Overwatch League returns for its second season. While the first season proved that there’s a little magic to this idea of pitting hometown teams against each other in an esport and running the organization like a more traditional sports league, the Overwatch League still has a lot to prove.
Fortunately, the second season of the Overwatch League features plenty of exciting new additions. More teams, more venues, a new meta, new players, more money, and an improved format will all help ensure that those of us who tuned into the first season of Overwatch League play will have plenty of new things to watch.
Here’s everything you need to know about Overwatch League season 2:
Overwatch League Season 2 Schedule
Overwatch League season 2 kicks off on February 14. Teams will play a 28 match schedule this year rather than the 40 game schedule from season 1. This has presumably been altered to account for the addition of new teams.
This year’s post-season will feature the top eight teams (two division winners and the next four best teams). The next two spots will be determined by a play-in tournament between the seventh-12th ranked teams. The playoffs will be contested in a double elimination bracket.
The full Overwatch League season 2 schedule can be found here.
Overwatch League Season 2 Results
Houston Outlaws – 1/ Dallas Fuel – 3
Seoul Dynasty – 3/ Los Angeles Valiant – 2 Chengdu Hunters – 3/ London Spitfire – 1
Hangzhou Spark – 3/ Paris Eternal – 2
Overwatch League Season 2 Live Stream
You can watch all of the Overwatch League action live right here!
Overwatch League Season 2 Standings
You can find updated Overwatch League Season 2 standings right here.
Overwatch League Season 2 Teams
The Atlantic Division includes the Boston Uprising, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, Atlanta Reign, Paris Eternal, Toronto Defiant, and Washington Justice.
The Pacific Division includes the Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, San Francisco Shock, Seoul Dynasty, Shanghai Dragons, Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, and Vancouver Titans.
Overwatch League Season 2 Prize Money
The winning team of each Stage Playoffs will earn a $200,000 bonus. The runner-up team gets $100,000, the third and fourth place team get $50,000 each, and the 5th through 8th place teams get $25,000 each.
The championship team will net a $1.1 million bonus. The runner-ups will receive $600,000, the third place team takes home $450,000, the fourth-place team earns $350,000, the fifth and sixth place squads get $300,000, and the seventh and eighth place teams will earn $200,000.
Overwatch League Season 2 Changes
Here are some of the changes you can expect to see in Overwatch League Season Two:
– Eight new teams have joined the Overwatch League. They are the Atlanta Reign, Paris Eternal, Toronto Defiant, Washington Justice, Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, and Vancouver Titans.
– The Dallas Fuel, Atlanta Reign, and Los Angeles Valiant will all play home games this season. These home games will take place over the course of three separate weekends and will be held at venues near the teams’ home cities.
– All teams will play 28 games this season rather than the 40 games from Overwatch League season 1.
– The All-Star Game will now be held between Stages 2 and 3.
– Eight teams will now be featured in the playoffs. Each division winner gets an automatic playoff berth followed by the four remaining teams with the best record. The remaining two spots will be determined by a play-in tournament between the remaining six best teams.
– Total prize money for Overwatch League‘s second season is now at $5 million, up from $3.5 million.
– Each stage’s map pool now features 12 possible maps. These maps will still rotate between stages.
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