Overwatch League - Inaugural Season
- Regular Season - January 10th - June 16th, 2018
- Matches in the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions played out live from the Blizzard Arena each Wednesday through Sunday. Though the season was divided into four stages, every wins and losses from each stage counted towards teams' full-season records and seeding for the postseason. On the last Sunday of each stage, the top teams competed for hefty bonuses and the title of stage winner.
- All matches in the Regular Season consisted of four-map sets
- Each Stage of the Regular Season had its own 8 map pool.
- The top team in each Division, and the next top 4 finishers from the entire league, advanced to the Championship Playoffs in July.
- The top seed from each Division received a first-round bye.
- Standings tiebreakers:
- Number of match wins;
- Cumulative map differential;
- Head-to-head map differential;
- Head-to-head record;
- Tiebreaker Match;
The Transfer Window is defined as the period of time in which Teams can complete trades involving other Teams and/or sign new Players. The Transfer Window is the only time in which these changes can occur following October 30th, 2017.
- The Free Agent Signing Period opened on January 22nd, 2018.
- The Trade Window opened on February 11th, 2018.
- Newly acquired players were to be added to a team’s active roster beginning February 21st, 2018, the first day of Stage 2.
- The Transfer Window closed on April 3rd, 2018, and rosters were locked for the remainder of the season and playoffs.
- Soe (Salome Soe Gschwind-Penski)
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A prize pool of $1,300,000 was split amongst the teams as seen below.
|1st||$300,000||New York Excelsior|
|2nd||$200,000||Los Angeles Valiant|
|4th||$150,000||Los Angeles Gladiators|
|9th||$50,000||San Francisco Shock|
In addition, four Stage Title matches were played for a total of $500,000.
Inaugural Season Participants
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- 1 Jan 5th - LA Valiant change their coaching staff. Ookz leaves the team. daemoN and Gunba join the coaching staff.
- 2 Feb 1st - Florida Mayhem sign zappis. He can begin playing during Stage 2.
- 3 Feb 12th - San Francisco Shock sign Junkbuck to their coaching staff.
- 4 Feb 12th - Florida Mayhem sign r2der to their coaching staff.
- 5 Feb 13th - Dallas Fuel sign aKm.
- 6 Feb 13th - Florida Mayhem sign Sayaplayer and aWesomeGuy.
- 7 Feb 14th - Shanghai Dragons sign Fearless, Geguri, Ado and Sky.
- 8 Feb 16th - Houston Outlaws sign FCTFCTN.
- 9 Feb 19th - Los Angeles Valiant release Head Coach Cuddles and bring on new Head Coach MBC.
- 10 Feb 20th - London Spitfire transfer Fissure to the Los Angeles Gladiators.
- 11 Feb 21th - London Spitfire transfer Rascal to the Dallas Fuel.
- 12 Feb 26th - Seoul Dynasty sign Gambler.
- 13 Mar 6th - Shanghai Dragons change their coaching staff. U4 leaves the team. Kong will act as a stand-in Head Coach.
- 14 Mar 7th - London Spitfire change their coaching staff. Bishop leaves the team.
- 15 Mar 8th - London Spitfire sign TiZi.
- 16 Mar 8th - Dallas Fuel sign OGE.
- 17 Mar 11th - Dallas Fuel release xQc.
- 18 Mar 13th - San Francisco Shock sign moth and Architect.
- 19 Mar 22nd - Los Angeles Valiant sign Stoop to their coaching staff.
- 20 Mar 25th - Los Angeles Gladiators sign Void.
- 21 Mar 27th - Shanghai Dragons sign creed to their coaching staff.
- 22 Mar 29th - Shanghai Dragons release Undead.
- 23 Mar 30th - Houston Outlaws sign ArHaN.
- 24 Mar 31st - New York Excelsior sign Anamo to their player roster and zet to coaching staff.
- 25 Mar 31st - Seoul Dynasty transfer Bunny to the Los Angeles Valiant.
- 26 Apr 2nd - Dallas Fuel and Los Angeles Valiant trade players Custa and uNKOE.
- 27 Apr 2nd - Los Angeles Valiant release envy and transfer GrimReality from the player roster to the coaching staff.
- 28 Apr 3rd - Los Angeles Valiant transfer silkthread to the Los Angeles Gladiators.
- 29 Apr 4th - Los Angeles Valiant sign KSF and Finnsi.
- 30 Apr 4th - Shanghai Dragons sign Daemin.
- 31 Apr 5th - San Francisco Shock sign ChoiHyoBin.
- 32 Apr 9th - Boston Uprising release DreamKazper.
- 33 Apr 10th - Boston Uprising signed AimGod on April 3, 2018.
- 34 Apr 13th - Los Angeles Valiant sign Izayaki.
- 35 Apr 16th - Dallas Fuel release Rascal and Head Coach KyKy. Peak becomes Interim Head Coach, and Vol'Jin joins as Assistant Coach.
- 36 May 7th - San Francisco Shock sign Crusty from the Boston Uprising and release Brad. NineK also joins the coaching staff.
- 37 May 9th - Shanghai Dragons announce that Head Coach RUI has parted ways with the team, citing "health issues". Kong again takes on Interim Head Coach duties.
- 38 May 10th - Houston Outlaws announce they have hired KyKy as a new Coach.
- 39 May 15th - Dallas Fuel announce their new Head Coach, Aero.
- 40 May 22nd - London Spitfire designate HaGoPeun, TiZi, WooHyaL and Hooreg as inactive on their roster. They remain contracted to the organization for the rest of the season.
- 41 June 5th - Shanghai Dragons and MG agree to part ways, 2 games before the season ends.
Season Divisional Standings
|1.||New York Excelsior||34-6||126-4-43||+83|
Season League Standings
|1.||ATL||New York Excelsior||34-6||126-4-43||+83|
|2.||PAC||Los Angeles Valiant||27-13||100-7-64||+36|
|4.||PAC||Los Angeles Gladiators||25-15||96-3-72||+24|
|9.||PAC||San Francisco Shock||17-23||77-5-84||-7|
|Stage 1 Standings|
|1.||ATL||New York Excelsior||9-1||31-2-10||+21|
|4.||PAC||Los Angeles Valiant||7-3||26-3-13||+13|
|8.||PAC||Los Angeles Gladiators||4-6||16-0-26||-10|
|9.||PAC||San Francisco Shock||3-7||16-2-24||-8|
- See all Stage 1 match results here
|Stage 2 Standings|
|1.||ATL||New York Excelsior||9-1||34-0-9||+25|
|5.||PAC||Los Angeles Gladiators||6-4||25-1-16||+9|
|8.||PAC||Los Angeles Valiant||4-6||18-1-23||-5|
|9.||PAC||San Francisco Shock||3-7||17-1-24||-7|
- See all Stage 2 match results here
|Stage 3 Standings|
|2.||ATL||New York Excelsior||9-1||33-0-11||+22|
|3.||PAC||Los Angeles Valiant||7-3||28-1-15||+13|
|4.||PAC||Los Angeles Gladiators||6-4||25-1-19||+6|
|5.||PAC||San Francisco Shock||6-4||21-0-20||+1|
- See all Stage 3 match results here
|Stage 4 Standings|
|1.||PAC||Los Angeles Gladiators||9-1||30-1-11||+19|
|2.||PAC||Los Angeles Valiant||9-1||28-2-13||+15|
|3.||ATL||New York Excelsior||7-3||28-2-13||+15|
|7.||PAC||San Francisco Shock||5-5||23-2-16||+7|
- See all Stage 4 match results here
- Blizzard Entertainment (2017-12-11). "Stage 1 Tickets on Sale Now".
- Blizzard Entertainment (2018-01-23). "Stage 2 Tickets on Sale Now".
- Blizzard Entertainment (2018-03-15). "Stage 3 and 4 Tickets on Sale Now".
- Emerald Gao (2018-01-26). "RELOADING ROSTERS".
- Los Angeles Valiant (2018-01-05). "Los Angeles Valiant Announce Full Coaching Roster".
- Florida Mayhem (2018-02-01). "#BringTheMayhem with Zappis".
- San Francisco Shock (2018-02-12). "Please help us in welcoming former Toronto esports coach @JunkBuckOW to the SF Shock coaching staff!".
- Florida Mayhem (2018-02-12). "Florida Mayhem Welcomes Hyun-Jin “r2der” Choi to Its Coaching Staff".
- Dallas Fuel (2018-02-13). "Let's add another flag to the mix. Please join us in welcoming Dylan "aKm" Bignet 🇫🇷 to Dallas Fuel".
- Florida Mayhem (2018-02-13). "Welcome Sayaplayer and aWesomeGuy to the Mayhem!".
- Shanghai Dragons (2018-02-14). "上海龙之队公布4名新选手，积极备战守望先锋联赛常规赛第二阶段" (in ).
- Houston Outlaws (2018-02-16). "From team USA, Help us welcome the newest member to the Houston Outlaws".
- Los Angeles Valiant (2018-02-19). "LA VALIANT ANNOUNCE HIRING OF COACH BYUNG CHUL “MBC” MOON".
- Ben Woodward (2018-02-20). "London Spitfire Transfer Fissure to LA Gladiators".
- "London Spitfire announces the departure of @Rascal.". London Spitfire. 2018-02-21.
- Seoul Dynasty (2018-02-26). "We are so excited & happy to announce that @9ambler has joined @SeoulDynasty!".
- "Staff change: Effective immediately, Chen Congshan “U4” steps down as the head coach of Shanghai Dragons.". Shanghai Dragons. 2018-03-06.
- Ben Woodward (2018-03-07). "London Spitfire Parts Ways With Bishop". London Spitfire.
- London Spitfire (2018-03-08). "Welcome T1zi!".
- Dallas Fuel (2018-03-08). "ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT! Please welcome Son "OGE" Min-Seok to the team! Previously a tank main for CONBOX, we anticipate @OGE_ow to start playing in Stage 3.".
- Dallas Fuel (2018-03-11). "Dallas Fuel Announce Release of Félix “xQc” Lengyel".
- "The San Francisco Shock are excited to announce the signing of two incredible players.". San Francisco Shock. 2018-03-13.
- "LA Valiant Announce Hiring of Warsi Faraaz "Stoop" Waris to the Coaching Staff". Los Angeles Valiant. 2018-03-22.
- "Kongdoo Panthera’s sub-tank #Void has transferred to LA Gladiators.". Team KongDoo. 2018-03-25.
- Shanghai Dragons (2018-03-27). "creed joins Shanghai Dragons as assistant coach" (in Chinese).
- "Roster Change: Today Shanghai Dragons announce the release of Fang “Undead” Chao, with the approval of OWL office.". Shanghai Dragons. 2018-03-29.
- "Please help us welcome the newest member to the Houston Outlaws...". Houston Outlaws. 2018-03-30.
- "Excited to announce that @Anamo_ow and @zet4444 will be joining your #NYXL crew.". New York Excelsior. 2018-03-31.
- "Jun-hyeok “Bunny” Chae Joins LA Valiant". Los Angeles Valiant. 2018-03-31.
- "Dallas Fuel and Los Angeles Valiant Complete Trade Involving Support Players". Dallas Fuel. 2018-04-02.
- "Los Angeles Valiant acquires Scott "Custa" Kennedy in trade with Dallas Fuel". Los Angeles Valiant. 2018-04-02.
- "The Los Angeles Valiant and Kang-Jae "envy" Lee have mutually agreed to a release from his contract with the organization.". Los Angeles Valiant. 2018-04-02.
- "Christopher "GrimReality" Schaefer has decided to transition from active player to an assistant coaching role within the organization.". Los Angeles Valiant. 2018-04-02.
- "CROSS-TOWN TRADE KEEPS SILKTHREAD IN LOS ANGELES". Los Angeles Gladiators. 2018-04-03.
- "LA Valiant Acquires Free Agents KSF and Finnsi". Los Angeles Valiant. 2018-04-04.
- "We’re excited to welcome Kim "Daemin" Daemin to our #OverwatchLeague roster.". Shanghai Dragons. 2018-04-04.
- "The SF Shock are excited to welcome Choi Hyo Bin!". San Francisco Shock. 2018-04-05.
- "The Boston Uprising have terminated the contract of Jonathan "DreamKazper" Sanchez". Boston Uprising. 2018-04-09.
- "Boston Uprising Sign Min-Seok “AimGod” Kwon". Boston Uprising. 2018-04-10.
- "LA Valiant Acquires 12th Player Izayaki from NC Foxes". Los Angeles Valiant. 2018-04-13.
- "Dallas Fuel Coaching Staff and Roster Changes". Dallas Fuel. 2018-04-16.
- "SF SHOCK COACHING CHANGE". San Francisco Shock. 2018-05-07.
- "Staff change: Wang “RUI” Xingrui is stepping down as the head coach of Shanghai Dragons today due to health issues.". Shanghai Dragons. 2018-05-09.
- "Please give a warm welcome to the newest Outlaws coach, @KyKy!". Houston Outlaws. 2018-05-10.
- "Dallas Fuel Name Aaron “Aero” Atkins Head Coach". Dallas Fuel. 2018-05-15.
- "London Spitfire Roster Update". London Spitfire. 2018-05-22.
- "Roster update: Effective today, the Shanghai Dragons and MG have decided to part ways.". Shanghai Dragons. 2018-06-05.