2017 Overwatch League

06 December, 2017 - N/A Los Angeles, CA, United States

The Overwatch League (OWL) will be the premier professional esports league for Overwatch, organized by Blizzard Entertainment. The league will be the first truly global professional esports league, and will feature franchised teams based in cities from around the world. Possibly the most ambitious esports project ever announced, the league is a statement from Blizzard about their intentions to have Overwatch compete on the same level as traditional sports, with many influences taken from the North American franchised sports leagues.

All of season one will be based out of Los Angeles, California and Blizzard has additionally required a minimum player salary, a large team monetary investment, a minimum contract length of 1 year for players, as well as several other terms in order to secure the sustainability of the scene as well as player security.

Blizzard has announced that the Overwatch League preseason will be starting on the sixth of December 2017 and it will be featuring all of the 12 teams in exhibition matches ahead of the regular season. The regular season is set to start on the 10th of January 2018 and will conlude on the 16th of June and will be followed by the playoffs from the 11th to the 28th of July.

2017 Overwatch League Betting Odds

Philadelphia FusionvsSan Francisco Shock2017 Overwatch League
2018-01-18 00:00:00
Seoul DynastyvsFlorida Mayhem2017 Overwatch League
2018-01-18 02:00:00
Houston OutlawsvsShanghai Dragons2017 Overwatch League
2018-01-18 04:00:00

2017 Overwatch League Betting Tips

Boston UprisingvsNew York Excelsior2017 Overwatch League
2018-01-12 02:00:00
Win

New York Excelsior

1.17

Petar

London SpitfirevsFlorida Mayhem2017 Overwatch League
2018-01-11 22:00:00
Win

London Spitfire

1.07

Petar

Seoul DynastyvsDallas Fuel2017 Overwatch League
2018-01-11 04:00:00
Pending

seoul-dynasty

1.20

Petar

Shanghai DragonsvsLos Angeles Gladiators2017 Overwatch League
2018-01-11 02:00:00
Pending

los-angeles-gladiators

1.28

Petar

Los Angeles ValiantvsSan Francisco Shock2017 Overwatch League
2018-01-11 00:00:00
Win

Los Angeles Valiant

1.45

Petar

Seoul DynastyvsNew York Excelsior2017 Overwatch League
2017-12-09 23:00:00
Win

Seoul Dynasty

1.50

Petar

Florida MayhemvsDallas Fuel2017 Overwatch League
2017-12-09 21:00:00
Win

Dallas Fuel

1.26

Petar

Los Angeles ValiantvsLos Angeles Gladiators2017 Overwatch League
2017-12-09 19:00:00
Loss

Los Angeles Gladiators

1.75

Petar

Shanghai DragonsvsBoston Uprising2017 Overwatch League
2017-12-09 04:00:00
Loss

Shanghai Dragons

2.25

Petar

Seoul DynastyvsHouston Outlaws2017 Overwatch League
2017-12-09 02:00:00
Win

Seoul Dynasty

1.17

Petar

San Francisco ShockvsLondon Spitfire2017 Overwatch League
2017-12-09 00:00:00
Win

London Spitfire

1.36

Petar

New York ExcelsiorvsBoston Uprising2017 Overwatch League
2017-12-08 02:00:00
Win

New York Excelsior

1.44

Petar

Dallas FuelvsHouston Outlaws2017 Overwatch League
2017-12-08 00:00:00
Win

Dallas Fuel

1.57

Petar

Los Angeles GladiatorsvsLondon Spitfire2017 Overwatch League
2017-12-07 22:00:00
Loss

London Spitfire

1.33

Petar

Seoul DynastyvsShanghai Dragons2017 Overwatch League
2017-12-07 04:00:00
Win

Seoul Dynasty

1.53

Petar

Los Angeles ValiantvsSan Francisco Shock2017 Overwatch League
2017-12-07 02:00:00
Win

Los Angeles Valiant

2.10

Petar

Florida MayhemvsPhiladelphia Fusion2017 Overwatch League
2017-12-07 00:00:00
Push

Florida Mayhem

3.25

Petar

Preview

We witnessed a ton of fantastic Overwatch games during the short preseason period. We got the chance to see some of the best players in the world duke it out on a plethora of maps and game modes.

If there is one thing that became very apparent fairly quickly that is the fact that the gap between Western and Korean teams might not be as big as originally thought. While that is a big hypothesis that is yet to be truly tested there is reason for us to believe that it’s true.

Matches like the Houston Outlaws vs. Seoul Dynasty left a lot of people wondering how such a young, freshly assembled squad could hold their own against the legendary Seoul Dynasty. (ex Lunatic-Hai) DPS players like LiNkzr and Jake really shined and provided the Seoul giants a ton of problems that they couldn’t really overcome that easily - if at all. Jake’s sensational deffensive (and offensive) Junkrat play on Lunar Horizon Colony perhaps stands out as one key moment where a single player almost individually thwarted all of Seoul’s plans and efforts.

What does this mean for those who want to bet on the Overwatch League come January? Well, in short there will be a lot more upsets and matches will probably be somewhat harder to predict - especially in the early stages of the tournament. That said there are still teams that are favorites to lift the inaugural OWL trophy. 

Seoul Dynasty in general looked like an absolute beast once they had some time to amp up, with the New York Excelsior and London Spitifre also showing why they’re one of the favorites to contest for the title.

  1. Seoul Dynasty - many consider this roster as a Lunatic-Hai + upgraded DPS, which to be quite frank seems to be the truth. The way they’ve been playing in their preseason matches is frightening to say the least. Weeked and Fleta completely dominated their opposition with sensational performances against New York Excelsior. (Fleta’s Widowmaker and Soldier play especially stood out) With a veteran like Ryujehong supporting them, it’s hard not seeing this team lifting the inaugural Overwatch League trophy. They have a couple of blocks and challenges in their way but it’s nothing they can’t handle. They’re the favorites to win the whole thing and with good reason.
  2. London Spitfire - it’s hard realistically and fairly ranking the former Cloud9 organization. They played two matches in the preseason and their play could best be described as “polarizing”. They signed two roster - the GC Busan roster (considered by most as the best Overwatch team right now, recently won APEX Season 4 and APAC Premier 4) and the C9 KongDoo lineup as well. We saw both rosters play, however it was the KongDoo lineup that was more dominant and more in-sync when it mattered the most. Both rosters looked somewhat flustered when fighting against the Los Angeles Gladiators, however it was the KongDoo squad that completely and utterly demolished San Francisco Shock in their second match. (4-0) While their showing wasn’t all that impressive overall in terms of what was expected, they have an insane set of players signed and they have the tools to dominate the Overwatch League.
  3. Dallas Fuel - with the ex-EnVyUs squad things are a bit more complex. They didn’t look that good during the preseason, but they were experimenting in almost every single game and with good reason. Preseason matches don’t carry any concrete weight in regards to the regular season, they’re simply exhibition matches. Nothing was on the line, and Dallas used this to their advantage to test out their limits and their newest additions to the roster. (support Custa and tank xQc most notably) Dallas has proven multiple times that they’re a force to be reckoned with, and with these two newest additions they’ve basically rounded out their roster in the most perfect way - filling any holes in their game. They looked somewhat off in both of their match wins but fans shouldn’t take that as a worrying sign. Dallas is one of the premier Overwatch organizations in the world, and also one of the most capable, flexible and innovative so have no doubt that they will be one of the most dominant teams when the regular season comes.
  4. New York Excelsior - the NYXL squad in blue did solid in their first outings in the preseason. They defeated the undervalued Boston Uprising in 3-1 fashion but ultimately got stomped by Seoul. They have some very solid players and have the potential to aim for a Top 3 spot for sure, especially when Flow3r becomes a starter during the mid-season. (cannot compete right now due to OWL age restrictions) Pine made quick work of any ally until he met his match in Seoul’s Fleta, and they have one of the best Tracers in the world in Saebyeolbe along with a fairly solid tank and support lineup. While they did get outclassed thoroughly by Seoul Dynasty, with time they should be able to go blow-for-blow.
  5. Houston Outlaws - Perhaps one the bigger surprises of the preaseason. Jake continued his dominance and stellar play right from the World Cup where he represented the United States. Paired with ex-Gigantti DPS prodigy LiNkzr and a very solid tank and support lineup, this team is poised to compete for a top spot right after their Korean adversaries. The synergy and mechanical prowess that the Outlaws showcased in the preseason is a very promising sign. They’re a playoff team for sure, but only time will tell if they’ll be able to aim any higher.
  6. Los Angeles Valiant - The ex-Immortals squad had a pretty good showing during the preseason. Fans are very cautious regarding the Valiant as they utterly dominated the Contenders Season Zero, but failed to show anything worth mentioning in the very next season where they placed near the bottom. That said, they won both of their games in the preseason, against two teams that are predicted to be their main competition in terms of getting that incredibly important playoff spot. The fact that they signed Soon and Unkoe from Rogue is a fantastic move in terms of upgrading the roster and when Agilities is old enough to play, they will also have one of the best Genji players around as well.
  7. San Francisco Shock - arguably one of the biggest surprises of the preaseason. They made quick work of Florida Mayhem in the very first match of the preseason, with their main shotcaller babybay and iddqd carrying most of the weight with their phenomenal DPS play. They looked good, in-sync and hungry to win. They failed to mount such an offensive against the London Spitfire, but that was somewhat expected. They’re the perfect middle-of-the-pack team that has the potential to contend for the playoffs. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen as the competition is very stiff especially around their predicted ranking.
  8. Los Angeles Gladiators - the second LA team that will be competing in the Overwatch League are the Gladiators. After a sensational upset against the London Spitfire, they failed to repeat their performance against their LA adversaries. They were outclassed in almost every stage of the game and on almost every map both as a team and individually as well. Time will tell if this team only had a flash of briliance during their clash against the London Spitfire or if that was their true potential that is yet to be reached. 
  9. Boston Uprising - one of the more unpredictable teams at the moment. While they don’t have too much going for them they did have a fairly solid showing during the preseason. They’re a completely fresh team with zero synergy and it shows in their play as well. Their coms are chaotic and their shotcalling is all over the place however they are talented individually, with Kazper and Striker being the highlights in their 3-2 victory over the Shanghai Dragons. While they’re predicted to inhabit the bottom of the standings they might be able to further develop as time goes on and put up a good fight against top tier teams. 
  10. Shanghai Dragons - the Dragons are in a very confusing spot right now. They will field a roster filled with talented players but their realistic skill level is hard to assess right now. They were demolished by Seoul Dynasty and even managed to lose to the Boston Uprising. To their credit, they didn’t manage to scrim any Overwatch League team prior and were heavily underprepared for the exhibition matches. Looking ahead, they could very well pose a serious threat when the season starts and have the tools to aim for a playoff spot. However the skill gap between them and almost any other Western team is not as big as predicted, in fact far from it.
  11. Florida Mayhem - perhaps the biggest disappointment of the preseason. While Flora wasn’t favored to be earth-shattering by any means, they’re a highly respected and capable team. They had the smallest number of signed player at only six, and they’ve been able to dominate their region during the most recent Overwatch Contenders: Season 1 EU tournament where they succumbed to Team Gigantti in the finals. They looked lost, out of sync and actually played worse than a lot of other teams that were only finalized recently. They did have glimpses of brilliance however, but they were too few and far between. Tviq managed to make a couple of maps somewhat competitive with his DPS play, but overall they failed to put much of an offensive regardless of the opponent. Coming into the Overwatch League, Florida was considered a known quantity, but it is no longer so. After their lackluster play during the off-season they will probably occupy the lower part of the standings until they manage to (re)develop synergy as a six-man cohesive unit. 
  12. Philadelphia Fusion - the only team that didn’t compete in the preseason exhibiton matches due to player logistic issues. It’s hard ranking them realistically, however judging from their solid roster they have quite a big chance to upset. That said, without seeing them play we cannot fairly gauge their true potential. 

When the games begin be on the look-out as teams have highs and lows and with Overwatch being such a team-centric game, things can flip around incredibly quickly. While there are clear-cut favorites in almost every match things do often come down to a single in-game decision or a individual extraordinary performance. 

Luckily for anyone looking to bet on the Overwatch League there will be a plethora of games to bet on. 
 

Tournament Format

Preseason

Exhibition matches featuring the teams of the upcoming season in four match sets.

Regular Season

The regular season is a round robin format group stage split into four stages however all the points scored in the round robin combined throughout all of the stages will count towards the final standings of the season.

Each stage has a final where the top 3 teams will play for the lions share of $125,000.

All series in the regular season are 4 match sets.

6 teams move on to the playoffs.

Playoffs

Playoffs format is to be announced at a later date.