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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 amounted 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 continued into June, followed by championship playoffs and finals in July.

Overwatch League logo-cropped.png

Teams

Overwatch League features twenty 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:

  • Atlantic Division, covering teams based in Eastern North America and Europe
  • Pacific Division, covering teams based in Western North America and Asia
Team Name City Owner
Atlantic Division
OWLicon reign.png Atlanta Reign Fl usa.png Atlanta Atlanta Esports Ventures (Cox Enterprises and Province Inc.)
OWLicon uprising.png Boston Uprising Fl usa.png Boston The Kraft Group
OWLicon mayhem.png Florida Mayhem Fl usa.png Miami–Orlando Misfits Gaming
OWLicon outlaws.png Houston Outlaws Fl usa.png Houston OpTic Gaming
OWLicon spitfire.png London Spitfire Fl uk.png London Cloud9
OWLicon excelsior.png New York Excelsior Fl usa.png New York City Sterling.VC
OWLicon eternal.png Paris Eternal Fl france.png Paris DM eSports
OWLicon fusion.png Philadelphia Fusion Fl usa.png Philadelphia Comcast Spectacor
OWLicon defiant.png Toronto Defiant Fl canada.png Toronto OverActive Media
OWLicon justice.png Washington Justice Fl usa.png Washington, D.C. Washington Esports Ventures
Pacific Division
OWLicon hunters.png Chengdu Hunters Fl china.png Chengdu HUYA Inc.
OWLicon fuel.png Dallas Fuel Fl usa.png Dallas Team Envy
Hersh Interactive
OWLicon charge.png Guangzhou Charge Fl china.png Guangzhou Nenking Group
OWLicon spark.png Hangzhou Spark Fl china.png Hangzhou Bilibili
OWLicon gladiators.png Los Angeles Gladiators Fl usa.png Los Angeles Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
OWLicon valiant.png Los Angeles Valiant Fl usa.png Los Angeles Immortals
OWLicon shock.png San Francisco Shock Fl usa.png San Francisco NRG eSports
OWLicon dynasty.png Seoul Dynasty Fl southkorea.png Seoul Generation Gaming (formerly known as KSV eSports)
OWLicon dragons.png Shanghai Dragons Fl china.png Shanghai NetEase
OWLicon titans.png Vancouver Titans Fl canada.png Vancouver  Canucks Sports & Entertainment

Each team may have between 8 and 12 players. Every year, each team may host up to five amateur events in their home territory.

In-game items

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.

Past Seasons

Further information: Overwatch League/Inaugural Season

Standing (2018 Season)

Overall

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon excelsior.pngNew York Excelsior 40 34 6 126-43-4 +83
2 OWLicon valiant.pngLos Angeles Valiant 40 27 13 100-64-7 +36
3 OWLicon uprising.pngBoston Uprising 40 26 14 99-71-3 +28
4 OWLicon gladiators.pngLos Angeles Gladiators 40 25 15 96-72-3 +24
5 OWLicon spitfire.pngLondon Spitfire 40 24 16 102-69-3 +33
6 OWLicon fusion.pngPhiladelphia Fusion 40 24 16 93-80-2 +13
7 OWLicon outlaws.pngHouston Outlaws 40 22 18 94-77-2 +17
8 OWLicon dynasty.pngSeoul Dynasty 40 22 18 91-78-3 +13
9 OWLicon shock.pngSan Francisco Shock 40 17 23 77-84-5 -7
10 OWLicon fuel.pngDallas Fuel 40 12 28 58-100-7 -42
11 OWLicon mayhem.pngFlorida Mayhem 40 7 33 42-120-5 -78
12 OWLicon dragons.pngShanghai Dragons 40 0 40 21-141-2 -120

Stage 1

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon excelsior.pngNew York Excelsior 10 9 1 31–10-2 +21
2 OWLicon outlaws.pngHouston Outlaws 10 7 3 30–13-0 +17
3 OWLicon spitfire.pngLondon Spitfire 10 7 3 29–14-0 +15
4 OWLicon valiant.pngLos Angeles Valiant 10 7 3 26–13-3 +13
5 OWLicon dynasty.pngSeoul Dynasty 10 7 3 25–16-2 +9
6 OWLicon uprising.pngBoston Uprising 10 6 4 27–17-0 +10
7 OWLicon fusion.pngPhiladelphia Fusion 10 6 4 20–24-1 –4
8 OWLicon gladiators.pngLos Angeles Gladiators 10 4 6 16–26-0 –10
9 OWLicon shock.pngSan Francisco Shock 10 3 7 16–24-2 –8
10 OWLicon fuel.pngDallas Fuel 10 3 7 14–25-3 –11
11 OWLicon mayhem.pngFlorida Mayhem 10 1 9 9–31-1 –22
12 OWLicon dragons.pngShanghai Dragons 10 0 10 6–36-0 –30
Playoffs Match
Semi-Final OWLicon spitfire.pngLondon Spitfire 3-1 OWLicon outlaws.pngHouston Outlaws
Final OWLicon spitfire.pngLondon Spitfire 3-2 OWLicon excelsior.pngNew York Excelsior

Stage 2

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon excelsior.pngNew York Excelsior 10 9 1 34-9-0 +25
2 OWLicon spitfire.pngLondon Spitfire 10 8 2 31-11-0 +20
3 OWLicon fusion.pngPhiladelphia Fusion 10 7 3 27-15-0 +12
4 OWLicon dynasty.pngSeoul Dynasty 10 7 3 25-16-0 +9
5 OWLicon gladiators.pngLos Angeles Gladiators 10 6 4 25-16-1 +9
6 OWLicon uprising.pngBoston Uprising 10 6 4 21-22-0 -1
7 OWLicon outlaws.pngHouston Outlaws 10 5 5 22-22-0 +0
8 OWLicon valiant.pngLos Angeles Valiant 10 4 6 18-23-1 -5
9 OWLicon shock.pngSan Francisco Shock 10 3 7 17-24-1 -7
10 OWLicon mayhem.pngFlorida Mayhem 10 3 7 15-27-1 -12
11 OWLicon fuel.pngDallas Fuel 10 2 8 13-28-1 -15
12 OWLicon dragons.pngShanghai Dragons 10 0 10 2-37-1 -35
Playoffs Match
Semi-Final OWLicon fusion.pngPhiladelphia Fusion 3-2 OWLicon spitfire.pngLondon Spitfire
Final OWLicon fusion.pngPhiladelphia Fusion 2-3 OWLicon excelsior.pngNew York Excelsior

Stage 3

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon uprising.pngBoston Uprising 10 10 0 31-13-1 +18
2 OWLicon excelsior.pngNew York Excelsior 10 9 1 33-11-0 +22
3 OWLicon valiant.pngLos Angeles Valiant 10 7 3 28-15-1 +13
4 OWLicon gladiators.pngLos Angeles Gladiators 10 6 4 25-19-1 +6
5 OWLicon shock.pngSan Francisco Shock 10 6 4 21-20-0 +1
6 OWLicon spitfire.pngLondon Spitfire 10 5 5 24-21-1 +3
7 OWLicon fusion.pngPhiladelphia Fusion 10 5 5 24-23-0 +1
8 OWLicon dynasty.pngSeoul Dynasty 10 5 5 22-21-1 +1
9 OWLicon outlaws.pngHouston Outlaws 10 4 6 20-24-1 -4
10 OWLicon mayhem.pngFlorida Mayhem 10 2 8 11-28-2 -17
11 OWLicon fuel.pngDallas Fuel 10 1 9 9-30-2 -21
12 OWLicon dragons.pngShanghai Dragons 10 0 10 9-32-0 -23
Playoffs Match
Semi-Finals OWLicon gladiators.pngLos Angeles Gladiators 0-3 OWLicon uprising.pngBoston Uprising
Semi-Finals OWLicon valiant.pngLos Angeles Valiant 0-3 OWLicon excelsior.pngNew York Excelsior
Final OWLicon excelsior.pngNew York Excelsior 3-0 OWLicon uprising.pngBoston Uprising

Stage 4

Position Team Played Won Lost Map W-L-T MD
1 OWLicon gladiators.pngLos Angeles Gladiators 10 9 1 30-11-1 +19
2 OWLicon valiant.pngLos Angeles Valiant 10 9 1 28-13-2 +15
3 OWLicon excelsior.pngNew York Excelsior 10 7 3 28-13-2 +15
4 OWLicon fuel.pngDallas Fuel 10 6 4 22-17-1 +5
5 OWLicon outlaws.pngHouston Outlaws 10 6 4 22-18-1 +4
6 OWLicon fusion.pngPhiladelphia Fusion 10 6 4 22-18-1 +4
7 OWLicon shock.pngSan Francisco Shock 10 5 5 23-16-2 +7
8 OWLicon uprising.pngBoston Uprising 10 4 6 20-19-2 +1
9 OWLicon spitfire.pngLondon Spitfire 10 4 6 18-23-2 -5
10 OWLicon dynasty.pngSeoul Dynasty 10 3 7 19-25-0 -6
11 OWLicon mayhem.pngFlorida Mayhem 10 1 9 7-34-1 -27
12 OWLicon dragons.pngShanghai Dragons 10 0 10 4-36-1 -32
Playoffs Match
Semi-Finals OWLicon valiant.pngLos Angeles Valiant 3-2 OWLicon gladiators.pngLos Angeles Gladiators
Semi-Finals OWLicon fuel.pngDallas Fuel 2-3 OWLicon excelsior.pngNew York Excelsior
Final OWLicon excelsior.pngNew York Excelsior 1-3 OWLicon valiant.pngLos Angeles Valiant

Postseason

Playoffs Series Match Wins
Quarterfinals OWLicon fusion.pngPhiladelphia Fusion 2-1 OWLicon uprising.pngBoston Uprising Match 1: Fusion 3-1
Match 2: Uprising 3-1
Match 3: Fusion 3-1
Quarterfinals OWLicon spitfire.pngLondon Spitfire 2-1 OWLicon gladiators.pngLos Angeles Gladiators Match 1: Gladiators 3-0
Match 2: Spitfire 3-0
Match 3: Spitfire 3-0
Semifinals OWLicon spitfire.pngLondon Spitfire 2-0 OWLicon valiant.pngLos Angeles Valiant Match 1: Spitfire 3-1
Match 2: Spitfire 3-0
Semifinals OWLicon fusion.pngPhiladelphia Fusion 2-0 OWLicon excelsior.pngNew York Excelsior Match 1: Fusion 3-0
Match 2: Fusion 3-2
Grand Final OWLicon fusion.pngPhiladelphia Fusion 0-2 OWLicon spitfire.pngLondon Spitfire Match 1: Spitfire 3-1
Match 2: Spitfire 3-0

References

External links

Overwatch League logo med.png The Overwatch League (US)


Overwatch League
Pacific Teams Chengdu Hunters
Dallas Fuel
Guangzhou Charge
Hangzhou Spark
Los Angeles Gladiators
Los Angeles Valiant
San Francisco Shock
Seoul Dynasty
Shanghai Dragons
Vancouver Titans
Atlantic Teams Atlanta Reign
Boston Uprising
Florida Mayhem
Houston Outlaws
London Spitfire
New York Excelsior
Paris Eternal
Philadelphia Fusion
Toronto Defiant
Washington Justice
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