Stage 3 starts this week, and we’re here to get you caught up on what’s new.
Frist up, the map pool is expanding to include Overwatch’s newest map: Havana. Havana, first introduced in the Storm Rising Overwatch event, is a classic escort map with plenty of twists and turns that wind through city streets and into colonial fortifications. Join us for the start of Stage 3 on Thursday to find out how Overwatch League teams attack and defend this colorful map.
The map order for Stage 3 remains the same—control, assault, hybrid, escort, and control as a tiebreaker if needed. Here’s the complete map pool for Stage 3:
MATCH OF THE WEEK
Also new this season is the introduction of a fixed-schedule Match of the Week. Throughout Stage 3, the Match of the Week will usually be played on Sunday, often as the first match of the day. In order to accomplish this, we’ve adapted a flex system allowing us to shift matches around to feature specific matchups. You can see the updated Stage 3 schedule here.
The first Match of the Week is a high-stakes showdown of Atlantic Division leaders, pitting the New York Excelsior against the London Spitfire. The match kicks off at noon PDT and will be livestreamed on Twitch and broadcast live on Disney XD.
Here’s the full Match of the Week slate for Stage 3:
- Week 1: Excelsior vs. Spitfire—Sunday, June 9, noon PDT
- Week 2: Dynasty vs. Shock—Sunday, June 16, noon PDT
- Week 3: Fuel vs. Hunters—Sunday, June 23, noon PDT
- Week 4: Titans vs. Gladiators—Sunday, June 30, noon PDT
- Week 5: Defiant vs. Reign (Atlanta Homestand)— Saturday, July 6, noon PDT
PATCH IN PLAY
The latest Overwatch patch (1.36) brings more than just Havana. Also included are a handful of small changes to a few heroes, including Ashe, Brigitte, D.Va, Roadhog, and Torbjörn.
Coming soon, you’ll have the ability to replay an entire Overwatch League match from any perspective you choose, including first-person, third-person, and bird’s eye views. The Professional Viewer feature will be available on PC using a special client that you can download in the Battle.net app. Overwatch League matches will be available in the viewer the Monday after each week concludes in the Americas and on Tuesday everywhere else. So get in there and watch your way!
Stage 3 starts on Thursday, June 6, at 4 p.m. PDT, when the Stage 2 champion Shock (11-3) take on the Reign (7-7). 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.