate. However, their "hidden" rating will still be able to change (which affects the AMM and can result in a league jump in the new season). Season milestone rewards will be locked in at this time, and bonus pools will start over. Hidden skill ratings used for matchmaking and league placement will carry over from the previous season. Players will need to play a single placement match in the new season.[1][2]

A player's career page lists their placement in previous seasons.[3]

As of season 7, Blizzard has "relaxed" the AMM requirements, causing players to face opponents of somewhat higher and somewhat lower skill levels.[4]

As of September 2012, seasons are named with a year as well as a number. For instance, season 8 is referred to as 2012 season 3.[5]

Timeline[]

2010 Season 1 (named Season 1 at the time) was locked on March 22, 2011 and 2011 Season 1 began March 29 of that year.[2]

2011 Season 1 (named Season 2 at the time) was locked on July 5th, 2011.[1] 2012 Season 2 started Tuesday, July 26, 2011.[6]

2011 Season 2 (named Season 3 at the time) was locked on October 10th,[7] and 2012 Season 3 started October 25th.[8]

2011 Season 3 (named Season 4 at the time) was locked on December 13, 2011[9] and season 5 started December 20, 2011.[10][11]

2011 Season 4 (named Season 5 at the time) was locked February 20th, 2012, and 2012 Season 1 opened Thursday, February 20th, 2012.

2012 Season 1 (named Season 6 at the time) was locked on February 7, 2012[12] and season 6 began February 14, 2012.[13]

2012 Season 2 (named Season 7 at the time) began on April 10, 2012[14] and locked Tuesday, June 5, 2012.[15]

2012 Season 3 (called Season 8 at the time) started on June 12th, 2012.[16] The grandmaster league would start one week later.[17] As of October 2011, each season will now last for approximately two months, and Grandmaster league placement time will be reduced to one week (from two weeks) to account for the reduced season length.[7]

Season 8, now referred to as 2012 season 3, closed September 6, 2012. On September 11, 2012 season 4 starts, and a week later, the grandmaster league will open for it.[5]

2012 Season 4 was locked October 24th, 2012, and Season 5 opened Thursday, November 1st, 2012.[18]

2012 Season 5 was locked December 26th, 2012.[19] 2013 Season 1 opened January 3, 2013.[20]

2013 Season 1 was locked March 5th, 2013 and 2013 Season 2 opened March 11th, 2013.[21]

2013 Season 2 was locked April 23rd, 2013, and Season 3 opened May 1st, 2013.[22]

2013 Season 3 was locked June 4th, 2013, and Season 4 opened June 10th, 2013.[23]

2013 Season 4 was locked August 19th, 2013, and Season 5 opened August 26th, 2013.[24]

2013 Season 5 was locked on November 4th, 2013, and Season 6 opened November 11th, 2013.[25]

2013 Season 6 was locked on December 26th and 2014 Season 1 opened January 3rd, 2014.[26]

2014 Season 1 was locked on April 7th, 2014[27] and Season 2 opened April 14th.[28] and Season 2 began April 14th, 2014.

2014 Season 2 was locked on June 23rd, 2014, and Season 3 opened July 7th, 2014.[29]

2014 Season 3 was locked November 4th, 2014, and Season 4 opened November 10th, 2014.[30]

2014 Season 4 was locked January, 2015, and 2015 Season 1 opened January 12th, 2015.

2015 Season 1 was locked April 6th, 2015, and Season 2 opened April 13th, 2015.

2015 Season 2 was locked June 22nd, 2015, and Season 3 opened June 29th, 2015.

2015 Season 3 was locked November 3rd, 2015, and Season 4 opened November 10th, 2015.

2015 Season 4 was locked January 24th, 2016, and 2016 Season 1 opened January 31st, 2016.

2016 Season 1 was locked March 21st, 2016, and Season 2 opened March 28th, 2017.

2016 Season 2 was locked June 13th, 2016, and Season 3 opened June 20th, 2017.

2016 Season 3 was locked July 9th, 2016, and Season 4 opened July 12th, 2017.

2016 Season 4 was locked October 11th, 2016, and Season 5 opened October 18th, 2017.

2016 Season 5 was locked November, 15th 2016, and Season 6 opened November 22th, 2016.

2016 Season 6 was locked January 17th, 2016, and 2017 Season 1 opened January 24th, 2017.

2017 Season 1 was locked April 25th, 2017, and Season 2 opened May 2nd, 2017.

2017 Season 2 was locked June 2017, and closed July 18th, 2017.

2017 Season 3 opened July 19th, 2017, and closed October 18th, 2017.

2017 Season 4 opened October 19th, 2017, and closed January 22rd, 2017.

2018 Season 1 opened January 23rd, 2018, and closed May 16th, 2018.[31]

2018 Season 2 opened May 17th, 2018, and closed August 15th, 2018.[32]

2018 Season 3 opened August 14th, 2018, and closed November 19th, 2018.[33]

2018 Season 4 opened November 20, 2018, and closed January 21, 2019.[34]

2019 Season 1 opened January 22, 2019, and closed May 20, 2019.[35]

2019 Season 2 opened May 21, 2019, and closed August 20, 2019.[36]

2019 Season 3 opened August 21, 2019, and closed November 25, 2019.[37]

2019 Season 4 opened November 26, 2019, and closed March 9, 2020.[38]

2020 Season 1 opened March 10th, 2020, and closed June 8th, 2020.[39]

2020 Season 2 opened June 9th, 2020, and closed October 1, 2020.[40]

2020 Season 3 opened September 30th, 2020[41], and closed in January 26th, 2021.

2021 Season 1 opened January 26th, 2021, and it was supposed to be closed on April 05, 2021, but it was closed on April 06, 2021 with patch 5.0.7[42] due to the ESL championships that took place on the day.

2021 Season 2 opened April 05, 2021, and will close on July 19th, 2021.

Map Pools[]

2021[]

2021 Season 2

New maps are in bold.

  • 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4
    There are no new team maps this season. Maps of season 1, 2021 will be maintained for use.

Notes: With the patch 5.0.7[42], one new map for 1v1 and new team maps were made available but were not implemented in map pools. Are they: Bamboozle (1v1), Reclamation (Map 2) (2v2), Descent (3v3) and Lexiphanicism (4v4).

2021[]

2021 Season 1

There are no new maps this season. Maps of season 3, 2020 will be maintained for use.

2020[]

2020 Season 3

New maps are in bold.

2020 Season 2

New maps are in bold.

2020 Season 1

New maps are in bold.

2019[]

2019 Season 4

New maps are in bold and the return of old maps are in italic.

2019 Season 3

New maps are in bold.

2019 Season 2

New maps are in bold.

2019 Season 1

New maps are in bold.

2018[]

2018 Season 4

New maps are in bold.

2018 Season 3

New maps are in bold.

2018 Season 2

New maps are in bold.

2018 Season 1

New maps are in bold.

2017[]

2017 Season 4

New maps are in bold.

2017 Season 3

New maps are in bold. Initially Frost was supposed to be part of the 1v1 map pool, but this was changed to Catallena.[43]

2017 Season 2

New maps are in bold.

2017 Season 1

New maps are in bold.

2016[]

2016 Season 6

New maps are in bold

Team game maps remained unchanged from last season.

2016 Season 5

All maps remained unchanged from last season.

2016 Season 4

New maps are in bold.

2016 Season 3

New maps are in bold

Team game maps remained unchanged from last season.

2016 Season 2

New maps are in bold.

2016 Season 1

All maps remained unchanged from last season.

2015[]

2015 Season 4

FFA mode was removed this season. New maps are in bold.

Legacy of the Void Beta

The following maps were available in the Legacy of the Void beta. Only 1v1 maps were available.

2015 Season 3

New maps are in bold.

FFA maps remained unchanged from last season.

2015 Season 2

New maps are in bold.

Two of the winners of Teamliquid's 2015 map contest was be included in this season's map pool.[44]

2015 Season 1

New maps are in bold.

2014[]

2014 Season 4

New maps are in bold. The following map pool was generated by popular vote.

Team game and FFA maps remained unchanged from last season.

2014 Season 3

New maps are in bold.

2014 Season 2

New maps are in bold.

FFA maps remained unchanged from last season.

2014 Season 1

New maps are in bold.

3v3, 4v4 and FFA maps remained unchanged from last season.

2013[]

2013 Season 6

New maps are in bold.

2v2 maps remained unchanged from last season.

2013 Season 5

New maps are in bold.

3v3, 4v4, and FFA maps remained unchanged from last season.

2013 Season 4

New maps are in bold.

2v2, 3v3, and FFA maps remained unchanged from last season.

2013 Season 3

New maps are in bold.

3v3 and 4v4 remained unchanged from last season.

2013 Season 2

New maps are in bold.

Heart of the Swarm Beta Map Pool

New maps are in bold. Only 1v1 and 2v2 modes waere available in the Heart of the Swarm Beta.

2013 Season 1

New maps are in bold.

2v2, 4v4 and FFA remained unchanged from last season.

2012[]

2012 Season 5

All maps remained unchanged from last season.

2012 Season 4

For 2012 season 4, Blizzard changed Tal'darim Altar LE slightly, removing some of the destructible rocks. New maps are in bold.

2v2 and FFA maps remained unchanged from last season.

2012 Season 3

Blizzard experimented with a larger number of 1v1 maps, 8 in total. The maps were available June 8th, a week before the start of 2012 season 3. This is the last season referred to in numerical order, after this seasons would be referred to in a year/season combo.

New maps are in bold.

3v3, 4v4 and FFA maps remained unchanged from last season.

2012 Season 2

New maps are in bold.

2v2, 3v3, 4v4 and FFA maps remained unchanged from last season.

2012 Season 1

New maps are in bold.

2v2, 3v3, 4v4 and FFA maps remained unchanged from last season.

2011[]

2011 Season 4

New maps are in bold.

2v2, 3v3, 4v4 and FFA maps remained unchanged from last season.

2011 Season 3

New maps are in bold.

3v3, 4v4 and FFA maps remained unchanged from last season.

2011 Season 2

New maps are in bold.

2011 Season 1

New maps are in bold.

3v3, 4v4 and FFA maps remained unchanged from last season.

2010[]

2010 Season 1

New maps are in bold.

Wings of Liberty Beta

The following maps were available in the Wings of Liberty Beta.

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