Overwatch League’s second season doesn’t officially get started until February 14, but fans will have the chance to watch some of their favorite players in action when Austin ‘Muma’ Wilmot hosts custom pickup games live on Twitch on Friday, January 11.
Dallas Fuel Assistant Coach Jayne Justin ‘Jayne’ Conroy has been hosting Overwatch pickup games throughout the offseason, but on January 10 he reached out to the League to help him host some on Friday, January 11.
Soon after that, and a few cryptic gifs from the League’s Twitter account, Muma announced he would he hosting OWL pro pickup games on Twitch at 7 PM PST on Friday, January 11.
I posted a video this morning with my thoughts on how the most recent PTR patch and armor nerfs will affect the meta going into season 2... but any good hypothesis requires testing.
Hey, @overwatchleague... intersted in helping me out? Let's say... 7pm Pacific this Friday? :eyes:
— Jayne (@AskJayne) January 10, 2019
Since then, a number of players from Overwatch League, and other competitions, like Open Division, have indicated they would be taking part in the games as well.
Overwatch League players who have confirmed they’ll be participating and streaming the games on Twitch are:
- Austin ‘Muma’ Wilmot - Houston Outlaws Main Tank
- Sung-hyeon 'JJoNak' Bang - New York Excelsior Support
- Corey ‘Corey’ Nigra - Washington Justice Hitscan DPS
- Charlie ‘nero’ Zwarg - Guangzhou Charge Flex DPS
- Harrison ‘Kruise’ Pond - Paris Eternal Main Support
- Benjamin ‘BenBest’ Dieulafait - Paris Eternal Main Tank
- Chris ‘Bani’ Benell - Houston Outlaws Support/Flex
- Luís ‘Greyy’ Perestrelo - Paris Eternal Support
- Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy - Los Angeles Valiant Support
- Indy ‘Space’ Halpern - Los Angeles Valiant Flex
- Young-seo ‘KariV’ Park - Los Angeles Valiant Support/DPS
Popular Overwatch streamer Anthony "harbleu" Ballo also indicated he would be participating in the pickup games with his Open Division team as well.
The players will use the latest PTR patch to play on, to hopefully give fans a taste of what the changes to armor, Brigitte, D.Va and Reaper will look like.
Tomorrow at 7 pm pacific I will be streaming pro ptr pugs! Getting real hyped up for the 2019 @overwatchleague season :triumph:
— Austin Wilmot :wilted_rose: (@Muma) January 10, 2019
Blizzard previously banned professional players from participating in pugs during Overwatch League Season One, but they seem to have changed their attitude this time around.
With some significant changes coming to Overwatch just before the season begins, this could be a good chance for Blizzard to give players a preview of what’s to come.
The Overwatch League’s second season starts on February 14, but the pickup games begin at 7 PM PT on Friday, January 11.
Muma will be hosting the games on his Twitch stream, which can be watched below: