Push The Point #18: Stage 4 Supershow! w/ Briggsycakes
On Episode 18, Ramses and Lobosco are joined by Briggsycakes to cover what might be the most massive news week in OWL history! We introduce our guest, esports journalist Briggsy, and discuss her history with gaming, Overwatch and Overwatch League. We talk about the modern OWL fan experience and the corresponding growth between players, teams, and fanbases.
We also cover this week’s trades and transfers, beginning with LA Valiant’s trading of (flex support) Izayaki to the Shanghai Dragons. We also discuss Guangzhou Charge’s trade of (DPS) KYB to the Philadelphia Fusion for (Main Tank) Fragi, and their trade for (Flex Tank) Bischu of the Los Angeles Gladiators. We also talk about Seoul Dynasty moving (DPS) Munchkin to their inactive roster, and give some follow up to our recent coverage of Stellar’s unretirement.
Next, we break down the Season 3 Localization announcement, analyzing the weekly, simultaneous Homestand format. We cover the formation of new divisions, as well as the speculate on the true goal of the impending move. We go on to discuss the Season 3 schedule format, talking about the intense travel and probable burnout to come for OWL players. We discuss the changes from Season 2 to Season 3, what they mean for scheduling and competitive balance, and how this will directly affect team fanbases.
Lastly, we finally recap Blizzard’s confirmation of 2-2-2 role lock in Stage 4. We cover the details of team compositions, seating arrangements, and role swaps, as well as how these changes came about. We also look at the Stage 4 map pool, and drop some F’s in the chat for the OWL announcement leaks, and IGN’s bungled coverage of the announcement.