‘Tis the season – no, not that season!
In time for the (supposedly) happiest holiday of the year, the Overwatch League’s next season schedule was revealed! Starting, ironically enough, on Valentine’s day – the 14th of February – the 2019 season comes with a whole host of new additions. As you’re probably aware, several new teams joined the OWL roster – more specifically, the cities of Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Paris, Washington DC, Atlanta, Vancouver and Toronto.
In addition to that, there have also been several roster changes, with familiar players being dropped, swapped and even coaches being replaced with new ones. All of that in preparation for one thing of course – the new season.
The most recent piece of news is, of course, the most important one: Who will be playing who and when. That’s right, the schedule for all four stages and their five weeks each is out. You can download a compact version of the schedule here.
If you’re hoping to drown your Valentine’s woes with a bit of Overwatch, you have four matches to pick from. The first day of the new season will start in London where the London Spitfires will be competing with Philadelphia Fusion – this is a Grand Finals rematch. Last time, the Spitfires won, but will they be able to repeat their win, or will Fusion get revenge?
On the same day, Boston Uprising will be competing with New York Excelsior in Boston, followed by Seoul Dynasty competing with the LA Gladiators on their home turf. The last match of the days is the Shanghai Dragons versus one of the new teams, Hangzhou Spark, on their turf.
If you’re interested in the new teams, on Friday the 15th, no less than four of them premier – Toronto Defiant are up against the Houston Outlaws in Houston, and Chengdu Hunters and Guangzhou Charge are up against each other in the latter’s home game. Atlanta Reign is the last of the bunch and they’ll be visiting Florida Mayhem on their home-turf.
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New team Paris Eternal is up on the 16th of February against the London Spitfires, and Washington Justice and New York Excelsior will be facing off in NY. The last new team to premier will be the Vancouver Titans. They’ll be playing their first game away against the Shanghai Dragons.
As always, it’s a tight schedule that won’t be easy for players to keep up with – some teams play two different away matches less than 24 hours apart, half a world away from each other. An example: On Friday, March 1st, 8.30pm, the Shanghai Dragons are up against the Chengzou Hunters… and the very next day, they’ll be playing against Dallas Fuel on their home turf at 4.30 pm. That’s a pretty time-frame to keep up with, so all we can do is wish all participating teams the best of luck!
Oh, and if you’re wondering what the stakes are – this season’s overall prize pool is a cool $5 million, up by quite a bit from last years $3.5!
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