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Blizzcon Standouts: Players Who Aren’t In The Overwatch League…Yet

This year’s Overwatch World Cup featured teams from all across the world, stacked with talented players and coaches. Before Blizzcon, a math equation developed in the minds of many viewers: more Overwatch League players + World Cup = an easy win. But by the time Team USA, Team France, and Team Finland were unceremoniously knocked out of competition on Day 1, it became obvious that wasn’t true. If three of the most OWL-player-heavy teams couldn’t do it, who could?

The underdogs, that’s who. I’ve decided to highlight a few players who showed their mettle, helped their teams, and gave game-winning performances at the World Cup…and who aren’t in the Overwatch League.* Yet.

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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!

Overwatch World Cup: Blizzcon Semifinals and Finals Predictions

The Quarterfinals of yesterday’s World Cup matches were, to say the least, truly shocking. With two major upsets and three 3-0 finishes, it wasn’t the competition many people were expected. Today the fun continues with the Semifinals, Bronze Medal Match, and Gold Medal Match. We have you covered with continuing predictions that are hopefully more accurate than literally everyone’s predictions yesterday.

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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!

Overwatch World Cup: Quarterfinal Predictions and More!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Blizzcon is upon us once again, and on November 2-3, the eight teams who have passed regional Qualifiers will fight it out for the Overwatch World Cup title. The question on everyone’s mind: can reigning champions South Korea continue their winning streak? Or will they be dethroned by a scrappy competitor? Before we hold our breath for finals, we go to quarterfinal matches. All quarterfinal matches are a best-of-five and will be held on Friday, November 2.

Not sure which teams to pick for your bracket or what to argue with your friends about? I’ve got you covered. Each match below includes a numerical prediction, justification and background, as well as a “Spiciness Rating” of one to five stars. One star means it’s better to catch the VOD later; five stars means you’d better sit down and watch this match, because it’s all anyone will be talking about. May the odds be ever in your team’s favor.

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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!

To Treason, With Love: Supporting World Cup Teams Beyond Borders

Home is where the heart is. But what does it take to stray from your homeland and put your faith elsewhere? With Blizzcon approaching, I interviewed fans from across the globe who have broken with the idea that home means instant support: fans who are primarily supporting teams other than their home country in the Overwatch World Cup. I wanted to find out why. Treason, after all, is a crime punishable by jail time.

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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!

Believe The Hype: Team USA, Young, Scrappy, and Hungry

(Note: To experience the full effect of this piece, your author humbly suggests that it be soundtracked with the Roots’ edition of ‘My Shot’ from the Hamilton Mixtape, available on YouTube and Spotify.)

I will acknowledge that, on a surface level, it’s patently ridiculous to call them ‘underdogs’.

After all, Team USA’s 2018 starting roster for the Overwatch World Cup is the stuff of an opposing backline’s worst nightmares. They’ve got both proven performers and insane upcoming talent, with a wealth of high-pressure LAN experience from OWL’s grueling first season. With battle-tested supports, dominant DPS, and a tank line for which ‘godlike’ feels like damning with faint praise, calling them underdogs should be laughable.

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Rainee
Rainee's loves for both gaming and writing began in her childhood, mostly because they could both be done inside in the air conditioning. She is an alum of the University of Mississippi, recovering Junkrat one-trick, and chronic mom friend. Follow Rainee on Twitter!

Believe The Hype: China Number One

For the fifth article in our Believe The Hype series detailing teams going to Blizzcon, we’ve called in reinforcements. Broadcast.gg’s Ieuan “vowels” Hall, one of the English casters for Contenders China, is arguably Team China’s number one fan. In his guest column this week, he tells us why China should be feared – and why they’re number one. 


On the 1st of July this year, I was approached by MooshuBeef, head of Broadcast.gg, about working on the English broadcast of Contenders China Season 2. I knew nothing about the region, beyond the plight of the Shanghai Dragons and the fables of Miraculous Youngster, but thought it would be a great opportunity to develop personally as a caster, and to help bring more attention and respect to the region.

Over the course of the last 3 months, I have well and truly fallen in love with Chinese Overwatch, and am unapologetically cheering for their national team over my own at Blizzcon. I can’t guarantee I’ll convince you to do the same, but at the very least I’m hoping I can shed some light on why I’ve fallen head over heels in love with CNOW.

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Ieuan
Ieuan "vowels" Hall is an Overwatch caster and analyst from the UK. When he isn't casting, he studies Maths at the University of Manchester and can be found rambling on Twitter about Chinese Overwatch, esports in general, and the Chicago Bears.

Believe The Hype: Team Australia, Underdogs Supreme

We only made it thanks to Sweden. Even though they failed to qualify, the Swedes took enough maps off Denmark to tighten the map differential. All Australia needed was one map off of China and we’d make it to Blizzcon, but if it went 4-0 to China the Danes would punch their ticket. It was a white-knuckle match, the first two maps going in favor of China. Half-time rolls around, and the Australian World Cup Discord was fermenting in a mix of panic and hype. Someone dropped in to call Australia a “meme team” before leaving again.

People were analysing every move, every glance, worried that the team wouldn’t shake off the nerves. But then they did – Australia took Temple of Anubis and the Discord lost its collective mind. “KOALA-FIED” was spammed, viewers rose their koalas (ヽʕ •ᴥ•ʔノ Raise your koalas ヽʕ •ᴥ•ʔノ) in celebration. A few people wouldn’t stop thanking Sweden for losing. There’s only around two hundred people in the Discord at any given time, but it’s their roaring passion sets them apart.

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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.

Believe The Hype: South Korea, Return of The Kings

In some esports, there is a mindset that South Korean players are the best in the world. They are the most mechanically gifted, they are the smartest, and they come from the birthplace of esports as we know it today. The best of the best usually hail from South Korea, and Overwatch has not been an exception to the rule. With the South Korean talent that we have in Overwatch, they have built themselves quite the reputation since the birth of Overwatch as an esport.

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Eren
Kenobi has been gaming since he could hold a PS1 controller. Currently studying Game design, he's been in love with Overwatch since beta and loves writing and talking about it with anyone. He's also an Overwatch color caster who has cast Open Division and Chinese Contenders Season 2.

Believe The Hype: Team France, Je Te Vois

For the second article in our “Believe The Hype” series profiling teams going to Blizzcon, we go into a narrative dive about Team France and the kind of dedication personal and professional growth can inspire. 


It’s three o’clock in the morning when my first alarm goes off; there’s no sunlight at this hour, only birds chirping in the distance. I stumble to the kitchen, make toast, then plop down at my laptop. The matches of the final Overwatch World Cup 2018 group stage begin at a reasonable time in Paris, but in America, it’s the middle of the night.

I woke up for Team France.

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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!

Believe The Hype: Meet Team Canada

This is the first in a series of articles hyping up teams that have made it to the finals of the Overwatch World Cup 2018. Each week, we’ll be posting two teams that are looking to fight it out at Blizzcon! This week is Team Canada and Team France. 

Oh Canada, the great white North, NA’s 2017 Overwatch World Cup golden boys. Can 2018 be the year they repeat their incredible run through the brackets for another chance at the title? South Korea, last year’s champions, will start out on the other half of the final Eight, and very likely could prove to be Canada’s final hurdle once again. To reach the finals in November, Team Canada will have to advance past both France and the winner of the China vs. Finland match. Once there, Canada could likely face South Korea again, but may meet team USA, team UK, or the Aussies. 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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