OWL perfect bracket contest

The first round of the Overwatch League (OWL) 2020 playoffs began yesterday, and with it, the Perfect Bracket Contest. Unfortunately, chances are that your bracket has already been eliminated. After the first round, only 151 perfect brackets remain intact.

Boston’s upset over Houston

The very first match of the OWL playoffs featured the 13-seed Boston Uprising playing against the 10-seed Houston Outlaws. Boston hadn’t won a single match since May in Week 15 when they beat the Los Angeles Gladiators 3-2. They were 2-19 in the regular season. While Houston wasn’t great either, they seemed like clear favorites in this matchup.

Only 5.2% of brackets had Boston winning, so when they pulled off the 3-1 win over Houston, that alone eliminated 94.8% of all brackets.

The other matches

The next OWL match of the day in North America featured the 12-seed Washington Justice against the 11-seed Vancouver Titans. Washington won the match 3-0. While this wasn’t a huge upset like the first match of the day, it could have gone either way as well. After both North America matches, only 291 perfect brackets made it through.

The final match of the day was the London Spitfire vs. the Chengdu Hunters in the Asia region. This match was also close, with Chengdu sitting on an 8-15 record during the regular season and London at 6-15. The higher-seed Chengdu did end up winning 3-1, but more brackets were eliminated. Leading to the 151 perfect brackets left.

The playoffs resume today at 3:00 p.m. ET beginning with the Toronto Defiant playing against the Los Angeles Gladiators. With only 151 perfect brackets left with a chance to take the $100,000 prize, it seems unlikely that anyone will win.

If no one ends up with a perfect bracket, no one will win the prize money. This will make things pretty tense for those who did perfectly predict the first three matches. Be sure to catch all the action on the OWL’s official YouTube channel.

Nate Searl
Nate is a college graduate with a B.A. in Journalism who loves gaming and esports. He has reached Legend rank in Hearthstone, Master Ball tier in Pokémon Sword, and pretends to be good at League of Legends and Overwatch.