The Overwatch League 2019 Season Starts February 14th. (bring flowers)

2019 is going to be huge for the Overwatch League and the action starts February 14th with the Philly Fusion going against the London Spitfire. It may be Valentine’s Day but I doubt they’ll be exchanging chocolates.

Blizzard has now officially shared more details on the season including the full schedule. Click here to see all 4 stages broken down.

Of special note, this season the Dallas Fuel, Atlanta Reign, and Los Angeles Valiant teams will be representing the league in their home cities!  

Let’s get into the full update from Blizzard:

HOMESTAND WEEKEND SERIES

New this season: three Overwatch League teams will be the first to host games in their home cities. Those three teams are the Dallas Fuel, Atlanta Reign, and Los Angeles Valiant.

The Fuel will be the first to host matches, with their home event scheduled for April 27-28, 2019. The event will be held at the Allen Event Center in North Texas, and will include the Chengdu Hunters, Hangzhou Spark, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, Paris Eternal, Los Angeles Valiant, and Seoul Dynasty. Fans interested in purchasing tickets can pre-register atDallasFuel.com.  

The Reign will host matches on July 6-7, with the Florida Mayhem, Guangzhou Charge, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, Shanghai Dragons, Toronto Defiant, and Washington Justice in town.

Finally, on August 24-25 at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live, the Valiant will host the Atlanta Reign, Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Hangzhou Spark, Los Angeles Gladiators, New York Excelsior, Vancouver Titans, San Francisco Shock, and Shanghai Dragons.

Additional details—including ticket availability—for the Homestand Weekend events will be revealed at a later date.

2019 SEASON PRIMER

We previously shared big changes for the 2019 season, but here’s a quick refresher and some new information:

  • The Atlanta Reign, Paris Eternal, Toronto Defiant, and Washington Justice will join the Atlantic Division.
  • The Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, and Vancouver Titans will join the Pacific Division
  • All teams will play a 28-match schedule this season, down from 40 from the 2018 season.
  • The All-Star Game and other skills competitions will be held between Stages 2 and 3.
  • Stage Finals will be held after Stages 1, 2, and 3. Eight teams will qualify, including the two division leaders in that stage, along with the next six teams in the stage standings regardless of division.
  • For the postseason, the two division winners along with the next best four teams by record, regardless of division, will automatically qualify. Two additional teams will qualify through a play-in tournament between the seventh- through 12th-place teams. Those final eight teams will compete for the league championship in a double-elimination bracket.
  • The prize pool for the 2019 season is $5 million, up from $3.5 million in 2018.
    • Stage Playoffs Prize Pool (for each of Stage 1, 2, and 3):
      • Winner gets $200K
      • Runner-up gets $100K
      • 3rd and 4th place teams get $50K each
      • 5th through 8th place teams get $25K each
    • Season Playoffs Prize Pool:
      • Champion gets $1.1M
      • Runner-up gets $600K
      • 3rd place team gets $450K
      • 4th place team gets $350K
      • 5th and 6th place teams get $300K each
      • 7th and 8th place teams get $200K each
  • The map pool for each stage has been expanded to 12 maps. Here’s the map pool for Stage 1:
Map pool for Stage 1

BLIZZARD ARENA LOS ANGELES EVENTS

  • Team Signings: Each team will be featured once during the season for a post-match team signing. Team signings are free to all fans in attendance. Team signings are noted on theticketing pages.
  • Season Pass: Fans who don’t want to miss a single day of the Overwatch League can purchase a Season Pass and receive special privileges, including a dedicated entrance with early access to Blizzard Arena 10 minutes before doors open, first opportunity to pick seats each day, tickets to the All-Star event and all three Stage Finals, a backstage tour, a Soldier: 76 statue signed by their favorite team, priority for all team signings, and early access to purchase Grand Finals tickets.
Blizzard Arena Los Angeles
  • Pick 6: Fans can customize a six-game package featuring their favorite team. The Pick 6 package automatically includes the team signing date of their favorite team.
  • Friends & Family Fridays: On eight Fridays throughout the 2019 season, we’re offering the Friends & Family package. For just $88, this group ticket offer includes four tickets, four drinks, and two orders of nachos. Supplies of Friends & Family packages are limited.
  • Pride Day: In conjunction with LA Pride 2019, the Overwatch League will celebrate our LGBTQ fanbase.

OVERWATCH LEAGUE ON TV

A selection of Overwatch League matches will be broadcast this season on the ESPN/Disney XD/ABC family of networks. Here’s the schedule for Week 1:

Week 1 schedule on Disney XD:

Further information about which matches will be broadcast will be released soon.

All 2019 season matches will be available live and on demand on overwatchleague.com, the Overwatch League app, our Twitch channel, MLG.com, and the MLG app.

STAY TUNED

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