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Overwatch Contenders Finals Will Be Played at the Overwatch World Cup Group Stages

Published: 20/Jul/2018 4:10 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 16:37

by Joe O'Brien

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The Overwatch Contenders season two finals will take place at the group stages of the Overwatch World Cup.

Blizzard has announced a change in the format of the grand finals for Overwatch Contenders, the tier of Overwatch competition beneath the Overwatch League.

Unlike last season, which culminated in offline finals specifically for Contenders, this season’s finals for the EU, NA, and Pacific divisions will take place at the group stages of the Overwatch World Cup.

The World Cup group stages are separated into four separate events hosted in different countries, and these Contenders divisions will play their finals at the stage in their region.

That isn’t the only change to the format, however. Where previously the top four teams qualified for the offline finals, where they then fought for the trophy, this time around only the top two teams will meet offline, with the rest of the competition played online.

As a result, some players aren’t happy with the change, which means fewer opportunities for players to gain offline experience. With no third-party tournament circuit to compete in, Contenders is effectively the only option for aspiring professionals beneath the Overwatch League itself.

The finals will be played in the following locations:

  • Contenders NA – Los Angeles, California, September 7
  • Contenders Pacific – Bangkok, Thailand, September 14
  • Contenders EU – Paris, France, September 21
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Crafty Overwatch spot can give you the drop on Lijiang Tower

Published: 30/Nov/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney

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A new perch where Overwatch players can hang out has been discovered on Lijiang Tower’s Night Market stage, and it’s somewhere the enemy team will never think to look.

There are plenty of out the way and unexpected spots you can post up on in Overwatch, and the stages of Lijiang Tower contain a good number of them.

With plenty of roofs, walkways, nooks, and crannies, there are plenty of places to lay in wait for unsuspecting enemies, but this one discovered by Reddit user InfamousHandy on a whole other level.

Overwatch Lijang Tower Night market spot ( IDK if this spot was shown before) from Overwatch

In the area just outside the spawn room, there’s a building to the right (or left depending on which side you’re on) that’s covered in dark awnings. As you can see, with an ability like Reaper’s Shadowstep it’s actually possible to get up there and chill as long as you like.

If you can get up to this spot on the enemy side with your ult without being seen or destroyed, you have a chance to drop down and score some eliminations while the other team is still regrouping.

It’s not just Reaper who can reach it either, Echo, Pharah, and Lucio also can on their own, and any hero can as well with the help of Symmetra’s Teleporter. Just imagine what it would be like to get a Bastion up there.

The only downside is that to have any chance in a regular match of getting kills with this, you will most likely have to make your way to the enemy side of the map, which can be a challenge all on its own sometimes.

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Side corridors are your friend for sneaking around on Night Market, shown here, ironically, during the day.

To increase your chances of making it across undetected, we’d suggest using the side corridors, if you lack a movement ability that lets you avoid the ground altogether, like Lucio.

With the Lunar New Year event coming right up after Winter Wonderland though, this strat might be worth keeping in your back pocket for those special Capture the Flag modes.