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OWL reveals new roster minimum, salary floor among new rules

The Overwatch League plans a series of roster rule changes — which include a reduction in the minimum roster size and a slight bump in pay for its players — that will take effect in the upcoming 2022 season, the league announced Monday. Because the league will shift to using Overwatch 2 and the game’s […]

  • Houston Outlaws’ KSF retires from Overwatch

    Houston Outlaws flex DPS player Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa cited medical issues for his decision to retire from Overwatch League competition. “I had some medical issues that complicated things early on that continued intermittently throughout the season,” KSF wrote in a Twitlonger post. “It really affected my mental and I couldn’t bring myself to grind (out) […]

  • Shock, Justice advance to OWL playoffs

    The San Francisco Shock and Washington Justice won their matches Sunday in the Overwatch League West play-in tournament to advance to the playoffs. The Shock had the easier time of the two, sweeping the Toronto Defiant. Opening with Oasis, the Shock took a 2-0 victory in the first map. A 2-1 win on Volskaya Industries […]

  • Fusion win twice to clinch playoff spot

    The Philadelphia Fusion recorded a pair of victories in the Overwatch League play-in tournament Sunday to qualify for the playoffs. The Fusion opened the day with a 3-1 victory against the Hangzhou Spark. The Spark struck first, taking a 2-1 win on Oasis before the Fusion tied it up with a 3-2 win on Volskaya […]

  • Justice, Defiant open OWL play-in tournament with wins

    The Washington Justice and Toronto Defiant opened the Overwatch League play-in tournament Saturday with victories to keep their hopes of reaching the playoffs alive. Both teams picked up 3-0 victories in the West Region. The Justice defeated Paris Eternal and the Defiant swept Boston Uprising. Washington won 2-0 on Lijiang Tower to start and followed […]

  • Former Spark player MCD apologizes for remarks

    Former Hangzhou Spark flex support Jeong-ho “MCD” Lee apologized Monday to fans and the Overwatch League audience for making xenophobic comments toward a Chinese player. The Spark terminated the 23-year-old South Korean player’s contract on Aug. 24. “I sincerely apologize to everyone who were offended and disappointed by the inappropriate statement I made during my […]

  • OWL cancels live postseason events over COVID concerns

    The Overwatch League has canceled its live postseason events due to COVID-19 concerns. “Our entire team has been working hard over the past several months to welcome you, our incredible fan community, back to live events for playoffs and Grand Finals in September,” the league posted on Twitter late Wednesday. “Unfortunately, since we originally announced […]

  • Hangzhou Spark drop MCD after xenophobic remarks

    The Hangzhou Spark terminated flex support Jeong-ho “MCD” Lee’s contract Tuesday following reports of alleged xenophobic comments directed toward a Chinese opponent. The 23-year-old South Korean player joined the Overwatch League team in November 2020. “Today the Hangzhou Spark was made aware of an incident involving MCD’s in-game behavior,” the team said in a statement […]

  • Gladiators defeat Hunters to win OWL’s Countdown Cup final

    In the Grand Finals of the Overwatch League’s Countdown Cup, the Los Angeles Gladiators took their first midseason tournament title of the year in a thrilling 4-3 win against the Chengdu Hunters on Saturday. This series saw two teams with elite pace clash in the Hunters (11-5, 15 points) and the Gladiators (11-5, 14 points). […]

  • Hunters, Gladiators advance to OWL’s Countdown Cup final

    The Los Angeles Gladiators and Chengdu Hunters advanced to the Overwatch League’s Countdown Cup finals with series sweeps on Friday. The Gladiators dominated the upper-bracket final with a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Reign. That result dropped the Reign into the lower-bracket final, where they fell 3-0 to the Hunters. Earlier Friday, Chengdu stayed alive […]

  • Reign, Gladiators open OWL’s Countdown Cup with wins

    The Atlanta Reign and Los Angeles Gladiators moved within one win of the grand final by prevailing Thursday in the opening round of the Overwatch League’s Countdown Cup. Atlanta and Los Angeles advanced to the Saturday winners-bracket final in the four-team, double-elimination tournament. The Reign came from behind to beat the Seoul Dynasty 3-1, and […]

  • Reign, Gladiators earn spots in Countdown Cup

    The Countdown Cup Knockout Round wrapped up in the Western Region on Sunday with the Atlanta Reign and the Los Angeles Gladiators securing a spot in the Countdown Cup. The first match of the day saw the Toronto Defiant (9-7, 9 points) take down the Paris Eternal (8-8, 8 points) in a hard-fought 3-2 victory. […]

  • Hunters, Dynasty punch tickets to Countdown Cup

    The 2021 Overwatch League Countdown Cup Knockout Round saw the Seoul Dynasty and the Chengdu Hunters punch their ticket to the Countdown Cup on Sunday. The Seoul Dynasty (12-4, 12 points), the only team in the Eastern Region to attend all four Knockout Rounds, finally earned a spot in a mid-season tournament by beating the […]

  • Gladiators sweep Outlaws in key Countdown Cup qualifier

    The final day of the 2021 Overwatch League regular season wrapped up Saturday for the Western region with the Los Angeles Gladiators, San Francisco Shock and London Spitfire picking up wins. In a battle of teams trying to secure a top-3 spot in the West, the Gladiators (11-5, 11 points) dominated the Houston Outlaws (11-5, […]

  • Chengdu Hunters cap Countdown Cup qualifying with sweep

    The 2021 Overwatch League regular season wrapped up for the Eastern region on Saturday with the Guangzhou Charge and Chengdu Hunters picking up wins. The main event of the evening saw the Guangzhou Charge (5-11, 5 points) pick up a 3-2 win over the Hangzhou Spark (7-9, 7 points). This victory was bittersweet for the […]

  • Gladiators knock Mayhem out of running at Countdown Cup qualifying

    The Countdown Cup continued on Friday with quick and decisive series as the Los Angeles Gladiators, Paris Eternal and San Francisco Shock picked up wins. The main event of the day saw the Los Angeles Gladiators (10-5, 10 points) pick up a 3-1 win over the Florida Mayhem (5-11, 6 points), eliminating the Mayhem from […]

  • Chengdu Hunters stay hot in The Countdown Cup

    Chengdu Hunters and Guangzhou Charge each recorded a victory as The Countdown Cup continued on Friday. The Chengdu Hunters (10-5, 12 points) picked up a 3-1 win against the Hangzhou Spark (7-8, 7 points), solidifying the former’s hold on a top-3 finish in the Eastern region standings. The Hunters got the action started on Busan […]

  • Defiant secure playoff spot during OWL Countdown Cup qualifying

    The final week of qualifiers for the Overwatch League’s Countdown Cup began with teams battling for postseason seeding, with the Houston Outlaws and the Toronto Defiant picking up wins on Thursday. Toronto sealed a spot in the postseason play-in. The Outlaws (11-4, 11 points) earned a crucial 3-1 win over the Florida Mayhem (5-10, 6 […]

  • Reports: Overwatch League facing hiatus

    Blizzard Entertainment has refuted a report that the Overwatch League will take a year-long hiatus between the end of Season 4 and the start of Season 5. “It’s really not practical to respond to every rumor about our future plans, but in this case this story is inaccurate,” Overwatch League vice president Jon Spector tweeted […]

  • Reign top Fuel, remain perfect in OWL Countdown Cup qualifying

    The first-place Atlanta Reign improved to 4-0 in Countdown Cup qualifying after defeating the Dallas Fuel 3-1 on Sunday in Overwatch League West action. The Fuel fell to 2-2, leaving them in third place. In the other West matches Sunday, the Florida Mayhem (1-1) registered a 3-1 win over the Boston Uprising (1-3), and the […]

  • Dragons, Dynasty pick up wins in Countdown Cup qualifying

    The Countdown Cup qualifiers continued in the Eastern Region of the Overwatch League on Sunday with the Shanghai Dragons, Seoul Dynasty and Chengdu Hunters picking up wins. The Dragons (12-4, 20 points) picked up their second straight victory with a 3-1 series win against the Guangzhou Charge (3-11, 3 points). Shanghai, which opened Countdown Cup […]

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