Overwatch League 2022 Brief Recap

Overwatch League 2022 Brief Recap

 

The 2022 Overwatch League season started with the Kickoff Clash on the 5th of May. This year’s league will follow a similar format to the previous 2021 Overwatch League season. However there are some impactful changes to the game Maps, Characters, & Play, The biggest effect being the use of the Overwatch 2 Beta. One of the most exciting changes to the 2022 season over 2021 is that we can expect to see in person live events! The following weeks showed some unique plays & allowed for some teams to take a strong lead, while others fell to the wayside. 

 

The Big Changes & How they Stacked Up

Where the big differences kicked in, is the change in the game play from a 6v6 to a 5v5, this combined with playing with one less tank creates a much faster paced Overwatch League match. These two factors pose a new challenge and create a different gameplay throughout the league this year. In addition to gameplay changes, a new hero has been added to the frey & changes to pre existing heroes have been made. We will be standing by to see who Overwatch League announces as the official hero picks for the 2022 league. The new variations in the 2022 Overwatch League season have also posed a challenge for Betting

 

How do all of these changes to the 2022 season compare to the last year? 

According to Nerd Street “Viewership peak only slightly higher than 2021 opening weekend” With only an increased difference of 8,000 more viewers on the opening weekend this is a bit disappointing. The amount of hype & excitement surrounding the Overwatch 2 Beta  Would have led one to believe that the viewership of the opening weekend would have been significantly higher.

Stream issues & technical difficulties are presumed to be the main effects of the numbers difference. The live event matches may also have affected the opening weekend numbers. 

 

Week One

Week one of the Kickoff Clash began by dividing the teams into 2 regionally sectioned groups, East & West. 

 

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We get to see some really fair matchups coming from week one, some of the teams that did not finish as strong in the 2021 League season were paired together with the potential for them to gain some wins earlier on in the 2022 season Like the Vancouver Titans & the London Spitfire. While some of the more aggressive teams & regional competitors were paired together for more intense matches; like the Dallas Fuel & the Houston Outlaws, which was a live match.

 

 Week one was also where we saw an epic play by the Florida Mayhem Team. Despite the play being one of the top highlights of the weekend, the Overwatch League deemed that the play was illegal & the face off between the Florida Mayhem & the Paris Eternal on that map needed to be replayed. Following the completion of all 5 maps Florida Mayhem still clutched the win with a 3-1 sweep. In case you missed the epic Florida Mayhem play here is a clip from the match.

FLORIDA MAYHEM 9000IQ PLAY ON CIRCUIT ROYAL | OWL 2022

 

Weeks 2 & 3 Who Takes The Lead

Weeks two and three of the Overwatch League Kickoff Clash continue to solidify gameplay styles, & further stretch qualifying rankings. We get to continue to observe the flow of some of our favorite 2021 teams, & see how the changes they made in the 2022 season impact them. Some of last year’s teams have completely scratched rosters for this new season, others have replaced several members. Going into week 4 Sean Collins of The Dallas Morning News, gave a good visual breakdown of where the teams stand in the ranking. With San Francisco Shock taking a clear lead in these week’s standings, what we see in Week 4 is that Dallas Fuel & Philadelphia Fusion will put up a good fight.

 

Week 4 Leading Into The Midseason

With the closing of matches just this past weekend we can see some of lower tiered teams pulling to the forefront of the league rankings. The top tier teams are still jockeying for that lead position. According to the Overwatch League standings coming out of week 4 we see a huge jump for the Philadelphia Fusion, & the Hangzhou Spark, while the Shanghai Dragons & Seoul Dynasty drop from top 3 & top 5 positions.

Not the highest seats on the stats, but still keep an eye on the Houston Outlaws & Florida Mayhem, they may be contenders for the top 8 of 13 of the West teams that will make it out of the Kickoff Clash Qualifiers. Week 5 being the first set of matches played in June it will be interesting to see where everyone stacks up throughout the month moving into the Midseason Madness taking place June-July. 

 

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