The second week of North American Contenders is complete, and we’re getting a good dose of holiday spice. If you missed out on some matches, never fear, we have you covered. Due to personal circumstances, I missed recapping Week 1 of Contenders, but don’t worry. The “theme” of Week 1 applies to this week’s matches as well: Academy teams can bleed, don’t underestimate the importance of a D.Va, and Second Wind creates miracles. Read on for recaps, match MVPs, and next week’s predictions!
This week’s Contenders China recap was completed with the invaluable help of Eren “Kenobi” Erkey — thanks for the assist!
After Week 2 of Contenders China, we’ve started to get a sense of who’s on top and who might be missing out on a playoff spot as we reach the end of the group stages. T1w Esports Club and Team CC are yet to drop a map, as expected, but a dark horse in LinGan e-Sports is keeping pace and has also registered two shutout victories. On the other side of the standings, we have five teams yet to win their first map, although two of these teams are set to play each other on this upcoming Saturday. What else did we learn from Week 2?
The second week of Australian Contenders was a lot of ups and downs. Floats, a modified GOATS comp with Winston and D.va for main tanks, was the flavour of the week. Two veterans of Aussie esports squared up while a set of new teams saw some fun and tense matches.
The first week of Contenders China has come and gone, and week 2 is almost upon us already. The region is undergoing a huge amount of turnover, as four new teams have come up from Open Division to compete and many of the star players we saw last season have moved on, presumably to the Overwatch League. Who can take up their mantles? How can teams which saw success previously but have had to make sweeping changes keep up with the competition? Here’s a brief rundown of what we learned in the first week.
Season 3 of Contenders Australia is right around the corner! The new season kicks off Monday, November 19th and the off-season has been chaotic to say the least. Rebrands, collapses, sneaky roster moves and the sad demise of the Bin Chickens. Rookies fresh off the ladder will be squaring up with old school veterans, and we’ll no doubt see some intense matchups this season.
The US Group Stage of the 2018 Overwatch World Cup kicked off last night. One of the participating teams, Norway, won their match against Switzerland but lost against Brazil later in the night. Norwegian player Stefan “ONIGOD” Fiskerstrand played extraordinarily during those two games as both Widowmaker and McCree. After Norway’s match against Brazil, ONIGOD stopped backstage to talk about his journey in the Overwatch scene, his mission in the Overwatch World Cup, and his chances in signing with an Overwatch League team in Season 2. Read more …
We got the chance to join Paul Chaloner from Code Red Esports to talk about their work with Cloud9 and the London Spitfire. Paul’s team has been tasked with setting up all the U.K. operations and building the fan base, as well as supporting the team in their home country. Here is a breakdown of what Paul talked about.
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Blizzard came out recently with more Overwatch League Path to Pro news and it now seems like a lot of Overwatch will be going on in 2018. We break down the Open Division, Overwatch Contenders, and the Overwatch League professionals on how things will shape up.
Overwatch Contenders and off-season play will quickly become serious business for any esports organization. With season one upon us and twelve teams competing, it seems like the feeder league will suddenly become extremely important.
League sources have told us that Cloud9 is exploring the idea of putting together a Contenders Season 2 team. The strategy behind this move is that it would allow them to keep players under contract in case they want to sign them to Overwatch League contracts in the future. Contenders contracts are considerably cheaper than their Overwatch League counterparts. This makes it a reasonable option for an organization to lock up promising players on the cheap.