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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 player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.