Overwatch’s Experimental Cup Community Tournament Begins February 19
Competition fans Monitoring suffer from severe dryness of content with both the Monitoring league and Monitoring Contenders on the usual winter break. Community tournaments have filled the void, albeit chaotically, and there’s another competition on the horizon.
The next community tournament, the Experimental Cup, will begin on February 19 and will feature pro players, high-level streamers, and regular players competing on the February 10 Experimental map. The creators invented exaggerated changes for the game’s 32 heroes on the map, and now an entire competition will be played according to these rules.
Organizers also upped the ante for the Experimental Cup, offering a $25,000 prize pool for the North American division. The top-ranked team in NA will take home a whopping $10,000. Champions from Europe and the Middle East (EMEA) will earn $6,500, while prizes of $4,000 will be up for grabs in Korea and Oceania. Full prize pools can be viewed on the tournament homepage.
Here’s how to catch all the action this weekend (on the Monitoring league’s YouTube channel) and a quick primer on teams to watch as they go for gold.
Although there are impressive teams in each of the four game regions, the main focus will be on North America as they have the biggest prize pool.
Most of the creators of the experimental map will participate in the tournament, putting their mods to the test in pursuit of big prizes. Streamer ml7support is part of the KEKW team alongside several high-ranking competitive warlords, while hitscan expert W_nted will compete with streamers like Emongg and Flats on Throwing for Content.
Old Monitoring League player Jake, who created the DPS flex changes, will play alongside former Houston Outlaws teammate Muma and several Monitoring The contenders cling to Team Doge’s biceps. The mastermind of the map’s tank, LemonKiwi, won’t be playing but will be kicking off the North American competition all weekend.
Other notable teams include Srpeakcheck??, which boasts Vancouver Titans support Masaa and former Monitoring League players LhCloudy and ChipSa, and team PEPS with French players Benbest, FDGod and Tsuna. Monitoring League rookies Hydron and UltraViolet will play as part of Just Give Up.
Many Contenders players will also enter the fray for big payday. Solaris, a popular scene organization, is fielding two rosters for the tournament. Solaris T6 features players like Lukemino and RhynO while Solaris (without numbers) features Dove and K1ng alongside former professional player Custa.
The EMEA tournament will kick off on February 19 when matches begin at 7:00 a.m. CT. These matches will be shown on the Monkey Bubble YouTube channel as well as many individual players’ Twitch streams. EMEA matches continue at the same time on February 20 as the teams advance to the semi-finals. The region finals are scheduled to take place around 11 a.m. CT on February 20.
The North American games will be broadcast on February 19 and 20 on the Monitoring The league’s YouTube channel as well as the PlayOverwatch Twitch channel. Games begin February 19 at 3:00 p.m. CT and run until approximately 9:00 p.m. CT. Individual players will also likely broadcast their POVs during the tournament.
The quarterfinals begin at 3:00 p.m. CT on February 20 and will be immediately followed by the semifinal matches. Tune in around 5:00 p.m. CT to see which North American team will take home the $10,000 prize after the Grand Finals.