For a long time, as far as any player can remember, one of the most requested features was the ability to block maps from the map pool. It’s 2019 and after years of waiting, Wargaming is finally working on delivering the new feature with Update 1.5! Players will be able to block one map of their choice, at a time, and avoid it in the matchmaking queue.
How Will It Work?
When Update With the release of this feature, some new additional tweaks will also have been made to the Matchmaker. These will ensure players won’t get matched on their blocked map under any circumstances. The Excluded Maps feature will only be available for Standard Battles, and not for Assault. Encounter Battles and Grand Battles.
The feature will only work when playing Tier IV vehicles or higher and will be disabled for all three Grand Battles maps (Klondike, Nebelburg, and Hinterland).
Finally, if you wish to block a different map, you will have to wait at least 4 hours to pass since you banned the previous one, making the previous one available again to be matched in.
How Will This Feature Work for Platoons?
The feature will be available only to Platoon creators. The other Platoon members’ Excluded Maps will be overridden by the Platoon creator’s map list as long as they are part of that Platoon.
Of course, this is just the first iteration of a brand new feature, meaning it might change in the future, allowing players to block more maps and more. What do you think, is this a feature that you were highly anticipating or not? Could this be a good tool for Wargaming to learn which maps are most disliked and need rework/remove? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.