Overwatch League Stage 3 News and Notes
Notable moves, and OWL's first female playerBy Steven ToroniIt’s that time yet again, Overwatch League fans! Stage 3 of the first season of the Overwatch League will begin on Wednesday, April 4. The league is starting to build an identity in terms of hierarchy between the 12 teams and Stage 3 will present more opportunities for success. The playoff will now consist of the Top 4 teams of the Stage (by record) and the best of those four teams will no longer be awarded a bye. Instead, the team with the best win/loss record will be able to choose their opponent from the remaining three teams. So if these rules applied to Stage 2, the Seoul Dynasty would have made the cut for the four slot with a 7-3 record and the New York Excelsior (9-1) would have been able to choose who they were going to face between Seoul, the London Spitfire, and the Philadelphia Fusion.Behind the scenes news and rumors have certainly -to put it nicely- added character to the OWL over the first few months of its inception. Multiple players such as the Dallas Fuel’s Mineseok “OGE” Son and the Philadelphia Fusion’s Su-Min “SADO” Kim have received suspensions for account boosting (receiving money to increase a user’s Skill Rating) while Felix “XQc” Lengyel of Dallas was released for excessive public racist remarks on his Twitch account. The most recent of the league’s disciplinary action may be towards one of the OWL’s up and coming stars - the Fusion’s Josue “Eqo” Corona- for making a facial expression that mocked Korean people in a stereotypically derogatory way.Like the NFL, the OWL is full of young personalities who are getting paid a lot of money (standard salary for a OWLplayer is $50,000. Plus incentives, prize money, sponsorships, and subscriptions for personal Twitch accounts - that is a lot of moolah for an 18-year old).This can be a recipe for disaster. However, as the old adage goes: Any publicity is good publicity and media and fans alike will always be fascinated with controversy.
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