The start of the 2019 Overwatch League season is almost here, but even elite players need some time to get into regular-season form. This year, instead of a traditional preseason, we’re adding some competitive spice to help get the players on point.
We’ve put together a series of rivalry-building scrims and some fun custom matches, and you get to watch every moment of it live. And you won’t be alone: we’ve invited a lucky group of Overwatch streamers to get in on the action. Clean streams of these competitions will be provided to hand-picked Overwatch streamers to use—and provide commentary for—on their individual channels.
Where to watch:
- Feb. 9—Jayne (North America), YBT (Korea), One Amongst Many (United Kingdom), Noserino (Germany)
- Feb. 10—ZP (NA), YBT (KR), One Amongst Many (UK), Noserino (DE)
- Feb. 11—Chanman(NA)
- Feb. 12—ZP(NA), Miro(KR)
- Feb. 13—Overwatch League
From February 9–10, Overwatch League teams will scrimmage one another on stage, and from February 11–13, players, broadcast talent, and popular community streamers will compete in fun custom matches.
Here’s the complete schedule of events and some additional details on how the competitions will work:
Saturday, Feb. 9
- Paris Eternal vs. New York Excelsior—12 p.m. PST
- Atlanta Reign vs. Boston Uprising—1:15 p.m. PST
- Toronto Defiant vs. Philadelphia Fusion—2:30 p.m. PST
- Washington Justice vs. San Francisco Shock—3:45 p.m. PST
- Florida Mayhem vs. Houston Outlaws—5 p.m. PST
Sunday, Feb. 10
- Dallas Fuel vs. London Spitfire—12 p.m. PST
- Vancouver Titans vs. Los Angeles Gladiators—1:15 p.m. PST
- Guangzhou Charge vs. Los Angeles Valiant—2:30 p.m. PST
- Hangzhou Spark vs. Seoul Dynasty—3:45 p.m. PST
- Chengdu Hunters vs. Shanghai Dragons—5 p.m. PST
- Format: the winner of each matchup is the first team to win two maps.
- The losing team will pick the subsequent map, and the winning team will select whether they want to attack or defend.
- Game modes will be played in the following order: control, hybrid, assault, escort
- The first map will be predetermined by the league from the Stage 1 map pool.
- Game settings: standard competitive.
Monday, Feb. 11
- Hee-Dong “Guard” Lee (Spitfire) vs. Chunting “Kyo” Kong (Hunters)—6 p.m. PST
- Do-Hyeon “Pine” Kim (Excelsior) vs. Lane "Surefour" Roberts (Gladiators)—6:15 p.m. PST
- Karol “Danye” Szcześniak (Eternal) vs. Weida “Diya” Lu (Dragons)—6:30 p.m. PST
- Renan "Alemao" Moretto (Uprising) vs. Jun-Hyeok “Bunny” Chae (Valiant)—6:45 p.m. PST
- Jeong-Woo “Sayaplayer” Ha (Mayhem) vs. Yiliang “Eileen” Ou (Charge)—7 p.m. PST
1v1 Ana Paintball
- Jun-Sung “Asher” Choi (Defiant) vs. Grant “Moth” Espe (Shock)—7:30 p.m. PST
- Simon “Snillo” Ekströmt (Fusion) vs. Ju-Seok “Twilight” Lee (Titans)—7:45 p.m. PST
- Petja “Masaa” Kantanen (Reign) vs. Ho-Jin “Idk” Park (Spark)—8 p.m. PST
- Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty (Outlaws) vs. Won-Sik "Closer" Jung (Fuel)—8:15 p.m. PST
- Riley “Fahzix” Taylor (Justice) vs. Joon-Hyeok “Zunba” Kim (Dynasty)—8:30 p.m. PST
- Maps: Castillo, Necropolis, and Ecopoint: Antarctica.
- Ashe 1v1 game settings: headshots only. There’s no B.O.B., Dynamite, or elimination camera. There’s no capture point, and both players will be revealed to each other after 60 seconds. If there is not an elimination after five minutes, the round will end and be restarted. Score to win: five eliminations.
- Ana 1v1 Paintball game settings: one-shot eliminations. Biotic Grenade is disabled, Biotic Rifle damage is set to maximum, and there’s no elimination camera. There’s no capture point, and both players will be revealed to each other after 60 seconds. If there is not an elimination after five minutes, the round will end and be restarted. Score to win: five eliminations.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
6v6 Capture the Flag
- Atlanta vs. Chengdu—6 p.m. PST
- Paris vs. Guangzhou—6:45 p.m. PST
- Toronto vs. Hangzhou—7:30 p.m. PST
- Washington vs. Vancouver—8:15 p.m. PST
- Each team will select six players from their roster to compete.
- Maps: Busan (Sanctuary and Downtown), Lijiang Tower Gardens, Ayutthaya, Oasis University.
- Format: the winner of each matchup is the first team to win two rounds.
- Game settings: standard 6v6 CTF rules.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
6v6 Showmatch—6 p.m. PST
- Away team:
- Home team:
- Two teams of six players—a mixture of Overwatch League broadcast talent and streamers—will compete.
- Maps: Nepal, Numbani, Route 66, Horizon Lunar Colony, Busan.
- Format: the first team to win three maps is the winner.
- Game settings: standard competitive.
The 2019 Overwatch League season kicks off on Thursday, February 14, at 4 p.m. PST with a rematch of the Grand Finals between the Philadelphia Fusion and the London Spitfire. 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.