Are you ready to experience the start of the OWL 2022 Summer Showdown? This article will guide you about everything you need to know to be prepared ahead of the qualifiers.

Overwatch 2: Summer Showdown Details

With the Midseason Madness in the backseat, the Overwatch league heads into its third stage, The Summer Showdown. One of Overwatch’s biggest regional tournaments returns this year, and the hype is justified too. The qualifiers will see the best teams in the East and the West regions go face to face in an effort to earn more League Points and qualify for the next tournament, which for the Western teams is the Summer Showdown LAN in Toronto.

The tournament will be live-streamed on YouTube, and fans earn five League Tokens for every hour of the Summer Showdown they watch live.

Unlike the Midseason Madness, where teams flew out to Hawaii, this tournament will be a regional one, where teams will be divided into two different regional brackets. Here, the Western teams will face each opponent twice over the season, whereas for the East, they will face each other in a round-robin style format throughout the season. For each win in the qualifiers, a team will receive a League point, followed by another if they qualify for the Summer Showdown.

Tournament Roster

Twenty teams will participate in the tournament, thirteen being from the West and seven from the East. Teams from the Western region are Atlanta Reign, Houston Outlaws, NYXL, Toronto Defiant, Boston Uprising, London Spitfire, Paris Eternal, Vancouver Titans, Dallas Fuel, and Los Angeles Gladiators, San Francisco Shock, Washington Justice and Florida Mayhem.

Teams representing the East are Seoul Dynasty, Hangzhou Spark, Shanghai Dragons, Philadelphia Fusion, Los Angeles Valiant, Chengdu Hunters and Guangzhou Charge.

Blizzard also released some information on what maps and modes will be played in the qualifying stages. Maps for Control, Hybrid, Escort and Push are confirmed. Control maps include Ilios, Lijang Tower, Oasis, Nepal and Busan. Hybrid will see Hollywood and Midtown, whereas Circuit Royal, Dorado, Junkertown and Gibraltar will be played in Escort. Other than these, two new maps Pariso and New Queen Street, will be played for the first time in the League.

This time around, The Summer Showdown will be played in Overwatch 2, where we will see the latest addition to the Tank lineup, The Junker Queen, in action. In addition, we will experience the new 5v5 format, alongside the new Push mode, featuring two new maps: New Queen Street and the Colosseo. It will be interesting to see how players utilize the new hero, as with the addition of Sojourn, it took players a while to get used to it.

The Western region will surely be eyeing the LAN event in Toronto. The qualifying stages will be the same as before, with the tournament being held from September 8 to 11. Qualifiers for The Summer Showdown begin August 11 and will extend throughout the month, ending September 11, when the two best teams in each region will be respectively crowned champion.