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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 …

Rainee
Rainee's loves for both gaming and writing began in her childhood, mostly because they could both be done inside in the air conditioning. She is an alum of the University of Mississippi, recovering Junkrat one-trick, and chronic mom friend. Follow Rainee on Twitter!

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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Billy
Billy "Korjubzot" Walker is a journalism student with a newfound passion for esports, based in Queensland, Australia. He spends most of his time playing RPGs, competitive shooters and platformers, and he always thanks his healers.

Believe The Hype: South Korea, Return of The Kings

In some esports, there is a mindset that South Korean players are the best in the world. They are the most mechanically gifted, they are the smartest, and they come from the birthplace of esports as we know it today. The best of the best usually hail from South Korea, and Overwatch has not been an exception to the rule. With the South Korean talent that we have in Overwatch, they have built themselves quite the reputation since the birth of Overwatch as an esport.

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Eren
Kenobi has been gaming since he could hold a PS1 controller. Currently studying Game design, he's been in love with Overwatch since beta and loves writing and talking about it with anyone. He's also an Overwatch color caster who has cast Open Division and Chinese Contenders Season 2.

Believe The Hype: Team France, Je Te Vois

For the second article in our “Believe The Hype” series profiling teams going to Blizzcon, we go into a narrative dive about Team France and the kind of dedication personal and professional growth can inspire. 


It’s three o’clock in the morning when my first alarm goes off; there’s no sunlight at this hour, only birds chirping in the distance. I stumble to the kitchen, make toast, then plop down at my laptop. The matches of the final Overwatch World Cup 2018 group stage begin at a reasonable time in Paris, but in America, it’s the middle of the night.

I woke up for Team France.

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Liz
Liz is an educator and huge nerd from Chicago, IL who specializes in humor writing and personal essays. Her favorite thing is Overwatch esports; her second favorite thing is pretending iced coffee is a meal. She can be commonly found banning people on Twitch, running Discords, and making bad life choices at Target. Follow her on Twitter!

Believe The Hype: Meet Team Canada

This is the first in a series of articles hyping up teams that have made it to the finals of the Overwatch World Cup 2018. Each week, we’ll be posting two teams that are looking to fight it out at Blizzcon! This week is Team Canada and Team France. 

Oh Canada, the great white North, NA’s 2017 Overwatch World Cup golden boys. Can 2018 be the year they repeat their incredible run through the brackets for another chance at the title? South Korea, last year’s champions, will start out on the other half of the final Eight, and very likely could prove to be Canada’s final hurdle once again. To reach the finals in November, Team Canada will have to advance past both France and the winner of the China vs. Finland match. Once there, Canada could likely face South Korea again, but may meet team USA, team UK, or the Aussies. Read more …

Austin White
Austin White is Overwatchscore’s ‘London Spitfire’ beat writer. An avid esports fan and gamer, Austin spends his free time playing, watching, and writing about video games. You can find his articles both at Overwatchscore as well as EGF. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

What’s Your Sign? The Zodiac and Overwatch League (Part 2)

In this continuation from Part 1 of What’s Your Sign?, we find out which signs have the most concentration of DPS and Tank players. We also learn more information about the last 6 signs in the zodiac and the players who best represent those signs!

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Nina Schneider
Life-long gamer, mostly into FPS and team-oriented games. Played Overwatch from the beginning and followed it ever since, so I live and breathe the game. I love reading and writing, work in IT and am a mother of cats 😀 Follow Nina On Twitter!

What’s Your Sign? The Zodiac and Overwatch League (Part 1)

Have you ever wondered if your Zodiac is responsible for the role you pick in Overwatch? Or how good you are at the game? I have gone on a mission to answer these questions and collected almost all birthdays of the Overwatch League players from Season 1.* While I do believe that Zodiac signs can be responsible for your personality traits, there are also a lot more factors involved. So, don’t take this too seriously and just enjoy a different kind of article.

In Part 1 of this piece, we’ll be looking at the statistical overview of zodiac representation across the league and the first 6 signs of the zodiac — and which players represent their sign the best! 

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Nina Schneider
Life-long gamer, mostly into FPS and team-oriented games. Played Overwatch from the beginning and followed it ever since, so I live and breathe the game. I love reading and writing, work in IT and am a mother of cats 😀 Follow Nina On Twitter!

Team Australia’s Akraken Talks Qualifying, Coaching, and Exams (Part 2)

In this continuation of my interview with Dario “Akraken” Falcao-Rassokha of Team Australia, we learn a little bit more about how he’s balancing his career with schoolwork, how he vibes with the rest of the Aussies, and what depths “Akraken” comes from! Check out Part 1 here. 

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Billy
Billy "Korjubzot" Walker is a journalism student with a newfound passion for esports, based in Queensland, Australia. He spends most of his time playing RPGs, competitive shooters and platformers, and he always thanks his healers.

Team Australia’s Akraken Talks Qualifying, Coaching, and Exams (Part 1)

Team Australia didn’t disappoint in the Bangkok stage of the Overwatch World Cup, and in many ways that was thanks to star support player Dario “Akraken” Falcao-Rassokha. I sat down with Akraken to talk about his performance in Bangkok, his emergence as a pro, and how he’s balancing his career with his schoolwork.

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Billy
Billy "Korjubzot" Walker is a journalism student with a newfound passion for esports, based in Queensland, Australia. He spends most of his time playing RPGs, competitive shooters and platformers, and he always thanks his healers.

A Step Forward and Giving Back: An Interview with Philadelphia Fusion’s Elk

When the Philadelphia Fusion announced that Elijah Hudson “Elk” Gallagher would be promoted to the team’s roster going into Season 2, the former Fusion University player was so excited he forgot to send out a tweet. And when he did, he couldn’t even find the words to express his excitement:

“Elk has been an outstanding player for us both in game and out,” said Philadelphia Fusion president Tucker Roberts. “That’s why we promoted him to captain Season 2.  It’s easy to forget how young he is given his maturity and professionalism. He plays a cerebral style and studies the game constantly.  We’re all very excited to have him join Fusion for the 2019 season.” 

Speaking with Elk last night, it was easy to see the maturity that Roberts and other Fusion veterans commonly bring up when it comes to his promotion. Elk spoke of his growth as a player with not only the guidance he received as part of Fusion’s academy team, but from professional Overwatch players who took the time to give him advice when he reached out to them. The support main is hoping to use his new platform to not only improve his role in-game, but give support back to the Overwatch community in hopes of helping other passionate players reach their dreams.

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Olivia Richman
Olivia is a professional journalist and editor who loves playing video games and watching esports, especially the OWL. When she isn’t writing or gaming, Olivia enjoys hanging out with her ugly cat, eating sushi and traveling across the country to compete in Pokemon TCG tournaments.
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