Game Modes

The Nexus offers multiple ways to duke it out in objective-driven, fast-paced team on team battles. Find the mode that best suits your style and carve your path to glory!

Unranked

Whether you want to learn the game or unwind in a more relaxed game with friends, these modes are for you.

Practice

Learn the ropes

The Nexus’ training mode pits you and four A.I. teammates against five easy A.I. heroes. Every practice match begins with a cinematic overview of the field and its objectives. This mode is a great way to learn the ropes of the game, just be aware that practice matches do not contribute to your daily quest progress.

Versus A.I.

Refine your skills

In this mode, you fight computer-controlled opponents of scalable difficulty alongside your friends, or with other players via the matchmaking system. If you prefer to go at it solo, you just need to check the A.I. Teammates’ box. Playing in this mode will net you some experience, gold, and daily quest progress.

Quick Match

Ready to rumble

Select the hero you’d like to play, dive into the Quick Match queue, and get ready for a taste of the fast-paced, highly-competitive action the Nexus has to offer. The matchmaking system will pit you against opponents of similar skill. Playing in this mode will net you daily quest progress, as well as bonus gold and experience.

Heroes Brawl

All Bets Are Off

Each week, Heroes Brawl presents you with a new set of crazy mutators that turn everything you thought you knew about the game on its head. From unique battlegrounds to crazy team composition rules to completely rewritten rules of engagement, you’ll never know what’s in store!

Ranked

The greatest challenge within the Nexus await in the game’s ranked play modes. Defeat your enemies and climb the ranks all the way to Grand Master; prove your worth in battle and earn unique season rewards. To learn all there is to know about how to gain rank and dominate people, visit the Ranked Play page.

Hero League

Battle solo – Must have access to 14 heroes at level 5 or higher (excluding Cho'gall)

Fight alongside (and against) the best of the best solo, or bring a friend in a party of two players and storm the Nexus together.

Team League

Build a team and fight for glory – Must have access to 14 heroes at level 5 or higher (excluding Cho'gall)

Team League is an edge-of-your-seat competitive experience where pre-made, persistent parties of five players clash in a struggle for dominance.

Custom Games

Set up a pre-arranged match where you get to pick the battleground, invite players, add A.I. opponents, teammates, and observers. Besides regular hero selection, this mode has a draft setting, where teams take turns picking heroes and no duplicates are allowed—just like in ranked games. Who gets to pick first can be decided by either a coin toss, or it can be selected manually by the match creator.

Rewards

To help you keep track of what rewards you get for each game mode, we’ve compiled this handy chart for you. Note that for each match you play, the XP you earned as a team during the match forms the base of your individual XP reward. Note that a Stimpack (available in the in-game shop) will double your experience gains and increase your gold income by 150%.

Gold Bonus

Mode Win Loss
Practice --- ---
Versus AI +10 ---
Quickmatch +30 +20
Ranked +30 +20

XP Bonus

Mode Mode Bonus
Practice ---
Versus AI ---
Quickmatch +50K
Ranked +50K
+50% XP Bonus for playing a match with friends