Today, the Overwatch League 2019 officially begins, where 20 players will eventually compete for the league championship and share of the $5 million prize pool. This year will feature eight new teams and nearly 100 new players. This week will feature all 20 teams in 16 different matches with today featuring the rematch of the 2018 Grand Finals showdown between the Philadelphia Fusion and London Spitfire.
“We’ve added eight new teams and nearly 100 new players to the Overwatch League, and we’re really excited to see the influx of new talent and to see how teams approach the daunting task of winning the league championship,” said Nate Nanzer, Overwatch League commissioner. “Look for the quality of play to rise as the league continues to get even more competitive. The talents of our extraordinary players are going to be on display for the world to see. Come watch with the best of us!”
Here is the full schedule for this week’s matches:
Thursday, Feb. 14
- Philadelphia Fusion vs. London Spitfire, 4 p.m. PST
- New York Excelsior vs. Boston Uprising, 5:30 p.m. PST
- Seoul Dynasty vs. Los Angeles Gladiators, 7 p.m. PST
- Shanghai Dragons vs. Hangzhou Spark, 8:30 p.m. PST
Friday, Feb. 15
- Toronto Defiant vs. Houston Outlaws, 4 p.m. PST
- Atlanta Reign vs. Florida Mayhem, 5:30 p.m. PST
- Dallas Fuel vs. San Francisco Shock, 7 p.m. PST
- Chengdu Hunters vs. Guangzhou Charge, 8:30 p.m. PST
Saturday, Feb. 16
- London Spitfire vs. Paris Eternal, 12 p.m. PST
- Washington Justice vs. New York Excelsior, 1:30 p.m. PST
- Los Angeles Valiant vs. Hangzhou Spark, 3 p.m. PST
- Vancouver Titans vs. Shanghai Dragons, 4:30 p.m. PST
Sunday, Feb. 17
- Houston Outlaws vs. Boston Uprising, 12 p.m. PST
- Philadelphia Fusion vs. Atlanta Reign, 1:30 p.m. PST
- San Francisco Shock vs. Los Angeles Gladiators, 3 p.m. PST
- Seoul Dynasty vs. Dallas Fuel, 4:30 p.m. PST
While most matches will be played in Los Angeles this season, the regular season will see several Homestand Weekends where the home teams will officially host the matches. These Homestead matches will be:
- April 27–28 The Dallas Fuel will host the Chengdu Hunters, Hangzhou Spark, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, Los Angeles Valiant, Paris Eternal, and Seoul Dynasty at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.
- July 6–7 The Atlanta Reign will host the Florida Mayhem, Guangzhou Charge, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, Shanghai Dragons, Toronto Defiant, and Washington Justice.
- August 24–25 The Los Angeles Valiant will host the Atlanta Reign, Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Hangzhou Spark, Los Angeles Gladiators, New York Excelsior, San Francisco Shock, Shanghai Dragons, and Vancouver Titans at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.
The first match of the season will be the Philadelphia Fusion vs. London Spitfire today at 4PM PST. The match can be viewed at Overwatch League website.
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