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Overwatch League 2021 Confirms Live Playoffs In Texas and Los Angeles

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Mel Ramsay

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20th Jul 2021 18:25

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The Overwatch League (OWL) has confirmed the two cities for the live playoffs - Texas and Los Angeles. The double-elimination playoffs will be held in Arlington, with the grand finals in California. 

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In a Tweet, the organisation confirmed that the events will be live, saying: "Mark your calendars, we're doing it LIVE #OWL2021 playoffs head to Arlington 9/16-9/19 and finish in LA for Grand Finals on 9/25!".

As you can probably imagine, after so long away from live matches, fans are beside themselves with joy that some kind of normality is resuming. 

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When Are The OWL 2021 Playoffs?

OWL released a statement, saying: "The 2021 Overwatch League postseason will take place from Sept. 4–25, with online regional play-in matches leading into a double-elimination playoff bracket and the Grand Finals,

"This year’s playoffs will mark a return to offline competition in North America, with the playoffs taking place Sept. 16–19 at Esports Stadium Arlington in Texas and the Grand Finals to be hosted at Galen Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 25. Tickets for both events will go on sale in August."

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Can I Go To The OWL 2021 Playoffs?

Yes! Tickets for both events will go on sale next month (August), so as long as you can travel from your country to the USA, there's a chance you can see the action happening live.

What's Happening At The OWL 2021 Playoffs?

OWL has released a full statement, saying: "In the West Region—comprising the Atlanta Reign, Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, Los Angeles Gladiators, Paris Eternal, San Francisco Shock, Toronto Defiant, Vancouver Titans, and Washington Justice—the three teams that finish the regular season with the most League Points will directly qualify for the playoff bracket. In the East Region—which includes the Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Los Angeles Valiant, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, Shanghai Dragons, and Seoul Dynasty—the two teams with the most regular-season League Points will earn a spot as well."

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They continued: "The other three berths will be determined through the online single-elimination regional play-ins taking place Sept. 4–5. In the West, the fourth through ninth seeds (based on League Points) will compete for two spots; first-round matches will be contested between the four lower seeds, with the sixth seed picking their opponent, and the winners will go on to face the fourth and fifth seeds, with the fourth seed picking their opponent. The third through fifth seeds in the East will compete for one remaining spot; the fourth and fifth seeds will face off with the winner facing the third seed,

"Once the eight playoff teams are finalized, they will be seeded into the double-elimination playoff bracket based on their overall League Points earned and placement within their region, with a sequence of tiebreakers applied if necessary. Higher seeds in each region will enjoy significant advantages throughout the postseason, including byes, choice of opponent for the first round of the playoff bracket, and opening map selection."

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What's Happening At The OWL 2021 Final?

The double-elimination playoff bracket will decide the two teams who will travel to Los Angeles to compete in the Grand Finals at Galen Center.

The 2021 champion will take home a US $1.5 million prize and the championship trophy, and the runner-up gets $700,000. However, that's not all: third place will receive $350,000, fourth $250,000, fifth $200,000, sixth $100,000 and seventh and eighth $50,000.

 

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Overwatch 2 Support Adjustments Will Remove Brigitte Stun

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Jack Marsh

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14th Sep 2021 12:09

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