HulkTastic Cup was played this weekend in honor of Overwatch legend Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka. His untimely passing last week shook all of us in Overwatch with sadness. The huge loss to the community, Dennis was a player, coach, and friend loved by all. Nothing is worse than losing someone early in life and he will be missed for generations.
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Overwatch World Cup Grand Finals at BlizzCon took place on November 4th, with Canada’s unlikely run being met by the dominant South Korean team. Cultural esports dichotomies aside, this matchup would highlight what professional Overwatch is all about. You have Canada, a team full of big personalities and individual talent from the most criticized region in professional gaming, going up against the prototypical and historical champions in a narrative everyone was hoping for. Creativity, aggression, and adaptability were the name of the game in the Grand Finals. Here’s how everything played out.
Overwatch World Cup Early Game Analysis
World Cup games had their best year ever at BlizzCon. The stadium drew huge crowds and was completely full for the U.S.A. vs. South Korean match on Friday night. Fans from every team had traveled from around the world to see the matches. Here is our full analysis of the World Cup early matches and what it means for the Overwatch League.
At the Inside the Overwatch League panel, Nate Nanzer took to the stage to outline some specifics for the upcoming Overwatch League. After crowning (well, medalling) the 2017 World Cup Champions, South Korea, Nanzer explained Blizzard’s vision for the League in its inaugural season, and the developmental hurdles the League had to go through to make a lasting brand dynamic.
Nate Nanzer, Overwatch League Commissioner announced at the Overwatch League Blizzcon Panel the launch of a new, revamped Overwatch League website and an accompanying mobile app. The new website will offer League content, game schedules, team rosters, statistics, standings, and a store. Nate announced that games will be able to be streamed both on the website and on the mobile app.
Nate Nanzer just finished his panel on Overwatch League at Blizzcon. After giving the medals to South Korea for the World Cup, he went through the structure and set up of the Overwatch League.
Day One of Blizzcon brought us a lot of new Overwatch announcements. We received new story video, a new character announcement, a new map announcement, and World Cup 2017 action. We’re on site and are super excited for everything we got to see yesterday.
The EU Contenders Grand Finals for Season 1 were some of the closest games of Overwatch we’ve seen in a long time, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to break it down for you! Keep reading for insight from special guests Alex “gillfrost” Gill and Jacob “Jake” Lyon! You can read our coverage of the semi-finals here.
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The first ever day of competitive Overwatch gameplay at the new Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA has come and gone, and with it, an excellent set of matches between top teams from across Europe and North America. For more details on Blizzard’s newest eSports venue, check out our article on Blizzard Arena Burbank.