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The Overwatch League is a professional Overwatch eSports league. Its inaugural season started in 2018. The league was announced during BlizzCon 2016. The regular season lasts 12 weeks and ends with a playoffs to decide the champions of the Overwatch League.

From August 1 to October 30, there was an official player signing window during which teams signed players to contracts. Top players have already been identified through a scouting report. Future seasons will not use this system. Players must be at least 18 years old to participate in the league.[1]

All matches in Season 1 were played at an arena in Los Angeles while other locations prepare their venues. The total bonuses available for teams in Season 1 are expected to amount to USD $3.5 million, with a minimum USD $1 million awarded to the Season 1 champion.

The preseason began on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles with a series of exhibition matches. The inaugural season proper kicked off on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 and will continue into June, followed by championship playoffs and finals in July.

On February 10, 2018, the London Spitfire defeated the New York Excelsior and became the Stage 1 champions.

On March 25, 2018, the New York Excelsior defeated the Philadelphia Fusion and became the Stage 2 champions.

TeamsEdit

Overwatch League features twelve teams, each of which represents a major world city. The teams are divided into two divisions, based on the geographical location of the represented city:

  • Pacific Division, covering teams based in the Western United States and Asia
  • Atlantic Division, covering teams based in the Eastern United States and Europe
Team Name City Owner
Pacific Division
OWLicon fuel Dallas Fuel Fl usa Dallas Team EnvyUs
OWLicon gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators Fl usa Los Angeles Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
OWLicon valiant Los Angeles Valiant Fl usa Los Angeles Immortals
OWLicon shock San Francisco Shock Fl usa San Francisco NRG eSports
OWLicon dynasty Seoul Dynasty Fl southkorea Seoul KSV eSports
OWLicon dragons Shanghai Dragons Fl china Shanghai NetEase
Atlantic Division
OWLicon uprising Boston Uprising Fl usa Boston The Kraft Group
OWLicon mayhem Florida Mayhem Fl usa Miami–Orlando Misfits Gaming
OWLicon outlaws Houston Outlaws Fl usa Houston OpTic Gaming
OWLicon spitfire London Spitfire Fl uk London Cloud9
OWLicon excelsior New York Excelsior Fl usa New York City Sterling.VC
OWLicon fusion Philadelphia Fusion Fl usa Philadelphia Comcast Spectacor

Each team may have between 6 and 12 players. Every year, each team may host up to five amateur events in their home territory.

PlayersEdit

Teams Players
OWLicon fuelDallas Fuel Flag franceaKmOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaEFFECTOffenseIcon Flag finlandTaimouOffenseIcon
Flag swedencoccoTankIcon Flag southkoreaOGETankIcon Flag swedenChipshajenSupportIcon
Flag spainHarryHookSupportIcon Flag franceuNKOESupportIcon Flag thailandMickieFlexclassicon
Flag usaSeagullFlexclassicon
OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators Flag southkoreaAsherOffenseIcon Flag brazilHydrationOffenseIcon Flag usasilkthreadOffenseIcon
Flag canadaSurefourOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaFissureTankIcon Flag puertoricoiReMiixTankIcon
Flag finlandShazSupportIcon Flag finlandBigGooseSupportIcon Flag southkoreaBischuFlexclassicon
Flag southkoreaVoidFlexclassicon
OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant Flag canadaAgilitiesOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaBunnyOffenseIcon Flag usaKSFOffenseIcon
Flag franceSoOnOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaFateTankIcon Flag kingsrownumlockedTankIcon
Flag australiacustaSupportIcon Flag southkoreaKariVSupportIcon Flag canadaVerboSupportIcon
Flag icelandFinnsiFlexclassicon Flag southkoreaIzayakiFlexclassicon Flag usaSPACEFlexclassicon
OWLicon shockSan Francisco Shock Flag southkoreaArchitectOffenseIcon Flag usababybayOffenseIcon Flag usaDantehOffenseIcon
Flag swedeniddqdOffenseIcon Flag usasinatraaOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaChoiHyoBinTankIcon
Flag doradonomyTankIcon Flag usaMothSupportIcon Flag spaindhaKSupportIcon
Flag usasleepySupportIcon Flag swedenNevixFlexclassicon Flag usasuperFlexclassicon
OWLicon dynastySeoul Dynasty Flag southkoreaFletaOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaMunchkinOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaWekeedOffenseIcon
Flag southkoreaKuKiTankIcon Flag southkoreaMiroTankIcon Flag southkoreaGamblerSupportIcon
Flag southkoreatobiSupportIcon Flag southkoreaGidoFlexclassicon Flag southkorearyujehongFlexclassicon
Flag southkoreaxepheRFlexclassicon Flag southkoreazunbaFlexclassicon
OWLicon dragonsShanghai Dragons Flag southkoreaAdoOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaDaeminOffenseIcon Flag lijiangDiyaOffenseIcon
Flag southkoreaFearlessTankIcon Flag southkoreaGeguriTankIcon Flag lijiangMGTankIcon
Flag lijiangRoshanTankIcon Flag lijiangXushuTankIcon Flag lijiangAlteringSupportIcon
Flag lijiangFivekingSupportIcon Flag lijiangFreefeelSupportIcon Flag lijiangSkySupportIcon
OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising Flag volskayaMistakesOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaStrikerOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaGamsuTankIcon
Flag southkoreaKaliosTankIcon Flag canadaNotETankIcon Flag southkoreaAimGodSupportIcon
Flag usaAvastSupportIcon Flag denmarkKellexSupportIcon Flag southkoreaNekoSupportIcon
Flag ethiopiaSnowSupportIcon
OWLicon mayhemFlorida Mayhem Flag belgiumLogixOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaSayaplayerOffenseIcon Flag swedenTviQOffenseIcon
Flag southkoreaaWesomeGuyTankIcon Flag swedenZebbosaiSupportIcon Flag finlandZuppehSupportIcon
Flag swedenCWoosHFlexclassicon Flag swedenMannetenFlexclassicon Flag finlandzappisFlexclassicon
OWLicon outlawsHouston Outlaws Flag usaClockworkOffenseIcon Flag usaJakeOffenseIcon Flag finlandLiNkzrOffenseIcon
Flag swedenMendokusaiiOffenseIcon Flag usaCoolmattTankIcon Flag usaFCTFCTNTankIcon
Flag usaMumaTankIcon Flag canadaBaniSupportIcon Flag usaBoinkSupportIcon
Flag usaRawkusSupportIcon Flag southkoreaArHanFlexclassicon Flag belgiumSPREEFlexclassicon
OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire Flag southkoreabirdringOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaProfitOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaGestureTankIcon
Flag southkoreaBdosinSupportIcon Flag southkoreaCloserSupportIcon Flag southkoreaNUSSupportIcon
Flag southkoreaFuryFlexclassicon
OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior Flag southkoreaLiberoOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaSaebyeolbeOffenseIcon Flag southkoreaJanusTankIcon
Flag southkoreaManoTankIcon Flag southkoreaMekoTankIcon Flag southkoreaAnamoSupportIcon
Flag southkoreaArkSupportIcon Flag southkoreaJjonakSupportIcon Flag southkoreaPineFlexclassicon
OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion Flag southkoreaCarpeOffenseIcon Flag israelEqoOffenseIcon Flag volskayaShaDowBurnOffenseIcon
Flag swedenSnilloOffenseIcon Flag finlandfragiTankIcon Flag southkoreaSADOTankIcon
Flag kingsrowBoomboxSupportIcon Flag southkoreaDayFlySupportIcon Flag canadaJoemeisterSupportIcon
Flag spainNeptunoSupportIcon Flag southkoreaHOTBAFlexclassicon Flag francePokoFlexclassicon

In-game itemsEdit

Overwatch players are able to support their favorite Overwatch League teams with a number of in-game items, such as hero skins showcased below.

These skins are purchasable with a premium currency called League Token (only available in select countries), which are earned by watching the Overwatch League livestreams on the official website or Twitch.[2] Each skin costs 100 League Tokens.

Standing Edit

OverallEdit

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 40 34 6 126-43-4 +83
2 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 40 27 13 100-64-7 +36
3 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising 40 26 14 99-71-3 +28
4 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators 40 25 15 96-72-3 +24
5 OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 40 24 16 102-69-3 +33
6 OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 40 24 16 93-80-2 +13
7 OWLicon outlawsHouston Outlaws 40 22 18 94-77-2 +17
8 OWLicon dynastySeoul Dynasty 40 22 18 91-78-3 +13
9 OWLicon shockSan Francisco Shock 40 17 23 77-84-5 -7
10 OWLicon fuelDallas Fuel 40 12 28 58-100-7 -42
11 OWLicon mayhemFlorida Mayhem 40 7 33 42-120-5 -78
12 OWLicon dragonsShanghai Dragons 40 0 40 21-141-2 -120

Stage 1Edit

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 10 9 1 31–10-2 +21
2 OWLicon outlawsHouston Outlaws 10 7 3 30–13-0 +17
3 OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 10 7 3 29–14-0 +15
4 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 10 7 3 26–13-3 +13
5 OWLicon dynastySeoul Dynasty 10 7 3 25–16-2 +9
6 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising 10 6 4 27–17-0 +10
7 OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 10 6 4 20–24-1 –4
8 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators 10 4 6 16–26-0 –10
9 OWLicon shockSan Francisco Shock 10 3 7 16–24-2 –8
10 OWLicon fuelDallas Fuel 10 3 7 14–25-3 –11
11 OWLicon mayhemFlorida Mayhem 10 1 9 9–31-1 –22
12 OWLicon dragonsShanghai Dragons 10 0 10 6–36-0 –30
Playoffs Match
Semi-Final OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 3-1 OWLicon outlawsHouston Outlaws
Final OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 3-2 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior

Stage 2Edit

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 10 9 1 34-9-0 +25
2 OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 10 8 2 31-11-0 +20
3 OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 10 7 3 27-15-0 +12
4 OWLicon dynastySeoul Dynasty 10 7 3 25-16-0 +9
5 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators 10 6 4 25-16-1 +9
6 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising 10 6 4 21-22-0 -1
7 OWLicon outlawsHouston Outlaws 10 5 5 22-22-0 +0
8 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 10 4 6 18-23-1 -5
9 OWLicon shockSan Francisco Shock 10 3 7 17-24-1 -7
10 OWLicon mayhemFlorida Mayhem 10 3 7 15-27-1 -12
11 OWLicon fuelDallas Fuel 10 2 8 13-28-1 -15
12 OWLicon dragonsShanghai Dragons 10 0 10 2-37-1 -35
Playoffs Match
Semi-Final OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 3-2 OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire
Final OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 2-3 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior

Stage 3Edit

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising 10 10 0 31-13-1 +18
2 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 10 9 1 33-11-0 +22
3 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 10 7 3 28-15-1 +13
4 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators 10 6 4 25-19-1 +6
5 OWLicon shockSan Francisco Shock 10 6 4 21-20-0 +1
6 OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 10 5 5 24-21-1 +3
7 OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 10 5 5 24-23-0 +1
8 OWLicon dynastySeoul Dynasty 10 5 5 22-21-1 +1
9 OWLicon outlawsHouston Outlaws 10 4 6 20-24-1 -4
10 OWLicon mayhemFlorida Mayhem 10 2 8 11-28-2 -17
11 OWLicon fuelDallas Fuel 10 1 9 9-30-2 -21
12 OWLicon dragonsShanghai Dragons 10 0 10 9-32-0 -23
Playoffs Match
Semi-Finals OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators 0-3 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising
Semi-Finals OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 0-3 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior
Final OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 3-0 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising

Stage 4Edit

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators 10 9 1 30-11-1 +19
2 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 10 9 1 28-13-2 +15
3 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 10 7 3 28-13-2 +15
4 OWLicon fuelDallas Fuel 10 6 4 22-17-1 +5
5 OWLicon outlawsHouston Outlaws 10 6 4 22-18-1 +4
6 OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 10 6 4 22-18-1 +4
7 OWLicon shockSan Francisco Shock 10 5 5 23-16-2 +7
8 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising 10 4 6 20-19-2 +1
9 OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 10 4 6 18-23-2 -5
10 OWLicon dynastySeoul Dynasty 10 3 7 19-25-0 -6
11 OWLicon mayhemFlorida Mayhem 10 1 9 7-34-1 -27
12 OWLicon dragonsShanghai Dragons 10 0 10 4-36-1 -32
Playoffs Match
Semi-Finals OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant 3-2 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators
Semi-Finals OWLicon fuelDallas Fuel 2-3 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior
Final OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior 1-3 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant

PostseasonEdit

Playoffs Series Match Wins
Quarterfinals OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 2-1 OWLicon uprisingBoston Uprising Match 1: Fusion 3-1
Match 2: Uprising 3-1
Match 3: Fusion 3-1
Quarterfinals OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 2-1 OWLicon gladiatorsLos Angeles Gladiators Match 1: Gladiators 3-0
Match 2: Spitfire 3-0
Match 3: Spitfire 3-0
Semifinals OWLicon fusionPhiladelphia Fusion 0-0 OWLicon excelsiorNew York Excelsior Match 1:
Match 2:
Match 3:
Semifinals OWLicon spitfireLondon Spitfire 0-0 OWLicon valiantLos Angeles Valiant Match 1:
Match 2:
Match 3:
Grand Final TBD 0-0 TBD Match 1:
Match 2:
Match 3:

ReferencesEdit

  1. Overwatch League Roster Announcements, 08/01-08/22
  2. Watch Overwatch League, Get League Tokens
Overwatch League
Teams Boston UprisingDallas FuelFlorida MayhemHouston OutlawsLondon SpitfireLos Angeles GladiatorsLos Angeles ValiantNew York ExcelsiorPhiladelphia FusionSan Francisco ShockSeoul DynastyShanghai Dragons