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Overwatch League Announces 2020 Schedule With Full Homestand Details

August 20, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The Overwatch League is going to full home and away games in 2020, and now we know the full schedule for the year. Blizzard Esports has announced the full schedule for its third season, which will kick off next year in February with games hosted in New York and Dallas.

The revamped schedule with the regular homestands was announced last month, but has been in the works since the beginning of the league. The schedule will see each team host games in their home cities, expanding on the success that the homestands have brought the OWL thus far this season with sell-out crowds and energized fanbases.

The 2020 season will begin on the weekend of February 8th as the New York Excelsior plays home games against the the London Spitfire and Boston Uprising while hosting matches with the Paris Eternal battling the Spitfire and Toronto Defiant, while the Dallas Fuel plays the Los Angeles Valiant and San Francischo Shock at home. The Fuel are also hosting two games with the Vancouver Titans, who will face the Valiant and the Los Angeles Gladiators.

One notable change is the fact that next year will be limited to Saturday and Sunday games, as opposed to the schedules of 2018 and 2019 which kicked off earlier in the week. The Overwatch League is focusing on less games per week so as to make the travel requirements of home and away games less arduous; the hosted homestand weekends this year also only featured Saturday and Sunday games. In exchange for that, the stage format is being eliminated, which allows the league to not worry about stage playoffs and gaps between weeks. Instead of four stages, there will be 27 weeks of play, with week 13 being carved out for the All-Star game. Each team will still play 28 games for the full season.

As announced last month, the 2020 season will also feature the Pacific and Atlantic Conferences being split into two divisions of five reams each, as follows:

Pacific Conference

East Division
* Chengdu Hunters
* Guangzhou Charge
* Hangzhou Spark
* Shanghai Dragons
* Seoul Dynasty

West Division
* Dallas Fuel
* Los Angeles Valiant
* Los Angeles Gladiators
* San Francisco Shock
* Vancouver Titans.

Atlantic Conference

Southern Division
* Atlanta Reign
* Florida Mayhem
* Houston Outlaws
* Philadelphia Fusion
* Washington Justice

Northern Division
* Boston Uprising
* New York Excelsior
* Toronto Defiant
* London Spitfire
* Paris Eternal

Tickets for the 2020 season will go on sale on August 28th for Western teams on overwatchleague.com.

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