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Overwatch League releases online schedule after Coronavirus cancellation

Published: 15/Mar/2020 20:06

by Bill Cooney

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The Overwatch League has released their revamped online schedule and an update on professional Hero Pools for matches that will be getting back underway starting March 21.

All OWL homestand events in March and April were canceled by the League on March 11, but they assured fans that the matches themselves would still take place, just entirely online.

Because a large number of OWL teams hadn’t even played yet, the league is also moved the All-Star Weekend to after the 2020 season and canceled the Midseason Tournament to fit more matches in.

Now, the League has officially released its revamped schedule for when play resumes online on March 21.

Four teams will play to kick things back off: the San Francisco Shock, Seoul Dynasty, along with the two L.A. teams, the Gladiators and Valiant.

The matches will be streamed live on YouTube Gaming starting at 11 AM PST March 21, but it will be the first time Overwatch League games have been played online, with no audience or fans in attendance.

Overwatch League’s Vice President Jon Spector filled fans in on what the plan was going forward with the new schedule, and how it would impact teams.

“What we’re working towards is having three groups of teams basically, based on geography,” Spector explained. “That means the Atlantic Conference teams, all ten of them, will be based out of the East Coast of the U.S. so we can connect all of them online to compete with each other as they were scheduled to do.”

The Pacific conference will be split between the six teams located on the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada, and the four teams located across the Pacific in China. South Korea apparently will play with the West Coast teams, based on the schedule released on March 15.

“The matches will all be played online within those three groups,” The VP reiterated. “All teams are able to compete from their local hubs and cities and don’t need to travel.

With the new schedule, there’s also a change coming to how Hero Pools operate in the League as well. Pools will now be rated based on pick rates within the OWL for all upcoming matches.

The bans will be focused on heroes who receive higher than a 70% pick rate in matches, with lesser-played heroes not being targeted in an attempt to avoid bans that might not make that big of an impact.

Which Homestands were canceled?

This decision by the league effectively canceled out weeks six through twelve of the regular season events up to the All-Star break headed into May.

The full list of homestands that were affected in March and April is as follows:

  • Week 6: Florida
  • Week 7: Atlanta
  • Week 8: London & San Francisco
  • Week 9: Washington & Dallas
  • Week 10: Paris
  • Week 11: Toronto & Los Angeles
  • Week 12: Boston and Dallas

That list doesn’t even include all of the Chinese Overwatch League homestands, which were first postponed to be played in Korea before being called off altogether due to the spread of coronavirus and concern in that country.

Teams have offered refunds for fans who had already purchased tickets to the events, who will also be happy to hear that the matches themselves will still be taking place.

Overwatch League stage.
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The Overwatch League’s first season trying the home and away format has gotten off to a rocky start thanks to coronavirus.

OWL’s first season featuring matches in team’s home cities hasn’t gotten off to a stellar start with a worldwide health scare going on at the same time, but they’re far from the only esport affected.

Unfortunately, esports fans might have to get used to seeing marquee events canceled in the coming months with local authorities all over the world warning against large public gatherings, but at least we’ll still have plenty of Overwatch League to watch.

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Chipotle Challenger Series 2020: Tune-in, teams, format – stream

Published: 4/Dec/2020 2:00 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 2:11

by Calum Patterson

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The Chipotle Challenger Series returns for the final event of 2020, as Fortnite players are set to go head-to-head against a star-studded list of influencers and pro players, and win big prizes.

This is the fourth edition of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series, and surprise teams won the previous tournaments, so we could see another repeat this time around. The qualifiers are all wrapped up, so it’s now time to look ahead to the finale.

The Top 4 teams from the qualifiers have advanced to the finale, which begins on December 8.

Chipotle Challenger Series Stream

You can tune-in to watch the action unfold, starting on December 8 at 3pm PST / 6pm EST, on Chipotle’s official Twitch channel.

Who’s playing?

The fourth Chipotle Challenger series features another star-studded lineup of contestants, who the four qualified teams will be playing against.

Streamers / Pro Players

  • Bugha
  • Mongraal
  • Clix
  • NickEh30
  • Nate Hill
  • Ewok
  • Ronaldo
  • ARKHRAM
  • Rehx
  • EpikWhale
  • dubs
  • Reverse2K
  • Emad
  • Zexrow

Celebrities / Athletes

  • Juju Smith-Schuster
  • Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots)
  • Jagger Eaton
  • Heimana Reynolds

Format

Qualifiers

In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned, as well as points for placing.

  • Up to 1000 trio teams
  • Private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
  • Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the whole 3-hour window

Finale

Qualifying teams now have the chance to go head to head in a private lobby with teams of streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes.

  • Top 4 teams from each qualifier advance
  • 17 teams of invited talent
  • Private lobby
  • 5-game series

Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool

A total of $50,000 in prize money is up for grabs. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the top three teams also secure themselves free burritos for a year!

    • 1st: $30,000 + free burritos for 1 year
    • 2nd: $15,000 + free burritos for 1 year
    • 3rd: $5,000 + free burritos for 1 year

Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results

Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30

Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.

Full results & tournament recap

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #2 – July 16

As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.

Full results, highlights & recap

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Chipotle Fortnite Challenge Results – October 1

This time, though, the winners were a little less shocking as Furious, Ronaldo, and illest took home the grand prize – $50,000 and a year’s worth of free Chipotle burritos!

The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.

Full results & tournament recap.

Chipotle Challenger Series event
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A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.

What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?

The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.

A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.

These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.

Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.

Chipotle and esports

This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.

The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.

In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.

 

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