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Overwatch League cancels Chinese homestands after Coronavirus outbreak

Published: 30/Jan/2020 1:07 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:24

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch League has officially made a decision regarding the upcoming Chinese homestands early on into the third season.

On January 29, one day after the White House suggested it would suspend all US-China flights, the league announced that the upcoming home games in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou would be cancelled.

“We have decided to cancel our February and March matches in China in order to protect the health and safety, fans, and staff,” the statement said.

Five Chinese homestands will be cancelled as a result of Blizzard’s decision. Shanghai’s week two homestand, starting on February 15, Guangzhou’s week three, six, and seven homestands, and Hangzhou’s week four homestand will all be cancelled.

Prior to the announcement, the Guangzhou Charge revealed they had moved their non-Chinese players to South Korea while they expedited visas for Chinese players to join them.

“The reality that the situation is unpredictable, complex, and urgent,” the team said in a statement. “We hope our fans can understand what the Chinese teams and the league are faced with.”

The Shanghai Dragons also addressed the situation and stated that they too would be temporarily relocating all players and staff to Korea.

“Our priority is to ensure the safety of all our players and staff, along with providing the best possible environment for them to practice in,” they said. “We will be temporarily relocating all our players and coaching staff to Korea effective immediately.”

Meanwhile, Overwatch’s only fully-Chinese team, the Chengdu Hunters would be remaining in China, but ensured that they would be taking precautions including checking staff members’ body temperature.

With five less homestands on the board for the opening weeks of the Overwatch League, it could have a major effect on the standings for the mid-season tournament.

Blizzard are yet to announce how they’ll cover the missing games for the dozen teams participating in these homestands for their record towards the  week 13 event.

Other leagues, such as China’s League of Legends’ LPL have called off their upcoming week two matches due to safety risks regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.

Additional reporting by Dexerto’s Andrew Amos


How to watch BLAST Premier Fall 2020: stream, teams, schedule, results

Published: 31/Oct/2020 17:05 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 18:09

by Andrew Amos


The world’s best Counter-Strike is taking place in Europe right now. BLAST Premier Fall 2020 is set to kick off on October 26, featuring 12 top teams from around the world duking it out for $150,000 USD.

BLAST have condensed their Premier Fall series from two regions to one. North America has been left on the sidelines as the world’s best teams move over to Europe to compete.

That doesn’t mean the competition is going to be any less fierce though. 12 top squads from across the globe are converging on the region to duke it out over $150,000, as well as points towards the BLAST Premier Global Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 streams

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 will be streamed live on the Blast Twitch and YouTube channels. The action is expected to kick off on October 26 at 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET / 3:30pm GMT. Most days will have the same start time.

For your convenience, we’ve embedded the stream below.

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 teams

12 top teams from across Europe and North America are taking part in BLAST Premier Fall 2020. Most notably is obviously the four-time Major winners Astralis, although the competition will be hot on their heels.

North American champions FURIA have flown across the Atlantic to make their presence known in Europe. The new-look Complexity and MIBR rosters will also be taking to the stage for the first time.

IEM New York winners FaZe Clan are in attendance too, as well as numerous other top 10 teams.

Group A Group B Group C
Natus Vincere Vitality Astralis
Ninjas in Pyjamas Complexity MIBR
Evil Geniuses BIG FURIA
OG FaZe Clan G2 Esports

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 brackets

Group A

BLAST Premier Fall 2020

Group B


Group C

BLAST Premier Fall 2020

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 schedule & scores

Monday, October 26

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Opening Round Na’Vi 2 – 0 NiP 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Opening Round Evil Geniuses 1 – 2 OG 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 27

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Upper Final Na’Vi 0 – 2 OG 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Lower Round 1 NiP 2 – 0 Evil Geniuses 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Wednesday, October 28

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Losers Final Na’Vi 2 – 1 NiP 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Grand Final OG 2 – 1 Na’Vi 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm

Thursday, October 29

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Opening Round Vitality 2 – 1 Complexity 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Opening Round BIG 2 – 1 FaZe 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Friday, October 30

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Winners Final Vitality 2-0 BIG 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Losers Round 1 Complexity 2-0 FaZe 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Saturday, October 31

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Losers Final Complexity vs BIG 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Grand Final Vitality vs TBD 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm

Monday, November 2

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Opening Round Astralis vs MIBR 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Opening Round FURIA vs G2 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 3

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Winners Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Losers Round 1 TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm

Wednesday, November 4

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Losers Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm