It now has the same number of teams as the Premier League (in case you were wondering).
he second season of the Overwatch League kicked off this week, and along with new stream coverage, the League has welcomed eight new teams to the fray. Three teams from China, two from Canada and the US bring the total number of league teams to 20, and will all be playing this weekend.
The season opened with a rematch of last year’s Grand Final, which saw the London Spitfires take home the trophy, though this time around it was Philadelphia Fusion who took home the win, sweeping aside the Spitfires 3-1 over a four-map game.
We got pur first look at Hangzhou Spark after they put in a decent performace to beat Shanghai Dragon 3-1 as well, with the team’s assistant coach, Yindong, saying that the team will be pushing for a playoff spot come the end of the season.
Elsewhere, New York Excelsior managed a narrow win over the Boston Uprising, and Seoul Dynasty opened the season with a 3-1 win over LA Gladiators.
We’ll see a fair few matches over the weekend but here’s a fixture list to help you mark off the matches you want to watch (times are according to GMT):
Saturday, Feb. 16
- Toronto Defiant vs. Houston Outlaws, 12:00
- Atlanta Reign vs. Florida Mayhem, 1:30
- Dallas Fuel vs. San Francisco Shock, 3:00
- Chengdu Hunters vs. Guangzhou Charge, 4:30
- London Spitfire vs. Paris Eternal, 20:00
- Washington Justice vs. New York Excelsior, 21:30
Sunday, Feb. 17
- Los Angeles Valiant vs. Hangzhou Spark, 11:00
- Vancouver Titans vs. Shanghai Dragons, 12:30
- Houston Outlaws vs. Boston Uprising, 20:00
- Philadelphia Fusion vs. Atlanta Reign, 21:30
Monday, Feb. 18
- San Francisco Shock vs. Los Angeles Gladiators, 11:00
- Seoul Dynasty vs. Dallas Fuel, 12:30