This Open Division saw the rise of new talents and the return of some old glory...
But lets see who will fight for Contenders after the 10 matches of regular season
Here the 16 teams that are in the playoffs and will fight for a place for the contenders trials( 4 spots avaible=semifinalist go Trials).
Ordered by seed( the first 3 went 10-0 all the others 9-1)
Samsung Morning Stars Blue: Linepro,DNCE,DragonEddy,thebigone,Najiny,LUFT.
First place for one of the two mainly italian rosters(DNCE is korean and linepro is spanish)
backed by Samsung (That built a Gaming House for both Black and Blue). The regular season went amazing for them. Helped by an affordable schedule (but they proved themselves beating both Augmented Authority and Project6 ) they have smashed their way to rank 1.This new meta is a perfect fit for them : their teamwork with Rein-Zarya-Brigitte(LUFT-DragonEddy-Linepro)is awesome and they are probably the best team in this tier on this comp. Linepro Brigitte is even better( imho) than the ones we have seen on OWL thanks to his aggressive playstyle.DNCE is a great Zenyatta,Najiny can play a lot of heroes at really high level and thebigone give the team the solidity they need. Trials are near for them.
Northern Lights: Lateks,Leodeddz,Caspere, Riverboat, Exorath, Zekor.
Before the start of the Open Division they were probably the favourite for the final win. But,
unfortunatly, during the regular season 2 members of this scandinavian team( MrBeck and Henzu) decided
to take a break from competitive Overwatch. Even if this could have been a big problems for them they
found in time two excelent players in replace. One coming from a team that actually is 10-0( Exorath from Big Nice as flex supp) and an not really know dps( Riverboat) who showed some impressive ability in the last games ( they beat Birb Bois 3-2 and Samsung Morning Stars Black 3-1). The rest of the team played togheter for a long time: a sort of union between Vivi's Adventure and b0nkers with some Jigsaw.Lateks and Leodeddz are a scary tankline, Lateks has always been one of the top European tanks
but he has never took what he deserves, now is the time. Caspere and Zekor are 2 ultra-experienced players and this will be a big boost during playoffs.The team to beat.
Big Nice: Moursi.
Ending 10-0 but with no teammates left Moursi has to hurry before the playoffs. 4 players ( Evojke Exorath
TracK Hypnott) had better offers (some confirmed some rumored) and Dids had a wrist injury.
He has a week to find 5 man. Obviously a big disadvantage for this team but Moursi is a great Off-Tank and he is smart. A surprise?
KOLESIOSTWO: a polish mix with most notably Matth and Danye.They had an infernal schedule but still managed to be the team with the better OMW%.
The beat One.Point,Golden Sausage and others big team. This Saturday they lost 3-0 against Samsung Morning Stars Black but they looked really solid even in the loss.Before losing to SMSB they were the team one step above the others but even if they are now considered "humans" they are a scary team to face against. Danye and Matth are one of the best dps duo in Europe with this meta.They can beat everyone.
Half of the last Portugal World Cup team is in this team. The meta-shift will not help them.Mowzassa probably better than some OWL-Wiston and he is amazing on creating spaces. But this meta will not exploit too much those abilty. His experience and ability will for sure find a solutionfor this but this right now is and handicap for them. They have a great support duo: Phatt is a great main support and Scaler has already proven himself during the time with Golden Sausage and now they are ready for the big pubblic. Hortic, Frost and brussen give this team flexibilty and skill. A team to look for.
Osh-Tekk Warriors: a team from the Middle-East.
An unknow team based in Middle-East made their way to 9 victories and to the 6th seed. They didnt really impressed:their schedule was pretty easy and in the first big match against Samsung Morning Stars Blue they pretty almost got smashed. I dont give them a lot of hopes...but ending at 6th seed is still a big results and no one should understimate them. From Middle-East with fury.
Koord Narwhals: ottr and boys.
This team has been around the T2/3 scene for quite a long time( with many team changes)and this position is their opportunity to shine. Ottr will lead them throught a good playoffs run. They can contest the big, and with a good bracket they can hope in the Trials. They will swim or they will drown?
Wind and Rain:Derencko,Tek36,zYKK,milkyman,Ascoft,Sardis.
Second try for this org to enter Overwatch at biggest level besides OWL. The add of some ex-Primordial players( Tek36,zYKK) will give them a lot of firepower. Derencko and Sardis are the most knowed Czech players( for more than one reason) and they will make their nation proud. In their run they losed to Golden Sausage but they managed to get a good OMW%. They will see the sun this time?