Welcome to an all new weekly Overwatch League News Recap. This week, the last Stage of Season 1, Stage 4, has started. With a new patch and a new hero, Brigitte, we saw some very exciting matches.
Just two days before Stage 4 started, Nate Nanzer, Commissioner for the Overwatch League, updated fans on the patch that would be used. After a heated debate on Reddit and Twitter about which patch should be played on, Nate Nanzer and his team decided against using the latest live patch. Due to a potential bug in patch 1.23 (unable to accurately resume play after a pause or disconnect), and the team unable to find a fix in time, the matches in Stage for will be played on version 1.22 – without the new Hanzo rework.
It seems like the best decision overall, as there are already a lot of complaints about the new Hanzo floating around. Patch 1.22 will also show us more hero versatility compared to using the latest patch, which would mean Hanzo dominating every game.
Stage 4, Week 1 – Matches
So, how did the matches in the first week go? The top teams coming out of this week were the Philadelphia Fusion, the Houston Outlaws, the Los Angeles Gladiators, the New York Excelsior and the Los Angeles Valiant. Each team has won all of their two matches, the first three winning seven out of eight maps played.
The Los Angeles Gladiators, the Houston Outlaws and the Philadelphia Fusion made the best use out of the new meta and Brigitte. As each of these teams also have very good main tanks, it was no surprise that they would be coming out on top.
The teams that did stay mostly on the old meta from Stage 3 were the losers in the first week, the Florida Mayhem and the Shanghai Dragons.
Surprisingly, the Boston Uprising (on a 14 match win streak in Stage 3) were also unable to adapt, as well as the London Spitfire and the Seoul Dynasty. The latter still playing with Ryujehong on the main tank role, instead of Miro.
Tickets for the Grand Finals now on sale
On May 18, 2018, tickets for the Overwatch League Grand Finals were going on sale. No one would have thought that the tickets would go so quick, but the premium and floor seating level tickets have gone within hours after the start.
The Barclays Center can hold around 19k people at full capacity, but previous esport events like ESL One had around 8.5k sold tickets. It is likely that more seats will be made available, depending on how the sales go.
So far, you can still buy tickets at the General Admission level for around $60 on Ticketmaster,
Overwatch League Teams and Players
Dallas Fuel have a new head coach
Please welcome @Aero_OW as our new Head Coach!
We're excited to have him join the team following his success in Overwatch Contenders.
On Monday, May 15, 2018, the Dallas Fuel has announced their long-awaited new head coach, Aaron “Aero” Atkins. Aero is no unknown in the Overwatch scene. He has been a coach for numerous teams like Immortals, FNRGFE (most of the old roster are now part of the Houston Outlaws) and the Fusion University team.
Just last week, Fusion University managed to win the Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 1: North America and has been undefeated throughout the tournament. Definitely a great pick up for the Dallas Fuel and a step up the ladder for Aero.
Los Angeles Valiant with a new partner
BIG NEWS: We're excited to welcome @Razer to the #VALLA family as our new peripheral partner. Not going to be a hard decision to equip this Legendary drop. 👌 ⌨️ https://t.co/bp2M6tqqWY pic.twitter.com/ZI75m2eIwr
— Los Angeles Valiant 👼 (@LAValiant) May 17, 2018
On May 17, 2018, the Los Angeles Valiant announced a new partner, Razer. Razer is a well-known brand in the gaming scene, manufacturing gaming hardware like mice, keyboards and more.
It is a two-year deal and the players will be sporting their esports-grade periphials, including mice, keyboards, headsets and surfaces. In addition, Razer will be helping the Los Angeles Valiant in hosting numerous local activations in the upcoming year.