The fourth and final leg of the 2017 Overwatch World Cup Qualifiers happens this weekend as eight teams converge in Santa Monica, Los Angeles for the final two spots at BlizzCon 2017. The winners of this weekend’s tournament will be joining the likes of France, China, Australia, Sweden, South Korea, and Netherlands; all who secured their spot at the knockout stages of this year’s Overwatch World Cup.
Similar to the three qualifying stages the past few weeks, the eight teams are split into two groups of four. They will fight against one another in a round-robin series of matches; the top two teams advance to the playoff round and the winner of their respective playoff matches earns the right to BlizzCon 2017.
Team USA, the hosts of the weekend, are in Group G with Taiwan which comprises solely of the Flash Wolves players. Brazil, which is made up of the Brazil Gaming House roster and New Zealand whose players ply their trade in the Australian Overwatch circuit.
In Group H, highest-seed United Kingdom team will get their sternest challenge from European heavyweights Germany who have Team Liquid’s ‘INTERNETHULK’ and Laser Kittenz’s ‘skipjack’ within their ranks. Israel will be fielding a team entirely consisting of players from Zengaming esports while Belgium will be led by FaZe Clan’s flex player ‘SPREE’.
No Clear Favorites
Unlike last week’s round of qualifiers which saw everyone else literally fighting for the second spot due to South Korea’s almost superhuman skill and abilities, this week’s round of matches serves to be a much more open affair. There are no clear favourites, save for the hosts who have Selfless Gaming’s ‘sinatraa’ on DPS, FaZe Clan duo ‘FCTFCTN’ and ‘Rawkus’, and Cloud9’s Adam on support.
The sole Asian representative this week, Taiwan, could really be the surprise package this weekend. On paper, the team should be able to overcome the likes of Brazil and New Zealand in their group to set up a potential meet with the Group H winners.
If you think that they will be pushovers this weekend, think again. All members of the Taiwanese team are from Flash Wolves, whose recent achievement saw them being crowned champions of the Overwatch Pacific Championship 2017 Season 1. In the finals of that tournament, they defeated Blank Esports 8-2 on aggregate, a win which is now much more impressive considering that the Australian team which recently qualified for BlizzCon 2017 was made entirely of Blank Esports players.
But don’t simply take our word for it – watch the upcoming World Cup fights yourselves. The epic matches will kick off at 1.00am Saturday until Monday, Kuala Lumpur/ Singapore time (less than 12 hours from now). You can watch all the action live on Twitch. Too late for your liking? Don’t worry – we will be bringing you all the daily updates right here at SPOUT 360 along with our analysis and predictions.