The upcoming season begins Feb. 14 and will see a slew of structural changes to support the growth of the league. Eight new expansion teams recently joined the league to complete a total of 20 city-based teams competing in the second season.
All of the teams will play 28 matches throughout the four five-week stages, making for a total of seven matches per stage. Stage finals return, but will only take place following Stages 1, 2, and 3. The top eight performing teams from each stage will qualify for the stage’s finals, but divisional winners will be seeded into the first and second slots based on stage record.
Like the previous season, the divisional champions and the following four teams in the standings will qualify for the 2019 playoffs. However, two additional teams will also play in the playoffs based on the results of the play-in tournament that will take place after Stage 4.
The All-Star event will make its return but will no longer take place at the end of the competitive season. Instead, the event will occur between Stages 2 and 3 to give professional players a short break mid-season.
Additional information about the 2019 season will be released in the following months. To stay up to date with Overwatch League news, check out the event page at AXS.