The Atlantic and Pacific Division All-Stars are headed to Blizzard Arena LA on Saturday, August 25th. In an exhibition match, the two teams will face off in a series of custom games that are a far departures from the normal competitive game modes.
This event is similar to the Overwatch Heroes Rumble back in 2017 that took place in Taiwan before the Overwatch League started. Heroes Rumble was a purely "for fun" event that invited popular players to compete in a variety of different game modes. While there are effectively no stakes at play, it put on a great show for fans abroad and in Taiwan.
But now, the fanservice is headed to LA! Each division has 18 players and each of them has to compete in at least one of the following game modes, so there is 0 chance of any one player getting no game time.
Here are the game modes that will be played:
Descriptions were copied directly from the official blog post at Overwatchleague.com
- Lucioball Showdown
3v3 best-of-three series using standard Lúcioball settings on the Busan Lúcioball Arena map. Each match will last five minutes. If a match is tied at the end of five minutes, then the next goal wins.
- Mystery Heroes
A 6v6 Mystery Heroes game using standard competitive settings in a best-of-three series on control maps Ilios, Lijiang Tower, and Nepal. For Mystery Heroes, players will be assigned a random hero at the start of each map, and a new random hero on each respawn.
- Widowmaker 1v1
The Atlantic and Pacific coaches will select their four best Widowmaker players for this mini-tournament. The four players from each squad will compete head-to-head until there’s one Atlantic and one Pacific champion. The two champions will face off in the final. The winner for all matches prior to the final will be first player to reach five eliminations. The final will be decided by the first to seven eliminations. Eliminations are headshot only, and automatic firing will be disabled. There will be no capture points, but after 30 seconds player locations will be visible to both players. A match will result in a draw after five minutes. This mode will be played on Castillo (quarterfinals), Necropolis (semifinals), and Ecopoint: Antartica (final).
- Talent Takedown, Presented by T-Mobile
Prior to All-Star Weekend, the Atlantic and Pacific coaches will draft two teams of casters and analysts. The two teams will square off in a 6v6 best-of-three series using standard competitive settings. The first map played will be King’s Row (hybrid). The team that loses the first map gets to select the second map. If the series is tied 1-1, a game of Lúcioball will be the tiebreaker. If the Lúcioball match is tied after five minutes, the next goal wins. Overwatch League players will help call the game along with the casters and analysts not playing.
- Lockout Elimination
The Atlantic and Pacific teams will square off in this 6v6 competition using standard lockout elimination settings. The winner will be determined in a best-of-three series. The maps for this mode are Oasis University, Necropolis, and Castillo.
Substitutions are not permitted within the games, meaning once a player decides to play in a custom game, they can't be swapped out.
When is this happening?
The exhibition custom games are taking play on Saturday, August 25th. However, the actual All-Star game will happen on Sunday, August 26th. Six starters have already been decided on by fans but, per Blizzard, "each team's 12 reserves will play at least one map in the series".
You can watch the OWL all-star weekend online at Twitch, OverwatchLeague.com, the Overwatch League app, MLG.com, and the MLG app.
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