Overwatch League News

OWL’s First Official Cosplayer Ups the Ante For Season 2

It may be Halloween, but for the Houston Outlaws’ official cosplayer Jordyn McCoy, cosplaying is more than just dress up. It’s about rallying the community and supporting the Outlaws no matter where they are. It may seem like a dream come true to represent the Outlaws all around the nation – and it is, says McCoy – but it all started in Texas with a lot of hard work and dedication. McCoy is the first ever official contracted cosplayer in esports, a position the Outlaws created entirely for her when they saw her impact in the esports community back in Austin.

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To Treason, With Love: Supporting World Cup Teams Beyond Borders

Home is where the heart is. But what does it take to stray from your homeland and put your faith elsewhere? With Blizzcon approaching, I interviewed fans from across the globe who have broken with the idea that home means instant support: fans who are primarily supporting teams other than their home country in the Overwatch World Cup. I wanted to find out why. Treason, after all, is a crime punishable by jail time.

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Believe The Hype: Team USA, Young, Scrappy, and Hungry

(Note: To experience the full effect of this piece, your author humbly suggests that it be soundtracked with the Roots’ edition of ‘My Shot’ from the Hamilton Mixtape, available on YouTube and Spotify.)

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.

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Believe The Hype: China Number One

For the fifth article in our Believe The Hype series detailing teams going to Blizzcon, we’ve called in reinforcements. Broadcast.gg’s Ieuan “vowels” Hall, one of the English casters for Contenders China, is arguably Team China’s number one fan. In his guest column this week, he tells us why China should be feared – and why they’re number one. 

On the 1st of July this year, I was approached by MooshuBeef, head of Broadcast.gg, about working on the English broadcast of Contenders China Season 2. I knew nothing about the region, beyond the plight of the Shanghai Dragons and the fables of Miraculous Youngster, but thought it would be a great opportunity to develop personally as a caster, and to help bring more attention and respect to the region.

Over the course of the last 3 months, I have well and truly fallen in love with Chinese Overwatch, and am unapologetically cheering for their national team over my own at Blizzcon. I can’t guarantee I’ll convince you to do the same, but at the very least I’m hoping I can shed some light on why I’ve fallen head over heels in love with CNOW.

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Overwatch League Schedule Changes: What’s New, What’s Not

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 …

Believe The Hype: Team Australia, Underdogs Supreme

We only made it thanks to Sweden. Even though they failed to qualify, the Swedes took enough maps off Denmark to tighten the map differential. All Australia needed was one map off of China and we’d make it to Blizzcon, but if it went 4-0 to China the Danes would punch their ticket. It was a white-knuckle match, the first two maps going in favor of China. Half-time rolls around, and the Australian World Cup Discord was fermenting in a mix of panic and hype. Someone dropped in to call Australia a “meme team” before leaving again.

People were analysing every move, every glance, worried that the team wouldn’t shake off the nerves. But then they did – Australia took Temple of Anubis and the Discord lost its collective mind. “KOALA-FIED” was spammed, viewers rose their koalas (ヽʕ •ᴥ•ʔノ Raise your koalas ヽʕ •ᴥ•ʔノ) in celebration. A few people wouldn’t stop thanking Sweden for losing. There’s only around two hundred people in the Discord at any given time, but it’s their roaring passion sets them apart.

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