Recently High Noon Podcast got twenty four members of the Overwatch League community’s opinions to put together an aggregate power rankings leading up to the preseason. I took part as one of the community members and wanted to break down each pick from the community and compare how my picks stacked up.
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Power Rankings problems have been a huge topic in Overwatch League ever since the rosters were released. However, looking at everything now, it may be too early to judge how teams will stack up. Fans have been calling for underdogs like Boston and Florida but there are a lot of things we just do not know.
One of the big questions is how will Overwatch League games be broadcast in Europe with the recently released broadcast schedule. It is nearly impossible to make the timing work for everyone globally with all the games being played in California the first year. With lots of European players in the league and teams from all over North America representing talent, how can the European fans get involved?
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.
Just before Blizzcon, I got the chance to sit down and talk with Brayden Wilmoth one of the owners of Rockets Esports, who signed season one champions of the Open Division, Prestige Worldwide. We talk about where he started, how Rockets Esports became a reality, and even get his favorite Overwatch League team.
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.
Today Blizzard Entertainment announced a multi-year partnership agreement with HP and Intel to provide hardware for professional Overwatch events. Players will use HP Omen PCs outfitted with Intel Core i7 and i9 processors. Mike Sespo, VP of eSports at Blizzard said this is the biggest sponsorship deal he has seen in eSports. With Mike’s background as a co-founder of MLG, he has certainly seen a lot of these agreements.
Recently we sat down with Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson a caster and writer from the UK to get his thoughts on competitive Overwatch, his experience as a caster, and Overwatch Contenders Season 2.
This is our Overwatch League Rumor Round-Up for Monday, October 23rd, 2017. We are only seven days from the close of the signing window by the twelve teams. Information is sketchy at best. Everything we know is speculation with few official announcements. Insiders continue to break stories and hardcore fans follow close, but behind the curtain, it appears to be chaos. We will do our best to break down the rumors from this weekend: