Overwatch League Season 2: What You Need to Know

Overwatch League Season 2: What You Need to Know


Overwatch League Season 2 What You Need to Know

Overwatch League Season 2: What You Need to Know.

The Overwatch League has come to a close, with the London Spitfire being crowned as the first inaugural season champions. The Overwatch League Season 2 is a round the corner, but there is no full schedule out at the moment and is a work in progress.

Overwatch League Twitter Account

The only details we have about season two are given in Overwatch League’s Twitter account in which they write:

The #OWL2019 season is just around the corner! Find out when we return, the season structure, & more. Details here: blizz.ly/2A1f1uO

At it stands, everyone is on the sidelines waiting for an official update. But in the meantime let’s look at what we know.

Breakdown of the Atlantic and Pacific Division

We know that season 2 starts February 14th (yes, on Valentines day, how ironic). Full rosters and teams have been announced and the only expansion team without details is Vancouver (more to come).

With the expansion of 6 new Overwatch League teams brings a lot of excitement in the community. Gamers in the community can’t wait enough for season 2 as one twitter user writes:

Most of the community is in agreement that an expansion of extra teams was needed in order to bring out the best competition to the Overwatch League in eSports tournaments.

Overwatch League continues to grow and learn as mentioned in the tweet above and the more talent that the Overwatch League can bring will be better for the overall health of competitive gaming.

In season 2, we will see 4 5-week stages which will all be played at the Blizzard Arena in LA. The 20 teams in the Overwatch League will play 28 matches in the season.

The way the schedule is made, there are teams that will see anywhere from 2 matches a week to not seeing any.

The idea of having the teams see zero games in a week is to avoid burnout as playing more than 2-3 competitive games a week can cause burnout, and reflect in the quality of the gaming.

The Overwatch League has also stated that they would provide teams the opportunity to visit their home locations for events and signings.

The top 4 teams in each division will qualify for the playoffs, and the final two playoff spots will go towards the teams that can qualify in a “play-in tournament” which happens right after the season.

We will see a longer break period in the season which is seen between Stages 2 and 3 due to the All-star weekend. Below is the breakdown of the teams and where the player stands as of this writing.

Atlantic Division

Atlanta Reign

**Expansion Team

  • Atlanta, owned by Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media, and automotive services company. The team will be operated by Atlanta Esports Ventures, a partnership between Cox and Province, Inc. (liquipedia.net)

 

Boston Uprising

Overwatch League record: 26-14
Season 1 quarterfinalist

Florida Mayhem

Overwatch League record: 7-33

Houston Outlaws

Overwatch League record: 22-18

 

London Spitfire

Overwatch League record: 24-16
Season 1 champion

New York Excelsior

Overwatch League record: 34-6
Season 1 semifinalist

Paris Eternal

**Expansion team

  • According to Liquipedia, Team Paris is owned by DM-Esports. DM-Esports is a global company focused on esports entertainment & investments.
Philadelphia Fusion

Overwatch League record: 24-16
Season 1 runner-up

Toronto Defiant

**Expansion team

  • According to Liquipedia, Team Toronto is owned by OverActive Media, who are an integrated company delivering esports & video game entertainment in Canada.

Washington(no logo)

Expansion team

  • According to Liquipedia, Team Washington D.C. is owned by Washington Esports Ventures, a sports organization founded by Mark Ein. He also owns the Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis.
Pacific Division

 

Chengdu Hunters

**Expansion team

  • According to Liquipedia, Chengdu is owned by HUYA Inc. HUYA is a leading game live-streaming platform in China.
Dallas Fuel

Overwatch League record: 12-28

Guangzhou Charge

**Expansion team

  • Guangzhou, owned and operated by Nenking Group, a financial and entertainment conglomerate, and owner of the Guangzhou Long Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. (liquipedia.net)
Hangzhou Spark

**Expansion team

  • According to Liquipedia, Hangzhou are owned by Bilibili. Bilibili is a leading online entertainment company in China. They cover a wide array of genres & media formats including videos, live broadcasting, and mobile games.
Los Angeles Gladiators

Overwatch League record: 25-15
Season 1 quarterfinalist

Los Angeles Valiant

Overwatch League record: 27-13
Season 1 semifinalist

San Francisco Shock

Overwatch League record: 17-23

Seoul Dynasty

Overwatch League record: 22-18

Shanghai Dragons

Overwatch League record: 0-40

Vancouver(no logo)

**Expansion team

  • According to Liquipedia, this new expansion team is owned by Aquilini Group who are a family business that owns the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and Rogers Arena. They also manages a global conglomerate portfolio.

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