Eight teams secured season 2 playoff spots for the Overwatch League and will compete for a $ 3.5 million prize pool after the regular season and the play-in tournament.
Under the terms of the League, the winners of the Pacific and Atlantic divisions, as well as teams from the top 6 of the regular season, will play in the playoff bracket. They will join two teams from stage Play-In — there play-offs will hold the compositions of the top 12 regular rating.
In the playoffs were the Vancouver Titans, Hangzhou Spark, Los Angeles Gladiators, New York Excelsior, San Francisco and Atlanta Reign Shock. In the stage Play-In play Charge, Guangzhou, Chengdu Hunters, Philadelphia Fusion, Dragons Shanghai, London and Seoul Spitfire Dynasty.
The distribution of the prize Fund:
- 1st place: $1.1 million;
- 2nd place: $600 thousand.;
- 3rd place: $450 thousand.;
- 4th place: $350 thousand.;
- 5-6 place: $300 thousand.;
- 7-8 place: $200 thousand.
The Play-In stage will begin on August 31, and the first playoff matches will start on September 6. The winner of the season will be determined on September 29. The final stage matches will be held at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Overwatch League Playoffs stream
The OWL Season 2 Playoffs will be streamed live on the Overwatch League Twitch channel, starting on September 5th. You can watch the stream below.
Selected matches will also be broadcasted on ESPN and Disney’s XD channel.
Overwatch League Playoffs format
The Overwatch League playoffs use a double-elimination bracket format, meaning a loss doesn’t eliminate a team right away, it just sends them down to the losers bracket. The first round matchups are seeded based on regular season record, so for example, the top-seeded 25-3 Vancouver Titans will play the lowest seed 15-13 Seoul Dynasty in the first round.
Both the Atlanta Reign and the London Spitfire finished with 16-12 records, but London had to play through the play-in because Atlanta had a better map differential. Atlanta will also go into the playoffs with a higher seed.
Unlike the four-map match used in the regular season, all playoff matches will be a best-of-seven. The higher seed will pick the first map for every series, and each following map is picked by whoever just lost the previous map, (if you lose a map, you pick the next one). Whichever team doesn’t pick the map, gets to pick whether they attack or defend first.
Each map will be played only once per series. A notable exception to this rule happened during the Shanghai-Philly series in the recent Play-in tournament, when due to a game issue, the Numbani map was made unavailable. The league consulted with both teams, and the Fusion were allowed to select King’s Row a second time.
Overwatch League Playoffs schedule
*BST times cross into September 6
|Quarterfinals (Winners’ Round 1)||Vancouver Titans vs Seoul Dynasty||4PM||6PM||12AM|
|Quarterfinals (Winners’ Round 1)||Hangzhou Spark vs LA Gladiators||7PM||9PM||3AM|
*BST times cross into September 7
|Quarterfinals (Winners’ Round 1)||NY Excelsior vs London Spitfire||4PM||7PM||12AM|
|Quarterfinals (Winners’ Round 1)||SF Shock vs Atlanta Reign||7PM||10PM||3AM|
*BST times cross into September 8
|Losers’ Round 1||TBD vs TBD||6PM||9PM||2AM|
|Losers’ Round 1||TBD vs TBD||9PM||12AM||5AM|
|Semifinals (Winners’ Round 2)||TBD vs TBD||12PM||3PM||8PM|
|Semifinals (Winners’ Round 2)||TBD vs TBD||3PM||6PM||11PM|
*BST times cross into September 13
|Losers’ Round 2||TBD vs TBD||4PM||7PM||12AM|
|Losers’ Round 2||TBD vs TBD||7PM||10PM||3AM|
*BST times cross into September 14
|Winners’ Finals||TBD vs TBD||4PM||7PM||12AM|
|Losers’ Round 3||TBD vs TBD||12PM||3PM||8PM|
|Losers’ Finals||TBD vs TBD||12PM||3PM||8PM|
|Grand Finals||TBD vs TBD||12PM||3PM||8PM|
Overwatch League Playoffs rosters
|Vancouver Titans||DPS: Haksal, Hooreg, Stitch
Tank: JJANU, Bumper, TiZi
Healer: Rapel, SLIME, Twilight
|New York Excelsior||DPS: Saebyeolbe, Libero, Pine, Fl0w3r, Nenne
Tank: MekO, Mano
Healer: JJoNak, ANAMO
|San Francisco Shock||DPS: Architect, sinatraa, Rascal, Striker
Tank: ChoiHyoBin, Nevix, super, smurf
Healer: moth, Viol2t
|Hangzhou Spark||DPS: Adora, Bazzi, GodsB, Krystal
Tank: Ria, guxue, NoSmite
Healer: Bebe, iDK, Revenge
|Los Angeles Gladiators||DPS: Surefour, Decay
Tank: Void, rOar, Panker
Healer: BigGoose, Shaz, Ripa
|Atlanta Reign||DPS: babybay, Erster, NLaaeR
Tank: DACO, frd, Gator, Pokpo
Healer: Masaa, Dogman, FunnyAstro
|London Spitfire||DPS: birdring, Profit, Guard
Tank: Fury, Gesture
Healer: Bdosin, NUS, Krillin, Quatermain
|Seoul Dynasty||DPS: FITS, Fleta, ILLICIT
Tank: Michelle, zunba, Marve1
Healer: Jecse, tobi, ryujehong, Highly