The Overwatch League 2020 season finally kicks off this weekend, with the homestands taking place in New York and Dallas. It’s our first look at 10 of the league’s 20 teams, so teams that went through a major rebuilding in the offseason may still be a work in progress. The League already played a weekend of games in Dallas last year, marked by a raucous crowd supporting the hometown team and a long power outage, so having one of the first homestands there this early seems like a safe OW bet. Let’s see what this first weekend has in store.
New York Homestand
Toronto Defiant vs. Paris Eternal
London Spitfire vs. New York Excelsior
London Spitfire vs. Paris Eternal
Boston Uprising vs. New York Excelsior
What to watch out for
A lot of teams will be debuting mostly new rosters, like London, Boston, and Toronto, so it will be interesting to watch how they all jell together.
New York, playing in front of their home fans for the first time, should easily continue their trend of regular season dominance, though they do have easy games against London and Boston to start with.
Paris is more French-centric with the exodus of some European players and the addition of Korean talent, though only Nosmite and Xzi are eligible to play. It will be interesting to see where this new direction will take them.
And London, with its new roster of players cobbled together from Contenders and Open Division, will have their fans asking if they can be strong out of the gate like in preceding seasons, or if they are going to get their teamwork down over time.
- New York Excelsior to win both of their games
- Toronto to win against Paris
- Paris to win against London
Los Angeles Gladiators vs. Vancouver Titans
Los Angeles Valiant vs. Dallas Fuel
Los Angeles Valiant vs. Vancouver Titians
San Francisco Shock vs. Dallas Fuel
What to watch out for
The Vancouver Titans will see if Fissure and Ryujehong can properly fit in with the team early on since they are expected to be starters for the long-haul. And they have two matches against both Los Angeles teams that should be good indicators of how that experiment will play out.
Meanwhile, the Valiant, low on most people’s radar but apparently have a bunch of hype from scrimmages, need to try and prove their naysayers wrong with their two matches. If they manage to win one of their matches, it will be a good sign for how the Valiant approached their roster shake-up this year.
Dallas, the home team, needs to come out strong in front of their fans to get some morale. It will be a long way before they get another chance like this again.
- San Francisco to beat Dallas
- Vancouver to defeat the Valiant and the Gladiators
- Dallas to win against the Valiant