The Overwatch World Cup kicks off on Aug. 17 with the first day of matches from the South Korea Group Stage. The South Korean city is hosting six teams as they battle through three days of matches for a chance to go to the finals at BlizzCon in November.
The Incheon pool is headlined by the South Korean team, a world-class talent pool with players from the New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, and Los Angeles Valiant. A favorite to win the tournament overall, the South Korean roster will be playing in front of a home crowd as well.
페이스북 오버워치 컨텐더스 페이지에 업로드 된 옵드컵 국가대표 선수들 사진 ✨ pic.twitter.com/RUowlOxHLa— 해리 (@lessthanthree4u) August 9, 2018
Another strong team for the pools is Team Finland, an amalgamation of talents from around the Overwatch League. Headlined by its DPS stars, Finland is looking strong to take one of the two spots on the way to BlizzCon.
The 2nd place team in the 2016 World Cup is fighting in the Incheon pool as well. Russia is mostly made up of players from Winstrike Team, a Russian pro organization. Russia has two Overwatch League players, but will have to play exceptionally to stay in contention.
Meet the russian Top-7 ! We won't disappoint you, #ForMotherRussia!— OW Team Russia (@OWTeamRussia) July 7, 2018
DPS: @sdburnow @MistakesOW @unfixedow
Tank: @txao_ow @toniclol
Support: @ENGHHHHHH , @May8Nez
More details in (RU only): https://t.co/hYqh4FTF4v #OWWC2018 pic.twitter.com/IhGfEb7nMx
Team Japan is coming in with lots of familiarity as a team. The Japanese team is the entire CYCLOPS athlete gaming team and is looking to provide an upset in this tough stage against Overwatch League professionals.
《オーバーウォッチ ワールドカップ 2018》— Overwatch Team Japan (@owwcjp2018) July 8, 2018
応援よろしくお願い致します！#OWWCJP #OWWC2018 pic.twitter.com/wNNg0ZnZ3m
Hong Kong is another team looking to upset the pools. Comprised of players from the Hong Kong Attitude, LGD Gaming, and a few free agents, Hong Kong will have tough competition in order to punch their ticket to Blizzcon.
Here we are! This is #TeamHongKong Final 7!— OWWC Team Hong Kong (@OWTeamHongKong) July 3, 2018
We have submitted our list to Blizzard for final approval and...
We have plans to introduce our players as well so stay tuned!#StrikeAsOne #香港勁揪 pic.twitter.com/42xFk1AY74
The final seed is team Taiwan, comprised of the other half of the Hong Kong Attitude and players from Nova Esports, with a free agent as well. Team Taiwan will certainly have the hardest journey to BlizzCon, but can do it with coordinated team play and outstanding individual performances.
After three days of competition, with two games each day, the top two seeds will go to BlizzCon in Anaheim, California, to participate in the single elimination bracket for the 1st place prize and title of the best team in the world. All participating teams in the pools will earn $15,000. This pool is stacked with talent from many different teams and is sure to provide quality entertainment to the fans of the countries and of Overwatch as well.