The state of the Overwatch League in 2020

Apr 30, 2020ESPN Esports staffFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintIt's been a strange year for all esports, but no esport has experienced more disruption than the Overwatch League. Its plan to thrill fans and generate hype by instituting a homestand system was a bold one, and early homestands were exciting and successful, but the coronavirus pandemic threw a wrench into things almost immediately, with homestands in Asia being postponed in the first few weeks and all homestands eventually canceled. The league resumed play online, with a new hero-pool system providing a changing meta each week, but the constant schedule changes led to many rematches, and a number of teams still have played only a few games. ESPN Daily newsletter Sign up now!On top of that, the league received shocking news this week when Jay "sinatraa" Won, the reigning MVP and star DPS player for the San Francisco Shock, announced his retirement. It's unusual for someone of his stature to retire in the middle of the season, but the fact he immediately signed with a team in VALORANT -- a game that isn't even released yet and has no existing esports structure -- is unprecedented. Combine that with an exodus of Tier 2 teams from the scene, and it's a concerning time for fans of Overwatch and the Overwatch League.

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