The schedule for Week 1 of the 2019 Overwatch League season has officially been announced, and fans are biting at the bit to see their favorite teams return to the stage. The second season begins Feb. 14, and will bring a new look for the league, introducing a few welcome changes to help accommodate with the increased number of teams.
Sixteen matches will be played each week. Unlike the inaugural season, games will no longer be played on Wednesdays. Instead, the league will feature four matches a day between Thursdays and Sundays. The matches will be played back-to-back with hour and a half long intervals between start times, beginning at 4 p.m. PST on the weekdays and 12 p.m. PST on Saturday and Sundays.
The first day kicks off with the rematch between the victor and runner up of the inaugural season’s Grand Finals: the London Spitfire and the Philadelphia Fusion, respectively. Later in the day, the first of the expansion teams, the Hangzhou Spark, will take the stage against the Shanghai Dragons. The rest of the teams will face off against each other throughout the week, with a few of the teams playing twice.
After introducing themselves to the world over the past few weeks, the league’s newest expansion teams are ready to put their new rosters to the test. Each team has met the minimum of eight players signed, although a few teams are still announcing minor changes or additions to their lineups as the off-season continues.
The 2019 season will also introduce road matches for the first time in the league’s history, and several teams will get a chance to play in their home cities. Exact locations and details have yet to be announced, but fans will be able to see the full season’s schedule and purchase tickets Dec. 12.
Thursday, February 14 — (Tickets)
4:00 PM - London Spitfire vs. Philadelphia Fusion
5:30 PM - Boston Uprising vs. New York Excelsior
7:00 PM - Los Angeles Gladiators vs. Seoul Dynasty
8:30 PM - Hangzhou Spark vs. Shanghai Dragons
Friday, February 15 — (Tickets)
4:00 PM - Houston Outlaws vs. Toronto Defiant
5:30 PM - Florida Mayhem vs. Atlanta Reign
7:00 PM - San Francisco Shock vs. Dallas Fuel
8:30 PM - Guangzhou Charge vs. Chengdu Hunters
Saturday, February 16 — (Tickets)
12:00 PM - Paris Eternal vs. London Spitfire
1:30 PM - New York Excelsior vs. Washington Justice
3:00 PM - Hangzhou Spark vs. Los Angeles Valiant
4:30 PM - Shanghai Dragons vs. Vancouver Titans
Sunday, February 17 — (Tickets)
12:00 PM - Boston Uprising vs. Houston Outlaws
1:30 PM - Atlanta Reign vs. Philadelphia Fusion
3:00 PM - Los Angeles Gladiators vs. San Francisco Shock
4:30 PM - Dallas Fuel vs. Seoul Dynasty
For more information on the Overwatch League, follow the event page at AXS.