At some point in 2017, Robokun told me to come back if OWL was a success because he said it was never going to happen and that I was overly optimistic. This is that post.
Yes, there were some aspects that weren't always perfect- all the fines, some unfortunate balance issues, a couple viewership drops in the middle of certain stages. But overall, in my honest opinion, and I think a lot of people's, Overwatch League S1 was a massive success, exceeding the expectations of most. The teams, the players, the matches, the production, the casters and the desk, behind the scenes content, everything, has made these last 6 months very enjoyable for any Overwatch fan. I'm even happy to say that I've gotten a few people into OWL who are now diehard fans who hadn't even played Overwatch before. The storylines that have been created through these players and rosters are inspiring and emotional, joyous and devastating.
I am so proud of this League and everything it's become and I'm beyond excited for playoffs and the seasons to follow.