Blizzard Entertainment has recently changed the rules of one of its most popular competitions, the Overwatch Pacific Championship. The event starts today and will run uninterrupted for 13 weeks, with a guaranteed prize pool of 3 million NTD. The novelty consists in the fact that the OPC will be played in four rounds and will have a round-robin format as well. As a result, players will have the chance to watch more games live as every team will play against opponents four times in a row.
A BO5 Format for Overwatch Pacific Championship
Overwatch fans will also rejoice hearing that in order to win a series, a team would have to claim victory in three games. The decision to the Overwatch Pacific Championship format from a standard best-of-three to a B05 format will present players with more games to watch. The regular season lasts for 11 weeks and the most successful three teams will qualify for the playoffs. Over the course of two weeks they will play in best-of-seven series and the victors will lock horns with the Regular Season winners. The team that emerges victorious after the BO7 matches will walk away with the cash prize worth 3 million NTD.
Overwatch Pacific Championship is also the first one to introduce the Home/Away system. Instead of having home pitch advantage, the teams playing at home will decide three maps out of five. At professional level this can be a big deal, since players have advanced strategies for specific maps. Those who finish high during the regular season will have the overall home team advantage in the playoffs.