Overwatch 2 playtest

Overwatch League pros set to test Overwatch 2 in playoffs

By Olivia Richman


Sep 20, 2021

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Overwatch League pros are going to be testing out Overwatch 2 very soon.

Overwatch League’s playoffs begin on September 22, sending the top five North American teams to Hawaii to face off against the best teams from Asia. But Hawaii is looking to be particularly interesting for Overwatch pros, even if they don’t come out on top of the playoffs. Eliminated teams will be receiving the consolation prize of getting to test-run an early build of Overwatch 2.

Overwatch League vice president Jon Spector explained that there will be a setup at the University of Hawaii where eliminated teams can start playtesting Overwatch 2 and give feedback on the new five-person team format. Spector added that the team will be asking pros on their experience with the game and gathering feedback.

The new Overwatch 2 mode, Push, will also be featured during the Grand Finals half-time. Players from eliminated teams will compete to take control of a robot in this highly anticipated competitive mode.

Overwatch League pros share hopes for Overwatch 2

Casual fans and Overwatch pros are often at odds when it comes to Overwatch updates. Pros have a different meta and playstyle than the average player, meaning their experience is very different than it is for the majority of Overwatch players. But some things Overwatch pros want will benefit all players going forward.

Los Angeles Gladiators off-tank Indy “Space” Halpern said he wants Overwatch 2 to have “constant updates,” keeping it fresh and new. This is most likely the biggest complaint about the current title since developers have all but abandoned Overwatch in favor of quickly developing Overwatch 2.

Matthew “super” DeLisi from San Francisco Shock said he wants new heroes. Once again, he noted that developers stopped dropping new heroes every few months once they started working on Overwatch 2.

When is Overwatch 2 coming out?

There is currently no official release date for Overwatch 2. The game has been continuously pushed back but now Blizzard is claiming the game will come out in Q2 of 2022. This will make this the last Overwatch League season to use the original Overwatch game.

The upcoming five-on-five format has garnered mixed responses from Overwatch fans. Tank players are frustrated with the change since there will now only be one tank per team but some Overwatch pros are excited over the new metas that will come from this big update.


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