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Overwatch League

Here's a quick tl;dr on Overwatch League's schedule, divisions, title matches, and more

By Josh Lee
Nov 05, 2017

When is Overwatch League?

Preseason Exhibition: December 6th to 9th (all 12 teams)

Regular Season:

Matches run Wednesday to Saturday, three matches per day, at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles.

  • Stage 1: January 10 - February 10
  • Stage 2: February 21 - March 24
  • Stage 3: April 4 - May 5
  • Stage 4: May 16 - June 16

Playoffs: July 11th to 22nd

Divisions and Teams

Pacific: Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, San Francisco Shock, Seoul Dynasty, Shanghai Dragons

Atlantic: Boston Uprising, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion


Each team plays 40 games during the season. 20 within their division, and 20 cross-division.

Top team of each division at the end of the regular season qualifies for post-season play and receives a bye in the Championship Playoffs.

Who Goes to Playoffs?

After Stage 4 in June, six teams move to post-season play:

  • 2 teams - Top Pacific and Atlantic.
  • Next 4 teams with best regular season record. (REGARDLESS of division)

Bonus Title Matches

At the end of each stage, we get two “title matches” featuring the top 3 teams of the stage. They'll play a seeded playoff for $125k in performance bonuses. Results of these matches do not count towards regular/post-season results.


Stage Title Match bonuses:

1st: USD $100,000

2nd: USD $25,000

Total: USD $500,000 over four stages

Regular Season placement bonuses:

1st: USD $300,000

2nd: USD $200,000

3rd/4th: USD $150,000

5th/6th: USD $100,000

7th/8th: USD $75,000

9th/10th: USD $50,000

11th/12th: USD $25,000

Total: USD $1.3 million

Championship playoffs placement bonuses:

World Champion: USD $1 million

Runner-up: USD $400,000

3rd/4th: USD $100,000

5th/6th: USD $50,000

Total: USD $1.7 million

Special Notes

All matches will be 4-map sets.

Map pool for entire season will be announced before start.

All-Star weekend in August. More details to come at a later date.

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Josh Lee
Josh is the lead Overwatch Producer at Blitz Esports. He's also been spotted casting a few Overwatch and League of Legends tournaments.
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