Leaks about the 2019 Overwatch League season structure dropped on Monday, and the Overwatch League took no time in confirming the facts. Confirmed by the League’s public relations, the 2019 season will begin on Thursday, February 14th, 2019. Each of the twenty teams will play 28 matches over four five-week stages at Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California.
“The focus of our 2019 format is to continue to iterate and improve the fan and team/player experience,” said a representative of the Overwatch League’s public relations team.
Here’s what we know:
All-Star Weekend will be in the middle of the season, instead of the end
A new play-in tournament at the end of the regular season will determine the last two playoff teams
Paris, Toronto, Washington D.C., and Atlanta will join the Atlantic Division
Vancouver, Chengdu, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou will join the Pacific Division
Teams will get bye weeks
Longer breaks during the season, including an extended break around the League’s All-Star Weekend (slated to take place between Stages Two and Three)
While the exact schedule has yet to be released, teams will play “zero, one or two matches per week.” This is to assist with “keeping players fresh” and giving teams the opportunity to visit their future home areas. Hopefully the schedule is done in a way where players and team staff are able to find a good balance between work and real life.
Hopefully the confirmation of these details for the upcoming season means we will soon get to see the reveal of the new jerseys, team names and colors for the expansion teams, and announcements for new rosters and roster updates.
We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
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