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overwatch Tournament Watch: Week Ending 18 July 2016

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The Overwatch tournament scene is still going strong. This week saw the $5,000 IBP Invitational, as well as the conclusion of the $7,500 BEAT Invitational. The Chinese server saw a tournament worth around $15,000, and there was the usual collection of qualifiers and smaller events.

It was yet another great week for EnVyUs. As previously reported, they reached the final of the BEAT Invitational. In that final, they played Code7, who had won yet another 3-2 encounter with Cloud9 to get there. Code7 have been doing very well in the last couple of weeks, but they have not challenged EnVyUs yet, and yet again failed to take a map in the final.

The IBP invitational boasted many of the same teams. The most relevant result early in the event was Code7 again beating NG Red, before losing 3-0 to EnVyUs in their semi-final. In the bottom half, Cloud9 showed their first really good form in a while and reached the final without dropping a map, beating Luminosity along the way. In the final, they managed to get the first game to be played on King's Row, which was the map EnVyUs lost to NG Red last week. Cloud9 did not repeat the feat, but they did post a very fast time of 4m 12s on Numbani which they just managed to defend, to tie the scores at 1-1. Cloud 9 put up a good fight on Nepal, but this only served to wake up EnVyUs who came through Nepal and then sealed the tournament on Hollywood.

The big event on the China server was the Nexus Cup: Recall Season. This was won by MiG Frost who didn't drop a map on their way to winning approximately $7,500. UW Artisan were the runners up

Last week we posted the first four qualifiers for the Atlantic Showdown. This week was another week of strong teams qualifying. Rogue, Melty eSports, NG Blue, and Creation came through from Europe. In America, Liquid, Nubris, Code7, and Sea Algae were the qualifiers. It was a good week for Creation, who also took down the Acer Pro Challenge, beating Rogue 4-2 in the final to pocket $2,000.

In the GosuGamers weekly cups, Reunited beat Misfits 2-1 in the EU final to back up last week's victory. Nubris beat Sea Algae to take down the NA cup.

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