The Overwatch League All-Stars events are looking a little different this year, but they should … [+] still be great fun.

The Overwatch League season has just one weekend of competitive action left — the Grand Finals take place in a couple of weeks. Before then though, there are two All-Stars events that will pit the best of the best (or at least a bunch of fan favorite players) against each other.

The first takes place on Saturday and it will bring together pros from teams based in the Asia-Pacific region. There are a number of events on the schedule, including some game modes with strange modifiers to keep things interesting. There’s some prize money on the line, too.

This year’s All-Stars were chosen based on fan votes, though Blizzard adjusted the results to make sure each team had at least one representative. The APAC All-Stars include players who were based in North America during the regular season who’ve gone home to Asia.

There are also some other players who have opted to take part in the North America event even though they’re currently in South Korea ahead of Grand Finals. With that said, here are all the players who’ll be part of the All-Stars APAC event, including this year’s MVP:

The coaches are Hyo-Jin “J1n” Cho (Guangzhou Charge) and Byung-Chul “Moon” Moon (Shanghai Dragons). They’ll each draft players to take part in a three-map set with some quirky tweaks.

The first round will take place on a hybrid map with standard competitive rules. From there, things will get wild. Teams will pick which six heroes their rivals have to play on an escort map. There’ll be two damage, two support and two tank heroes on each team, and pros won’t need to stick to their regular roles.

The third map will get very weird. It’ll be a control map with Tiny Overwatch settings from the Workshop mode. Players will start as very small versions of heroes who grow in size as they output damage and healing. If a tie-breaker is needed after all that, it’ll again take place on a control map. Teams will roll out with all-damage, all-tank or all-support lineups, with each round using a different role.

Although all of that sounds very silly and fun (it absolutely will be), players will probably be taking this seriously. The winning squad will claim $90,000.

Aside from the main All-Stars match, there are plenty of other events lined up during the day.

There’s a Widowmaker 1v1 tournament which will pit eight of the best snipers in the league against each other. Only scoped headshots will count, and it’ll be a random draw with no seeding.

The first player to score five elims will advance to the next round. The final will be first to nine kills. The winner of the tournament will take away $15,000 and the runner-up will claim $7,500. The players who are taking part are ANS, Carpe, Glister, Fits, Happy, Diem, Baconjack and GodsB.

APAC All-Stars will have a few special events, and this one sounds like the most ridiculous of them all. It’s a four-player tournament in which pros are challenge to push a neutral Wrecking Ball into the well on Ilios. They’ll have unlimited Primal Rage time to swat Hammond around.

If they push the ball into the well, they gain a point. If they otherwise knock Wrecking Ball off the map or they fall off of it, their rival will score. It’s first to two points in the semi-finals and first to three in the final. Mano, Fearless, Gesture and Guxue are your participants, and the winner will claim $4,000.

This is a straight-up Genji 1v1 tournament. It’s first to three kills in the semi-finals and five in the final. The winning Overwatch League player will claim $4,000. Jinmu, Haksal, Profit and SP9RK1E will duke it out here.

Some of the best Ana players in the world will battle in two rounds of free-for-all deathmatches and I can’t wait for that. Nine of them will square off on the Black Forest map and the top four will advance to a final on Necropolis. Rounds will end when one player scores 20 eliminations or after five minutes have passed.

Again, there’s $4,000 on the line for the winner. The participants are Molly, BeBe, Shu, Izayaki, Creative, Highly, JJoNak, Viol2t and Alarm.

The eight players who have the the best Fleta Deadlift stats in the region are competing in a Hero Gauntlet. The Fleta Deadlift is a stat named after this year’s OWL MVP. A player’s said to achieve one when they claim at least 50% of their team’s final blows when they win a map.

The octet will battle in a Hero Gauntlet match. That’s a free-for-all arcade mode in which they all start out as McCree and each time they log a kill, they’ll switch to another hero (it’s a bit like Gun Game in Call of Duty). The aim is to be the first player to get 22 kills.

The participants in this one are leave, SP9RK1E, ANS, Haksal, Glister, birdring, Rascal and, of course, Fleta. The winner of this one will take away $3,000.

Former Seoul Dynasty and Vancouver Titans star Jehong “Ryujehong” Yu will make an appearance at … [+] All-Stars Asia.

It’s not only the pros who’ll be playing during All-Stars. Overwatch League broadcast talent (and some friends) will get in on the fun too. Teams representing China and South Korea will face off with a couple of former Overwatch League players in the mix. Ex-Chengdu Hunders DPS player Zhang “YangXiaoLong” Zhihao will play for China, while Korea can boast the legendary support Jehong “ryujehong” Ryu in their ranks.

This will be a two-map show match on control maps, in which each side will get to pick a buff for one map. They can pick from the following:

The fun starts at 4AM ET on Saturday and should run for around six hours. You’ll be able to watch it all live or on on demand right with the above YouTube embed. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up those fantastic All-Stars skins next week if you have enough Overwatch League tokens squared away (and, you know, you actually want them).

I cover all things Overwatch, including the Overwatch League, for Forbes. I also currently write about tech, games and entertainment for Engadget.

I cover all things Overwatch, including the Overwatch League, for Forbes. I also currently write about tech, games and entertainment for Engadget.

I’m a Scottish expat who lives in Canada with my partner and many, many plants. Email me tips (or just to say hi) at kris [at] and follow me on Twitter @krisholt


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