Overwatch League June Joust Format Announced

by in Overwatch | May, 14th 2021

The Overwatch League June Joust format has just been announced by Blizzard and, needless to say, there are a couple of surprises. The biggest one, perhaps, is the addition of Hero Pools. This rotation of playable heroes is supposed to force teams to experiment and showcase more hero diversity across the board. It’s an interesting concept, although it hasn’t always delivered based on what we’d seen back in 2020. 

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A selection of heroes have therefore been randomly selected and “removed” from play: Tracer, Sombra, Reinhardt, and Zenyatta. Now, this is by no means a negligible list — we’re talking numerous competitive mainstays, most of which saw consistent play throughout the first tournament of the season. How much this will affect the twenty Overwatch League teams going forward still remains to be seen, but it’ll be an interesting couple of weeks, that’s for sure! Double bubble team comps (Winston + Zarya) will surely rise in popularity, and the same goes for the potent Echo + Ashe DPS combo. We might even see a bit of “cheese” as well, so there’s definitely a reason to tune in!

Tiebreaker Changes

Hero Pools, however, are only one half of the equation. Blizzard will also make a key change to the tournament qualification rules by adding strength of schedule tiebreakers to “further mitigate against the possibility of needing to play an additional tiebreaker match.” 

You can check out the changes down below:

Overwatch League June Joust Format | Map Pool

From this point onwards, teams will compete on patch 1.59.1 which includes numerous changes to Baptiste, D.Va, Echo, Orisa, Roadhog, Moira, Reinhardt, and Sombra. The June Joust map pool has also seen a bit of a shake-up:

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If the recent May Melee tournament is anything to go by, we should definitely be in for one heck of a ride! The Overwatch League returns on May 21 with Paris Eternal taking on the Toronto Defiant, and you catch all the action on the League’s official YouTube channel!


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