With Stage 2 starting on Thursday, April 4, we’ve got all the important details to get you ready.
Overwatch’s newest hero, Baptiste, is making his debut on the pro stage in Stage 2. While he’s technically a support, Baptiste has some unique offensive and defensive abilities. Head over to his official hero page for more details on his kit, and check out his origin story cinematic.
The latest patch (1.34) will also tweak the abilities of many other characters: Ana, Doomfist, Hanzo, Lúcio, McCree, Mei, Moira, Orisa, Pharah, Soldier: 76, Sombra, Torbjörn, Widowmaker, and Wrecking Ball.
We'll Always Have Paris
X Marks the Spot
We’ve made an important change to the map order. We are switching the order of the assault and hybrid maps to reduce the likelihood that a match is decided part-way through the third map as draws are more likely on assault. The revised map order is control, assault, hybrid, escort, with a control tiebreaker if necessary. Here’s where the Overwatch League pros will battle it out during Stage 2:
Time After Time
Heading into the 2019 season, we were anticipating matches would take 90 minutes. However, after reviewing the data from Stage 1, we have seen that matches are typically running 105 minutes. To make it easier for everyone to tune in to watch their favorite teams, we’re officially resetting the schedule to account for actual match length. Check out the schedule page for the updated times.
We’ll also be adding some additional tiebreakers to minimize the odds of a tie for seeding in the stage and regular-season playoffs. We’ll announce the specifics at a later date.
Stage 2 starts on Thursday, April 4, at 4 p.m. PDT, when the Philadelphia Fusion take on the New York Excelsior. 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.