Season playoffs begin Wednesday, July 11, at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, including the top team from each division, plus the next four teams in the standings. Over July 11–21, these six teams will whittle themselves down to two, setting up an epic Grand Finals showdown.
The final two teams will face off at Barclays Center in a best-of-three series, with the winner being the first team to win two best-of-five matches. The first match will be played on Friday, July 27, at 8 p.m. EDT. The second—and third (if necessary)—matches will start Saturday, July 28, at 4 p.m. EDT.
Here’s when and where you can purchase tickets:
- Playoffs—July 11–21 at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California: on sale Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. PDT on AXS.com
- Grand Finals—July 27–28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York: two-day tickets on sale Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. EDT on ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com, and by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets also will be available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center, beginning Saturday, May 19, at 12 p.m. EDT. One-day tickets will go on sale at a later date, subject to availability.
Visit www.overwatchleague.com/#signup to register to receive information about ticketing for the 2018 Overwatch League Grand Finals and more.
Look at this new Mercy skin. Look at it. Available for purchase from now until May 21, it’s been designed to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, who will receive “100% the proceeds” Blizzard makes from sales.
There’s a bunch of other pink stuff on sale too, like sprays and icons, as well as real world merch like t-shirts, and the money from those go towards the Foundation as well.
I would like more Overwatch characters to look like JRPG healers, thanks.
You can buy the skin directly—no loot boxes required—here (note: it’s not cheap).
Twitch is all aboard the Overwatch League train, which makes sense, considering that the streaming service reportedly paid $90 million for a ticket. Now it’s offering Overwatch players incentives to tune in.
Today Twitch announced that, in collaboration with Blizzard, it’s gonna start offering in-game rewards to Overwatch League viewers. If you link your Battle.net account with your Twitch account, you’ll be able to earn League Tokens—which are a special Overwatch currency that you can use to buy OWL character skins, as opposed to regular skins—by watching. Each completed map you view live will grant you one League Token, and “a percentage of viewers” who see the final map of a broadcast will score 100 League Tokens, aka enough to buy one skin. It’s a canny move, given that viewership tends to fluctuate and, sometimes, drop off over the course of OWL broadcasts, especially when the final match isn’t meaningful.
While the above option is also available on MLG and Overwatch League’s website, Twitch will be the only place that lets you “cheer” with “bits” in order to unlock “content.” Bits are a for-purchase currency on Twitch that allow you to cheer for streamers in chat and, in effect, toss a few coins into their cup. Soon, you’ll be able to cheer on Overwatch League teams and earn “in-game hero skins that will be exclusive for a period of time, as well as emotes and team-branded items” in the process. There will also be a leaderboard to track the top cheerers, because Twitch loves gamifying everything, and I doubt they mind that gamifying team-based tribalism will earn them money.