OWL Replay Viewer Now Live

The Overwatch League Replay Viewer went live on Tuesday and allows anyone with a PC to rewatch Overwatch League games the week after they air. The Viewer is a separate program from regular Overwatch and may be selected in the same area on the Battle.net Launcher where one changes region or selects the PTR.

Matches only cover Stage 3 for now and likely will not show past Stages. This limitation is due to how patches can change Overwatch enough to where the process that recreates games in order to rewatch them wouldn’t understand how to process things that may be missing or changed.

There is currently a bug with the viewer where players will sometimes appear under the wrong team at the top of the screen. Other than being a bit disorientating when that happens, everything else about the viewer seems to be going fairly smooth.

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World Cup Top 10 and Committees Revealed

The World Cup process has moved further along and we now have the Top 10 seeds and the committees for each eligible country.

The tournament seeds were determined on a scoring system based on the performance of that country over the past three years of the World Cup. They are:

  1. South Korea
  2. Canada
  3. China
  4. France
  5. United States
  6. United Kingdom
  7. Australia
  8. Sweden
  9. Russia
  10. Finland

These teams will all have their airfare and lodging to attend and play at BlizzCon paid for by Blizzard. Other countries are invited to attend as well, but they will have to secure their own travel and some lodging expenses.

Committee members were voted upon by the Overwatch communities of each country, and the full list of winners may be found here.

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Valiant and Outlaws Begin Inhouse Scrims with Each Other

The LA Valiant and Houston Outlaws are now owned by the same people.

The actual headline is more like, “Immortals Gaming Club buys Infinite Esports,” but many wouldn’t know what that means. In short, Immortals, who own the LA Valiant, bought Infinite Esports who own OpTic Gaming, and Optic Gaming owns the Houston Outlaws or the Valiant and Outlaws are now owned by the same people.

In a press release announcing the sale, Immortals said they now own both teams but are going to run them separately. In traditional sports, one organization owning two teams isn’t allowed, or at least with some heavy restrictions, but that clearly isn’t the case here. The Overwatch League had to approve this sale first, and the League itself has said it will be taking steps to ensure the integrity of both teams and that Immortals do “everything,” whatever that may entail, on the up and up.

Ideally, viewers should not really see a difference as this probably affects the business side of the sport than anything else. General Manager of the Outlaws, Flame, has already expressed his relief in the sale, “I feel like the weight of a thousand god awful suns was just released from my shoulders,” and later added, “Outlaws vs Valiant matches are now referred to as ‘inhouses’.”

Pride Day Interview

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Yours truly, Sabriel (Miko) was interviewed by Amelia Savery for the Overwatch League’s Pride Day last Friday. I may be a bit biased, but this is one of the best pieces of anything in the history of humankind. ;) “What Pride Means to a Cyberpunk Shieldmaiden”

Miscellaneous

  • Guangzhou Charge viewing party fills up a mall. (link)

  • Reddit thread where players share one thing they learned or changed that helped them succeed. (link)

  • “South Korean Overwatch League Broadcast Apparently Omits Pride Day Festivities” by Cecilia D’Anastasio. (link)