The 2019 Esports Shanghai Masters hosted by the Shanghai Esports Association has announced the Overwatch Shanghai Masters Invitational on Weibo. Held at the Shanghai Jing'an Sports Center, the Overwatch invitational runs alongside matches for other esports titles such as League of Legends, Warcraft 3 and Dungeon Fighter Online.
The invitational has welcomed four Overwatch League teams -- the Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #2 , Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #9 , Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #13 and Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #5 -- to participate, giving fans an opportunity to watch the teams' retooled rosters play ahead of the 2020 Overwatch League season. The four teams will compete in a single elimination bracket to crown "the best team in China".
The semifinals will be played in a best-of-five format, while the grand finals will be a best-of-seven. Fans will also get the chance to vote for the semifinals matchups on Weibo.
While an overall prize pool for the entire event has been announced to be 5 million RMB, a prize pool specifically for the Overwatch invitational has yet to be announced.
The 2019 Esports Shanghai Masters will begin on the 28th of November, with the Overwatch invitational happening on the final day of the event on the 1st of December.