Sep 29 2016 - 9:49 am

DreamHack Winter will feature a $50,000 Overwatch tournament

The Overwatch tournament schedule got even more full today
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

The Overwatch tournament schedule got even more full today.

The just-announced Overwatch Championship at DreamHack Winter 2016 will feature eight teams competing for a $50,000 prize pool on Nov. 24-27.

Those eight teams must survive an open qualification process held online in separate Europe and North America regions, as well as another BYOC qualifier live at the event. The European qualifiers will run on Oct. 9-10 with the Americas coming on Oct. 11-12. Each online qualifier will feed two teams into the main event where they’ll be joined by four teams from the BYOC.

The event should be a great chance for some new talent to shine, considering some of Europe and America’s top teams will be in Korea competing in the first season of Overwatch competition on OGN, Overwatch Apex.

Today - 4:23 pm

Overwatch Year of the Rooster event details leak ahead of official release

We're getting a bunch of new skins and possibly a new brawl mode.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch Lunar New Year event looks like it's going to bring a ton of new content to the game.

A new video leaked on Chinese blogging site Weibo shows a ton of new skins and a potential new brawl mode. Skins on display in the leaked video include traditional garb for Mei and Symmetra, a gold and red skin for Mercy, with Journey to the West–styled skins for Winston, Zenyatta, Reinhardt, and Roadhog. Symmetra also appears to have a new highlight intro, with Tracer perhaps representing a new capture-the-flag style brawl mode.

Leaked image via Reddit

And that still doesn't include the traditional Korean dress D.Va was pictured in through a tweet sent out by Blizzard last week. Mei's traditional outfit was also pictured last week in a different tweet announcing the Year of the Rooster event. Blizzard, however, has not confirmed that any of these will show up in the event, though their inclusion in their official tweets is a pretty good indication that they will be.

Blizzard confirmed to Polygon last week that Year of the Rooster would rival earlier events Halloween Terror and Winter Wonderland in scope, though details beyond that have been sparse. Tracer's cameo in the leaked Overwatch video is likely a hint toward a new capture-the-flag style brawl, as she's shown grabbing a flag from an objective point.

We don't have too long to wait until the contents of the Year of the Rooster event are confirmed. The event launches tomorrow in Overwatch.

H/T Reddit

Jan 20 2017 - 4:08 pm

Kungarna, Immortals advance to Overwatch Winter Premiere finals

Team Liquid and Renegades will not move on.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Andrej "babybay" Francisty hides just out of view while the rest of Kungarna baits compLexity Gaming into position in the second floor corridor inside the Dorado ziggurat. Babybaby, on pink-haired tank hero Zarya, peeks out from the side and unleashes graviton surge just as Michael "mykL" Padilla launches his D.Va self destruct bomb from the first floor, right into the mess of compLexity players upstairs. And that's the majority of compLexity just melted by the massive bomb combo.

With four compLexity players down, Kungarna is able to cruise right to the finish.

As one of the only two unsigned teams heading into Next Generation Esports' Overwatch Winter Premiere, Kungarna took many opponents by surprise. Some questioned whether they'd be able to get out of the first phase of group stages. But it's going to be hard to overlook Kungarna after their incredible run in the round of six. The team fell only to Team Liquid on day one and Immortals on day two, going undefeated on day three.

Heading into the finals, which begin Jan. 27 at PAX South in San Antonio, Texas, Kungarna doesn't have to worry about Team Liquid. Along with Renegades, Team Liquid will not move on to the LAN finals for the Overwatch Winter Premiere. Instead, Kungarna will take on Immortals, compLexity Gaming, and Luminosity Gaming next week.

Renegades' early departure from the Overwatch Winter Premiere will likely shock fans, given the win streak the newly acquired team started the tournament with. But on day four of the round of eight, everything changed: They started losing and never stopped. Through the round of six, Renegades put up a fight, taking one round each match, but weren't able to take a full series. With the whole team moving to Detroit to live and play together, Renegades is surely hoping to regain their initial success.

The single elimination finals bracket begins Jan. 27 and will continue into Jan. 28. The tournament will be broadcast live on both the PAX Arena and NGE Overwatch Twitch channels.