The Overwatch League end of the season playoffs are finally here, and if you’re like me who’s tired of seeing Roadhog in every single one of your matches, you’re probably worried that the prominent off-tank meta that has risen since the last patch will take over the playoffs. Still, that seems like too new and too different of a meta to try out in such a crucial context for a team’s season. With other changes made to many of the game’s DPS characters, it seems like anything else could happen for the next two weeks. With that in mind, let’s see what’s in store for Overwatch League 2020 Playoffs.
NA Bracket first round
Houston Outlaws vs. Boston Uprising
Washington Justice vs. Vancouver Titans
Los Angeles Gladiators, Atlanta Reign, and Dallas Fuel enter as higher seeds
Philadelphia Fusion, Florida Mayhem, San Francisco Shock, and Paris Eternal enter as higher seeds
Asia first round
Chengdu Hunters vs. London Spitfire
New York Excelsior and Hangzhou Spark enter as higher seeds
Shanghai Dragons and Guangzhou Charge enter as higher seeds
What To Watch Out For
The playoff brackets will be further determined by which teams the top seeds choose to face and are double elimination. Like during the different knockout tournaments that took place over the course of the season, the higher seeds may feel cocky in picking who they play against.
In the North American bracket, I cannot see any teams other than the San Francisco Shock and the Philadelphia Fusion making all the way to the finals, though I would not put it out of the question a similar lower bracket run for any team like what the San Francisco Shock did last year. For teams that can cause some upsets, I can see the Valiant or Gladiators taking some better teams down when they get their shot.
Over in Asia, its all Shanghai’s for the taking, just as long as they do not mess up on their path to the top. Chengdu, New York, and Guangzhou can each stand to put up a fight with the new meta changes, but Shanghai has too deep a squad to not end up winning the whole thing.