Overwatch World Cup is all set to make its return in the third year in a row and all details about the world cup have been released. Blizzard announced that the Overwatch World Cup will begin in March 2018 and wrap up in November in Southern California.
Overwatch World Began its journey in 2016. In 2016, it had 16 teams each representing their home countries in which South Korea emerged as a winner. That time Overwatch was not so involved game. So that time it was not so popular tournament but it was a great opportunity for the emerging gamers to showcase their skill. It was also a huge step for Overwatch to find its foot in eSports.
In 2017 tournament was similar to previous year’s and also in that South Korea once again dominated and take winners trophy home by defeating Canada in finals.
This time there is a slight change to the format of World Cup.Blizzard Entertainment announced today that they will start tracking on the each country’s top 150 players throughout the season nine of Overwatch’s competitive play which is likely to finish by April 28. At the end of the current season, the top 20 countries will be invited for taking participation in Overwatch World Cup 2018. Apart from it four countries- Franc, Thailand, South Korea and the United States are automatically qualified for the World Cup and will serve as hosts for the group stage portion of World Cup.So there will total 24 teams in this year’s tournament.
Overwatch World Cup 2018 Schedule:
Below is the full schedule of the tournament from March to November.
- March-April: Country Qualifiers will take place by analyzing season nine of Overwatch competitive play.
- May: Qualifying countries will form their National Competition Committee and Blizzard will responsible for choosing a general manager for each qualifying country’s committee. The top 150 players in each country will select a team coach and all players in the country will choose team community lead by voting.
- June-July: Player tryouts will be held.
- August-October: Group Stage tournaments will be held.
- November: Overwatch World Cup top 8 competition and finals will be held at BlizzCon 2018.
You can check the official press release of the tournament below:
Overwatch World Cup Press Release Details:
Qualification: From today through the end of Competitive Season 9 (April 28), we’ll be tracking the average skill rating (SR) of each country’s top 150 players. Each country’s progress can be tracked on the Overwatch World Cup website. The top 20 countries at the end of this period will be invited to compete in the 2018 Overwatch World Cup.
This year, the four Group Stage host countries will be France, South Korea, Thailand, and the United States. These countries will automatically qualify into the tournament, resulting in a total of 24 teams. If a host country makes the top 20 through average SR, the 21st-ranked country will take their spot—and so on.
Committees: This year, we are changing how qualified countries’ National Competition Committees are formed. Each will be comprised of three people: a GM, a coach, and a community lead.* Members will be compensated for their time and effort, along with travel and accommodations required to support their teams during the Group Stages and Finals. These committees will be built via the following process, across Phase 1 (May 1–14) and Phase 2 (May 17–29).
- GM: GMs will be selected by Blizzard. Applications will be accepted, but we also will scour each country for qualified individuals, whether players, talent, or community members. (Application links for all three positions will be provided at a later date.)
- Phase 1: Any player with an account in good standing may apply for their national team’s coach position. Candidates will be provided with a custom URL to share, which will allow the top 150 players (by SR) from the candidate’s country of residence to endorse one candidate.
- Phase 2: We reveal the top three candidates per country, and hold a second, runoff vote, again among the top 150 players. Each player may vote once.
- Community Lead:
- Phase 1: This will follow the same process as coach selection, but voting is open to the country’s entire player base. Players may vote for multiple community leads.
- Phase 2: We reveal each country’s top 10 candidates, and players cast one final vote.
Full National Competition Committees will be revealed on May 31!
Players: Committees will hold tryouts from June 1 through July 5. Players—including Overwatch League members!—can compete for a spot on the team of their country of citizenship. Committees will submit rosters, which may contain up to 12 players, from June 15 through July 5.* Blizzard will work with the players and committees to identify seven players from each roster who will travel to applicable live events.
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