Blizzard, keeping up with its competitors in the face of Steam, is opening new frontiers in esports. The new Open Division is a weekly reward for the strongest players from different teams, taking into account their individual skills. This is a new branch of development for both players and spectators, as some get invaluable experience, while others follow the incredible confrontation of the teams. And all this is publicly available, without any paid subscriptions.
Dates of the event
According to the open information, the competitions will be held in stages, and starts annually at the beginning of the new year. The qualifying round for the teams is scheduled for February 2020, and in March the best teams will compete with each other. According to the rules, players can only represent their region, and changing teams is prohibited. Participants will also be able to relax in breaks of six days throughout the season.
The battles will be held according to the following schedule:
- 1 week – Saturday – Sunday, fall at the beginning of March. We are waiting for the audience from 12:00 PT. – until 15:00 inclusive.
- Week 2 – the weekend of March 14-15, we advise you to stock up on popcorn.
- Week 3 – weekend of March 21-22, attendance is mandatory.
- Week 4 – party on the 28th-29th, everyone be
- Week 5 – April 4-5, don’t miss it.
- Week 6 – the final stage of selection on April 11-12, there will be nerves.
- Week 7: playoff games, April 18-19, time 11:00 – 20:00, without delay.
What maps to expect?
During the competition, such cards as Assault, Nepal, Hybrid, Control will be presented, and you will find out the rest when you come. The game process will be presented on real servers without the use of skins. In case of defeat on the first card, the team will be given a choice of a separate pool of cards, and the winner will decide which side to play for. A 10-minute pause is also available during the match. If any of the team does not meet this time, then it will be counted as an automatic defeat. Penalties for being late are also provided. In case of unplanned lateness, the player/ team will have to notify the administrator 10 minutes before the start of the match. The full list of rules can be found on the official website.
Opening of the 2020 season
Blizzard has radically revised its priorities regarding Overwatch as an esports discipline. As a result, the company decided that the four best teams of the 2020 season will play with the four teams from the lower bracket of the past, and the best players will remain in the competition, regardless of the team result. Trials – this is the name given to this direction.
This castling will not affect the schedule in any way, and all events will harmoniously fit into the game schedule. According to the organizers of the tournament, such events will only improve the process, attract a new audience and add mystery to the competition.
What will the winners get?
The winners of the OOD will receive cash prizes in the amount of $ 1,800 as a reward and will be included in the major leagues and guaranteed to secure a place in future competitions. All other participants who took 5th-16th place in the standings will be rewarded with a $20 coin for each team member.
OOD 2019: What did you remember about the previous season?
OOD 2019 was a kind of training base, a springboard for future events. That year, both the players and the audience were tested for strength. Organized in 2019, the tournament was a novelty for players fighting among themselves without much incentive. And the organizers gave each of them a chance to try their hand at esports. The North American region was used for testing. 43 teams registered their slot and started their big marathon, which was openly broadcast. Everyone present had only positive emotions.
As a result, OOD can rightfully be considered the best tournament for finding talented players, regardless of the region of residence. The atmosphere of constant motivation and thirst for victory is the main incentive for all players, and for the audience – a chance to raise some money by betting on the strongest teams.
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