The 2018 Overwatch League playoffs began on July 11, after the 2018 Overwatch League regular season ended, concluded on July 28 with the 2018 Grand Finals, the first championship match of the Overwatch League. Six teams competed in the OWL Playoffs; the winner of each round of the Playoffs was determined by a best-of-three match series, with match determined by best-of-five maps. The Quarterfinals had the third-seeded team playing the sixth-seeded team, while the fourth-seeded team played the fifth-seeded team. In the Semifinals, the top-seed team played the lowest remaining seed, while the second-seeded team played the next-lowest; the winners advanced to the Grand Finals, which took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on July 27–28. London Spitfire defeated Philadelphia Fusion in the Grand Finals to become the first Overwatch League Champions; the postseason map pool consisted of eight maps, with a ninth map as the tie-breaking map, was decided by a lottery system on June 19. Six teams qualified for the Season Playoffs based on their season overall records.
The two division leaders were awarded the top two seeds, the following top four teams, regardless of division, were awarded seeds three through six. The Fusion pulled off a 2–1 victory in their first match against the Uprising, high in the standings early in the regular season but had lost momentum in the latter half. Fusion used a tank-heavy roster, including Reinhardt played by Sado, which forced the Uprising to move away from their sniper-based strategy. Fusion's Eqo and Carpe showed skill across several heroes to help with the victory; the Spitfire had been underdogs in their match against the Gladiators, having never won a regular season match against them. The Gladiators took the first match, 3-0, including a trick play that involved Surefour staying in the spawn room as a different hero until well into the match before changing to his regular Widowmaker hero and picking off the open Spitfire players; the Spitfire responded in the following matches with adaptive changes in their team composition that prevented the Gladiators from maintaining their defense lines.
Notably, the Gladiators chose to bench their primary main tank player Fissure, who came second place for Season MVP, for the playoffs, opting instead to replace him with the team's other main tank player, iRemiix. The official reason given for this decision was that "the Gladiators believe that the most effective practice and preparation is necessary in order to perform well in playoffs." After each quarterfinal series, the sixth-seeded Fusion, being the lowest seed of the two quarterfinals winners, faced the top-seeded Excelsior, whereas the fifth-seeded Spitfire played against the second-seeded Los Angeles Valiant. The semi-final saw upsets in both brackets with the lower-seed Fusion and Spitfire winning over the top seeds Excelsior and Valiant. Fusion had taken the first series 3–0 over Excelsior. While the second set ran for all five maps, Fusion won the spot in the Grand Finals; the Spitfire had kept their traction from the victory over the Gladiators in the previous round, took their spot in the finals after two matches, winning each 3–1 and 3–0.
The London Spitfire defeated the Philadelphia Fusion in the Grand Finals series in 2 sets. The Spitfire's Jun-Young "Profit" Park. Teams in the Season Playoffs competed for a total prize pool of US$1.7 million, with the payout division detailed below. On the first day of the season playoffs and Blizzard announced a multi-year partnership that would bring the league and other professional Overwatch competitive events to ESPN, Disney XD, ABC, starting with the playoffs and throughout all of the following season; the partnership marked the time that a live esports competition had aired on ESPN in prime time and the first time that an esports competition had aired on ABC. Nielsen ratings for the Grand Finals include a 0.18 rating for the Friday match airing on ESPN, while the recap of the series airing on ABC on the Sunday after the event had a 0.3 rating. Blizzard estimated that over a million people were watching the Grand Finals at any time, between broadcast and streaming formats, with a total viewership of over 10.8 million
The Chehalis Western Railroad was the name of two different shortline railroads that were owned and operated by Weyerhaeuser between 1936 and 1993. The first Chehalis Western, which existed from 1936 until 1975, was a shortline Class III railroad operating in Washington state, while the second one, which existed from 1981 until 1993, was a private railroad that operated on a different set of lines that Weyerhaeuser had acquired. In 1936, Weyerhaeuser incorporated the Chehalis Western Railroad as a publicly regulated, common-carrier shortline to carry lumber and forest products over a 10-mile stretch of track from Chehalis, Washington to Ruth, Washington that Weyerhaeuser had purchased from the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad known as the Milwaukee Road; the Chehalis Western operated on trackage rights over the Milwaukee Road from Chehalis to Western Junction, where the trains would join a Weyerhaeuser-owned logging line that would go north to a log dump at South Bay, Washington.
And Chehalis Western trains operated on trackage rights over the Northern Pacific Railroad from Pe Ell, Washington to Milburn, Washington. On December 1, 1975, Weyerhaeuser reorganized the railroad under a new name, the Curtis, Milburn & Eastern Railroad; the CM&E stopped operating on the trackage rights between Pe Ell and Milburn, the line only operated between Chehalis and Curtis, Washington. The CM&E stopped operating in 1980 and was formally abandoned in February 1993; the Chehalis Western Railroad name was resurrected in 1980, when the Milwaukee Road abandoned all of its trackage west of Miles City, Montana. At that point, Weyerhaeuser acquired all of the Milwaukee Road's trackage south of Tacoma, except for some trackage rights; the lines that Weyerhaeuser purchased measured <23 miles long and were the Milwaukee Road's routes from Tacoma to Chehalis and from Frederickson, Washington to Morton, Washington. In order to service the new lines, Weyerhaeuser purchased four brand-new EMD GP38-2 locomotives.
When the new Chehalis Western assumed operation of the Milwaukee Road tracks, operation of the Curtis and Eastern trackage was resumed under the CWWR name. Curtis was used. Vail, WA was the other reload point and those loads were daily brought to Western Junction as well; the loads would be combined and brought to Port of Tacoma. In the latter part of the 1980s, Curtis was converted to a pole yard where power poles from a nearby mill were sorted and loaded to railcars; these pole loads would be brought to an interchange point in Chehalis with the Union Pacific Railway. Subsequently, the only remaining log reload. Only 42 carloads of raw logs were hauled in daily Monday through Friday to Tacoma after the conversion of the Curtis reload; this practice remained until operations were ceased in 1992. Sometime in the early 1980s or before, the South Bay operation was discontinued and the tracks were removed from Western Junction to the end of the line at South Bay. Although Weyerhauser did purchase the Morton subdivision of the Milwaukee Road from Fredrickson, WA to Morton WA, no operations were begun on this segment.
And this was despite the fact they spent a sizeable sum to replace a rather large bridge that had burned in 1979 near Eatonville, WA that crosses the Little Mishael River over a rather deep canyon. Only the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad operated trains on an 8-mile segment between Elbe, WA and Mineral, WA during the time between the Milwaukee Road abandonment and the acquisition of the CWWR assets by the City of Tacoma in 1995. Subsequently, much of the Morton Subdivision fell into disrepair that had not been used, but was revitalized by the City of Tacoma after they had acquired it. In July 1992, Weyerhaeuser shut down the second incarnation of the Chehalis Western. In 1995, Weyerhaeuser sold the entire railroad to the city of Tacoma for $3.1 million. At that point, the city contracted with the Tacoma Eastern Railway to begin operations on the line, contracted with Tacoma Rail to operate the trackage. In addition, the city of Tacoma began allowing two excursion railroads to operate over portions of the line: the Chehalis–Centralia Railroad, which now operates from Chehalis west to Ruth and the 7-mile Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, which operates between Tacoma and Morton.