On November second, the top eight Overwatch teams in the world are back! The qualifiers and group stages are over, and the quarter-finals of the Overwatch World Cup at BlizzCon will begin. Friday the 2nd and Saturday the 3rd will decide which country has the best Overwatch team in the world! As we get nearer to the date, Overwatch fans should check the review of eSports betting site Bovada. They will have odds on the matches which will give us an excellent idea of each country’s probabilities to win.
Heroes, Countries, and News
The bracket has been released, so we now know which countries will be going head-to-head in the quarter-finals on Friday, November second. It’s an Overwatch revolutionary war when the United States faces the Team United Kingdom. Also fitting, Team France will take on Team Canada. Team China will face Team Finland, and Team South Korea will play against Team Australia.
The first match will, quarter-final No. 1, will start at 1:15 PM. Quarter-final No. 2 will begin at 3:15 PM. No. 3 and No. 4 will take place at 5:15 PM and 7:15 PM respectively.
The Winners from Team USA vs. Team United Kingdom and Team South Korea vs. Team Australia will face each other. And the winner from Team France vs. Team Canada will play against the winner of Team China vs. Team Finland.
Changes in the UK
Team United Kingdom has recently announced some changes to their roster. They are making major changes with their Main Tank. ChisTFer, who was Team United Kingdom’s previous Tank is moving into a coaching role. Fusions, aka, Cameron Bosworth, has been added to the roster to take over the Main Tank role for the team. It will be interesting to see how this change works out for the English team.
Decided to step down from @7LionsOW to persue coaching full time, hope to learn a lot working under OWL level coaches.
That being said I am LFT for OWL/academy as a coach, feel free to reach out to me on discord if you need to know more about my experience or motivation.
— ChrisTFer (@ChrisTFerOW) October 3, 2018
North America Vying for the Cup
Team USA recently revealed their brand-new T-Mobile sponsored Overwatch World Cup Jerseys. And along with their new digs comes a whole lot of confidence. Team USA retweeted a youtube post from @YourOverwatchTV which states (after giving kudos to the South Korean team for their dominance) that the United States will win the Overwatch World Cup.
Team Canada lost to the Team USA at the beginning of September, mostly due to small mistakes. Since then they have been practicing with their analytic partner, pursuitapp in their scrims to improve and add “statistical depth” to their team. Hopefully, for Canada, all of their hard work and fine-tuning will help them in their initial quest to beat France and move on to the semi-finals on Saturday
A New Short? A New Hero?
There will be a lot more action going on at BlizzCon in Los Angeles. The Overwatch World Cup is the show-stopper, but we’ll also see the StarCraft 2 WCS Global Finals, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and a slew of developer and behind the scenes action.
The rumor mill is churning, and many people will be disappointed if we don’t see new Overwatch mode. This would be awesome … but are we more likely to see a new hero added to the mix? Past Blizzard trends show that new OW heroes are typically released at BlizzCon and in the month of November so it is a very real possibility that we could get a brand new hero added into the storyline.
There is also the likelihood that we will get to see a new animated short that brings us deeper into the lives of the characters. The latest short, “Shooting Star”, featured D.Va, letting us get to know her a little bit better with a peek into her daily life. The D.Va short was released on August 22nd, so the timing is right, and the setting at BlizzCon is perfect for another release.
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