The OWLs Nest is CheckpointXP’s official podcast for the Overwatch League. Every episode Robbie Landis is joined by Jake Lyon to discuss the latest league moves, matches, and more. In this episode, Robbie and Jake examine the meta of the first week of the Overwatch League 2020 playoffs. What teams did it best and who has the best chance to move on to the finals?
The New Meta
The short break between the end of the regular season and the playoffs brought with it several changes. The addition of hero pools and tournament format in the final days of the season has kept the meta-game fresh. However, even by those standards, the hero selection for the playoffs has done a complete turnaround.
The days of shield heroes seem to be behind us, though there were a few teams sporting the Reinhardt and Sigma composition. Now it seems is the off-tank roles chance to shone as Roadhog, D.va, and Zarya take center stage. Jake explains the way these characters work best with one another and what DPS and support classes are most likely to compliment them.
From the first match of the playoffs with the Houston Outlaws and the Boston Uprising, the Overwatch League continues to defy the odds. But none more so than the Washington Justice as they seem to have found new life in this new meta. While they were sent to the losers bracket by the San Francisco Shock, it wasn’t before the Justice took the 2019 champions to a narrow game five. Jake and Robbie examine how each of the top teams is utilizing the new compositions and who, from both North America and APAC regions, are likely to go on to the finals.
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