Overwatch League News

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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Overwatch League Schedule Changes: What’s New, What’s Not

Last week, the Overwatch League announced major changes to the league’s schedule for the 2019 season. With the introduction of eight new teams next year, adjustments to the schedule were inevitable. 40 games per team would have given us a staggering 400 OWL matches in the regular season alone. This may sound like a fantastic plan to viewers, especially during the offseason when many of us are starving for more high-level matches to watch, but it’s realistically untenable at best.

Thankfully, almost every one of the announced changes has the end result of ‘more Overwatch’. Taken together, they’re producing both more games and more opportunities for teams to excel in the postseason. Perhaps more importantly, they’re reducing the intense schedule that led to stress and illness for players in the 2018 season. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the changes, and just how different next season will (or won’t) be. Read more …

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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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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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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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 …