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Overwatch League Season Two schedule and format details emerge

by Joe O'Brien

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The schedule and format for Season Two of the Overwatch League has been revealed.

Details regarding Season Two appear to have been posted to the Chinese Overwatch League site, although no announcement has been made on the English site.

The Chinese announcement was posted to Reddit by u/sgbros1_, along with a translation of some of the key details.

The post reveals that Season Two of the Overwatch League is set to kick off on Thursday February 14th, a month later than the inaugural season began in 2018. Several changes have also been made to the format, both to improve on the first season and account for the addition of eight new teams.

In Season Two, teams will play a total of 28 games, reduced from the 40 played by teams in Season One. In any given week a team can play a maximum of two matches, but not every team will necessarily play every week.

The season will still be divided into four Stages, each of which will be five weeks long. The breaks between stages will be extended, however, and the All-Stars event for 2019 will take place between Stages 2 and 3.

The playoffs are also being adjusted for the expansion of the league. As in Season One, the top team from each division will automatically qualify for the playoffs, as will the following four teams in the overall standings. In addition, however, there will also be two “wildcard” spaces, filled by a playoff for the spots after the regular season concludes.

The Pacific Division will now include Vancouver, Chengdu, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou, while joining the Atlantic Division are Paris, Toronto, Washington D.C., and Atlanta.