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Overwatch Contenders


Overwatch Contenders (OWC) is a Major series of professional Overwatch tournaments held around the world, organized by Blizzard Entertainment. Contenders acts as the development series below the Overwatch League for aspiring pro players.


Overview[edit]

History[edit]

Contenders began in 2017 with Contenders Season Zero and Contenders 2017 Season 1 in North America and Europe.

2018 Season[edit]

Beginning in 2018, Contenders expanded to seven regions. The seven current regions are:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Australia
  • China
  • Europe
  • Korea
  • Pacific

In addition to expanding to seven regions, the Trials system was introduced, and relegation between Contenders and Open Division was revealed. The top 4 teams from the previous Open Division season, and the bottom 4 teams from the previous Contenders season, would play in Trials to determine who would play in the next season of Contenders.

Beginning in 2018 Season 1 of Contenders, Overwatch League teams were given the opportunity to establish Academy teams to develop talent in Contenders. All Overwatch League teams except for the Los Angeles Valiant, Dallas Fuel and the Seoul Dynasty established Academy teams for the first season of 2018 Contenders, with the Dallas Fuel establishing their Academy team during the second season.

2019 Season[edit]

On October 30th, 2018, Blizzard announced changes to Contenders for the 2019 Season.[1] The number of teams in all regions would be reduced from twelve to eight, and North America would be split into two regions, North America West and North America East, bringing the number of Contenders tournaments to eight. A number of other changes were also introduced.

  • Reducing the number of Seasons from 3 to 2.
  • Making each Contenders Season longer.
  • Adjusting the prizing to better reward top teams.

In addition to these changes, Blizzard announced that they would be introducing a "soft region lock" for Contenders 2019. Contenders teams will be restricted to a maximum of three non-resident players on their roster.

Relevant Overwatch Development League Series[edit]

Precursor leagues ran in 2016/2017, before Contenders was expanded to each respective region.

Region Location Abbr. League Name Contenders Region
China China Shanghai Overwatch Premier Series OWPS Overwatch Premier Series Contenders China
South Korea South Korea Seoul Overwatch APEX APEX OGN Overwatch APEX Contenders Korea
South East Asia Taiwan Taipei Overwatch Pacific Championship OPC Overwatch Pacific Championship Contenders Pacific

Academy Teams[edit]

  • Currently, 17 of the 20 Overwatch League teams have established Academy teams in various Contenders regions.
Region Academy OWL Team
North America ATL Academy (Inactive) Atlanta Reign
North America Uprising Academy Boston Uprising
North America Team Envy Dallas Fuel
North America Mayhem Academy (Inactive) Florida Mayhem
North America GG Esports Academy (Inactive) Houston Outlaws
North America Gladiators Legion (Inactive) Los Angeles Gladiators
North America N/A Los Angeles Valiant
North America XL2 Academy (Inactive) New York Excelsior
North America NRG Esports (Inactive) San Francisco Shock
North America Montreal Rebellion Toronto Defiant
North America N/A Vancouver Titans
North America N/A Washington Justice
China LGE.Huya (Inactive) Chengdu Hunters
China T1W.GZA (Inactive) Guangzhou Charge
China Bilibili Gaming Hangzhou Spark
China Team CC Shanghai Dragons
Europe British Hurricane London Spitfire
Europe Eternal Academy Paris Eternal
South Korea T1 Philadelphia Fusion
South Korea Gen.G esports Seoul Dynasty

Two-way Players[edit]

For the 2019 Overwatch League season, teams and players may negotiate the right to designate the player as eligible to compete in Contenders on their affiliated Academy team. Any player on the roster may agree to be eligible for Contenders play, but a maximum of four players may be designated as “two-way” players during each Overwatch League stage, and those players must be identified and submitted to the League Office prior to each stage.

Two-way players are eligible to compete in Contenders, subject to the following rules:

  • Regardless of where they play, two-way players count toward the Overwatch League roster limit of 12 and must earn the same salary and benefits. Two-way players also will count towards the eight-player Contenders roster limit for weeks in which their Contenders team designates them as eligible to compete.
  • Two-way players lose their Contenders eligibility if they appear in more than two Overwatch League matches in a stage.
  • A maximum of two designated two-way players may compete in any single Contenders match.
  • No player will be eligible to appear in both Contenders and Overwatch League matches in the same week.

Events[edit]

Overwatch Contenders[edit]

Tournament
Date
Prize
P#
Location
Winner
Runner-up
Mar 1 - Jun 4, 2020
$100,000
12 teams
Oceania Online, Oceania
  TBD
  TBD
Mar 2 - Jun 3, 2020
$100,000
12 teams
South East Asia Online, Southeast Asia
  TBD
  TBD
Mar 17 - May 22, 2020
$175,000
12 teams
South Korea Online, Korea
  TBD
  TBD
Mar 10 - May 1, 2020
$175,000
12 teams
North America Online, Americas
  TBD
  TBD
Oct 9 - 13, 2019
$250,000
10 teams
South Korea Seoul, South Korea
  EM
  ATLA
Jun 16 - Sep 1, 2019
$100,000
8 teams
Australia Melbourne, Australia
  ORDER
  MF
Jun 25 - Sep 1, 2019
$200,000
8 teams
South Korea Seongnam, South Korea
  RA
  EM
Jun 18 - Aug 19, 2019
$100,000
8 teams
South America Online, South America
  Lowkey
  FURY
Jul 1 - Aug 17, 2019
$200,000
12 teams
China Qingdao, China
  CC
Jun 13 - Aug 16, 2019
$200,000
8 teams
Europe Online, Europe
  HSL
  GIG
Jun 19 - Aug 14, 2019
$200,000
8 teams
North America Online, Americas
  ATLA
  GLL
Jun 17 - Aug 14, 2019
$200,000
8 teams
North America Online, Americas
  NV
  XL2
Jun 13 - Aug 9, 2019
$100,000
8 teams
South East Asia Online, Southeast Asia
  TLN
  GE
May 31 - Jun 2, 2019
$125,000
6 teams
Germany Krefeld, Germany
  FU
  NV
May 24 - 26, 2019
$125,000
6 teams
China Shanghai, China
  EM
  O2B
Mar 16 - May 12, 2019
$200,000
12 teams
China China, China
  T1w
Mar 5 - May 12, 2019
$200,000
8 teams
South Korea Goyang, South Korea
  EM
  O2B
Feb 25 - May 6, 2019
$100,000
8 teams
South America Online, South America
  Lowkey
  FURY
Feb 24 - May 5, 2019
$100,000
8 teams
Australia Sydney, Australia
  ORDER
  SDB
Feb 28 - May 3, 2019
$200,000
8 teams
Europe Online, Europe
  AT
  BH
Feb 28 - May 3, 2019
$100,000
8 teams
Hong Kong Mongkok, Hong Kong
  TLN
Mar 4 - May 1, 2019
$200,000
8 teams
North America Online, Americas
  GLL
Mar 6 - May 1, 2019
$200,000
8 teams
North America Online, Americas
  NV
  ATLA
Nov 18 - Jan 20, 2019
$46,350
12 teams
Australia Sydney, Australia
  SDB
  ORDER
Nov 24 - Jan 19, 2019
$185,040
12 teams
South Korea Seoul, South Korea
  RA
  EM
Nov 22 - Jan 19, 2019
$46,350
12 teams
South America Online, South America
  LFTOWL
  based
Nov 22 - Jan 18, 2019
$138,810
12 teams
South East Asia Online, Southeast Asia
  HKA
  Nova
Nov 27 - Jan 13, 2019
$185,040
12 teams
North America Online, Americas
  ATLA
Nov 17 - Jan 13, 2019
$185,040
12 teams
China Guangzhou, China
  T1w
  Flag
Nov 18 - Jan 11, 2019
$185,040
12 teams
Europe Online, Europe
  GIG
  AT
Jul 2 - Sep 21, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
France Paris, France
  Eagle
  AT
Jul 6 - Sep 14, 2018
$138,810
12 teams
Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
  TLN
  CAG
Jul 3 - Sep 7, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
United States Los Angeles, United States
  XL2
Jul 5 - Sep 2, 2018
$46,350
12 teams
South America Online, South America
  BGH
  Isurus
Jul 2 - Sep 1, 2018
$46,350
12 teams
Australia Melbourne, Australia
  SDB
  DS
Jul 1 - Aug 26, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
China Guangzhou, China
  LFZ
  LGD
Jul 4 - Aug 11, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
South Korea Seoul, South Korea
  RA
  KD P.
Mar 12 - May 19, 2018
$46,350
12 teams
Australia Sydney, Australia
  SDB
  MM GC
Mar 16 - May 13, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
China Guangzhou, China
  LFZ
  LGD
Mar 11 - May 13, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
Poland Alwernia, Poland
  TO
Mar 11 - May 13, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
Poland Alwernia, Poland
  BH
  GIG
Mar 19 - May 12, 2018
$185,040
12 teams
South Korea Seoul, South Korea
  X6
  O2 ArT
Mar 22 - May 5, 2018
$138,810
12 teams
Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan
  DTN.KR
  BLK
Mar 13 - Apr 29, 2018
$46,350
12 teams
South America Online, South America
  BGH
  Isurus
Aug 19 - Oct 8, 2017
$100,000
8 teams
United States Los Angeles, usa
  nV
  FaZe
Aug 19 - Oct 8, 2017
$100,000
8 teams
United States Los Angeles, usa
  GIG
  MSF
Jun 18 - Jul 2, 2017
$50,000
16 teams
North America Online, Americas
  IMT
  TL
Jun 17 - Jul 1, 2017
$50,000
16 teams
Europe Online, Europe
  eU
  123

Overwatch Contenders Trials[edit]

Tournament
Date
Prize
P#
Location
Winner
Runner-up
Mar 3 - Dec 31, 2020
12 teams
Europe Online, Europe
  TBD
  TBD
May 9 - 18, 2019
6 teams
Europe Online, Europe
  CV
  YaB

References[edit]