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With the Midseason Madness over, the next stage of the Overwatch League 2022 season, the Summer Showdown, is set to start soon. This stage comes with a bunch of new changes, including a new map and hero for the top players to use in the league. Then, for the Western teams, it all leads to the Summer Showdown tournament in Toronto, Canada for the next big LAN in the 2022 season.

OWL 2022 Summer Showdown has some big changes

First off, the Summer Showdown is a regional tournament instead of an international one. This means that, like the Kickoff Clash, there will be regional tournament winners. As a refresher, the Kickoff Clash’s winners were the Los Angeles Gladiators for the West and the Seoul Dynasty for the East. The Midseason Madness, an international tournament, had qualifying teams fly (themselves) out for a tournament in Hawaii.

This means that each Western team will face off against each other twice over the whole season. As for the Eastern teams, each team will face off in a round-robin during the tournament. Each team will receive one league point for each win in the qualifiers and will get another if they qualify for the Summer Showdown tournament.

Map pool changes

Control maps:

  • Ilios
  • Lijang Tower
  • Oasis
  • Nepal
  • Busan

Hybrid

  • New map Paraiso (OWL debut)
  • Hollywood
  • Midtown

Escort

  • Circuit Royal
  • Dorado
  • Junkertown
  • Watchpoint: Gibraltar

Push

  • New Queen Street
  • Colosseo

A new hero joins the fray

Also joining the Overwatch League for the first time, is Junker Queen. The new tank hero comes into the league as an aggressive hero who can prevent healing and do a lot of close-range damage.

How long it’ll take for her to get chosen remains to be seen, something we saw with Sojourn previously. It took Sojourn a stage to get used frequently in the league, so we’ll see if Junker Queen gets implemented into the meta soon.

For the West, Toronto is the goal

Since this tournament is regional, the Western teams are hosting another LAN event for the tournament. The qualifiers will remain the same as earlier stages, leading up to the first Overwatch League event in Canada. The tournament stretches from Sept. 8-11, with fans in the stands at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens). The Toronto fans will be there to cheer on their hometown squad, the Defiant, if they qualify.

As for the East, it seems like they are sticking to an online tournament, with ping not as much of an issue between their teams.

The Summer Showdown qualifiers begin on Aug. 11, 2022, with the London Spitfire facing the Florida Mayhem. The event stretches until Sept. 11 and the Summer Showdown tournament itself finds an Eastern and Western champion.