This is how the Overwatch League 2020 Grand Finals and Playoffs will work

Overwatch League winners San Francisco Shock

Details for the 2020 Overwatch League’s postseason have been revealed and will see all 20 teams have the opportunity to compete in the Playoffs.

The post-season is scheduled to kick off on September 3, with two weeks of online Playoffs matches. The 20 teams will be split into two regions to compete in the Playoffs, with 13 teams in the North American division and seven teams in the Asia-Pacific region. Both divisions will have their own competition to find the top two teams in each, giving us the top four who will play for the Overwatch League title in a double-elimination bracket Grand Finals.

The formats for each division are slightly different and both a bit confusing (you can see how the brackets will look here) but we’ll try and explain it for you in simple terms. In both divisions, teams will be seeded based on their performances across the OWL season, including in all the recent online competitions like May Melee and Summer Showdown. The lowest seeded teams in each division will face each other in single elimination matches to determine who will join the higher seeds in the main double elimination bracket competition.

The remaining teams will duke it out until the top two in each region remain. Here’s the list of teams competing in each regional division.

NORTH AMERICA

  • Atlanta Reign
  • Boston Uprising
  • Dallas Fuel
  • Florida Mayhem
  • Houston Outlaws
  • Los Angeles Gladiators
  • Los Angeles Valiant
  • Paris Eternal
  • Philadelphia Fusion
  • San Francisco Shock
  • Toronto Defiant
  • Vancouver Titans
  • Washington Justice

ASIA-PACIFIC

  • Chengdu Hunters
  • Guangzhou Charge,
  • Hangzhou Spark
  • London Spitfire
  • New York Excelsior
  • Shanghai Dragons
  • Seoul Dynasty

The Grand Finals will then take place around the end of September/ early October between those four teams in a double-elimination bracket format. To bridge the gap between NA and APAC teams playing online, the whole tournament will be based in South Korea, meaning NA teams will be flying over to Asia to compete.

However, this will not be a LAN event. It’ll still be online and teams are flying over to ensure competitive integrity. An exact date for the Grand Finals hasn’t been announced, but with Playoffs lasting two weeks and NA teams needing a further two weeks to quarantine as a result of international travel, the first weekend in October is looking to be a likely candidate.

The final event of the OWL 2020 Regular Season, the Countdown Cup, kicks off tomorrow, July 17, and will be teams’ last chance to improve their seedings for the postseason.