Get ready for the Overwatch Collegiate Championship!

After an exciting fall preseason, it’s time for Overwatch fans and players alike to prepare for the official spring season of the Overwatch Collegiate Championship, wherein students from across the US and Canada will compete against each other.

The Overwatch Collegiate Championship will see more teams participating than ever before. The preseason ended in December with over 500 participating teams and 4,500 players. Teams spent the fall semester polishing their strategies, adjusting to the evolving meta, and honing their skills in preparation for the main season. Here are the standings for the top 15 teams from the Overwatch Collegiate Championship: Preseason.

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Teams who competed in the preseason and retained at least four of the same players will be eligible to receive bonus wins. For a complete list of the ladder, please visit this link.

Season Format

During the first month of the year, teams will play matches on a weekly basis. There are three different paths to the National Championship:

  • National League: Teams registered in the preseason automatically will be rolled over into the Spring National League where they will compete with other similarly skilled schools from across the US and Canada. The top 28 teams with the most wins will advance to the National Championship.

    National League

  • Regional League: Teams will be bucketed into 16 different regions. Each region will be an independent tournament played in swiss format that will end with a Regional Championship. Keep an eye out for historic college rivalries in this league, and cheer your team on the victory! The top two teams from each region will advance to the National Championship.

    Regional League

  • Varsity League: Varsity teams from across the nation will play against each other in a regional round-robin format seeded into single-elimination brackets. The top four varsity teams at the end of the playoffs will advance to the National Championship.

    Varsity League

National Championship

In March, the top performers from each league will be seeded into a 64-team bracket where they will battle for scholarship prizing and the title of National Champions.

In the event that a Regional League finalist also qualifies from the Varsity League, the third-place regional match winner will advance. In the case that a National League finalist qualifies from the Varsity or Regional Leagues, a larger cut of National League teams will be taken.

Whether you’re a long-time Overwatch fan or just getting into the game, we can’t wait to watch this season’s matches alongside you. Will UC Berkeley come away with a third-straight National Championship? Or will a new school take the crown?

Matches start January 20, 2019, and the finals will take place in the spring. The full schedule will be announced at a later date. Follow our official social channels for more information and updates.