OVERWATCH LEAGUE TRANSITIONS TO TOURNAMENT FORMAT NEXT MONTH
Next month, the scattered season of Overwatch League will get some “get your shit together” love and transition into tournament format, thus opening up in May; and, yes, all due to the coronavirus crisis.
The Overwatch League will be transitioning into an online competition model and teams will compete in regional brackets to get extra wins and juicy cash bonuses. Overwatch League’s vice-president Jon Spector made the announcement and outlined the structure for the tournament: the teams will be divided into two regions, North America and Asia.
The North American region will have 13 teams competing, and the Asian region will have 7 making up their own bracket. – Yeeeiih! Maybe THAT way they stand something of a chance – This upcoming May tournament will take place on May 22-24, all of which you can catch at LevelUp.bet streaming.
The first three weekends of May will see all the teams competing in regular matches that will seed them into the tournament bracket. North America will have the teams that ranked 12th and 13th playing a qualifier match for the final spot in the bracket. Then, on May 22nd, there will be a “knockout round” as teams move towards the quarterfinals and semifinals.
Asia will have its first-seeded team receiving a bye into the later rounds of the tournament. The other six will battle it out to squeeze in and get a spot to face off against that team later on in the May tournament.
The thirteen teams competing in the North American bracket are: Atlanta Reign, Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, Paris Eternal, Philadelphia Fusion, San Francisco Shock, Toronto Defiant, Vancouver Titans, and Washington Justice.
The seven teams (which include former North American teams who moved back to South Korea) competing in the Asian bracket are: Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, Seoul Dynasty, and Shanghai Dragons (cliché name, but cool!).
These competitions will serve to make up for the coronavirus-canceled Midseason Tournament. Starting next week, the Overwatch League games will begin at 3am CT (Yeap… AM!) on May 2nd, with the Guangzhou Charge team taking on the Seoul Dynasty team.
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