Blizzard reveals the return of the Overwatch World Cup

In a blog post earlier this morning, Blizzard unveiled their plans for Overwatch at 2017's BlizzCon—the Overwatch World Cup will return for another year. After a large amount of participation by fans and professionals alike, the Overwatch World Cup was almost certain to return as a new BlizzCon staple.

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The Overwatch World Cup does have key differences from last year's variation; in other words, the staff revamped their approach. The top 32 countries will be determined by a somewhat convoluted process—the top 100 players in each region will determine each region's average Skill Rating, which will be used to narrow down the pool of countries.

Players from each region will select a national committee, tasked with creating the best rosters possible for the entirety of the tournament's duration. Nominees for the committee will be comprised of analysts, experts, coaches, statisticians, and other authorities. Ten in total will be chosen, while three will represent the region after another round of voting.

Voting begins in April after the top 32 countries are locked in.

Four group stage events will occur throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, with eight teams in each group. The top two teams in each group automatically progress to the BlizzCon World Cup finals, for a total of eight teams. Notably, teams in each location will not necessarily play on a home field for their tournament lives.

While not everything is clear, the Overwatch World Cup for 2017 is sure to be an exciting event. More details are promised to be announced as some time passes, but you can play your part in voting by following the official Overwatch social media accounts.

#1
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south korea will win this year too

south korea will win this year too
#2
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We need more teams from parts of China - three isn't enough. [passive aggressive Scotland comment]

We need more teams from parts of China - three isn't enough. [passive aggressive Scotland comment]
#3
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Garbage, make it a try out and let everyone who's past that rank threshold participate. Not a fan of letting clan mates pick each other.

Also would rather see fresh faces playing each other, than the same old beta pros that keep getting rolled at every major event.

NA/EU need a fresh clean up, there are way too many players that are underwhelming and should be replaced. This whole NRG approach which took 8 months before they finally switched up their roster is too long.

Garbage, make it a try out and let everyone who's past that rank threshold participate. Not a fan of letting clan mates pick each other.

Also would rather see fresh faces playing each other, than the same old beta pros that keep getting rolled at every major event.

NA/EU need a fresh clean up, there are way too many players that are underwhelming and should be replaced. This whole NRG approach which took 8 months before they finally switched up their roster is too long.
#4
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SoftWhisperNA/EU need a fresh clean up, there are way too many players that are underwhelming and should be replaced. This whole NRG approach which took 8 months before they finally switched up their roster is too long.

I think the "NRG approach" you're referring to makes sense given the state of the game. There currently aren't any "incredibly important" tournaments to attend given the low prize pools/lack of LAN tournaments. Additionally with OWL coming up, it makes sense to focus on building a robust roster ready for that and taking the time to get the right players despite their existing contracts which can take time. If OWL was currently going on/other highstake tournaments, I don't think they would've taken this long. This is essentially the offseason/preseason for OWL so inevitably teams will be having tryouts/taking their time to "perfect" rosters for the main competition.

[quote=SoftWhisper]NA/EU need a fresh clean up, there are way too many players that are underwhelming and should be replaced. This whole NRG approach which took 8 months before they finally switched up their roster is too long.[/quote]

I think the "NRG approach" you're referring to makes sense given the state of the game. There currently aren't any "incredibly important" tournaments to attend given the low prize pools/lack of LAN tournaments. Additionally with OWL coming up, it makes sense to focus on building a robust roster ready for that and taking the time to get the right players despite their existing contracts which can take time. If OWL was currently going on/other highstake tournaments, I don't think they would've taken this long. This is essentially the offseason/preseason for OWL so inevitably teams will be having tryouts/taking their time to "perfect" rosters for the main competition.
#5
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Hoping for SDB to get some more game winning Graviton reflects! :D

Hoping for SDB to get some more game winning Graviton reflects! :D
#6
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i hope this year u let teams play and not fan vote favorites .

i hope this year u let teams play and not fan vote favorites .
#7
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My question is: can these three experts be players? It'd be super dumb if this committee can recommend a roster with themselves in it.
Hopefully not.

For me, ZP Monte Doa and Hex are all great choices i would vote for.
Seagull is probably going to be on team USA again and I really hope he can be more responsible as a captain this time and not practice because "his hands are too cold". I love Seagull and I love his stream but I kinda lost respect for him after I learned about this :(

My question is: can these three experts be players? It'd be super dumb if this committee can recommend a roster with themselves in it.
Hopefully not.

For me, ZP Monte Doa and Hex are all great choices i would vote for.
Seagull is probably going to be on team USA again and I really hope he can be more responsible as a captain this time and not practice because "his hands are too cold". I love Seagull and I love his stream but I kinda lost respect for him after I learned about this :(
#8
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DG0117south korea will win this year too

Otherwise it will be a battle for 2nd place. I was very happy with 2016's results, in which Russia won 2nd, but this year I hope to see Australia go a bit further.

[quote=DG0117]south korea will win this year too[/quote]


Otherwise it will be a battle for 2nd place. I was very happy with 2016's results, in which Russia won 2nd, but this year I hope to see Australia go a bit further.
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