Blizzard confirm major changes to Overwatch Contenders for 2019 - Dexerto

Blizzard confirm major changes to Overwatch Contenders for 2019

Published: 30/Oct/2018 17:13

by Joe O'Brien


Further details regarding changes to the Overwatch Contenders format have been confirmed by Blizzard.

An official announcement has been made regarding the structure of Contenders for 2019 following several upcoming changes being leaked.


Most notably, the size of the various Contenders divisions will be reduced, from twelve teams down to just eight in most regions. This change has yet to be confirmed for China.

In North America, however, an additional Contenders division will be added, creating an “NA West” and “NA East” region, each of which will feature eight teams.


Meanwhile, a soft region lock will also be introduced in order to encourage teams to pick up local talent. Each team will have a maximum of three import slots. This will prevent scenarios such as Lucky Future Zenith, an all-Korean squad, dominating Contenders China in Season One and Two this year.

Going into the first season of 2019, only Overwatch League academy teams will be guaranteed a spot in their respective Contenders divisions. Existing Contenders teams not linked to an OWL franchise may have to re-qualify, regardless of their placement in the current Contenders Season Three.

It was also previously reported that Contenders would no longer feature any offline playoffs. No announcement was made on this front in the official post, only stating that Blizzard are “continuing to evaluate opportunities for cross-region play at live events.”


A report by Richard Lewis for VP Esports also revealed a recording of a meeting between league operations and team managers in which details of the changes were discussed.


Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.


Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.


Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

Overwatch heroes 2020
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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.