How to watch Overwatch League Season 2 playoffs – Streams, schedule, results

Calum Patterson

The stage is set for the Season 2 playoffs for the Overwatch League, as eight teams have secured their spots to compete for the whopping $3.5 million prize pool following the conclusion of the regular season and the play-in tournament.

$1.1 million is on the line for the first-place winners, and the playoffs will convene with the grand finals in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center on September 29th.

The Philadelphia Fusion’s dream of a grand finals in front of the home crowd ended early, when they fell to the Shanghai Dragons in the first round of the play-in tournament. London Spitfire and Seoul Dynasty both emerged victorious in that tournament to qualify for the playoffs main event.

They join division champions NY Excelsior and Vancouver Titans, as well as the four other teams with the best records in the San Francisco Shock, Hangzhou Spark, LA Gladiators, and Atlanta Reign, in the playoffs of season two.

Overwatch League Playoffs stream

The OWL Season 2 Playoffs will be streamed live on the Overwatch League Twitch channel, starting on September 5th. You can watch the stream below.

Selected matches will also be broadcasted on ESPN and Disney’s XD channel.

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Overwatch League Playoffs format

The Overwatch League playoffs use a double-elimination bracket format, meaning a loss doesn’t eliminate a team right away, it just sends them down to the losers bracket. The first round matchups are seeded based on regular season record, so for example, the top-seeded 25-3 Vancouver Titans will play the lowest seed 15-13 Seoul Dynasty in the first round. 

Both the Atlanta Reign and the London Spitfire finished with 16-12 records, but London had to play through the play-in because Atlanta had a better map differential. Atlanta will also go into the playoffs with a higher seed.

Unlike the four-map match used in the regular season, all playoff matches will be a best-of-seven. The higher seed will pick the first map for every series, and each following map is picked by whoever just lost the previous map, (if you lose a map, you pick the next one). Whichever team doesn’t pick the map, gets to pick whether they attack or defend first.

Each map will be played only once per series. A notable exception to this rule happened during the Shanghai-Philly series in the recent Play-in tournament, when due to a game issue, the Numbani map was made unavailable. The league consulted with both teams, and the Fusion were allowed to select King’s Row a second time.

Overwatch League Playoffs schedule

September 5

*BST times cross into September 6

Round Match PST EST BST*
Quarterfinals (Winners’ Round 1) Vancouver Titans 4 – 2 Seoul Dynasty 4PM 6PM 12AM
Quarterfinals (Winners’ Round 1) Hangzhou Spark 3 – 4 LA Gladiators 7PM 9PM 3AM

September 6

*BST times cross into September 7

Round Match PST EST BST*
Quarterfinals (Winners’ Round 1) NY Excelsior 4 – 1 London Spitfire 4PM 7PM 12AM
Quarterfinals (Winners’ Round 1) SF Shock 3 – 4 Atlanta Reign 7PM 10PM 3AM

September 7

*BST times cross into September 8

Round Match PST EST BST*
Losers’ Round 1 Seoul Dynasty 1 – 4 Hangzhou Spark 6PM 9PM 2AM
Losers’ Round 1 London Spitfire 0 – 4 San Francisco Shock 9PM 12AM 5AM

September 8

Round Match PST EST BST
Semifinals (Winners’ Round 2) Vancouver Titans 4 – 2 LA Gladiators 12PM 3PM 8PM
Semifinals (Winners’ Round 2) NY Excelsior 4 – 2 Atlanta Reign 3PM 6PM 11PM

September 12

*BST times cross into September 13

Round Match PST EST BST*
Losers’ Round 2 Atlanta Reign 0 – 4 Hangzhou Spark 4PM 7PM 12AM
Losers’ Round 2 LA Gladiators 0 – 4 San Francisco Shock 7PM 10PM 3AM

September 13

*BST times cross into September 14

Round Match PST EST BST
Winners’ Finals Vancouver Titans 4 – 3 NY Excelsior 4PM 7PM 12AM

September 14

Round Match PST EST BST
Losers’ Round 3 Hangzhou Spark 0 – 4 San Francisco Shock 12PM 3PM 8PM

September 15

Round Match PST EST BST
Losers’ Finals NY Excelsior 0 – 4 San Francisco Shock 12PM 3PM 8PM

September 29

Round Match PST EST BST
Grand Finals Vancouver Titans vs San Francisco Shock 12PM 3PM 8PM

Overwatch League Playoffs rosters

Team Players
Vancouver Titans DPS: Haksal, Hooreg, Stitch
Tank: JJANU, Bumper, TiZi
Healer: Rapel, SLIME, Twilight
Flex: SeoMinSoo
New York Excelsior DPS: Saebyeolbe, Libero, Pine, Fl0w3r, Nenne
Tank: MekO, Mano
Healer: JJoNak, ANAMO
San Francisco Shock DPS: Architect, sinatraa, Rascal, Striker
Tank: ChoiHyoBin, Nevix, super, smurf
Healer: moth, Viol2t
Hangzhou Spark DPS: Adora, Bazzi, GodsB, Krystal
Tank: Ria, guxue, NoSmite
Healer: Bebe, iDK, Revenge
Los Angeles Gladiators DPS: Surefour, Decay
Tank: Void, rOar, Panker
Healer: BigGoose, Shaz, Ripa
Flex: Hydration
Atlanta Reign DPS: babybay, Erster, NLaaeR
Tank: DACO, frd, Gator, Pokpo
Healer: Masaa, Dogman, FunnyAstro
London Spitfire DPS: birdring, Profit, Guard
Tank: Fury, Gesture
Healer: Bdosin, NUS, Krillin, Quatermain
Seoul Dynasty DPS: FITS, Fleta, ILLICIT
Tank: Michelle, zunba, Marve1
Healer: Jecse, tobi, ryujehong, Highly

Overwatch League Playoffs talent list

Chris Puckett Desk Analyst
Malik Forté Desk Analyst
Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson Desk Analyst
Brennon ‘Bren’ Hook Desk Analyst
Soe Gschwind-Penski Desk Analyst
Christopher ‘Montecristo’ Mykles Caster
Erik ‘DoA’ Lonnquist Caster
Mitch ‘Uber’ Leslie Caster
Matt ‘MrX’ Morello Caster
Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonnat Caster
Robert ‘Hexagrams’ Kirkbride Caster
Wolf ‘Wolf’ Schröder Caster
Seth ‘Achilios’ King Caster
Danny Lim Insider/Interviewer
Emily Tang Insider/Interviewer
Mica Burton Insider/Interviewer

This page was last updated on September 15, 2019 at 3:39 pm PDT.