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Overwatch League reportedly proposing major 2021 format changes to teams

Published: 14/Oct/2020 19:00 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 12:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new report is claiming that the Overwatch League is proposing some massive changes to the 2021 season that would once again split teams into two regions and even add Contenders teams to tournaments in Asia.

According to sources who spoke with GGRecon, the league is considering moving the beginning of season 4 to April and would run until September.

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The new changes would see the five Asian teams remain in their region, with New York and London returning to the West. However, to compensate, three teams from Contenders in Asia would be joining to participate in tournaments.

Sources allegedly told GGRecon that the three Contenders teams in the tournaments would be made up of one from Korea, one from China, and one wild card team.

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During Season 3, the league deviated from its traditional sports-inspired season format with the onset of the global health crisis and introduced monthly tournaments.

GGRecon reports that there would be three region-specific tournaments once again, with the exception of a mid-season tournament which would feature teams from both regions.

Additionally, and predictably, the season’s overall playoffs would also feature teams from both.

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LANs may not be possible with an audience in North America.

As for LANs, the sources claim the league intends to have LAN competition for the North American division without an audience. Things may change in Asia, however, where audiences may be allowed depending on how the global health issues develop.

Of course, a return to online play is always a possibility as the future is uncertain.

It should also be noted that these alleged format changes are still subject to change, as GGRecon’s source emphasized.

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The possible inclusion of Contenders teams into Asian tournaments should be one to watch out for. Franchise owners may not look too favorably at the possibility of Tier 2 talent beating their expensive rosters.

Nonetheless, it’s looking like some massive changes could be in the works for season 4, especially with that potential April season start with Overwatch 2 still in development.

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Among Us comes to Overwatch with amazing custom game mode

Published: 3/Oct/2020 19:05 Updated: 5/Oct/2020 19:42

by Bill Cooney

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The hit party game Among Us has been completely recreated in Overwatch’s Workshop mode thanks to the work of one dedicated player, and the results are impressive, to say the least.

Innersloth’s multiplayer murder-mystery game has become one of the surprise hits of 2020, especially considering the fact it was first released in 2018 and had gotten barely any attention until a few months ago.

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Even though it’s over two years old hasn’t seemed to slow it down at all, with more people acting ‘sus’ than ever before this year. For instance, devs from Innersloth revealed recently that it had close to 100 million downloads in 2020 and a good couple million concurrent players on any given day.

All of this hype inspired Korean YouTuber HYAYA (흐야야) to create a fully-functioning version of Among Us in the Overwatch Workshop using the game’s heroes as the crewmembers and imposters.

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It wouldn’t be Among Us without the appropriate setting, and the abandoned Horizon Lunar Colony map serves as the perfect backdrop for accusing and framing the people that you once called friends. It also has plenty of vents, which we swear we saw Sombra just disappear into.

They even went to the trouble of remaking most of the simple, yet time-consuming tasks the crew has to complete before being brutally murdered in order to survive.

There’s also a voting screen for your group to determine who lives and who takes a one-way trip out of the airlock every round. To top it all off, a hilarious animation showing the unlucky hero floating off into space plays after they’ve been voted off, with text revealing if they were the imposter or not.

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To be fair, Reaper was acting super sus in Medbay.

Sadly, HYAYA hasn’t posted a game code for others to try out Among Us in Overwatch just yet, as there still seem to be a few bugs floating around. But this video shows Among Us custom games are possible, so we’d keep our eyes out for a code appearing very soon.

Hopefully, it arrives in time for the Halloween Terror event, which should get going in the next couple of weeks.

Among Us with Overwatch heroes would be a great way to break up Junkenstein’s Revenge matches, and save us the trouble of switching back and forth between windows while waiting in the queue.

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