The Overwatch League Stage 3 map pool has been released and should shake things up quite a bit. With five of the previous maps being rotated, over half of the battlegrounds will be different during Stage 3 which should promote some hero diversity as well.
The OWL Stage 3 map pool includes Blizzard World, Volskaya, AND Junkertown. Blizzard must really hate all the good momentum the league has had because this is truly awful. Bring map vetoes to OW to make it a better esport.— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) March 28, 2018
Despite some potential diversification, many players are unhappy with the maps chosen as they are not personal favorites for a lot of players.
From the Assault maps, Temple of Anubis will replace Hanamura. Temple of Anubis is one of the more unique maps as it is one of only three maps without any environmental hazards. As a map that uses a combination of shields and burst damage, a small misplay can be heavily punished, making this a less forgivable map than some of the other choices.
For the Control maps, Ilios will take the spot of Lijang Tower. It makes sense that Ilios will be the replacement map since the two have some similarities such as being the only maps with exclusive theme music that did not appear in Overwatch soundtrack.
People are already complaining about the Stage 3 map pool, as if Junkertown will play the same now that Mercy and Sombra have been reworked. Good luck trying to keep your Pirate Ship alive when Sombra hacks the Bastion every 8 seconds. #OWL2018 #Overwatch— Crash Translation (@GTElephant) March 28, 2018
From the Escort maps, Junkertown will replace Watchpoint: Gibraltar.
Although there are mixed feelings about the rotation, a change in scenery usually facilitates interesting new strategies.
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