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Get to Know Overwatch The star of Overwatch League, commonly abbreviated OWL, is Overwatch, a team-based First Person Shooter (FPS) in which two teams of six players battle head to head to capture objectives. Overwatch combines the mechanical, skill based aim of previous FPS titles like Call of Duty, with the tactical, strategic, and hero based game play of dominant Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBA) like League of Legends. The result is a game that is easy to learn, difficult to master, and ridiculously fun to watch. The unique personality and gameplay of each of 26 (and counting) heroes available means that each fight is dynamic and based on a teams tactical knowledge of Overwatch’s metagame. You can find more on Overwatch at


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Changing the Future of E-sports. E-sports leagues are nothing new, but the way that they operate are. While e-sports have been established as a respectable, competitive, and well-funded sports industry, the teams involved lack the cohesive team-wide identity that traditional sports leagues thrive off of. Overwatch League (OWL) envisions a new look for e-sports that is inspired by the old tried-and-true formula for success in sports leagues. OWL stands out from other e-sports Leagues by introducing branded, location-based team structures. Each team operates independently, with their own owner, manager, coaching staff, and of course players. The branding, money, and competitive network associated with location based teams gives OWL a mainstream edge that should make you excited for Overwatch’s place in the future of sports period.


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Seven Months Out of the Year. The first season of Overwatch League (OWL) starts on January 10th and runs until July 28th giving you more than enough time to watch! While all games during the inaugural season will be played at Blizzard's stage in LA, future seasons will house home and away games just like any other sport. In OWL twelve teams are broken up into two divisions. During the season teams will play a total of forty games against twenty teams in their division and twenty teams outside of their division. The formal OWL season is made up of four, five week long stages, with a ten day break in between stages. Each week, twelve matches are played over four days. Every stage ends with playoffs to determine a solitary winner of that stage. At the end of four stages the top six teams enter the final playoffs where they compete for the grand prize. The top team in each division gets an automatic bye to the semi-finals. The remaining top four teams will advance to the playoffs where they will compete to place in the semi-finals. You can find more about the league at







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Big Money. Players aren't the only people serious about Overwatch League (OWL). Investors have noticed an interest in e-sports and paid upwards of $20,000,000 for team slots in OWL. Owners didn't buy in for nothing; this kind of money means OWL boasts unparalleled production value and a spectacular prize pool of $3,500,000. The winner of each individual stage is awarded $125,000 while the final winners of the season are awarded a grand prize of $1,000,000. In addition to the grand prize, teams are given anywhere from $25,000 - $300,000 based on their performance during the season. Blizzard has required teams to supply players with housing, training support, and at least 50% of the teams winnings and revenue. In addition to winnings from prize pools, players are also guaranteed an annual salary of at least $50,000 with health and retirement benefits. One of the league's youngest players Sinatraa secured the league's highest salary at $150,000. It is exciting to see Blizzard's mandate to have mandatory salaries and benefits. These regulations will attract higher level players and legitimize playing Overwatch as a feasible career path.


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Twelve Teams. Twelve Brands. Twelve brand new teams have been launched with Overwatch League (OWL), each bringing their own identity. As apart of their branding all teams have a unique logo, color scheme, and accompanying city. These elements are showcased in each and every OWL match. In game OWL players wear “jersey like� skins that incorporate their team colors and logo. These skins have been made for every hero in the game and are custom tailored for each team in the league. In addition, all spell effects are re-colored to match the teams color making matches easier to watch for everyone. Showing pride for your favorite team won't be limited to screaming on the couch during matches. Not only can you buy team jerseys to wear in real life, you can also buy and equip the same skins your favorite players wear when playing Overwatch on the live client. Soon you will see your friends wear skins from their favorite teams in game, which team will you be buying skins for?



Meet the Teams

Seoul Dynasty Pacific Division

The Dynasty represent Seoul, South Korea and is home to eleven players with the majority coming from the already successful Overwatch team Lunatic-Hai. The Dynasty live up to their name and are undoubtedly the favorite to win the first season of OWL. Dynasty boasts players of the highest caliber in each category. In the support category and leading the team is Je-Hong ‘ryujehong’ Ryu, a legendary Ana player who carries his team to victory after hitting every sleep dart possible. In the tank category is Jin-Hyuk ‘Miro’ Gong, who brought Winston into the meta after players took note of his unique gameplay. Rounding out the DPS category is Byung-Sun 'Fleta' Lim who is easily one of the best, and most flexible DPS players in the world.











Ryu Je-hong

Yang Jin-mo

Offense Byeon Sang-beom

Choi Seok-woo

Chae Joon-hyuk


The team is owned by Kevin Chou, chairman and CEO of KSV eSports, a partnership between Silicon Valley in the US and the e-sports scene in South Korea. Supporting the team is global business director Harry 'MaSsan' Cheong, head coach Kwang-jin 'Baek Kwang-Jin' Baek, and assistant coaches Hojeong 'alwaysoov' Chae, Yo-han 'nuGet' Kim, and Ho-cheol 'Hocury' Lee.


Gong Jin-hyuk


Mun Gi-do

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Kim Dae-kuk

Kim Joon-hyuk

Koo Jae-mo


Byung-sun Kim

Shanghai Dragons Pacific Division

The Dragons represent Shanghai, China and is home to eight players from a variety of Chinese teams. Of all of the OWL teams the least is known about the Shanghai Dragons because of their limited presence in the international spotlight. How the Chinese roster will perform come the main season is largely up-in the air. Despite their mediocre performance in the preseason, DPS player Weida ‘Diya’ Lu showed some serious promise on Widowmaker. When watching the Shanghai Dragons be ready for surprises and upsets from the team that is known for running interesting and unconventional compositions.


The team is owned by NetEase, Blizzard's publishing partner in China, and one of the few gaming companies in China who are big enough to handle an Overwatch League team.








Cheng Yage

Chen Zhaoyu

Offense Lu Weida

Wenhao Jing

Supporting the team is head coach Chen 'U4' Congshan, assistant coach Jun 'Kong' Young Son, and analyst Jia 'Nai8' Jia.


Xushu Liu Junjie

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Fang Chao

Wu Dongjian

Freefeel Xu Peixuan

Dallas Fuel Pacific Division

The Fuel represent Dallas, Texas and is home to nine players with the majority coming from the already successful Overwatch team EnvyUS. The Fuel is known in the league as a top-tier western team that stands on similar footing with South Korean teams. Like the Outlaws, the team is filled with fan favorites with a variety of personalities. Players such as Brandon 'Seagull' Larned and Pongphop 'Mickie' Rattanasangchod are known for being some of the nicest players in the league. Another player with a large fan base XQC, has made headlines recently after reviving short bans from Overwatch competitive for toxicity and throwing. Going into the formal season keep an eye out for Hyeon EFFECT' Hwang whos aggressive Tracer playstyle fills the kill-feed and carries teams to victory.










Scott Kennedy

Offense Timo Kettunen

Supporting the team are co-owners Mike 'Hastr0' Rufail and Ken Hersh, manager Mat 'TazMo' Taylor, coach Kyle 'KyKy' Souder, and assistant coach Dong-hwan 'Violet' Kim.

Hwang Hyeon


Brandon Larned

Tank FĂŠlix Lengyel

The team is owned by EnvyUS, primarily known for their competitive Call of Duty roster but has also made a dominant presence in the Overwatch e-sports scene by finishing first in APEX season one.

Sebastian Widlund


Pongphop Rattanasangchod

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Christian Jonsson

Jonathan Tejedor Rua

Los Angeles Gladiators Pacific Division

The Gladiators are one of two teams representing Los Angeles, California and is home to seven players from a variety of different teams. Going into the formal season keep an eye out for devastating McCree player Lane 'Surefour' Roberts. Not much is known about the Gladiators outside of their performance in the OWL preseason where they upset the favored London Spitfire in a 3-2 victory. If they can take the Spitfire in the preseason, who knows what they will be able to accomplish against other South Korean teams in the league. The team is owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, known for owning the American Football team LA Rams and the Basketball team Denver Nuggets. Kroenke is one of the biggest sports brands in the US owning several stadiums, TV stations, and entertainment companies. Supporting the team are co-owners Stan and Josh Kroenke, manager Kevin 'Kez' Jeon, head coach David 'Dpei' Pei, and assistant coaches Timothy 'Tim' Albanese and Blake 'Raistlin' Panasiewicz.






Jonas Suovaara

Benjamin Isohanni

Offense Lane Roberts

Choi Joon-seong



Luis Galarza Figueroa



Hyung-seok “Aaron” Kim

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João Pedro Goes Telles

San Francisco Shock Pacific Division

The Shock represent San Francisco, California and is home to seven players from a variety of different teams. The Shock is one of the most mismatched teams in the league, as most of the players have never played together in a competitive setting. Facing off against already established teams means that the Shock has a lot to make up when it comes to team synergy. While the Shock has consistently placed low in league power rankings their positive performance in the preseason has analysts questioning their doubts about the team. Going into the formal season watch out for fan favorite André 'IDDQD' Dahlström and star dps player Babybay who made waves in the Overwatch community after his performance in the preseason.









Nikola Andrews

Daniel Martínez Paz

Offense André Dahlström

Andrej Francisty


The team is owned by Andy Miller, chairman and founder of NRG Esports, who have a competitive history in Overwatch, League of Legends, Smite, Rocket League, Hearthstone, and CS:GO. Supporting the team is president Brett 'Brettbox' Lautenbach, manager Andrew 'Zwei' Baker, head coach Brad 'Brad' Rajani, and assistant coaches Dillain 'LegitRc' Odeneal and Harsha 'harsha' Bandi.


David Ramirez


Dante Cruz

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Matthew DeLisi

Andreas Karlsson

sinatraa Jay Won

Los Angeles Valiant Pacific Division

The Valiant are one of two teams representing Los Angeles, California and is home to eleven players with the majority coming from the already successful Overwatch team Immortals. The Valiant have the preexisting team structure and diverse number of players needed to make a big splash in the League. At only eighteen, Valiant player Brady 'Agilities' Dirardi, known for his Genji play, shows amazing potential for growth compared to other players in the League. The Valiant also have some of the best Tracer players with Terrence 'SoOn' Tarlier and Ted 'silkthread' Wang who can run circles around other teams. In the backline the Valiant have Benjamin 'uNOKE' Chevasson who consistently caries teams with his Zenyatta and Ana gameplay.









Stefano Disalvo

Park Young-seo

Benjamin Chevasson

Offense Ted Wang

Brady Girardi


The team is owned by Noah Winston, CEO of Immortals. Immortals is primarily known for their teams in League of Legends and Overwatch. Supporting the team are coaches Dong 'Ookz' Wook Kim and Henry 'Cuddles' Coxall who both coached the previous Immortals team.


Koo Pan-seung



Lee Kang-jae

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Seb Barton

Terence Tarlier


Christopher Schaefer

New York Excelsior Atlantic Division

The Excelsior represent New York, New York and is home to eight players with the majority coming from the already successful South Koreabased Overwatch team LW Blue. The Excelsior, commonly shortened to NYXL, has plans to represent New York as one of the strongest teams in the League. Watch out for star DPS players Do-hyun 'Pine' Kim on Widowmaker and Jong-yeol 'Saebyeolbe' Park on Tracer who are crowd favorites after their performances in the preseason. New York Excelsior is also home to one of the youngest and scariest DPS players in the League, Hwang 'Flow3er' Yeon-oh, who absolutely destroyed for South Korea during the 2017 Overwatch World Cup but won't be playing with NYXL until after season one when he turns eighteen.





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Bang Sung-hyeon

Hong Yeon-joon

Offense Do-hyun Kim

Park Jong-yeol

Tank Song Joong-hwa

Kim Dong-gyu

The team is owned by Jeff Wilpon, COO of American Baseball Team the New York Mets. Supporting the team is director of player personnel Scott 'BEARHANDS' Tester, coaches Hyeong-seok 'WizardHyeong' Kim and Hyeonsang 'Pavane' Yu, and assistant coach Andrew 'Andrew' Kim.


Kim Hye-sung

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Kim Tae-hong

Hwang Yeon-oh

Philadelphia Fusion Atlantic Division

The Fusion represent Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is home to ten players from a variety of different teams, a few of which played for the FaZe Clan. Unable to play in the pre-season because of visa issues, the Fusion has had a rough start going into OWL. To make things worse Sumin ‘SADO’ Kim was banned due to accountboosting allegations and will not be able to participate in the first three stages of OWL season one. Although the Fusion might not be starting from the best place there is undeniable talent on this team. Jae-hyeok ‘Carpe’ Lee and George ‘ShaDowBurn’ Gushcha are two highly respected DPS players in the Overwatch scene. The team is owned by Comcast Spectacor, a sports and entertainment company and a part of the larger Comcast corporation. Comcast Spectacor owns the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team and manages hundreds of sports stadiums in the US and Singapore. Supporting the team is head coach Yann ‘Kirby’ Luu, followed by assistant coaches Se-Hwi ‘NamedHwi’ Go and Elliot ‘Hayes’ Hayes, and analyst Ethan ‘Beezy’ Spector.




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Isaac Charles

Park Jeong-hwan Joe Gramano

Alberto González

Offense Lee Jae-hyeok

Josh Corona



Joona Laine



Choi Hong-joon

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Gael Gouzerch

George Gushcha

Florida Mayhem Atlantic Division

The Mayhem represent both Miami and Orlando, Florida and is home to six players from the already successful Overwatch team Misfits. Every player on The Mayhem played on their respective countries’ team during the 2017 Overwatch World Cup, four of which represented Sweden and took third place. Watch out for Kevyn 'TviQ' Lindstrom, one of the most flexible DPS players in the league. Despite the obvious talent on the team, league analysts are concerned about the teams small six person roster, meaning they have much less flexibility than other teams in the league that have as many as twelve players. This potential weakness was evident in their lackluster performance in the preseason, where they lost both of their matches. Going into the formal season The Mayhem need to show their fans that they can bring back the previous dominance of Misfits in the competitive Overwatch scene. The team is owned by Ben Spoont, CEO and co-founder of the e-sports team Misfits, which manages teams across variety of games including League of Legends and CS:GO. Supporting the team is head coach by Vytis ‘Mineral’ Lasaitis, the sole member of the coaching team for the Mayhem.






Sebastian Olsson

Aleksi Kuntsi

Offense Kevyn Lindström



Johan Klingestedt


Manneten Tim Bylund

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Andreas Berghmans

Houston Outlaws Atlantic Division

The Outlaws represent Houston, Texas and is home to ten players from a variety of different teams, a few of which represented the USA during the 2017 Overwatch World Cup. The Outlaws are known for having some of the strongest US talent in the league. Players such as Jacob 'JAKE' Lyon and Matt 'coolmatt' Iorio had amazing performances at the 2017 Overwatch World Cup. In addition Shane 'Rawkus' Flaherty is known for devastating Ana and Zenyatta play, and Jiri 'LiNkzr' is known to give other Tracers in the league a run for their money. There is a lot to expect from this team in the league and with another powerful team, Dallas Fuel, next door we'll have to see how the Outlaws stack-up.



Daniel Pence

Chris Benell


Shane Flaherty


Clockwork LiNkzr Matthew Dias

Jiri Masalin


Jacob Lyon



The team is owned by Hector Rodriguez, owner and CEO of OpTic Gaming, which manages teams across variety of games including Call of Duty, CSGO, Halo, and Gears of War. Supporting the team is head coach Tae-yeong ‘TaiRong’ Kim, followed by assistant coaches Hyeon-woo ‘HyeonWoo’ Kim and Adam ‘MESR’ De La Torre, and general manager Matt ‘flame’ Rodriguez. This team has up one of the most accomplished coaching staffs in the league, with head coach TaiRong previously leading South Korea to victory in the first Overwatch World Cup.


Austin Wilmot


coolmatt Matt Iorio

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Alexandre Vanhomwegen

Mendokusaii Lucas Håkansson

London Spitfire Atlantic Division

The Spitfire represent London, United Kingdom and is home to twelve players from two very dominant South Korean teams, GC Busan and KongDoo Panthera. The Spitfire is a team with one of the strongest competitive histories going into the Overwatch League. GC Busan and KongDoo Panthera were some of the strongest teams at APEX Season four, finishing first and third respectively. With a roster of twelve players from two top-tier teams, they have more than enough flexibility to handle what the league throws at them. Going into Overwatch League you should look out for Ji-hyuk 'birdring' Kim and Dong-jun 'Rascal' Kim from KongDoo Panthera, who made waves in the preseason as one of the deadliest DPS duos in the league.

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Jung Won-sik











Choi Seung-tae

Kim Jong-seok

Offense Ji-hyuk Kim

Kim Dong-jun

Park Joon-yeong


The team is owned by Jack Etienne, founder and CEO of Cloud9, a longstanding e-sports organization which manages teams across variety of games including League of Legends, CS-GO, Rocket League, Dota 2, Hearthstone, and more. Supporting the team is general manager Danan 'Danan' Flander, team manager Seon-woo 'Claire' Jeon, head coach Beoum 'Bishop' Lee, and assistant coaches Chang-geun 'changgoon' Park and Jeong-min 'Jfeel' Kim.

HaGoPeun Closer

Baek Chan-hyung


Kim Jun-ho

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Hong Jae-hee

Sung Seung-hyun

Lee Dong-eun

Boston Uprising Atlantic Division

The Uprising represent Boston, Massachusetts and is home to ten players from a variety of different teams such as Toronto Esports and Luminosity Gaming Evil. The Uprising lacks the star power of other teams in the league and has been consistently placed on the bottom of OWL power rankings. Their showing in the pre-season against NYXL however, has analysts seconding guessing themselves, hinting that there is a lot of undiscovered talent on this team. The team is owned by Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of the Kraft group, owners of the American Football team the New England Patriots and American Soccer Team the New England Revolution. Supporting the team is head coach Da-hee ‘Crusty’ Park, followed by assistant coaches Jackson ‘Shake’ Kaplan (not related to Jeff Kaplan) and Rollon ‘Mini’ Hamelin, analyst MrBleepe, and president of gaming Chris ‘HuK’ Loranger.








Mikias Yohannes

Kristian Keller

Park Se-hyeon


Connor Prince

Offense Stanislav Danilov

Kwon Nam-joo



Noh Yeong-jin



Lucas Meissner

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Shin Woo-yeol

Jonathan Sanchez


Which team will you be rooting for?


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