OWL June Joust Format Changes and Hero Pool Rotations
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May 13, 2021

OWL June Joust Format Changes and Hero Pool Rotations

After only a few days since Overwatch League (OWL) May Melee ended, the full format and details for the next upcoming esports event, June Joust is revealed. The next tournament features an updated format, hero pool rotations and the casual patch and map settings. The event kicks off later this month and lasts from May 21 to June 12.

Overwatch League June Joust Format

It’s only been under a week since the OWL May Melee tournament concluded. Fans got to see teams compete and show off extraordinary moments throughout the competition. With Dallas Fuel taking the cup, fans must see if they can do it again in the OWL June Joust. However, with the group’s winning DPS heroes, Tracer and Sombra out of the picture, it’ll definitely be exciting for viewers to see what kind of tricks and strategies they pull off.

Tournament Format

Overwatch League’s May Melee tournament format will be used again in June Joust. The only major difference is that there are now tiebreaker changes. These format updates are to “further mitigate against the possibility of needing to play an additional tiebreaker match.”

  1. Map differential.
  2. Head-to-head records in qualifying matches; for ties among three or more teams, this step is only applied if there is a head-to-head sweep (i.e. if one team has defeated each of the others or lost to each of the others.)
  3. League points of all opponents within the tournament cycle; the team with the most opponent league points will qualify.
  4. Map differential of all opponents within the tournament cycle; the team with the highest opponent map differential will qualify.
  5. If a tie between two or more teams remains, postseason tiebreakers will be applied.

Hero Pool Rotations

OWL 2021 June Joust banned heros.

Image credits to Overwatch League

Two prominent DPS heroes, Sombra and Tracer, have been taken out of the Hero Pool for June Joust. Additionally, Reinhardt and Zenyatta have rotated out too. These heroes are blocked and Overwatch esports teams can’t play them. All four heroes remain banned for both qualifiers and playoff matches. The Hero Pool rotations are necessary “to showcase more hero diversity and strategy in matches.”

June Joust Map Pool

The last format change for the Overwatch League June Joust has groups compete on Overwatch patch 1.59.1. This includes changes to Baptiste, D.Va, Echo, Moira, Orisa, and Roadhog. The Map Pool features five control maps and three escort, assault and hybrid maps.

Overwatch League June Joust map pool and format.

Image credits to Overwatch League

Although not too massive of an update, the Hero Pool changes definitely sting competing teams. It’s uncertain what the esports meta and format looks like and how players approach June Joust as the Overwatch League group stages set in. Fans might witness hyper-aggressive diving compositions with Winston and D.Va since Reinhardt is gone. Laid-back pushes with Orisa, Baptiste and Widowmaker might also be an interesting tactic. Regardless, fans can expect only the best as the tournament unfolds.

OWL June Joust commences on May 21 with the first match between Paris Eternal and Toronto Defiant at 12 PM PT. Fans can watch the event on OWL’s YouTube Gaming channel next week.

Written by Jay Hunter

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