The first matches of the OW Open Division start very soon (varies by region, but Jul 3 for NA region and Jul 8 for western Europe region). Though the tournament itself is probably too minor to get covered here (top prizes are $50 per player in Blizzard bucks), apparently the top teams play in promotion matches for Contenders S2 (presumably just for NA and EU regions, and the KR region is already integrated into APEX): https://www.reddit.com/r/Competitiveoverwatch/comments/6kngbn/contenders_s1_starts_august_14th_six_weeks_long/djndiha/?context=3&st=j4lo6ivi&sh=701b1c60
Even though Blizzard is outsourcing the tourney organization to ESL, Faceit, etc. I think their first foray into entry-level tourneys for comp OW / future OWL is worthy of its own thread.
There are 170 teams in the NA region and I only recognized Tempo Storm and CLG on the list, though I only skimmed it very quickly: https://play.eslgaming.com/overwatch/north-america/overwatch/major/overwatch-open-division/season-1-regular-season/contestants/#!?type=name&order=asc
There are like 30ish teams in SEA, Aus / NZ, and SA regions and I don't know enough about the scenes to see if any of the teams are good. https://play.eslgaming.com/overwatch/
The eastern Europe division teams are here (40 or so?). Don't know anything about this scene either, sorry: https://overwatch.starladder.com/ru/season1
The western Europe teams are here (151 teams). I only recognized Alfa Squad, but there are probably other notable teams in there too: https://www.faceit.com/en/championship/51facfc8-c45a-4ec1-99a3-9161d72b535c/OVERWATCH%20OPEN%20DIVISION%20WESTERN%20EUROPE/teams
Feel free to share your thoughts, predictions, etc. in this thread.
Anyone here playing in this tournament? Let us know what your experiences are like!