2020 Overwatch League Grand Finals Set for October
After a fairly tumultuous 2020 season, we’ve finally gotten official confirmation: the Overwatch League Grand Finals will pit the four best teams from Asia and North America in an online-only format on October 8-10!
This is quite an exciting bit of news. 2020 started off quite well for the venerable developer with their homestand city-based model working out better than most expected. All was well for a couple of months before the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in Blizzard’s plans and turned the esports world on its head. Most developers and tournament organizers scrambled to the best of their ability, but Blizzard faced a much tougher challenge, seeing how they had twenty teams competing across the globe.
It was a nightmare scenario in every way, shape, and form. Fortunately, Blizzard was able to weather the storm and find some semblance of success even though the odds were heavily stacked against them. But let’s not focus on the past any longer than necessary — there are exciting matches on the horizon in the Overwatch League!
Once the regional playoffs conclude on September 13th, two of the best North American teams will travel to Asia in order to compete on the same server once the Grand Finals weekend comes around. This way they can acclimate, rest, and quarantine if necessary. If, however, the current climate changes and Blizzard decides that any kind of travel could negatively affect any of the teams, they’ll alter the format and crown two regional champions for the 2020 season. Not as exciting of an outcome, but a pretty good one nonetheless, especially given the circumstances.
The team that wins it all will take home a whopping $1.5 million along with the championship trophy. The runner-up will get a somewhat less impressive (albeit still mind-blowing) $750,000, with the third and fourth ranked teams getting $450,000 and $350,000 respectively. If “plan B” happens and we see two teams crowned as champions, they’ll both get $1 million apiece with runner-ups getting $500,000 for their efforts. The 2020 T-Mobile Overwatch League Grand Finals MVP will be crowned right after the championship. Matches will air live on YouTube, the Overwatch League website, and accompanying mobile apps.
Blizzard is going to double the fun this time around with two entirely separate All-Stars events. All-Stars Asia is slated for September 26th, with the North American All-Stars happening a bit later on October 3rd. You can vote for your prefered All-Star representatives up until August 27th by clicking here.
Both of these events will feature the following:
- T-Mobile Talent Takedown — Overwatch League broadcast talent will compete in a three-map set (6v6).
- Widowmaker 1v1 — Top OWL players will compete in a 1v1 (headshots only) format.
- All-Star Game — OWL pros with the most votes will compete in a three-map set.
All in all, Blizzard has quite a lot in store and is looking to end the 2020 season on a high note. That’s very commendable, especially considering the many problems they had to face over the last couple of months. Hopefully everything pans out as expected! Finally, if you’re itching for a bit of top-tier play and can’t wait for October, you’re in luck — the Overwatch League is back in action this weekend!