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Overwatch World Cup: Top 8 Preview

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The OW League and World Cup are the two premiere esports events that show off the talents of all the incredibly skilled players from all over the world, with the cup focusing on national teams. Next weekend we get to see the conclusion of the tournament, with South Korea defending its title from last year and all 8 teams fighting it out over 2 days, culminating on November 3rd at 3:45PM PDT.

Check out an overview of all the teams and player below, as well as casting talent and all other details regarding the event:

Blizzard LogoWorld Cup Finals (source)

From Incheon to Los Angeles, Bangkok to Paris, the Overwatch World Cup is nearing its thrilling finale. Next weekend at BlizzCon, the Top 8 qualifying teams from the four Group Stages will battle it out for a chance to take home a gold medal.

Can South Korea defend their title for a second consecutive year? They’ll face stiff competition from the other higher seeds in China, France, and the USA. And don’t count out the the four lower seeds: Australia, Finland, Canada, and the United Kingdom—who would love to pull off an upset.

Get ready for all the action at BlizzCon with our handy guide below, including match times, updated team rosters, and matchups!

What you need to know

  • When: Match schedule and times:
    • Friday, November 2
      • 12:15-2:15 p.m. PDT—Quarterfinal 1: United States vs. United Kingdom
      • 2:15-4:15 p.m. PDT—Quarterfinal 2: France vs. Canada
      • 4:15-6:15 p.m. PDT—Quarterfinal 3: China vs. Finland
      • 6:15-8:15 p.m. PDT—Quarterfinal 4: South Korea vs. Australia
    • Saturday, November 3
      • 9:30-11:30 a.m. PDT—Semifinal 1
      • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PDT—Semifinal 2
      • 1:30-3:30 p.m. PDT—Bronze Medal Match
      • 3:45-6:30 p.m. PDT—Gold Medal Match
  • Where: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Livestreams:
  • Broadcast: Check your local listings for select broadcasts on ESPN 3 and Disney XD.
  • Patch: 1.29
  • Match Format: The quarterfinals, semifinals, and bronze-medal match will be a best-of-five format. The Grand Final will be a best-of-seven contest.
  • Map Pool: All! Each match will begin on a predetermined control map: Nepal, Lijiang Tower, Ilios, Oasis, or Busan. Starting with the second map, the loser of the previous map gets to pick the next map from the following types:
    • Second map: Hybrid
    • Third map: Assault
    • Fourth map: Escort
    • Fifth map (tiebreaker): Control, but must be different than the first map

National Team Rosters

United States

  • Indy “Space” Halpern (Los Angeles Valiant)
  • Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty (Houston Outlaws)
  • Jay “Sinatraa” Won (San Francisco Shock)
  • Austin “Muma” Wilmot (Houston Outlaws)
  • Zachary “Zachareee” Lombardo (Contenders NA: Fusion University)
  • Grant “Moth” Espe (San Francisco Shock)
  • Joao Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles (Los Angeles Gladiators)

United Kingdom

  • Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth (Contenders EU: British Hurricane)
  • Eoghan “Smex” O’Neill (Contenders NA: NRG Esports)
  • Isaac “Boombox” Charles (Philadelphia Fusion)
  • Harrison “Kruise” Pond (Contenders NA: Toronto Esports)
  • Michael “MikeyA” Adams (Contenders EU: British Hurricane)
  • Finley “Kyb” Adisi (Contenders EU: British Hurricane)
  • Kai “KSP” Collins

 

The first quarterfinal matchup at BlizzCon should be a high-octane clash. Team USA swept their way through the Los Angeles Group Stage with a hyper-aggressive, flexible playstyle that did not allow their opponents any breathing room, and it’ll be up to the Brits to try and put a stop to that. Team UK, who finished second to France in the Paris Group Stage, made one major change, replacing main tank Christopher "ChrisTFer" Graham with Fusions, who should have preexisting synergy with two of his British Hurricane teammates. It’s a hard task to go up against the American tank duo of Muma and Space—one of the strongest combos among the eight qualified teams—but the UK will have to find a way past Team USA’s frontline if they want to pull off the upset.

France

  • Terence “Soon” Tarlier
  • Benjamin “Unkoe” Chevasson (Dallas Fuel)
  • Dylan “AKM” Bignet (Dallas Fuel)
  • Gael “Poko” Gouzerch (Philadelphia Fusion)
  • Michael “Winz” Bignet
  • Benjamin “Benbest” Dieulafait
  • Nicolas “Nicogdh” Moret

Canada

  • Lane “Surefour” Roberts (Los Angeles Gladiators)
  • Brady “Agilities” Girardi (Los Angeles Valiant)
  • Liam “Mangachu” Campbell (Contenders NA: XL2 Academy)
  • Christopher “Bani” Benell (Houston Outlaws)
  • Félix “XQC” Lengyel
  • William “Crimzo” Hernandez (Contenders NA: Team Envy)
  • Lucas “Note” Meissner (Boston Uprising)

 

The clash between last year’s runners-up, Canada, and a revitalized French team, should be a good test for two countries with something to prove—Canada wants to get back to the gold-medal game and, this time, win it all, while France wants to prove their mettle against the world’s best. 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. Although Canada is technically the lower seed, this is one of the harder quarterfinal matchups to call. Will France’s teamwork and strong triple-triple execution carry them to victory, or will Canada show an improved version of their Group Stage performances to keep their dream alive?

China

  • Shilong “Krystal” Cai (Contenders China: T1w Esports Club)
  • Qiulin “Guxue” Xu (Contenders China: LGD Gaming)
  • Xianyao “Yveltal” Li (Contenders China: LinGan e-Sports)
  • Junjian “Sky” He
  • Tianbin “LateYoung” Ma (Contenders China: Team CC)
  • Xing “Leave” Huang
  • Yangjie “Shy” Zheng (Contenders China: LGD Gaming)

Finland

  • Joona “Fragi” Laine (Philadelphia Fusion)
  • Joonas “Zappis” Alakurtti
  • Jonas “Shaz” Suovaara (Los Angeles Gladiators)
  • Benjamin “BigGoose” Isohanni (Los Angeles Gladiators)
  • Jiri “Linkzr” Masalin (Houston Outlaws)
  • Timo “Taimou” Kettunen (Dallas Fuel)
  • Tuomo “Davin” Leppänen (Contenders EU: Team Gigantti)

 

Entering the Overwatch World Cup Group Stages, China faced plenty of questions despite the talent on their roster, and one by one, they answered them through measured, efficient team play that gradually wore opponents down. Main tank Guxue has been one of the tournament’s breakout stars so far, and China’s DPS rotation can likely hold their own against any other team in the Top 8. 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. Last year, visa issues prevented Team China from bringing their best roster to BlizzCon, while Finland didn’t make it out of the Group Stages. Their battle for a chance at redemption should be not only competitive but also highly entertaining.

South Korea

  • Pan-Seung “Fate” Koo (Los Angeles Valiant)
  • Jun-Ho “Fury” Kim (London Spitfire)
  • Byung-Sun “Fleta” Kim (Seoul Dynasty)
  • Hae-Seong “Libero” Kim (New York Excelsior)
  • Seong-Hyun “Jjonak” Bang (New York Excelsior)
  • Tae-Sung “Anamo” Jung (New York Excelsior)
  • Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee (Philadelphia Fusion)

Australia

  • Ashley “Trill” Powell (Contenders Pacific: Blank Esports)
  • Leyton “Punk” Gilchrist (Contenders Australia: Dark Sided)
  • Huseyin “Hus” Sahin (Contenders Pacific: Blank Esports)
  • Felix “CKM” Murray (Contenders Pacific: Blank Esports)
  • Dario “Akraken” Falcao-Rassokha (Contenders Australia: Sydney Drop Bears)
  • Scott “Custa” Kennedy (Los Angeles Valiant)
  • James “Yuki” Stanton (Contenders Australia: Dark Sided)

 

South Korea may still be favorites to make it a three-peat at the Overwatch World Cup, but their dominance isn’t as overwhelming or clear-cut as in years past. They’ve also made several major substitutions, keeping only four of seven players that took the stage in Incheon—but the talent pool is deep enough that there won’t be any drop in performance. The addition of Fleta alongside Libero and Carpe, in particular, gives Korea even more DPS flexibility than they already had (if possible). Australia’s emergence from a packed field in the Bangkok Group Stage was a delightful surprise, but these plucky underdogs are running into a wall in the quarterfinals and may have to bring some surprises to the table to try to take maps off South Korea.

Talent Team

 

  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Andrew “ZP” Rush
  • Brennon “Bren” Hook
  • Chris Puckett
  • Danny Lim
  • Emily Tang
  • Fiona Nova
  • Frankie Ward
  • Jake Lyon
  • Jonathan “Reinforce” Larsson
  • Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson
  • Matt “Mr.X” Morello
  • Mica Burton
  • Mitch “Uber” Leslie
  • Soe Gschwind

Whether you’re attending BlizzCon or watching from home, be sure to follow the action via @owpathtopro and @PlayOverwatch!

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SK got  Fissure and Gesture, but they go with Fate. His only exceptional MT is Winston. And he fed through whole Incheon stage. Gesture would be better as he is also used to play with Fury. And there are some other more flexible options like Mano. Think they try to even the odds with other teams. USA has a way better tank duo, and this will be a problem in a tank heavy meta. So, if they play against each other, USA has serious chances of winning it this time.

Last, think you are one of the two or three best main tanks in the game hands down. First, you are benched by LAG coach because of your too aggresive playstyle, which resulted in a fantastic 0-6 over 2 matches. And then, master of feeding is called to NT insead of you. That must suck.

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      Fixed a bug that prevented Santaclad Torbjörn’s ultimate voice lines from playing when activating Molten Core Fixed a visual issue that prevented Molten Core’s magma globules from appearing in the correct place with his Barbarossa or Blackbeard skins equipped Fixed an animation issue that caused Torbjörn’s claw arm to suddenly appear when Overload and Molten Core were used in quick succession Tracer
      Fixed an issue that caused Tracer to accelerate slightly slower and decelerate slightly faster than other heroes  
       
       
       
      General
      Fixed an issue that caused some heroes legs to twitch when viewed in the Hero Gallery Fixed a bug that prevented players from rotating heroes in the Hero Gallery while the UI was hidden  
      Wrecking Ball
      Fixed a bug that prevented Wrecking Ball voice lines from playing when previewed after opening a Loot Box Zarya
      Fixed a bug that allowed heroes to charge through a Graviton Surge without getting trapped  
       
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      Social
      Fixed a bug that allowed players to hear the voice lines of heroes controlled by players they muted Maps
      Fixed a bug that prevented the payload from healing attackers if they were damaged while pushing it on Assault/Escort and Escort maps Fixed a lighting issue that caused a skyscraper in Hollywood’s skyline to appear pitch black
    • By Zadina
      We have summarised the main points of two BlizzCon interviews of Jeff Kaplan: one with Eurogamer and one with r/Overwatch.
      Here is what Jeff from the Overwatch team had to say to Eurogamer:
      The Reunion animated short takes place in Route 66, but the team has no plans for a rework of that map. Echo and Athena are different characters. The confusion was caused because in an old image of the Overwatch cast Echo has the Athena logo on her. Lead Artist Arnold Tseng felt that there was too much blank space on Echo and that's why she had the Athena logo.
      The team has the next six heroes planned out, which means there are heroes for the next two years. Echo isn't necessarily the next hero after Ashe. They are exploring opportunities to do more than just animated shorts, anything is possible No announcement for Overwatch on Switch but it still is a possibility. Cross-platform play is in conversations. Overwatch is sticking to loot boxes, even though they are controversial (they were banned in Belgium). A lot of work would be required to implement something like the Battle Pass in Overwatch. There's no serious thought of making Overwatch free-to-play at this time. Jeff consults in non-Overwatch teams and takes part in strategic decisions, but his main focus is still Overwatch. Some of the same questions were answered in the Reddit interview, for example about cross-platform play and Echo not being the same character as Athena. Kaplan actually had to say about that last issue that: "Athena is Winston’s AI and the narrator of the game! Athena’s not running around doing hero stuff, like, that’s not her character".  So, perhaps we won't see Athena as a hero, even though it is a popular fan theory.
      New points include:
      They think it would be a better matchmaking experience if there was a single match queue in Quick Play also. But at this stage, it’s kind of a big technical overhaul under the hood, even though it works that way in Competitive. Overwatch is built on a brand new engine so it is pretty complex and complicated process to make map editor public but “we would like to do more”. For example, they played around with the ability to allow players to script their own custom game modes through a very basic set of scripting language within the UI for it. They would like to make this work some day. They don’t have anything for Winter Wonderland that’s new, in terms of game modes, incoming. They do have some game mode experiments that they’re fooling around with right now that have a lot of promise, but none of them have coalesced into “let’s definitely release this” yet.
    • By Starym
      With Ashe arriving on the PTR, redditor Noobinab0x took some time to make a combination of all her current highlight intros and skins in a very unique (and somewhat freaky) way! While the video does showcase her relatively limited skin variety, it's still a great watch and there's sure to be more skins added later on.

      And as an added bonus, here's what happens when her self-knockback gets doubled when Genji reflects her shot.