I'm already overwhelmed
When does Overwatch League season start? Not soon enough! Blizzard has set the opening date for February 14, 2019 and has also detailed a few important changes and additions to the league's structure.
For starters there are now 20 different teams in the Overwatch League. For the 2019 season fans will have quite a few new names to learn: Atlanta Reign, Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Paris Eternal, Toronto Defiant, Vancouver Titans and Washington Justice. Their logos help.
The coming season will unfold over four different "stages" as before, but the teams will play 28 matches in the regular season (down from 40) and games will take place Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week. In addition, there will be four matches per day (up from the last three season).
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There you have. 👀
This is your # OWL2019 opening week!
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– Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) December 6, 2018
You can find the entire 2019 season plan here if you are so inclined. Tickets are already available for the regular season matches held at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California. Otherwise, Twitch is good.
Another new component: home theater. Only three teams will host games in their hometowns (Dallas Fuel, Atlanta Reign, and LA Valiant), but the idea is clear to scale up in future seasons of the Overwatch League. Blizzard says that tickets for these "Homestand Weekends" will be detailed later.
The company also handles the Overwatch League games in a different way.
Eight teams will compete in each of the Stage Finals, "including the two divisional stages, along with the next six teams in the stage placement regardless of division." Extra events like All-Star Game "and other competitions" will take place between steps 2 and 3.
Please note that the six best teams are a post-season lock, "with the winner of the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Division. Two open-air games will be settled through a tournament tournament in August. The tournament will contain teams completed seventh through twelfth in the overall position, with the two top teams from this tournament moving on to the postseason. The tournament replaces the final at the end of the league's fourth and final leg. "
On the front page, the Overwatch League prize pool has sprung from 3 , 5 million dollars to 5 million dollars in 2019. The winner of each Stage Playoff will get $ 200K, and the season champion will take home $ 1.1 million.
A final note for players who like to show their support in the game: Overwatch League skins now come with "home" and "away" variants. They cost 100 league symbols per whole, and if you own any 2018 season leather, you get the alternative design used on your account at no extra charge.
I love playing and watching Overwatch so naturally I'm excited about next season. But it is kind of much. I can already tell that I have to choose and choose which teams and individual players I follow deeply, because there is no way I can keep tabs on everything that happens in this new Overwatch League.
2019 Schedule Revealed [Overwatch League]
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