The regular season begins Wednesday, January 10.
Overwatch League preseason matches concluded last Saturday, December 9, and the final results for all 11 teams are in.
As previously reported, originally 12 teams were slated to participate in the preseason, but Philadelphia representative Philadelphia Fusion dropped out “due to player logistics issues.” The team will return when official League matches begin on January 10, 2018.
Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of the preseason match results:
Wednesday, December 6
- Florida Mayhem v. San Francisco Shock: San Francisco wins 3 – 1
- Los Angeles Valiant vs. San Francisco Shock: Los Angeles wins 3 – 2
- Seoul Dynasty v. Shanghai Dragons: Seoul wins 4 – 0
Thursday, December 7
- Los Angeles Gladiators v. London Spitfire: Los Angeles wins 3 – 2
- Dallas Fuel v. Houston Outlaws: Dallas wins 3 – 2
- New York Excelsior v. Boston Uprising: New York wins 3 – 1
Friday, December 8
- San Francisco Shock v. London Spitfire: London wins 4 – 0
- Seoul Dynasty v. Houston Outlaws: Seoul wins 2 – 1
- Shanghai Dragons v. Boston Uprising: Boston wins 3 – 2
Saturday, December 9
- Los Angeles Valiant v. Los Angeles Gladiators: Los Angeles Valiant wins 3 – 1
- Florida Mayhem v. Dallas Fuel: Dallas wins 3 – 1
- Seoul Dynasty v. New York Excelsior: Seoul wins 3 – 1
And here’s a closer look at each team’s preseason record, grouped by their division (note: some teams played extra matches due to Philadelphia’s absence):
- Dallas Fuel: 2 – 0
- Los Angeles Gladiators: 1 – 1
- Los Angeles Valiant: 2 – 0
- San Francisco Shock: 1 – 2
- Seoul Dynasty: 3 – 0
- Shanghai Dragons: 0 – 2
- Boston Uprising: 1 – 1
- Florida Mayhem: 0 – 2
- Houston Outlaws: 0 – 2
- London Spitfire: 1 – 1
- New York Excelsior: 1 – 1
- Philadelphia Fusion: absent
The preseason matches were unweighted exhibition matches, meaning there was no money on the line and match results won’t hurt or benefit teams moving forward. The first week of the League’s regular season will kick off on Wednesday, January 10 at 4pm PT/7pm ET (January 11 at 12am UK/11am AET). The first match will be between San Francisco Shock and Los Angeles Valiant.
The regular season consists of four five-week stages, each with a prize pool of $125,000. To qualify for the championship playoffs, which will be held from July 11 to July 22, a team must either win their division or rank in the top six in the regular season.
The grand final will be held from July 26 to July 28, and commands a $1 million prize pool. You can find additional details on the official Overwatch League site.
You’ll also find more information in our guide on the best places to watch Overwatch League matches, as well as our look at how Blizzard improved the spectating experience in time for Overwatch’s biggest tournament yet.
Austin Wood is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.