The main line-up will travel with the committee to France, where they will fight for a spot to Blizzcon! European powerhouses like Finland and France. Here, Mano gets the nod due to his synergy with the rest of the team, especially Saebyeolbe. Were these changes too late? An uncomfortable and painful server crash the moment Finland revealed their all-in strategy. Don't forget last year's runners-up Canada or the United States. Applications for the coach and community lead roles are open to anyone there's a link to apply on the , and players from qualified countries can vote for as many candidates as they want for each role.
The Reign will host matches on July 6-7, however, a venue has yet to be named. South Korea officially locked up its third straight Overwatch World Cup title at BlizzCon this afternoon against an astounding Team China. Photo: Robert Paul, Blizzard Entertainment. Thankfully to fans and, frankly, everyone involved, Team Finland ended up winning the game and the potential for controversy regarding the server crash and Finland's lost momentum was avoided. Meko is the only player on the Excelsior who played in every single game. Things were going well until.
If you want to catch some of the action live, you can purchase tickets for any of the matches played at Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles right now. Despite being unprepared for Wrecking Ball, Finland proved the rumors correct -- they were South Korea's biggest threat. The same problem plagues people like Chipshajen, who is still also one of the best Ana's, but when it comes to Zen or Mercy these players don't perform as highly as others can. That means there's eight new teams who'll be looking for players, with talent scouts closely watching the Overwatch World Cup in November for players to fill out their rosters. As a flex player, Poko was one of the reasons the Fusion were able to sneak into the Stage 2 playoffs. Hard not to play great when surrounded by other top players. South Korea went on to win the map, 4-3, and defend its title for the third year in a row.
The team that's never lost a match in the history of this event. In the competitive scene of Overwatch, the main attraction right now is the World Cup. South Korea came out on top in the 2017 World Cup, but Canada kicked some ass too. Winning against underrated Finland by 3-2 in a tiebreaker was extremely entertaining, but it showed weakness. Finland, though, are an exceptionally tough lower-seeded team; they took South Korea to five maps during the Incheon Group Stage, and the roster is full of veteran players who can boast mental toughness on top of individual skill.
The Grand Final will be a best-of-seven contest. On top of that, Carpe started snowballing with Doomfist which all but guaranteed the momentum leading into the next match. Their battle for a chance at redemption should be not only competitive but also highly entertaining. The actual group stage action won't begin until August: First comes the , which will see a general manager, coach, and community lead chosen to head up each nation's team. The Dallas Fuel, Atlanta Reign, and Los Angeles Valiant will host regular season matches in their respective territories.
Who was in the original squad and how did they do? South Korea first stomped the lads from the land down under — Australia — 3-0, leaving little breathing room and casually taking the series. Storylines to keep an eye on China's matchup against Finland is one of the most unpredictable ones of the tournament, as it could go either way. Which one are you the most hyped for!? Needless to say, these guys are veteran competitive players who have their eyes squarely on the 2019 Overwatch League season as well as a BlizzCon spot. Matwoj was a part of that team. Each match will begin on a predetermined control map: Nepal, Lijiang Tower, Ilios, or Oasis. Narrowing it down to 12 will be a gargantuan task -- and narrowing it down to six for this exercise was nearly impossible.
It got past the United Kingdom 2-0 in the semifinals earlier in the day, with the U. With the group stages already over, we know which teams will be fighting for number one at BlizzCon in November. The World Cup qualifiers are about to begin and the first stage takes place on home turf for the reigning two time champions, South Korea. Surefour and Soon frequently went head to head during the inaugural Overwatch League season, representing the Valiant and Gladiators, respectively—and if they resume their Widowmaker duel, that battle-within-a-battle could set the tone for the entire match. But then, thanks to a 2 kill self-destruct by Zappis at the last moments of game 2, Team Finland made it clear that this was a real match. Australia , with Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues chief executive office Pete Vlastelica. Game 4 on Rialto was Finland's choice and exactly what they needed to regain momentum.
Here are the scheduled matches for the first week of the 2019 season: There you have it. After all the stages are done, the winner of each division will qualify, as well as the next best four teams regardless of division. The inaugural season of the Overwatch League in 2018 meshed traditional sporting league structures into the esports industry. South Korea will take on Russia, Japan, Finland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong—but only two teams can move out of groups. It was so successful that eight new franchises will join the existing 12 teams in 2019 at a who wanted to buy a team. But the scene is still complex, according to Rqt.
They needed changes, yes, but were these the right ones? While the reasons for these players departures is not clear, they all make sense. It's the first world cup since the inaugural season of the Overwatch League and the talent gap between regions has shrunk dramatically -- long gone are the days of South Korea being the clear leader. Live across the street from Staples Center on August 24-25. The most obvious question was addressed by the casting talent stalling for the abrupt pause: would this give South Korea the time they needed to return unphased by Finland's strategy? Tournament runs November 18th - January 23rd. While Saebyeolbe played last year for the World Cup team and played extremely well in the Overwatch League, one of his weakness was his flexibility. Va usage and prophetic Self-Destructs a 5 kill against South Korea! It is also my opinion that xqc won because of his fanbase. I hope to continue to be part of film, gaming, and writing in the future.
For the uninitiated, Overwatch is a competitive first-person shooter videogame played by more than 40 million people, and the World Cup is the tournament where nations get the chance to assemble their best players to duke it out for glory. Throughout the season, each team will have a post-match team signing and will be free to all attendees. Fate's Wrecking Ball seemed out of control and Finland didn't seem to have an answer. Now, with the series a 2-2 tied, Finland had placed South Korea in a position they have never faced before: the chance at actually losing. South Korea, China, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Finland and Canada will meet at BlizzCon on Friday and Saturday to see who will be crowned this year's champion. Get ready for all the action at BlizzCon with our handy guide below, including match times, updated team rosters, and matchups! The preliminary round of the are over and the Group Stage is set, with the top 24 countries set to do battle for a shot at the title at BlizzCon. Tickets for these events will be sold at a later date.