Posted 4th April 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Now that the Overwatch League (OWL) is on its 3rd Stage, the competition is hotter than ever. Things might become more complicated and extra challenging for the competing teams as Blizzard revealed the Stage 3 Map Pool containing the Blizzard World and other 7 maps in the main rotation each stage.
The Assault Maps or the Two Capture Point (2CP) require both the attacking and defending teams to defend or conquer the capture points across the maps. When one team successfully finishes the job or when both are out of time, the roles will swap.
In OWL Stage 3, the Temple of Anubis will replace Hanamura. The temple rests among the ancient ruins of the Giza Plateau on the outskirts of Cairo. Players will be pleased to know that it is one of the three Overwatch maps without any Environmental Hazards, the other being Antarctica and Hollywood. There are no natural and man-made accidents waiting for the champions. Additionally, Volskaya Industries in Russian territory will remain in the rotation for Stage 3.
Hybrid Maps combines Assault and Escort Maps. In here, the attacking team must capture the center point of the map, then deliver a payload through a checkpoint to its delivery point. The defending team, on the other hand, must stop or delay the attacking team’s objectives.
The most anticipated Blizzard World is the new addition to Stage 3’s Hybrid Maps. It is a theme park featuring all of Blizzard’s games, including Heroes of Storm, Diablo, HearthStone, Warcraft, and Starcraft. Players can dive into areas with flanking zones and easter eggs. In addition to the new map, Numbani is back, replacing Hollywood and King’s Row.
Control Maps spotlights three stages rotating every round. All, however, features the same single control point in the center of the map. Both teams’ objective is to capture the control point.
Illios is back for Stage 3 after being used as the tiebreaker map for Stage 2. The map is located in the Aegean sea of Greece, part of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a small island with breathtaking vistas and towns so expect to see culturally relevant graphics. Also back in the game is Nepal, replacing the Lijiang Tower or Oasis.
Escort Maps, also known as Payload, entails the competing teams to focus on the payload. The attacking team’s goal is to move the payload to a delivery point, and the defending team must stop them until they run out of time.
Junkertown will replace the Watchpoint: Gibraltar. Teams will be competing in the harsh and rocky Australian Outback that emerged from the remains of the omnium. Controlled by their Queen, Lawless scavengers known as Junkers will be greeting the attacking and defending teams. Furthermore, the historic Route 66 stays in the line-up.
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