The Overwatch League kicked off their five day preseason event, the 2019 Season Community Countdown, earlier today. Blizzard announced the event on Thursday and said that the first two days would feature all 20 teams competing in a best-of-three map set advertised as “practice scrimmages.”
However, it became clear from the very first map that fans were not going to see anything close to the product they can expect to catch when they tune in on Valentine’s Day. Afraid of revealing their strategies on stream, teams instead opted to play with very little effort by choosing off-role heroes, playing 6 DPS, and in some instances even choosing not to fight at all.
The meme-filled day split the Overwatch community with some seeing this laid back fun as just a by-product of the fact that these matches didn’t matter and that any real effort would give opposing teams too much of a competitive advantage for the regular season. Others saw it as disrespectful to fans that have waited for months for the Overwatch League to return.
Games throughout the day were largely uneventful, and for fans of competitive Overwatch, downright frustrating to watch. The San Francisco Shock vs. Washington Justice match had several disappointingly noteworthy moments, from
The events of the day didn’t just
And just like that, the entire format of the first two days of the Community Countdown