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Overwatch World Cup Thailand Stage: Previews, Predictions, and Matches You Can’t Miss!

For the second of the September World Cup Stages, teams from across Europe and the Pacific will go to Bangkok, Thailand. Six teams will be competing from September 14-16 for two elusive spots at Blizzcon in November. With many closer matches than previous World Cup Stages, the Thailand games might be worth staying up for.

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Liz
Liz is an educator and huge nerd from Chicago, IL who specializes in humor writing and personal essays. Her favorite thing is Overwatch esports; her second favorite thing is pretending iced coffee is a meal. She can be commonly found banning people on Twitch, running Discords, and making bad life choices at Target. Follow her on Twitter!

World Cup Team Preview: Australia

The boys from down under are back with a vengeance, and Team Australia is looking primed to dominate the Bangkok Group Stages of the Overwatch World Cup. Yes, maybe they haven’t done so well in previous years, but as an Australian, I’m obligated to tell you why this year will be different (it’s got nothing to do with the kangaroo outfits, either).

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Billy
Billy "Korjubzot" Walker is a journalism student with a newfound passion for esports, based in Queensland, Australia. He spends most of his time playing RPGs, competitive shooters and platformers, and he always thanks his healers.
Crowd at 2017 Santa Monica Qualifiers

Overwatch World Cup 2018 LA Qualifiers: Team Overview, Match Outlook, and Predictions

Overwatch returns to Burbank’s Blizzard Arena this weekend, filling a void left by the end of Overwatch League Season 1. From September 7-9, six teams will be competing to take their country to Blizzcon in November. All of them are looking for their ticket to fight for the World Cup trophy, but which ones will make it? Read more …

Liz
Liz is an educator and huge nerd from Chicago, IL who specializes in humor writing and personal essays. Her favorite thing is Overwatch esports; her second favorite thing is pretending iced coffee is a meal. She can be commonly found banning people on Twitch, running Discords, and making bad life choices at Target. Follow her on Twitter!

The Disconnect in Competitive OW and OWL: What can be done?

With the off-season in full swing, I decided to do some research on a topic that’s bugged me for some time. Why would people who play Overwatch competitively not be interested in the Overwatch League? It just didn’t make any sense to me. The league showcases some of the highest levels of competitive Overwatch ever recorded. There had to be some reason they weren’t tuning in.

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Sameer Karim
Sameer has been playing and spectating professional Overwatch since launch, and has been absolutely engrossed with it. He recently started writing and is excited to cover the league as a Houston native and Outlaws fan. He started writing on Medium, and eventually branched out writing about other topics in OWL.

Hero Versatility in OWL Season 1

In the Inaugural Season of the Overwatch League, we saw just how versatile some players were at flexing to different heroes. On the flip side, the league MVP, Jjonak, showed us the value of being the absolute best at a single hero with little flexibility.

 

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Connor
Connor's passion for Esports began in 2010 as he qualified for Pokemon VGC nationals and has since transitioned to covering Overwatch. He provides an analytical yet creative perspective in his coverage of the Overwatch League and hopes to continue developing as an Esports writer. Check him out on Twitter here.

Minority Report: How Tragedy Strengthened My OWL Presence

I did not want to go to the Grand Finals. Read more …

Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

Where is Home for the London Spitfire?: A Troubling Off-Season Conflict (Op-Ed)

A controversial tweet is going around the Overwatch fanbase, from London Spitfire General Manager Susie Kim. The team wanted to do a fan meeting during the World Cup, but apparently, Korea’s own Seoul Dynasty did not allow this to happen.

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Nina Schneider
Life-long gamer, mostly into FPS and team-oriented games. Played Overwatch from the beginning and followed it ever since, so I live and breathe the game. I love reading and writing, work in IT and am a mother of cats 😀 Follow Nina On Twitter!
Exterior views of the Barclays Center

Overwatch League – 5 Things to Improve For Season 2

The inaugural season of Overwatch League was not lacking in surprises. Storylines developed throughout the entire season – the NYXL qualifying for playoffs each stage (and stopping short of the grand finals,) the Boston Uprising’s undefeated Stage 3, and the London Spitfire winning the inaugural Overwatch League championship despite a lackluster second half to the season. The season ending doesn’t mean the Overwatch League is on hiatus, though. The off-season is already underway, with contract extensions and player trades among teams starting soon. Now that the season is over, it’s time to reflect on possible improvements going into Season 2.

 

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Chris
Chris is an avid viewer in esports since 2010 with games such as Starcraft II, League of Legends, and Overwatch. He is also a staff writer for the esports team, Echo Fox. Besides video games, he enjoys playing guitar, hanging out at the beach, and networking with other people. Follow him on Twitter for more content.

Esports in Public: The Grand Finals on ESPN

I waited.

 

“He was here first.” The other person gestures to me when the host asks to seat them.

 

“Where would you like to sit?” she asked.

 

“Uhh… hightops?” I stammer.

 

“You seat yourself on the bar side.”

 

Of course you do.

 

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Daniel
Daniel is life long game player and day dreamer living in St. Paul, MN. He holds a Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adult from Hamline University and writes scripts for both comics and plays. He enjoys playing competitive Overwatch, even if he isn't so great, and enjoys hosting friends for couch co-op gaming. Check him out on Twitter!

OWL MVP: Is JJonak the real MVP?

Sports will always have an MVP. The player with the most impact, whether it be on any given day, month, season, or postseason. OWL is no different. Last week,  JJonak of the NYXL, and Zenyatta fame, was elected as the League’s MVP. JJonak won over the likes of Fissure (main tank, Gladiators) [my vote], Fleta (DPS, Dynasty), and a handful of others including, NYXL teammate Saebyeolbe. Read more …

Austin White
Austin White is Overwatchscore’s ‘London Spitfire’ beat writer. An avid esports fan and gamer, Austin spends his free time playing, watching, and writing about video games. You can find his articles both at Overwatchscore as well as EGF. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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