It was an intense first day of action at the 2017 Overwatch World Cup Santa Monica Qualifiers which saw hosts United States dominating New Zealand, Asia’s hope Taiwan sending out an early warning with a morale-boosting win over Brazil, the United Kingdom convincingly disposing Belgium, and Germany scraping past the plucky Israelis 3-2. As the battle rages on for the final two spots at the 2017 Overwatch World Cup at BlizzCon 2017 in November, we bring you a quick recap of what happened earlier this morning.
The day opened with the “sinatraa show” as the former Selfless Gaming pro played a crucial part as the United States mowed down the Belgians thanks to his impeccable Zarya play on Hollywood. ‘Luminosity’s’ Jake also shined from the get go with his Tracer play, not allowing an inch for the New Zealanders. So dominant were the hosts, that they only surrendered one point in the entirety of the bout at Horizon Lunar Colony.
Taiwan Towers Over Brazil
Asia’s representative this week, Taiwan shined with their exemplary teamwork to overcome Brazil also with a 4-0 margin. While on paper it reads “Taiwan vs Brazil”, in essence it’s the Flash Wolves vs Brasil Gaming house as players from both nations comprise entirely of players from these two clans. After both teams completed the payload push to the end on King’s Row on their first attempt to hold the score at 3-3, Taiwan’s strong overtime push to point B coupled with a full hold on Brazil in the tie-breaker round.
This gave them the edge not only on the scoreboard but in morale as they won the subsequent three maps comfortably. The tournament also may have unearthed another potential world beater from Asia in the form of Baconjack who showed some really smart Tracer play throughout, being a constant thorn in the Brazilian’s back line.
Brits On the Driving Seat In Group H
In Group H, the United Kingdom started their Overwatch World Cup campaign with a 4-0 win over Belgium, aptly exemplified by Kruze’s Genji effort during the second team fight of the set. After being denied in their initial push on Numbani, the second wave of the Brits’ team push saw them wipe the floor with the Belgians as Kruze sliced his way through four Belgian players en route to a dominant team kill. Thereon, the Belgians had no answer as the Brits romped to a confident 4-0 win.
The match of the day saw Germany taking on the Israelis as the second-highest seed in the group try to keep the Brits within their sights. A slim 3-2 win on Hollywood was an early sign of an interesting set of matches to come as the Israel team bounced back with a 2-0 win on Lijiang Tower. Unfazed, the Germans fought back to restore their lead as both teams head to Horizon Lunar Colony seeking for a win.
Unable to find the edge over one another, both teams had to settle for a draw that puts the score at 2-2 leading to the decider match on Route 66. After a respectable push past two points, the Germans staved off a desperate Israeli push on the reverse, keeping them at bay from even reaching the first point to secure a 2-0 win on Route 66, and a 3-2 set win.
Our focus on day-2 of the Santa Monica qualifiers would be on Group H as Israel may play the role of spoilers if they somehow manage to surprise the Brits, while Germany will try to gain ground with hopefully, a 4-0 win against the Belgians. Day 2 starts past midnight tonight (Kuala Lumpur/ Singapore time); you can catch the matches on Twitch. Otherwise, you can just pop over tomorrow for all the quick recap, scores and selected highlights here at SPOUT 360.