From July 21-23, Overwatch World Cup slots for group C and D will commence during these days. For two teams to qualify for the World Cup final stage which will be at BlizzCon.
Group C consists of with some of the strongest teams in Europe. Sweden with the roster is mainly Misfits compromised of Misfits with additions of former Movistar Riders DPS player, Johan “CWoosH” Klingestedt and Team EnVyUs’s star support player, Sebastian “Chipshajen” Widlund. Next, Australia has taken their best Overwatch team based in Austriala, Blank eSports. In fact, Blank eSports is the best Oceania team in the region and will provide healthy competition for the European powerhouses.
The Italian Overwatch World Cup team formed of mostly players from amateur team NoHeaven. Formerly, professional Tf2 players the Italians have banned together for the World Cup. Finally, the final seed is Portugal. Portugal holds notable players, Tank player Tiago “Mowzassa” Rodrigues and support player Luís “Greyy” Peresetrelo, both of European based team Laser Kittenz.
Sweden is sure favorites to top Group C with the vast amount of talent and experience the roster holds. Accordingly, I believe Portugal will come second in Group C. Portugal possess high talent and experience compared to Italy and Australia. Given these points, it would not surprise me if Australia took second place with a full fledge eSports team representing the nation on their home ground.
Group D consists of dominant European teams such as Finland and Spain. Finishing the group is Japan and Vietnam. Japan and Vietnam both have small Overwatch eSports scenes which aren’t well documented which could mean upsets are possible. Finland’s roster contains mostly former Ninja in Pyjamas players before dropped by the organization. Combined with star DPS player Timo “Taimou” Kettunen of Team EnVyUs.
Next, Japan seeding second in the World Cup contains semi-professional players within Japan. The Japanese players come from teams UGS Iridata, Libalent Supreme, and RPG-Kingdom. Many of the players compete in Taiwan organized tournaments. Spain, another strong European team with vast amounts of experience. To point out the players that Spain hold are experienced such as Team EnVyUs’s support player HarryHook, Former Team Dignitas Tank player Bromas and Former Selfless Support player Dhak.
Finally, Vietnam seeding last. Not much known about the Vietnamese competitive Overwatch scene except that their country was 28th ranked in the online competitive SR rating which led them to the World Cup. Making Vietnam a dark horse in the tournament and should not be taken likely for an unknown country.
Given these points, Finland should top Group D without a doubt. Finland has strong players and vast experience compared to the other teams. Second place should fall to Spain. Again vastly more experience compared to the other Asian sides Japan and Vietnam but it is unknown the skill level of both these sides making them somewhat unpredictable.
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— Nate Nanzer (@natenanzer) July 20, 2017
With teams all arriving in Sydney, it will be an exciting event of high-level Overwatch on display. The Overwatch World Cup is supposed to be a tease of what the Overwatch League will be. The highest level players from around the world fighting it out. China saw huge viewer counts across all official streams. Watch the Overwatch World Cup here at https://www.twitch.tv/playoverwatch and find out more at https://worldcup.playoverwatch.com/en-us/#group-stage