The Overwatch Contenders will start their first season at the end of February 2019, with three full seasons played last year. The prize money of the second Overwatch league has increased a little, and the number of regional Contenders has risen from 7 to 8. Of course, there are also some innovations this year, the two strongest teams of the OWC namely make the jump to the Atlantic Shodown. In this supraregional final tournament, the teams then meet the best teams from other Contenders leagues. The Contenders are still there to prepare players for the Overwatch League, so there are also some farm teams in the EU league.
The format has been changed again, from 2 groups you go back to a preliminary round group in which a round robin is played. The best two teams of the preliminary round automatically come to the semifinals, places 3 to 6 fight in a quarter-final for the remaining two tickets for the semifinals. The two finalists automatically secure their tickets for the Atlantic Showdown, a nationwide final event.
8 teams compete in the Contenders 2019, four have earned their starting place by cutting off the last season. 2 teams have received an invite, the remaining two teams were able to prevail in the trials:
With last season, there is a little more prize money to be won, with the two best teams still having a chance of extra winnings at the Atlantic Showdown. Blizzard will provide $ 200,000 for the EU Contender, with prize money split between the season and the playoffs.
The Overwatch Contenders League is entering the next season. Already on the 18th of November, the first games of the group phase begin, ie a few days earlier than in North America or Korea. The Map Pool has done a lot for this season. Instead of 3 Escort Maps, there are now only 2. We get 3 Control Maps, Busan is played there for the first time. Also with the teams something has happened. A new team (Shu’S Money Crew EU) joined the Contenders. In addition, the organization Samsung MorningStars replaced the 6nakes and the fifth-place team in the trials HSL Esports was allowed to upgrade, because Eagle Gaming broke up. There are some new names in this season.
As in the previous Seasons will be played in two groups. Each group is played in the round robin format, with each card win counting for possible promotion. The 4 best teams in the respective group will climb into the playoff, where they play in Bo5 format. In the final, nothing is left to chance and played in the Bo7.
These are the 12 Overwatch teams participating in the EU OWC Season 3:
$ 185,050 will be distributed to the teams this season. In addition, there is also the opportunity for teams to earn extra money for each win on a card. In a defeat, however, you get only a fraction of it. The prize pool looks like this:
Group Stage + Playoffs each: