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Overwatch League Stage 3 changes – new map, replays and more

Published: 5/Jun/2019 14:17 Updated: 5/Jun/2019 15:02

by Joe O'Brien


Several exciting new features are being added to the Overwatch League as it heads into the third stage of its second season.

Stage 3 of the Overwatch League is due to kick off on Thursday, June 6, and will be played on the June 3 patch, version 1.36, for the duration of the stage.


In addition to the standard hero balance updates that occur with each patch change, for Stage 3 the Overwatch League is also getting some brand-new features that will help enhance the viewing experience and give the league a fresh look for fans.

New “Match of the Week” schedule

For Stage 3 onwards, the Overwatch League will also have a fixed slot for “Match of the Week” games that will take place on Sunday.


By utilizing a flex scheduling system, the OWL will be able to move key match-ups in the otherwise-fixed schedule so that some of the most interesting matches, such as those between division leaders, will be in a time-slot that should be viewable by the maximum number of fans, as mid-week matches take place at times that can be awkward for some time zones.

The Match of the Week games for Stage 3 will be as follows:

  • Week 1: Excelsior vs. Spitfire—Sunday, June 9, noon PDT
  • Week 2: Dynasty vs. Shock—Sunday, June 16, noon PDT
  • Week 3: Fuel vs. Hunters—Sunday, June 23, noon PDT
  • Week 4: Titans vs. Gladiators—Sunday, June 30, noon PDT
  • Week 5: Mayhem vs. Reign (Atlanta Homestand)— Sunday, July 7, 12:30 PDT

Blizzard EntertainmentHavana will join the Overwatch League map pool for Stage 3.

Havana joins the map pool

New Escort map Havana was introduced with the Storm Rising Overwatch Archives event, and now is set to make its debut in the Overwatch League map pool.


As usual, the Stage 3 map pool will consist of 12 maps – three of each game type – so that teams don’t have to practice all 21 of the game’s current competitive maps at once. The full map pool for Stage 3 is as follows.


  • Ilios
  • Oasis
  • Nepal


  • Paris
  • Volskaya Industries
  • Horizon: Lunar Colony


  • Hollywood
  • Eichenwalde
  • Numbani


  • Havana
  • Watchpoint: Gibraltar
  • Dorado

Overwatch League Replays

Following on the heels of the new Replays System currently in testing on the PTR, Overwatch League fans will soon have access to full replays for OWL matches, allowing them to watch back the games with full observer capabilities.

Unfortunately, this feature will only be available to those with access to a PC as it requires a special Professional Viewer client to be downloaded. Matches will be available in the Professional Viewer on Mondays in the Americas after each week concludes and on Tuesday everywhere else.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.