Overwatch World Cup – United States Group Stage 

The second stage of the Overwatch World Cup will be in Los Angeles. The three major American teams, USA, Canada and Brazil, and three European teams will face off for two spots at BlizzCon. The United States and Canada are widely expected to make it through, so much so, that the match between the two is saved for last and will determine who ends the group stage on top. But there will be some other entertaining matches along the way.

Matches will take place at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles from Sept. 7-9. Five games will be played each day.


United States

Hydration – DPS, Los Angeles Gladiators

Sinatraa – DPS, San Francisco Shock

Zachareee – DPS, Fusion University

Space – Flex, Los Angeles Valiant

Muma – Tank, Houston Outlaws

Rawkus – Support, Houston Outlaws

Moth – Support, San Francisco Shock

Like South Korea, the USA is the top dog and at the same time the group stage host. With a roster of Overwatch League players, and Fusion University’s wunderkind Zachareee, the Americans at this stage have plenty of class in this rather weak group. With the Dallas Fuel’s Aero as head coach, who orchestrated the team’s Stage 4 turnaround, the roster should have no problem meshing together.


Canada

Surefour – DPS, Los Angeles Gladiators

Agilities – DPS, Los Angeles Valiant

Mangachu – DPS, XL2 Academy

Note – Flex, Boston Uprising

xQc – Tank, Full-time streamer

Bani – Support, Houston Outlaws

Crimso – Support, Team Envy

For the time being, xQc will be eligible to play for the Canadians. He did play in a Team Canada show match against Australia under the name “Bannedplayer”, due to a ban on his main account. But even without him, Canada should make it out of the group. Their remaining players have as much pedigree as the Americans, with some of the best Western DPS players at their disposal. Head coach Jayne recently joined the Dallas Fuel’s coaching staff, so whatever games he and Aero play should be a look at how the Fuel’s next season will go.


Brazil

Liko – DPS, Brazil Gaming House

Dudu – DPS, Brazil Gaming House

Honorato – Flex, Brazil Gaming House

Wetter – Flex, Black Dragons E-sports

Neil – Tank, Brazil Gaming House

Alemao – Support, Brazil Gaming House

Ole – Support, Black Dragons E-sports

The two teams this roster draws from, Brazil Gaming House and Black Dragons E-sports, are two of South America’s most dominant squads. Team synergy should not be an issue; the main problem is whether these players, unknown outside the South American scene, possess the mechanical skill to compete with their North American counterparts.


Norway

Track – DPS, Young and Beautiful

Onigod – DPS, Angry Titans

Frost – DPS, One.point

Tricky – Flex

Decod – Tank, Last Nights Leftovers

Iko – Support

iPN – Support, Angry Titans

This squad is mashed together from various American and European contenders teams. The Norwegians should finish best of the three European teams in this group, due to proper professional experience on display. But against Canada and the USA, that will not amount to much.


Austria

MrDragonLol – DPS, We Have Org

Stvn – DPS

Heroray – DPS

Wat7 – Tank

Sensotix – Tank, Diving Under the Influence

Eclipse – Support

Minimi – Support, Diving Under the Influence

Austria has only three players with professional expertise, one of whom, MrDragonLol, is on a team with Contenders experience. I would not be surprised if they do not get a single win.


Switzerland

Luux – DPS, Silent Gaming

Shinoda – DPS, SPG Esports

Kiba – Flex, Lausanne Esports

Helv – Tank

Mimi7 – Tank, Silent Gaming

R3M1X – Support, Silent Gaming

Sk0rpi0n – Support, Silent Gaming

Switzerland’s esports organizations compete in a separate league, the Swiss Esports League, outside the Contenders system. It will be interesting to see how these outsider players go up against other teams.


Prediction

USA and Canada will both easily move on to BlizzCon, with the Americans slightly edging out their northern neighbors. The match between them should be as intense as the South Korea vs. Finland game.

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Norway
  4. Brazil
  5. Switzerland
  6. Austria

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A guy born and raised in Buffalo who loves to write, play video games, watching Arsenal Football Club and watch enjoyably bad movies. I would also like to travel around the world to see what it has to offer. I’m trying to make something new out of my life by writing about video games, mainly Overwatch, which I play too much of, after writing for other websites and newspapers. Tank and support player by trade since everyone wants to play DPS. And desperate to break out of gold-ranking. My other work can be found at www.robcreenan.com. Feel free to reach me at [email protected] or @RobertCreenan on Twitter.

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