OWL Overwatch League 2021 Action Resumes after 6 months lay off

OWL Action Resumes after 6 months lay off: After a long six-month off-season, the Overwatch League (OWL) is finally starting off its fourth competitive season this weekend 17th April 2021. The 2021 season will feature new regional challengers, several brand new rosters, and even a partial return to live events. Here is everything you need to know about the Overwatch League as we kick off the 2021 OWL season.

Overwatch League 2021 Season Format

The new Overwatch season will feature 6 months of competition in total across two regions. The two regions are The Western and the Eastern region. The western region will consist of North American-based teams and the eastern would consist of Asian-Pacific-based teams each consisting of 12 and 8 teams respectively.

The Western Region :

OWL Overwatch League 2021 Action Resumes after 6 months lay off

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The Eastern Region :

OWL Overwatch League 2021 Action Resumes after 6 months lay off

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Overwatch League2021 season Format :

The 2021 season format will include four tournament cycles in each region. They are bringing back their May Melee, Summershowdown, and Countdown Cup tournaments from last year and adding the June Joust this year.

Overwatch League Regular Season: April 16th – August 22nd, 2021

  • Teams are split into the East and the West region.
  • Four tournaments with three weeks of qualifiers each.
  • Teams earn one League Point per win.
  • Teams are seeded into the tournaments according to the League Points in qualifying matches.
  • If possible, the top two teams of both regions will meet at the end of the tournaments.
  • Top three tournament placements earn additional League Points.
  • All League Points count towards the Regular Season standings.
  • All matches are First to three.
  • Teams are ranked by League Points first and then by non-tournament wins.
  • Top three teams from the West region and top two teams from the East region proceed to the Playoffs.
  • Other teams might qualify for Play-Ins.

Overwatch League Play-Ins: August, 2021

  • Teams are split into the East and the West region.
  • No Hero Pools.
  • Top two teams from the West region and the top team from the East region proceed to the Playoffs.

Overwatch League Playoffs: August – September, 2021

  • Double-Elimination bracket with eight teams.
  • No Hero Pools.0

Overwatch League Prize Bracket and Event Info

Each regional tournament will payout $100,000 to 1st place,

$70,000 to 2nd place,

$35,000 to 3rd place, and

$20,000 to 4th place.

The 2021 playoff prize pool will feature a $3.25 million dollar prize pool.

It will payout $1.5 million to the 2021 OWL season champions.

OWL competition will remain online, mostly

Due to the pandemic, the Overwatch League was forced to shut down most of their planned 2020 home stands.

The OWL regular season continued in an entirely online format. This year the regular season will remain online due to pandemic limitations, however, the League announced three limited attendance live events that are set to take place in China in June, July, and August.

The season playoffs will also reportedly be hosted in-person in Hawaii.

Overwatch League Notable changes from last season to the teams:

There was an unprecedented number of post season roster changes following the end of the 2020 season.

  • Team Fusion and Team Valiant move to APAC Region from NA based western region.
  • London spitfire moves to western region recruiting EU roster.
  • Team Valiant dropped the entire NA based roster to recruit Chinese roster to compete in APAC region.
  • Fusion also had some visa issues that have delayed some of their staff and players from joining them in Korea.
  • Many from the Paris roster are now competing for Dallas Fuel, along with other former Element Mystic players.
  • Paris have made changes releasing their top Pros from last year due to Budget issues and the new Paris team seems to have underwhelming potential in this competition.

Other teams that experienced big organizational and roster changes include Houston Outlaws, L.A. Gladiators, and New York Excelsior.