Elite national teams are skirmishing in preparation for an epic showdown on the final stage at BlizzCon 2017. Get ready for the second Overwatch World Cup!
Overwatch World Cup is a global, community-driven competition between nations (not just teams). Viewers vote for their nation’s representatives, who will select the strongest team from that nation.
Secure your nation’s spot in the Overwatch World Cup by winning Competitive Play games and pushing your Skill Rating to the top of the list! We are tracking the skill ratings of the top 100 players from every country to determine each country’s average rating. You can help your nation secure a spot in this year’s tournament by bringing your best to Competitive Play. When the qualification period ends, the top 32 nations will qualify for the World Cup! You’re powered up, heroes—so get in there!
The top 32 regions have now been selected based on the average skill rating of the top 100 players. Now, players and viewers vote on their region’s representatives to form each region’s Competition Committee, which is responsible for selecting and recommending to Blizzard the strongest team from that region. The National Teams that advance to the Group Stage and Finals of the tournament will also be accompanied by the members of their Competition Committee, who will be provided lodging and transportation to those events by Blizzard. Each user from that region gets 3 votes. You can learn more about each committee member below.
The votes are in! Each country has selected three committee members responsible for crafting the teams that will represent their countries at one of four live events around the world. The top 32 national teams have been seeded into eight groups spread across the four regions. Each group of four nations will play a round-robin schedule of matches. From each group, the top two teams will play in the first round of the single-elimination playoffs for that region. The two playoff winners from each region will make up the eight-team field in the Overwatch World Cup at BlizzCon.
We’re excited to expand Overwatch live events to include a total of five competitions held throughout the world, including the exciting conclusion at BlizzCon. Stay tuned for more details on each venue and how you can attend to support your team.
The Overwatch World Cup finals take place at BlizzCon 2017, where a round of 8 single-elimination matches will crown the victorious national team.
2016 saw the launch of the inaugural Overwatch World Cup with all-star players. Fan communities from all over the world nominated hundreds of the world’s most dynamic players to represent their countries.
The final sixteen national teams made the trip to BlizzCon, where single-elimination finals took South Korea’s pro players from local professional teams including Lunatic Hai and Afreeca Freecs to glory on the BlizzCon 2016 stage.
I've followed the OW scene since the beginning, even getting the amazing opportunity to play in the World Cup last year - worked to cast/analyze at a few tournaments with top 500 every season.
I was the founder and captain of one of the most successful teams in OW, Cloud9, and participated in nearly 50 tournaments. I have experience working with all the best NA players, as well as an unparalled desire to win.
I've been around the game as a content creator and caster since beta. I've also been playing at a top level being Top 500 in Season 2 and 3. It would be an honor to represent the United States in the council and find the best 6 players to represent us.
YUN SPACE, built on the site of a historical warehouse that boasts a mix of industrial vibe and artistic spirit, is home to the Overwatch Premier Series that showcases the best Chinese Overwatch competitive play in front of a consistently sold-out crowd. These passionate fans will see how their most talented local players stack up against the world, as the 2017 Overwatch World Cup kicks off here with Groups A and B.
Known locally as the home of the Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards, this impressive space will be the second stop for the 2017 Overwatch World Cup. The 2,000+ capacity crowd will show the world just how loud Australian fans can be when Groups C and D take the stage.
In the European heartland of competitive gaming, the ESL Studios in Katowice will play host to the third stop for the 2017 Overwatch World Cup. The storied legacy of Blizzard esports will continue here in Poland, as Groups E and F – including last year’s champions, Team South Korea – battle for their spot in the playoffs at BlizzCon.
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