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Overwatch League announces new 20-team playoff format

Published: 15/Jul/2020 19:00

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch League has announced its post-season plans for the 2020 playoffs, bringing back the double-elimination format from 2019, but with some big new additions.

To begin, starting September 3, single-elimination qualifying matches will feature the lowest seeds out of the 20 teams in the Asian and North American regions. The seeding is determined by teams’ performance during the regular season and any extra wins they earned by placing in the three monthly tournaments.

As lower seeds advance, the higher seeds will have the opportunity to pick their opponents just as they did in the monthly tournament format.

From there, the winners will advance to a double-elimination bracket on September 5. Once again, higher seeds will be able to pick their opponents, thus forming the bracket. Matches will play out until only two teams from each region remain.


Once four teams are left, the last two teams from North America will travel to Asia to compete against the remaining two teams in the APAC region – once they’ve completed a fourteen-day quarantine.

Additionally, the teams who had been knocked into the losers’ bracket will have a fresh start of sorts as the final four portion is treated as its own mini-tournament.

It should be noted, however, that while the North American teams will be traveling to Korea, the matches will still be played online.

London Spitfire win the Overwatch League championship
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The OWL’s first season was won by the London Spitfire.

The team on the winners’ side in North America will play the team from the losers’ side in Asia and vice versa, eventually leading to a winners’ finals, losers’ finals and Grand Final.

The Grand Finals will be a first-to-four format while the other matches are a first-to-three.

According to Competition Operations Senior Manager Adam Mierzejewski, the league decided not to implement a bracket reset in the event the team from losers’ prevailed in Grand Finals, but it was something they had considered.

The Shock celebrate winning the 2019 Overwatch League season
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Will the Shock repeat in 2020?

“It’s something we talked about since the very first season. We considered it, but didn’t go forward with it,” he said. After the 2019 post-season, no teams or fans pushed for a map advantage or bracket reset so it remained the same.

The plans do differ quite a bit from the 2019 format, which according to Mierzejewski was going to be the basis for the original 2020 plans until world events affected the seasonal structure.

“We wanted to find the best way to highlight the best teams in North America and Asia by keeping health and safety first,” he explained. “The reason we are where we are today is that our utmost priority is keeping the health and safety of our league staff, teams and players.”

Overwatch League bracket
Overwatch League
Brackets for the first week of post-season play in North America.

Because there would be so many teams facing off for the first time this season, it only made sense to implement a completely new tournament once the Final Four had been established.

“We want to make the best possible finish to the playoffs while also keeping the players isolated from one another and other teams,” he added.

The format could change

This all said, it is also possible that if the world situation affects travel, the league does have back-up plans in place. One possible scenario is having two regional champions in the event teams can’t travel to Asia.

Super competes in Overwatch League
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The Shock have returned as a dominant force.

“We’re constantly monitoring how visa situations are changing… but we’re excited about where we’ve landed working together with teams and players to create exciting Overwatch for fans,” Lead Strategy Manager Aditya Rudra said.

The road to the 2020 Overwatch League playoffs resumes on Friday, July 17 with three weeks of matches headed into the Countdown Cup on August 7 as the final monthly tournament of the year.

The 2020 Overwatch League regular season concludes August 29, giving teams a small break before the play-in matches kick off September 3.


Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton


Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

Overwatch Numbani gameplay
Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.