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Update on October 25th, 2019 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Following the Proving Grounds Stage games on October 25th, Overwatch League developers have listed the off season roster tracker that will “make it easier for fans to see who will be competing for the league’s entire Season 3 roster over the coming months”. It will be updated daily from now on.

For the 30 players picked in the Stage Playoffs, it would appear that several players have already been made exempt from Overwatch League rosters, including Overwatch players Eric “Valkyrie” Kisch, Meko, Reinhardt, and Mercy.

Other than that, it would seem that all teams have yet to reach an agreement on picks for players for Season 3.

Update on October 19th, 2019 at 12:20 am (PDT)

During Overwatch League Season 3 media day, a tweet appeared from Tony “Saptapoo” Preumo, the founder of Chicago Wolves, revealing that two players will still be on their roster at the end of the season. That team has already selected its Stage Playoffs roster of players.

Whose roster is in the number 22… #OWGLSC We have 2 players remaining! — Chicagowolves (@COWGBOWS) October 19, 2018

In the post below, Saptapoo reveals that both Bobby “Scarred” Hester and Michael “Oathkeeper” Bukalian will be returning in the offseason.

Oathkeeper will probably not make it to the end of the season as we have 2 left on the roster ? Article continues below … — Chicagowolves (@COWGBOWS) October 19, 2018

Looks like there are still 2 players left on our roster for the Overwatch League ? — Chicagowolves (@COWGBOWS) October 19, 2018

Oathkeeper “Oathkeeper”, gained the much talked about amazing quadruple shot ability during the season. This included a nasty mainsight and the great ability to evade enemies. The loss of Mal-Mads “Magnus” Lustfritz in Chicago’s season, as well as the reaction towards Magnus’ absence made this particular ability so wonderful. The other side of Magnus’ “Maverick” ability, which gave him a shield around him, had some issues during the season and was improved with a network-neutralizing hybrid bullet-drill. However, the Cavalry did not win the Stage Playoffs due to their horrible play in the final match against Los Angeles Valiant.

News on Magnus’ return is also expected to come closer to the roster deadline, set to be next week, as players update their next seasons contracts via Blizzard. The question now is, “Will Magnus be playing a hero alongside the Canterbury Cannons’ current roster during its run in the playoffs or with a new team like, for example, London Spitfire?”

Despite Magnus not winning Stage Playoffs, he did defeat Apo in a game of Overwatch in a one-on-one elimination match during the Numbani bracket. This match used an unusual version of Oasis, where players could throw a chain of pyrotechnics while acting to trigger combos between teammates. Magnus also advanced into the Classic Frontline bracket against Brooklyn Excelsior’s Vanessa “Fox” Smith. However, he was unable to advance past the final round due to a total wipe against Nam-Ki “Voë” Thorne.

New England Fusion did have an issue getting everyone for the playoff game against Houston Outlaws. Blocked players included Vytas “Horny” Photiadze, Sofiane “Soup” Arestis, & Morgan “Scud Hus” Miceko, although we got them for the playoffs.

The frontrunners for the most talent? NYXL and Philly Fusion with 11 players on their final rosters.

It seems pretty likely that this season of Overwatch League is the last for Los Angeles Valiant, New York Excelsior, and Seoul Dynasty. We’ll see whether any players will join these teams in the off season, as the competition in Blizzard’s first-ever international league is set to intensify in the coming days and weeks.

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