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Overwatch League Reveals the “Summer Showdown”

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The Overwatch League today has announced plans for the June Tournament now dubbed the “Summer Showdown”. It will begin on Saturday, June 13th, 2020. Lasting four weeks, teams will now be competing for a prize pool of $275,000 in addition to the possibility of additional wins on their record.

Summer Showdown

Over the last three weeks of June, all 20 teams will play qualifier matches (three per team in North America and four in Asia). Team records, map scores, and tiebreakers in those qualifier matches will determine team seeding in two regional tournaments in North America (July 3-5) and Asia (July 4-5).

Tournament Seeding Rules / Tiebreakers:
  1. Match win percentage in qualifying matches
  2. Map differential in the qualifying matches
  3. Head-to-head match differential in the qualifying matches
  4. Head-to-head match differential this season, excluding tournament matches
  5. Head-to-head map differential this season, excluding tournament matches
  6. Overall regular-season win percentage, excluding any bonus wins
  7. Overall regular-season map win percentage
  8. Overall regular-season win percentage, including bonus wins
  9. Map differential against shared opponent(s), starting with the highest-seeded shared opponent in the region
Both tournaments have a combined US $275,000 prize pool with the following tiers:
  • Tournament champions—$50,000
  • Second-place teams—$25,000
  • Third- and fourth-place teams—$10,000
  • Each tournament win per team—$5,000 (in addition to placement prizing)
The teams competing in each region for the June qualifying matches and Summer Showdown tournaments are the same that were in place for the May Melee:
  • North America (13): Atlanta Reign, Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, Paris Eternal, Philadelphia Fusion, San Francisco Shock, Toronto Defiant, Vancouver Titans, and Washington Justice
  • Asia (7): Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, Shanghai Dragons, and Seoul Dynasty
Shared tournament rules:
  • Hero Pools are suspended for all tournament matches—all heroes will be available.
  • Matches are first-to-three map wins until the finals, which will be first-to-four maps.
  • Higher-seeded teams pick the first map.
  • The losing team of each map picks the next map in the series.
  • In case of draws, the team that picked the previous map picks again.
Here are the brackets for the NA Tournament:
Courtesy of the Overwatch League.
Courtesy of the Overwatch League.
Specific rules for the North America tournament:
  • Qualification: The 12 vs. 13 seed match does not count for prizing.
  • Knockouts: The 5-7 seeds get to pick their opponent, with the 5 seed selecting first. Teams will select their opponents at the conclusion of the 12 vs. 13 match on Sunday, June 28.
  • Quarterfinals: The 1-4 seeds get an automatic bye to this round, and the 1-3 seeds get to pick their opponent from advancing teams, with the 1 seed selecting first.
  • Semifinals and Finals: Fixed matchups based on progression through the bracket.
That would be the NA Tournament, here is the bracket for the APAC Region:
Courtesy of the Overwatch League.
Specific rules for the Asia tournament:
  • All seven teams qualify with no qualification match.
  • Quarterfinals: The 2 and 3 seeds get to pick their opponent, with the 2 seed selecting first. Teams will select their opponents at the conclusion of matches on Sunday, June 28.
  • Semifinals and Finals: Fixed matchups based on progression through the bracket with the 1 seed getting an automatic bye into the semis.

The June qualifier matches count in the overall season standings, but individual tournament matches do not count. However, the top four finishers in each region’s tournament will earn a fixed number of bonus wins that do count toward playoffs qualification.

  • Tournament champions—3 wins
  • Second-place teams—2 wins
  • Third- and fourth-place teams—1 win
The Schedule for the Weeks of the Summer Showdown is as follows:
Courtesy of the Overwatch League.

In addition, the League announced a change to the Hero Pools format. It will be moving from one week to two weeks for qualifying weeks. For weeks 19-20 they will be live, then removed in week 21 onward for tournament play as it was in the May Maylee.

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