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New rules for Overwatch League Stage 2

The next part of the Overwatch League comes with a new character, a new map, tons of ability changes and new tweaks to the rule set.

With the rapid advance of Stage 1, it is time to look at what’s next for Overwatch’s premier esports tournament series. Apart from facing one another, the 20 franchises will have to beat new challenges – the ever-changing game itself. Here’s what’s next in OWL:

Baptiste

The brand-new hero spent some time оn the PTR and then hit the public servers. Now is his time to make it in the OWL builds as well and complete the cycle. His utility will definitely come in handy for many teams. The very fact that a new character is coming will somewhat disrupt the meta, which will affect players with shallower hero pools.

Paris

The latest Assault map is entering the League. The timing is pretty good since this is also Paris Eternal’s first year in the League and now, they kind of have a home map to play on. On top of its twisted cobblestone streets and elevated high points, Paris gained instant popularity with the fans with its unique feature – an actual playable piano.

Balance updates

Unpopular and meta-defining characters alike get some updates to their power level. The changes include Ana, Doomfist, Hanzo, Lúcio, McCree, Mei, Moira, Orisa, Pharah, Soldier: 76, Sombra, Torbjörn, Widowmaker and Wrecking Ball. The changes are too many to list, so feel free to check the complete list here.

Tiebreaker changes

Right now, the tiebreakers of OWL include factor stats like map differential. However, Blizzard is planning to implement even more in the near future to reduce the odds of two teams tying in the Playoffs. All we have, though, is a vague statement and a promise for more info coming soon.

The Overwatch League Stage 2 starts on April 5.

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