Overwatch Monthly Melee Returns One Last Time
May's Overwatch Monthly Melee promises to be among the least predictable yet despite Alienware and Curse's confirmations that this will be the
The Death of a Staple
The Overwatch Monthly Melee has quickly grown into a beloved event featuring big-name teams. Unfortunately, tournament organizers were dissuaded from running the event going forward due to uncertainty regarding Overwatch licensing.
"I don't want to guarantee that there won't be another Monthly Melee after this month, but we're not planning events for June, July, or onward at this time," Overwatch Monthly Melee tournament organizer MrAlexDanger told Over.gg.
"In February, I was told that [Blizzard] could not guarantee any dates for me past June 1st. Over the following two months I had several candid discussions with Blizzard's eSports team and various coordinators about continuing our event. This continued until
This seems to be a troubling time for Overwatch as tournaments are starting to fade out and several major organizations have already dropped their Overwatch rosters. It could be a simple matter of Blizzard wanting to focus for a few months on pre-OWL tournaments and the League itself, but the fact that Blizzard isn't communicating much about these issues or the rumors surrounding Overwatch League is only making matters worse.
The Last Meal
In the here and now, however, there's a lot of excitement surrounding this month's Melee, and it is partially due to Rogue's absence. The Las Vegas-based Frenchmen have been dominating the North American scene for a while now: they won three consecutive Overwatch Monthly Melees, the North American leg of the Overwatch PIT Championship and Overwatch Rumble before setting off to South Korea for APEX Season 3.
This tournament could reinvent several participant squads with valuable experience and a boost in confidence and notoriety for the winning team. The rest of the year might very well be defined by the outcome of this tournament as it could mark the rise to power of one of the participants.
Selfless vs. Immortals — the Epic Showdown
- Qualifier’s Lower Bracket Winner
These two teams are currently occupying the fourth and fifth world ranking, but — with first through third (Rogue,
Most likely, both teams will pass the group stage, meaning a probable finals rematch. Selfless were victorious over Immortals about three weeks ago when the two teams met during Overwatch Rumble, giving them a clear edge in confidence.
Immortals had a terrible showing thanks to
This was a surprise after Immortals had proven that they are one of the world's strongest teams, actually prevailing over Selfless during last month’s Overwatch Monthly Melee. In the third game on Nepal, Selfless were holding the point, but Immortals managed to bait all of their ultimates at no cost. That proved to be crucial in the next push as Abilities’ Genji activated Nano Blade and racked up three kills, including both Selfless supports.
Selfless has undoubtedly been in better form recently, but anything can happen when these two teams meet.
Will Underdogs Feast?
- Team Liquid
- LG Evil
- Qualifier’s Upper Bracket Winner
When it comes to Group B, Counter Logic Gaming and the
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The May edition of Overwatch Monthly Melee will take place between May 19 and 21. You can watch the whole thing on twitch.tv/curse. Don’t forget to tune in and bet on your favorites in order to give the tournament a well-deserved sendoff.