After a long, lengthy wait, the Overwatch League is returned for its fourth season. This highest stage of Overwatch esports returns at 3 PM ET on Friday, and you can watch it on YouTube and the Overwatch League app and website.
There are a couple of mouth-watering matches to kick matters off, beginning with the Battle for Texas between Dallas Fuel and Houston Outlaws. Straight after that, Grant “moth” Espe will have a speedy reunion with the teammates with whom he received back-to-back OWL championships, as his Los Angeles Gladiators square off in opposition to the mighty San Francisco Shock.
There are some modifications in store for the broadcasts this year. You can earn OWL tokens (which you can put in the direction of in-game Overwatch League skins) via watching matches live on YouTube, in addition to the OWL app and website. You’ll additionally be capable to watch matches in 4K for the first time this yr and you can earn a distinct opening weekend spray designed through Watchpoint host Soe Gschwind.
Danny Lim, who was once part of the broadcast group in season 2, is joining the Watchpoint desk alongside Soe and former Overwatch pros Scott “Custa” Kennedy and Jonathan “Reinforce” Larsson.
There are some modifications on the shout caster aspect as well. Jake Lyon again to Houston Outlaws as a player and coach after casting matches last season. Wolf Schröder and Robert “hexagrams” Kirkbride won’t be returning to the caster sales space this season either.
Stepping up to the plate are learners Victoria “VikkiKitty” Perez and Kevin “AVRL” Walker, alongside Erik “DoA” Lonnquist, who returns after leaving OWL at the give-up of the 2019 season. Here’s how the caster duos shape up:
Brennon “Bren” Hook (play-by-play) and Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson (color)
Victoria “VikkiKitty” Perez (play-by-play) and Jack “Jaws” Wright (color)
Seth “Achilios” King (play-by-play) and Kevin “AVRL” Walker (color)
Andrew “ZP” Rush (play-by-play) and Erik “DoA” Lonnquist (color)
Mitch “Uber” Leslie (play-by-play) and Matt “Mr. X” Morello (color)
There are a whopping 14 matches on the docket this weekend. It’s the first week of qualifiers for the May Melee, the first of 4 tournaments that’ll take location throughout the regular season. The contemporary plan is for the pinnacle two groups from the West to fly to Hawaii and play the two first-class East groups in the finals of every tournament
Here’s when you can watch this weekend’s matches live and earn those sweet, sweet OWL tokens. You’ll also find embeds for all the live streams below.
All times are approximate and in ET. Remember to tune in early for the pre-shows as well, because Watchpoint is always fun and insightful.
Friday, April 16
Houston Outlaws @ Dallas Fuel – 3PM
Los Angeles Gladiators @ San Francisco Shock – 4:30PM
Saturday, April 17
Guangzhou Charge @ Shanghai Dragons – 5AM
Los Angeles Valiant @ Chengdu Hunters – 6:30AM
Philadelphia Fusion @ Seoul Dynasty – 8AM
There will be a replay of the Fusion-Dynasty match at 12:30PM on the stream below. If you can’t watch live early on Saturday, you’ll have another opportunity to earn tokens and chat with other fans as it plays out
Toronto Defiant @ Vancouver Titans – 3PM
Atlanta Reign @ Florida Mayhem – 4:30PM
Dallas Fuel @ Los Angeles Gladiators – 6PM
Sunday, April 18
Guangzhou Charge @ Seoul Dynasty – 5AM
Chengdu Hunters @ Shanghai Dragons – 6:30AM
Philadelphia Fusion @ Los Angeles Valiant – 8AM
Note: the Fusion-Valiant match will be replayed at 12:30PM on the stream below.
Houston Outlaws @ San Francisco Shock – 3PM
Florida Mayhem @ Vancouver Titans – 4:30PM
Toronto Defiant @ Atlanta Reign – 6PM
On Monday, we’ll get our first look at this season’s Power Rankings with IBM Watson. The Overwatch League is creating objective Power Rankings for teams and players using performance data and Watson AI. You can read much more about that in my feature here:
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