After cancelling plans involving constant travel around the world for events in North America, Europe, and Asia, the Overwatch League online's format proved to be a success with fans (moving to monthly tournaments, ditching a standard regular season), and now, OWL is gearing towards the playoffs with a reignited sense of excitement.
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Previously, Vice President Jon Spector revealed that all 20 teams would have an opportunity at securing a spot in the overall playoffs, and as the official site unveiled, the postseason is conceived in the vein of the May Melee and Summer Showdown.
Here's how it’s going to unfold.
Overwatch League 2020 Playoffs Format
Starting on 3rd September, all 20 teams (13 from the North American region and the seven from Asia) will be placed in a distinct bracket according to their regular-season records. The higher your seed, the more bye's you will be granted as well as the possibility to pick your opposition.
As for the lower seeds, each region will pit the bottom-placed squads in a single-elimination play-in tournament to decide which teams will be left out and which ones will make it in. Only the Top 4 seeds from NA and the Top 2 from Asia will make it directly to the playoffs.
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The teams from each region are:
- San Francisco Shock
- Paris Eternal
- Florida Mayhem
- Vancouver Titans
- Los Angeles Gladiators
- Los Angeles Valiant
- Houston Outlaws
- Dallas Fuel
- Boston Uprising
- Washington Justice
- Toronto Defiant
- Philadelphia Fusion
- Atlanta Reign
- New York Excelsior
- London Spitfire
- Hangzhou Spark
- Guangzhou Charge
- Chengdu Hunters
- Shanghai Dragons
- Seoul Dynasty
Once the play-in matches are completed, the format for the playoffs shift to a double-elimination bracket, here's how it will look:
When the two teams from each region make it to their respective finals, a two-week break will follow to allow for proper health measures while travelling, as the NA side will fly to Asia to compete against the APAC squads. The four teams will then face off in a double-elimination bracket to determine the Overwatch League 2020 Champion.
Overwatch League 2020 Prize Pool
Every team that makes it into the playoffs will receive part of the prize money, here's the breakdown:
- League Champion: $1,500,000
- Runner-up: $750,000
- Third Place: $450,000
- Fourth Place: $350,000
- Regional Third Place Teams (2) $250,000
- Teams Reaching Double-elimination Rounds (6): $75,000
As always, you can watch all the action on YouTube, with the OWL set to return this weekend starting on Friday 17.