After an April Fool’s Day filled with mild pranks from a few Overwatch League teams, the OWL airwaves took a turn for the serious on Tuesday, as teams announced a slew of trades and personnel changes in advance of Stage 2 of the 2019 season.
XL2 Academy, the Contenders team owned by the New York Excelsior, sent shockwaves through the Contenders scene on Saturday evening by parting ways with nearly half of their playoff roster.
Liam “Mangachu” Campbell, James “Cloneman16” D’Arcangelo, and Anthony “Goliath” Pietro all announced via Twitter that they were no longer part of XL2, and were looking for teams. Read more …
The worst-kept secret of the first Overwatch League offseason has finally been revealed.
The Vancouver Titans were unveiled as the seventh of the eight new OWL teams during Saturday’s Vancouver Canucks hockey game. The team is owned by Canucks Sports & Entertainment, and is co-managed in partnership with Canadian esports veterans Luminosity Gaming. The team’s blue and green color scheme echoes that of their sister NHL team and its AHL counterpart.
The fourth new contender in Overwatch League’s 2019 season was revealed on Thursday night as the Guangzhou Charge unveiled their team name and branding on Twitter.
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I will acknowledge that, on a surface level, it’s patently ridiculous to call them ‘underdogs’.
After all, Team USA’s 2018 starting roster for the Overwatch World Cup is the stuff of an opposing backline’s worst nightmares. They’ve got both proven performers and insane upcoming talent, with a wealth of high-pressure LAN experience from OWL’s grueling first season. With battle-tested supports, dominant DPS, and a tank line for which ‘godlike’ feels like damning with faint praise, calling them underdogs should be laughable.
Get ready to wipe that goose egg off the scoreboard. After months with a roster of three, the future of the Shanghai Dragons has been revealed.
Late Monday evening, after a dramatic lead-up, the team announced the signing of six new players going into Overwatch League Season 2.
Last week, the Overwatch League announced major changes to the league’s schedule for the 2019 season. With the introduction of eight new teams next year, adjustments to the schedule were inevitable. 40 games per team would have given us a staggering 400 OWL matches in the regular season alone. This may sound like a fantastic plan to viewers, especially during the offseason when many of us are starving for more high-level matches to watch, but it’s realistically untenable at best.
Thankfully, almost every one of the announced changes has the end result of ‘more Overwatch’. Taken together, they’re producing both more games and more opportunities for teams to excel in the postseason. Perhaps more importantly, they’re reducing the intense schedule that led to stress and illness for players in the 2018 season. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the changes, and just how different next season will (or won’t) be. Read more …
The first season of the Overwatch League has come to a close. The season has seen careers launched, champions crowned, and players honored for their hard work and contributions to the League. And on Sunday, the last formal accolade of the season was awarded—the Dennis Hawelka Award, going to Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangchod of the Dallas Fuel. Read more …