Big changes are coming to the Overwatch League in Stage 4. Here’s all you need to know:

ROLE LOCK

For the start of Stage 4, the league will officially adopt a 2-2-2 role lock. That means team compositions for all matches will consist of two damage heroes, two tanks, and two supports. This change reflects the latest 2-2-2 role queue change to Overwatch, detailed in a developer update by Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch’s Game Director.

Here’s how it works: role lock is in place an entire map, so players can swap to any hero within a role but can only change roles between maps. This functions the same way as a player substitution, which also can only occur between maps.

To make it easier to identify roles as a viewer, players will be seated onstage by their roles and will also be ordered that way in the game’s onscreen user interface. From left to right, when the viewer is facing the stage, players will sit in order of damage-damage-tank-tank-support-support. If players change roles, they will also move into the seats for those roles.

The switch to a 2-2-2 format was done after close consultation between the league and all 20 Overwatch League teams. The teams were informed of the change in early June to give them maximum time to plan accordingly.

The season playoffs, which start on August 30, will reflect a new game patch that will include hero balance changes. We’ll have more details about that soon.

MATCH OF THE WEEK

For Stage 4, the Match of the Week be played on Sundays (except for the LA Valiant Homestand in Week 5) as the first match of the day. In order to highlight these matchups, we had to move a few other matches around. You can see the updated Stage 4 schedule here.

The first Match of the Week is a high-stakes showdown between two Pacific Division teams fighting for season playoff positioning, as Min-Sung “Diem” Bae and the Dragons square off against Min-Seo “Marve1” Hwang and the Dynasty.

Here’s the full Match of the Week slate for Stage 4:

  • Week 1: Dragons vs. Dynasty—Sunday, July 28, noon PDT
  • Week 2: Reign vs. Outlaws—Sunday, August 4, noon PDT
  • Week 3: Fusion vs. Titans—Sunday, August 11, noon PDT
  • Week 4: Spitfire vs. Reign—Sunday, August 18, noon PDT
  • Week 5: Gladiators vs. Valiant (LA Valiant Homestand) —Saturday, August 24, 5:15 PDT

1v1 DUEL SERIES

Following some highly entertaining 1v1 duels in Stage 3, we’re officially making this a weekly affair. Each week, during the Watchpoint pre-show, we’ll feature a 1v1 showdown showcasing the league’s top talent. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest details as we reveal the matchups.

In the meantime, get caught up with all the great 1v1s so far:

NEW MAP POOL

The map order for Stage 4 remains the same—control, assault, hybrid, escort, and control as a tiebreaker if needed. Here’s the complete map pool for Stage 4:

Stage 4 starts on Thursday, July 25, at 4 p.m. PDT, when the Houston Outlaws (8-13) take on the Paris Eternal (8-13). Watch all 2019 season matches live and on demand on overwatchleague.com, the Overwatch League app, our Twitch channel, MLG.com, and the MLG app.