Activision-Blizzard has just announced the dates and locations for the 2021 Overwatch League Grand Finals and the Playoff event. The Grand Finals are going to be held at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on the 25th of September. The playoffs will run from September 16th to 19th at the Esports Stadium Arlington in Texas. This marks the Overwatch League's return to offline esports events in North America.
The playoffs will be filled with the top players from the East and West League regions. The West Region - the Atlanta Reign, Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, Los Angeles Gladiators, Paris Eternal, San Francisco Shock, Toronto Defiant, Vancouver Titans, and Washington Justice. The top three teams that finish the regular season with the most League Points will directly qualify for the playoff bracket.
The East Region - the Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Los Angeles Valiant, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, Shanghai Dragons, and Seoul Dynasty. The top two teams that finish the regular season with the most League Points will directly qualify for the playoff bracket.
The other three spots at the playoffs will be determined through the online single-elimination regional play-ins taking place from September 4th to 5th. In the West, the fourth through ninth seeds will compete for two spots. The third through fifth seeds in the East will compete for one remaining spot; the fourth and fifth seeds will face off with the winner facing the third seed.
Once the eight teams have been determined, they will be seeded into the double-elimination playoff bracket based on their overall League Points earned and placement within their region. Higher seeds in each region will enjoy significant advantages throughout the postseason, including byes, choice of opponent for the first round of the playoff bracket, and opening map selection.
The top two teams from the playoffs will travel to Los Angeles to compete in the Grand Finals at Galen Center. The winner will take home $1.5 million prize and the championship trophy, and the runner-up gets $700,000.
The total prize pool for the event $3.2 million US dollars.
There will be some significant changes to the format and meta. As you would have expected, this will affect anyone planning to place bets on the upcoming event. The change that will have the biggest impact on the esports betting odds is the changes to the Hero pool that teams can draw on in the event. The Overwatch League will also make some changes to the available map pool for their new event. We don’t yet know the hero and map pool for the Playoffs or the Grand Finals, but they will certainly have an effect on the esports betting odds, so make sure to keep an eye on any announcements.