Overwatch League Seasons
Overwatch League 2019 is coming to an end, and as we inch closer to the season’s conclusion, Blizzard has made some noticeable changes for 2020. 2020 will be the first year of home games, and maybe the last depending on how it goes. Instead of playing all their matches in Los Angeles, teams will play in venues scattered around the globe.
The League was initially split into two divisions, Atlantic and Pacific, which was done to prepare for eventual home games. These divisions are now the Atlantic and Pacific Conferences. Because this extensive travel is bound to take a toll on the players, these conferences will split further into four divisions: Atlantic North, Atlantic South, Pacific East, and Pacific West. Here’s a list of all the teams and the division they fall under:
In 2020, each team will host two homestands, similar to the Dallas Fuel Homestand earlier this year. On top of this, teams in each division will collectively host three additional events somewhere in their home territories. There will be 52 homestand events in total throughout the season.
The 2020 season begins in February and ends in August. Each team will play 28 matches over the course of the regular season. Teams will face in-conference opponents twice and out-of-conference teams once. The full 2020 schedule will be released sometime this month with tickets going on sale shortly after.
The League’s 2020 season will not have stages like it does right now. This is due to traveling and scheduling. Instead, there will be a midseason All-Stars event. Games will also occur every weekend, no breaks between playoffs, but teams will still have breaks during their bye weeks. At the end of the season, the best teams will come together to determine the winner of the Grand Finals.
We’ll have to wait and see if this change in location affects the games in any way. Regardless, I think the 2020 season offers a new distinction between previous seasons. Perhaps this marks the transition into eSports becoming more widely accepted as a sport? Even if not, I’m looking forward to seeing some phenomenal games next season.