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Overwatch League Playoffs

The 2019 Season Overwatch League playoffs are underway. This weekend eight teams are facing off to find out who will play in the Grand Finals at the end of the month.

As of this writing, both the Seoul Dynasty and Hangzhou Spark have been kicked into the losers bracket, and will fight each other Saturday to see who will continue on. Tonight, as of this writing, the London Spitfire are going against NYXL, and the Atlanta Reign face the San Francisco Shock.

Tonight’s matchup is especially important to the Spitfire as they fight to defend their Inaugural Season championship.

Overwatch League Awards

This week three OWL awards were handed out.

  • Scott “Custa” Kennedy of the LA Valiant was awarded with the Dennis Hawelka Award, and award given to players who have had the most positive impact on the community during the past year.

  • Jay “Sinatraa” Won from the San Francisco was awarded with this year’s MVP Award after receiving almost 34% of the vote out of 650,000 votes from fans.

  • Hyo-Jong “Haksal” Kim from the Vancouver Titans was awarded Rookie of the Year.

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Season 18 Take 2

Season 18 of competitive mode was supposed to begin last Saturday, but after a short time Blizzard cut it off early and brought back the Beta Season due to technical issues.

Right away players knew something was wrong when players of very high skill ranks were being placed with others from bronze and silver. The troubles were further emphasized when Overwatch League pro players were being placed in gold ranks instead of Grandmaster.

Season 18 relaunched on Tuesday evening with rankings and matchmaking corrected.

Stats Changes

With the addition of role SR, we’ve made some changes to Overbuff profiles. For the full list of current changes, check out our blog post.

This season requires an extra step on the part of the player in order to get competitive stats to appear on their profile.

  1. Ensure CAREER PROFILE VISIBILITY is set to PUBLIC under the Social tab of the Options menu in Overwatch, then close the game.

  2. Visit your Overbuff profile.

  3. Play at least 1 game of competitive mode, close Overwatch, then visit or refresh your profile.

  4. Play at least 1 more game of competitive mode, close Overwatch, then visit or refresh your profile. Your competitive stats should now appear.

NOTE: The number of games played before visiting your profile for the first time during a season with a public profile does not change the above process. We need to see new games once you’ve been to your profile.