Overwatch Open Division

The Overwatch Open Division started earlier this year as Blizzard’s initiative to incentivize more team based gameplay by grouping players of all skill sets and abilities into bracketed groups of teams that play against each other on a weekly basis. In an effort to mimic the high octane moments that can be seen within the Overwatch League, and other national leagues across the country, PC players are being treated to an immersive esports experience unlike any other as they test their teamwork and mechanical ability in the Overwatch Open Division.

The Overwatch Open Division 2019 season will continue with its third leg next month, with deadlines for team submissions running until October 6.

Overwatch Open Division

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When is the next Overwatch Open Division?

The Overwatch Open Division Season 3 will commence after deadlines on October 6, and teams will be bracketed and placed in their divisions within the next three days of that deadline. The Overwatch Open Division Rules state that players may only compete for one team per week and only in one region. Six weekends of regular season action will occur for each team participating, followed by a final week of playoffs for the top seeded teams in each group.

Teams will play two best-of-five matches every week, and teams will continue to be reseeded after every two matches. The regular season Overwatch Open Division Season 3 schedule runs as follows:

Regular Season Open Division Schedule

2 matches per week, 1 on Saturday, 1 on Sunday
Default match time: 12:00 PT (15:00 ET)

  • Week 1: October 12 – 13th, 2019
  • Week 2: October 19 – 20th, 2019
  • Week 3: October 26 – 27th, 2019
  • Week 4: November 2 – 3rd, 2019
  • Week 5: November 9 – 10th, 2019
  • Week 6: November 16-17th, 2019

Playoffs Schedule

Week 7: November 23-24th, 2019

  • 11:00 – 20:00 PT

Player Overwatch Open Division

All you need to know about the Overwatch Open Division:


Control / Hybrid / Assault / Escort / Control

  • Control – Busan, Ilios, Oasis
  • Hybrid – Blizzard World, Hollywood, King’s Row
  • Assault – Horizon Lunar Colony, Temple of Anubis, Volskaya Industries
  • Escort – Havana, Rialto, Route 66
  • Control (5th map) – Losing team from Map 4 picks from the 2 remaining available Control maps

Custom Match Settings

  • Presets: Competitive
  • Modes, All: Kill Cam Disabled
  • Modes, All: Skins Disabled
  • Modes, All: Game Mode Start – Manual
  • Lobby: Max Spectators 0 (unless spectators have been permitted by both Team Captains in writing before start of play)
  • Heroes, Hero Roster: Disable any heroes not currently available in Competitive Play

“Invite Only” must be selected within the Custom Game Lobby.

Starting a Match (First map only)

  • Left team: Responsible for picking the map and hosting the lobby.
  • Right team: Responsible for choosing the side they want to play on. (attack, defend, red, blue, etc.)

After First Map

Losing team of each map picks subsequent map and is allowed to host the lobby, winning team picks side.
Maps are removed from the available pool after being played once.


10 minutes of pause time per team, per map for a total of 2 maps. After the 10 minutes are up, teams must forfeit or continue play as-is. Longer pauses are allowed if contacting a game admin is required.

Contacting administrators does not count against pause time

Players must be in lobby and ready within 10 minutes of the start of the scheduled match time. Delays may result in penalties at the Tournament Administration’s discretion.

Match Reporting, No-Shows, and Conflicts

Report matches no later than Monday, 11:59 am PT
Report no-shows 10 minutes after the scheduled match time
Contact admins regarding conflicts at the discord server listed above

For a full list of rules, map pools and specific tournament related decision-making, visit the Overwatch Open Division explore page to attain all the necessary info en route to the tournament team deadline on October 6.

Overwatch Open Division 2019

The Overwatch Open Division 2019

The upcoming October run for the Overwatch Open Division 2019 will be a practice season for the North American region as well as other regions in the game. At this time, roughly 43 teams have signed up for the PC competition in the North American region as the incentive for healthy and honest competition amongst similar skilled opposition has enticed many Overwatch fans to throw down the gauntlet for this competitive event. Last season during Overwatch Open Division Season 2, Triumph dominated the competition on an openly streamed playoff finale that saw some cult heroes rise their way to the top for certain teams that made deep runs throughout the competition.

While there are no legitimate rankings list for these teams like the ones regularly used in the Overwatch League Power Rankings, the allure in competition and mystery in champ pools for each team will undoubtedly be one of the hallmarks of the competition come playoffs. The prizes for this season’s Overwatch Open Division winners will include in-game player icons and sprays that will be awarded to players completing the practice season. Overwatch Contenders promotion or Blizzard balance prizing will not be available for the event.

Stay tuned in to the Overwatch section of esports.net to get the latest Esports news on all things Overwatch Open Division, Overwatch League and off season transfers this coming year. With the Overwatch League playoffs commencing at the end of the month, Overwatch’s Open Division Season 3 will be a perfect opportunity for aspiring esport players to show their competitive chops in a new setting completely unlike the solo queue environment everyone is used to.