Overwatch League preseason begins with one team missing

Philadelphia Fusion withdraw from preseason festivities citing player logistics issues.

Blizzard's Overwatch League is finally heading into preseason this week before its first full season starts in January, but despite one of the longest run-ups in esports history, things won't begin without a hitch: one of the league's 12 teams, the Philadelphia Fusion, won't be able to compete in any preseason matches due to player logistics issues.

Philadelphia Fusion had been scheduled to take part in the very first game of preseason today at 4pm PST against Florida Mayhem, and Blizzard has announced their place will be taken by San Francisco Shock. "Replacement teams for subsequent preseason matches which may have featured the Philadelphia Fusion will be announced during the tournament," the Overwatch League overlords added, suggesting this was all a bit of a fast-moving situation.

It's certainly not the start the Overwatch League would have wanted after so many months - over a year, really - of incubation, but we imagine it will all be forgotten when the teams get into game later today. Today's other matches will see the OWL debuts of Los Angeles Valiant, Seoul Dynasty, Shanghai Dragons, LA Gladiators and London Spitfire.

Check out the Overwatch League preseason schedule to see what else is in store. Matches run today through this Saturday, December 9, with the opening day of the full first Overwatch League season set for January 10.

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