Yesterday, the Overwatch League announced that the previously planned live playoffs in Dallas and Los Angeles would not go ahead due to health and safety concerns. Instead, the postseason will shift to a Hawaii-based model, similar to the format the league has used for tournament finals all year.
As a result, the North American playoff teams will travel to Hawaii in order to compete with the Asia-based teams on reasonably similar ping. There have been no updates on scheduling or logistics concerning travel to Hawaii, but the league said that “more information, including new dates, [would] be shared later.” This indicates the possibility of scheduling changes based on the new arrangement.
The previously announced tournament format will remain unchanged. Five teams have automatically qualified for playoffs, while the remaining nine will compete in a regional play-in tournament to determine the final three playoff teams. The league has released some new details about the postseason as well, including the map pool and overall seeding. Here’s how everything will go down.
Determining playoff teams
Five teams have already qualified for playoffs. They are the Shanghai Dragons, Chengdu Hunters, Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Gladiators and Atlanta Reign. The remaining teams will compete in a single-elimination play-in tournament. The matchups for the play-in tournament are:
Match 1: Washington Justice vs. Paris Eternal
Match 2: Toronto Defiant vs. Boston Uprising
Match 3: Hangzhou Spark vs. Philadelphia Fusion
Match 4: Seoul Dynasty vs. Winner of Match 3
Match 5: San Francisco Shock vs. Selection from winners of Matches 1 and 2
Match 6: Houston Outlaws vs. Remaining team
The winners of Matches 4, 5 and 6 will qualify to playoffs.
The overall seeding for the playoff teams will be determined by the number of League Points they have accrued this season. Teams earned League Points by winning regular season matches, with bonuses given to teams who performed well during tournament playoffs. The overall seeding for teams who have currently qualified for playoffs is:
- Shanghai Dragons (20 points)*
- Dallas Fuel (17 points)*
- Chengdu Hunters (15 points)*
- Los Angeles Gladiators (14 points)
- Atlanta Reign (13 points)
*Will be able to select their first round opponent
The maps in rotation for the postseason are as follows:
- Control: Busan, Ilios, Lijiang Tower, Nepal, Oasis
- Assault: Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, Volskaya Industries
- Hybrid: Eichenwalde, King’s Row, Numbani
- Escort: Dorado, Havana, Route 66