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How to watch 2020 Overwatch League Season 3 opening weekend

Published: 5/Feb/2020 23:29 Updated: 12/Feb/2020 4:16

by Scott Robertson

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The third season of Overwatch League is finally here as the New York Excelsior and Dallas Fuel host the first homestands of the new season. 10 teams, including the defending champion San Francisco Shock, are playing this weekend, and we’re bringing all of the action to you here.

The long offseason for Overwatch League is finally over, and all 20 teams have geared up for a third season. This time, the effects of both homecrowd atmosphere and travel will be felt by the players, as Blizzard has opted to switch to a “homestand” format.

For the past two seasons, OWL has operated predominantly out of the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, California, with a handful of homestands to keep things fresh, as well as a season two grand finals held in Philadelphia.

super lifting Overwatch League trophy
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SF Shock lifted the championship trophy at the end of Season 2.

Now, different teams will head to differently hosted homestands each weekend, in a similar trend to the ongoing inaugural Call of Duty League. New York and Dallas are splitting duties for the first weekend. Several scheduled homestands in China have been canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and will have to be rescheduled.

STREAM

Just before the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend began, it was announced that both CDL and the Overwatch League would stream exclusively on YouTube Gaming for 2020.

You can watch the livestream here:

SCHEDULE AND RESULTS

All of the matches will be played over the course of two days – February 8-9 – with the action kicking off at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on both Saturday and Sunday

February 8

Match Location PST EST GMT
Paris Eternal 1 – 3 Toronto Defiant The Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York 10 AM 1 PM 6 PM
New York Excelsior 3 – 1 London Spitfire The Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York 12 PM 3 PM 8 PM
Vancouver Titans 3 – 2 Los Angeles Gladiators The Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas 2 PM 5 PM 10 PM
Dallas Fuel 1 – 3 Los Angeles Valiant The Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM

February 9

Match Location PST EST GMT
Paris Eternal 3 – 0 London Spitfire The Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York 10 AM 1 PM 6 PM
New York Excelsior 3 – 0 Boston Uprising The Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York 12 PM 3 PM 8 PM
Vancouver Titans 3 – 0 Los Angeles Valiant The Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas 2 PM 5 PM 10 PM
Dallas Fuel 1 – 3 San Francisco Shock The Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM

 

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Dallas Fuel will be hosting their homestand at The Esports Stadium in Arlington, TX, where they played their home series last season.

FORMAT & RULES

Unlike the four-map set used in previous seasons, matches will now use a first-to-three-wins match set. The reason it is a first-to-three and not a best-of-five is because of the existence of draws. Draws will not count as a win, and teams will break after every two maps.

All 20 teams will play 28 regular-season games. The winners of each of the two conferences will advance to playoffs, as will the other four teams with the best records. Teams ranked 7-12 at the end of the season will compete in the play-in tournament for two final playoff spots.

TEAMS & ROSTERS

Boston Uprising

  • DPS: Colourhex, Jerry, Munchkin
  • Tank: Axxiom, brussen, Fusions, Mouffin
  • Healer: Myunbong, Swimmer

Dallas Fuel

  • DPS: aKm, Decay, Doha, ZachaREEE
  • Tank: Gamsu, NotE, Trill
  • Healer: Closer, Crimzo, HarryHook, uNKOE

Los Angeles Gladiators

  • DPS: birding, Jaru, MirroR
  • Tank: Bischu, LhCloudy, OGE, SPACE
  • Healer: BigGoose, Paintbrush, Shaz

Los Angeles Valiant

  • DPS: Apply, KSF, KSP, Shax
  • Tank: Dreamer, GiG, McGravy
  • Healer: Lastro, RaiN

London Spitfire

  • DPS: ALTHOUGH, Babel, Glister, Schwi
  • Tank: BERNAR, Clestyn, Jihun, JMAC
  • Healer: Fuze, Highly, Krillin, SanGuiNar

New York Excelsior

  • DPS: Libero, Nenne, Saebyeolbe, WhoRU
  • Tank: Bianca, HOTBA, Mano
  • Healer: Anamo, Jjonak, Mandu

Paris Eternal

  • DPS: NiCOgdh, SoOn, Sp9rk1e, Xzi
  • Tank: BenBest, Hanbin, NoSmite, Smex
  • Healer: FDGoD, Greyy, HyP, Kruise

San Francisco Shock

  • DPS: ANS, Architect, Rascal, sinatraa, Striker
  • Tank: ChoiHyoBin, smurf, super
  • Healer: moth, Viol2t

Toronto Defiant

  • DPS: Agilities, Logix, Mangachu, Surefour
  • Tank: Beast, Nevix
  • Healer: KariV, Kellex, RoKy

Vancouver Titans

  • DPS: Haksal, SeoMinSoo, Stitch
  • Tank: Fissure, JJANU
  • Healer: ryujehong, SLIME, Twilight
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Overwatch players discover Reinhardt is “broken” with new hammer buff

Published: 4/Dec/2020 23:18

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new buff to Reinhardt on the Overwatch Experimental Card may be a bit too strong after players did some testing with his hammer.

The December 3 Overwatch patch brought in some big changes to three different heroes with Baptiste getting a nerf to Immorality Field, D.Va’s health getting reconfigured and Reinhardt seeing an increase to his hammer swing damage.

With his swing damage improved from 75 damage to 85, these has opened up some new damage breakpoints when factoring in Mercy and Zenyatta damage boosts.

The key thing to keep in mind with most Overwatch buffs is how they are influenced by other modifiers. With most heroes being at 200 HP, the sooner your damage can exceed that, the better.

Reinhardt on Hollywood
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Reinhardt’s damage got a nice buff.

In the case of Reinhardt, his damage increase from 75 to 85 may not seem too insane until you start to factor in damage boosts. Mercy’s damage boost amplifies a hero’s attacks by 30% while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb makes it so any hero who is discorded takes 30% extra damage.

Previously, with 75 damage, one swing by Reinhardt while damage boosted or attacking a discorded target would deal 97.5. Now, however, when factoring in the 10 additional damage, that number becomes 110.5.

All it takes now is just two swings onto a 200 HP hero for Reinhardt to delete them, making the buff extra strong when he’s paired with a Mercy or Zenyatta.

Plus, there are a couple of extra elements to factor in. Reinhardt’s hammer deals cleave damage, which means that he can hit multiple enemies with a single blow. If he’s damage boosted by Mercy, he could take down teams with ease.

Not only that, but the Experimental patch also gave Reinhardt 50 extra health, meaning he has a bit more room to swing and live to tell the tale. This doesn’t even include the additional ultimate charge he will generate by doing more damage.

As you can see in the short clip, with the boost, Reinhardt can delete the 200 HP practice range bot in just one second, prompting Jon to caption the video: “Rein is broken.”

Reinhardt holds shield up
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Reinhardt is a much more deadly tank with these buffs.

Others agreed. “Buffing Rein and D.Va when they don’t need it instead of nerfing overpowered heroes isn’t good man,” a user replied.

“I don’t think this is the answer we are looking for but I guess it’s better than what we got?” Florida Mayhem content creator Samito further chimed in referring to the state of the meta.

It will be interesting to see what the devs decide to do with these Reinhardt buffs and if they make it through to the live game after the experimental period ends.