Blizzard, in conjunction with The Foundry (previously known as Full Circle), has announced the SEA Invitational presented by Overwatch Contenders. Taking place on September 21 and 22, eight World Cup teams from the Asia-Pacific region have been invited to participate.
Announcing the SEA Invitational presented by Overwatch Contenders! Watch 8 teams go head to head in a two day, single elimination tournament, with the winning team receiving a round-trip to compete at the 2019 Overwatch World Cup!— The Foundry // "Full Circle" (@foundryesports) September 19, 2019
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The invitational features three teams from East Asia, four teams from South East Asia and one from Oceania. The Asian teams invited are Hong Kong Hong Kong World Cup Rank #0 , Japan Japan World Cup Rank #2 , Malaysia Malaysia World Cup Rank #5 , Philippines Philippines World Cup Rank #7 , Singapore Singapore World Cup Rank #4 , Taiwan Taiwan World Cup Rank #0 and Thailand Thailand World Cup Rank #1 . The lone Oceanic team in the tournament is New Zealand New Zealand World Cup Rank #6 .
The eight teams will be duking it out in a single elimination bracket, with the teams seeded based on previous World Cup results. While there will not be prize money for the SEA Invitational, the winning team will be awarded round-trip flights to compete in this year's Overwatch World Cup at Anaheim.
This will not be the first time we get to watch World Cup teams before the actual event in November. Earlier this month, Monkey Bubble organized the Overwatch MB Eurocup Fundraiser tournament, featuring mostly European World Cup teams participating in it. Iceland eventually ended up as the champion.
Matches begin each day at 11:00 a.m. TST (UTC+8). The SEA Invitational will have its matches streamed in English on the Official Contenders Twitch channel and in Mandarin on the OverwatchZHTW Twitch channel.