Let’s get up to speed with first Paragon Round-Up Report.
On December 6th, Epic retired the old map, Legacy, in lieu of a much smaller map named Monolith. Along with the new map, Paragon itself had massive reworks and overhauls done to the entire structure, which are fully detailed in a previous article here. With the release of Monolith, Paragon saw the death of the tank meta and the rebirth of a pure damage meta. This has led to average game times dropping across the board overall.
Fast forward to February 28,2017. The damage meta is still prominent and is now coupled with a crowd control meta. This, accompanied with some ongoing issues, has led to many players feeling frustrated. Some of the largest issues currently plaguing Paragon are the state of towers and the massive limitations on the card system. Towers currently possess no true threat to heroes, which leads to tower diving being prominent. The current card system is extremely limiting in a few aspects. There is a limit of 40 cards per deck, which serves as your in-game item shop. With only 40 cards, having the ability to counter build as you could in League of Legends or DotA is severely gimped. In their 2017 Roadmap, Epic announced that they are working a new card system to revitalize the usage.
A major item discussed in the road-map is competitive play. Currently there is no true competitive mode in Paragon, aside from private custom matches. However, the community has been running competitive tournaments since April 2016, when the replay system was implemented into the game. Leading the way with this was Anothernotch and ShaneLynch, founders of Agora’s Rising, which was renamed to the Paragon Competitive League, or PCL. Recently, the PCL absorbed the members of the former Paragon Challenger Series, and now has an EU and NA side. The tournaments that are hosted by the PCL are entirely crowdfunded by the community and broadcasted on Twitch.
More details on the current state of the game will be shelled out in future Paragon Round-Up articles.
Paragon is once again set to receive a massive update and revamp to both heroes and cards in 4 weeks, with patch 38.3. Epic stated in the most recent patch, that 17 heroes and 22+ cards will be looked at and readjusted for this update.