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.
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
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Meet your starting 7 players for Team USA!
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.
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
Here are the 7 players representing Team Canada for the OWWC group stages!
🇨🇦 #NorthStrong 🇨🇦
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.
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.
Nossos heróis já estão prontos para representar o Brasil…
…e vocês, estão conosco? 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷#TeamBrazilOW:
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.
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
Here you go, the 7 Austrian Players for our Group-Stage in LA. Its been a tough Month for all of us, now the in-depth training/coaching starts! There will be a short player introduction video soon, some really cool and more frequent content is on the way! #TeamAustria pic.twitter.com/nQkb5u3O8M
— Overwatch Team Austria (@TeamAustriaOW) July 6, 2018
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.
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
With the USA group stage coming closer, it's time to start building up the hype! The mountains release their best heroes to send them into the battle of LA.
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.
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.
- United States
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