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Thoughts about OW Contenders

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

Blizzard announced today the Overwatch Contenders league. They want it to be their development league for teams to grow. It seems to be a large open bracket and will be focused on NA and EU. I imagine the move then is to expand it globally to include the other regions. I think it’s a good move as a tournament is currently the best way to find out who is good in esports. It’s better than what I imagined, where they make custom maps and have players run through them in weird practice drills.

There are two questions I have. The first is why are EnVyUs and Rogue seeded into the NA portion as they are all international players? I assume it is because they are NA orgs and both teams live in NA right now. So the next question is what is the requirement to play in which region? Is it being a NA org? Or is it living in the NA region? Both? This brings up the further question that if an EU team does very well in the contender tournament, can they be bought out and moved to NA? Additionally, if we take the assumption that Overwatch teams will not be limited by nationalities, is it possible for a NA org to field an all Korean team for example?

After this was published, I was told that there will be no region locking in OWL.*

Either way, I think this is a good first step for the OWL.


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