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Will Overwatch League add new expansion teams in Season 3? OWL 2020 details confirmed

Published: 16/Jul/2019 14:12 Updated: 16/Jul/2019 15:11

by Joe O'Brien

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It appears that the Overwatch League won’t be bringing in any new expansion teams for its third season.

The league recently announced that it would be going fully local for the 2020 season, moving out of the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles as all matches will be taking place in local ‘homestand’ events hosted by the teams.

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Included in the announcement, however, were details of the format, which revealed that teams will once again play a total of 28 matches – two against each opponent within their conference, and one against each opponent from the opposite conference.

The inclusion of these details, as well as how the teams will be divided into Atlantic and Pacific Conferences, each of which will have two divisions, seems to confirm that no additional teams will be joining the league for the 2020 season.

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Each team will host at least two homestand events during the season, which means that every city currently represented in the OWL will see some competition in 2020, but any fans hoping for a new city to join the league will have to wait at least another year.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentThe Overwatch League recently announced a move to local ‘homestands’ for Season 3.

The news will undoubtedly come as something of a disappointment for some fans, particularly for those regions with few or even no representatives currently in the league. Most notably, South Korea and Europe have one and two teams respectively, while there are no teams based in Australia or the Pacific, both of which have Contenders leagues.

The now-former Commissioner of the Overwatch League, Nate Nanzer, had stated in interviews that the league eventually planned to reach 28 teams globally, and in an interview with The Sun in September 2018 said that “If we’re looking to add additional teams going into season 3 Europe is going to be a huge focus for us as a place to do that.”

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It seems that expansion will have to wait another year, though, with ESPN’s Jacob Wolf also confirming that, according to his conversations with Nanzer and Activision Blizzard CEO Pete Vlastelica, there will be no expansion for 2020, a decision that was apparently made “pretty early” in the 2019 season.

Fortunately, anyone who wishes to travel to their nearest homestand during the 2020 season should have plenty of time to plan for the trip, as the Overwatch League is expected to release a full schedule in August 2019, with tickets going on sale shortly after.

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

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.

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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.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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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.

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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.

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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.

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