EGSS Overwatch 1st Division Finals Information

After a tumultuous regular season we are finally at the culmination of the eLeague.gg Gamestah Spring Series Overwatch 1st Division. Finals will play out tomorrow, 19 November, starting at 11am, and at the end of the day, all four teams participating in the Finals will walk away with a share of the huge prize pool provided by ZOWIE and SplitMediaLabs, providers of Xsplit, Challonge and Player.me.

Full Prize Break-down:

EGSS Overwatch 1st Division  Cash  Xsplit Premium Licenses
1st $1,800 6x 36 month
2nd $1,200 6x 36 month
3rd $720 6 x 12 month
4th $480 6x 12 month
 Total Value $4,200 $3,300

Gamestah will also award a Finals MVP cash prize of $200 to the player deemed to have made the most impact throughout the Finals series.

In all, 1st Division players will walk away with prizes totalling $7,700, including the largest cash prize pool to date in Oceanic Overwatch.

The Finalists

1. Tempo Storm.AU

Coming into the tournament, Tempo Storm has been the no 1 seed and has maintained a record to reflect that. Their first six matches saw them undefeated, and it was only in the final round that Aftermind, seeded 2nd in the Finals, was able to take a match off them. Many will put this down to the use of 2 substitutes in that match,  and Tempo Storm remain favourites to win the Spring Series outright. Their first match will start at 12:15pm, against fourth seed, Masterminds. This will by no means be an easy match for TS, as Masterminds was the first to take a map off Tempo Storm early on in the Season.

2. Aftermind

Perennially, “we don’t play this game”, Aftermind will likely have taken a short break from Paladins to prepare for the Spring Series Finals. They come into the series with a massive head of steam, defeating Tempo Storm.AU in Round 7 in a stunning 3-map series. Aftermind’s strengths lie in their ability to brawl anywhere and against any comp, so expect all-out action from start to finish when they play. Their first match is against 3rd seed, Skyfire, who are also coming into the Finals with a bit of momentum. Their match starts off the Finals proceedings at 11am AEDT.

3. Team Skyfire

Team Skyfire qualify for the EGSS Overwatch finals with a season record of 4 wins, a tie and 2 losses. That tie may prove to be a crucial factor in their success in the Finals, giving them a 1 point lead over Masterminds, and securing 3rd seed for the day. That means they won’t have to go up against the 1st seed, Tempo Storm, in round 1, and may just have the edge on an easier path to the Grand Final. That said, their first round opponent is Aftermind and the two teams have very similar team capabilities that will revel in the new Soldier-76-meta.

4. Masterminds GC

Masterminds have set the scene for somewhat of a fairy tail in EGSS Overwatch 1st Division. They formed at the start of the season, were the final team to qualify for the Division, and are now fourth seed going into the Finals. Ever wearing the underdog mantle, they were the first team to bloody the nose of Tempo Storm in the regular season. Although they did not win the match, being the first team to take a map off the top seed sent tremors through the scene, and marked Masterminds as an outfit with real contention promise. They have a tough start to the Finals against Tempo Storm, but even if knocked out in the 1st round, they’ll have a 2nd life to fight their way towards the Grand Final.

Finals Format

Finals tomorrow will take the form of a double-elimination qualifier for the Grand Final, and a single elimination Grand Final. All qualifying matches are best-of-three, with the Grand Final being a best-of-five.

Instead of earning a second life in the Grand Final, the team qualifying through the Upper Bracket semi-final will be allowed to choose the order in which maps will be played in the best-of-five.

Finals Schedule:

All matches in the Finals series will be played in series and broadcast on twitch.tv/gamestahTV1:



We hope to see you tomorrow starting at 11am AEDT!

– Chrisis



EGSS Competitive Ruling: Sombra Patch

The Sombra patch introduces a significant new hero to the Overwatch scene right at the end of the eLeague Gamestah Spring Series regular season. With only three matches remaining before Finals, we have decided to ban Sombra until the EGSS 1st Division Finals have been completed. This means that teams will not be able to use Sombra tonight (the last 3 matches of regular season will be played tonight starting at 7pm on GamestahTV1) or during Finals on Saturday 19/11.

Update: we will disable Sombra in the competitive lobby settings.


Online Tournament

Competitive Ruling: JAM Roster Changes

The following statement was released to EGSS Captains in Gamestah Discord on 6/10/2016.

The situation:

JAM Gaming has notified Gamestah of changes to their rosters. The following changes have been made:

  • Jimeb and Peelz dropped
  • Gunba and Trill added

Both Gunba and Trill are formerly of the team Kick or Be Kicked.

As a result of the loss of Gunba and Trill, Kick or be Kicked has disbanded and will no longer be competing in the eLeague Gamestah Spring Series Overwatch 1st Division.

Rules that Apply

Rules affecting rosters are specified in sections 2.2.2 to 2.2.7. However, the rules most relevant to the above situation are:

2.2.2 Rosters

Teams must have a core of four (4) players for the entirety of the season, including Qualifiers, Regular Season and Playoffs. A team must have a total of six players for all matches.

All players and substitutes must be specified, together with battle.net IDs on the Team Description page during registration.

2.2.4 Substitutes

Players may not register for more than one team, whether as starting roster or substitute.

Application of the Rules

JAM Gaming still has a core of four players under the definition of 2.2.2: Dozza, Kiki, Aetar, Rqt. Under the core-of-four rule they were still permitted to compete in division 1 with 2 substitutes, as long as league administration has been notified of and has approved such substitutions.

JAM has applied for a roster change to accommodate the new players they have picked up. However, the new players were registered on the roster of another 1st Division team at the time that rosters were locked (Midnight on Wednesday 28/09). The substitution thus contravenes rule 2.2.4 and the request is denied: Gunba and Trill are ineligible to compete in 1st Division for JAM Gaming.

JAM Gaming has been notified of the ruling and were given the opportunity to continue playing in 1st Division with their core four plus two substitutes. JAM Gaming has declined and has forfeited their spot in the Spring Series.

Note: this ruling does not govern who may or may not be on JAM Gaming’s team. It only governs who is or is not eligible to complete in the Spring Series 1st Division.

A side note regarding “recruitment week”: the statement regarding Recruitment week in the rules (1.5.2) was made redundant by the change to the core-of-four rule. This statement will be removed as a result.

Impact on the League

Losing two teams after the first week of the League through the actions of a small group of players is a serious matter. Six players have lost their place in 1st division through no fault of their own, and another six players have been removed as a consequence of their own actions.

The integrity of the League has also been threatened. The roster rules were constructed to discourage exactly this situation from occurring, as we believe that a key success factor for Overwatch in Oceania is long-term stability of teams, organisations and Leagues in the region. Despite this, JAM elected to leave the Spring Series. We trust that our ruling in this matter shows that we are willing to act to protect the interests of our Sponsors, our League and the interests of the remaining teams that have abided by the rules in good faith. Our teams are our partners in the Spring Series.

Team Substitutions

The EGSS Overwatch 1st Division is by definition an eight team League and thus we will take steps to fill the two spots that have opened up. Gamestah will approach teams that we have identified as prospective competitors and offer them the spots.

We have already identified which teams we will approach. Our intention is to recruit one team based on performance in the 1st Division Qualifiers and another team based on performance in the first round of 2nd Division. Once the teams have agreed to enter we will make an announcement as to who they are.

Entry Fees

The new teams will be charged the entry fee specified in Rule 2.1.2. The entry fees will be added to the 1st Division Prize Pool.

The teams that have exited 1st Division will not be refunded their entry fees and the funds will remain in the prize pool.

Round 1 Points

Teams that are added to the League will replace JAM Gaming and Kick or Be Kicked. The results from the matches that JAM Gaming and Kick or Be Kicked have already played will be voided, and the matches will be replayed with the new opponents facing Masterminds GC and Tempo Storm.