Overwatch World Cup 2016 had incredible participation from around the world. It drew more than 3 million votes from fans. Fans voted to support one of their favourite teams from 50 different countries that went head to head for the title of the Champions. Overwatch World Cup 2017 is back and this time Blizzard intends to make it a lot better.
How Is Overwatch World Cup 2017 Going To Be Different?
In last year’s Overwatch World Cup, countries had a head-to-head fight with one-another in regional qualifiers. This resulted in the South Koreans taking home the trophy as the new champions of Overwatch. This year, things are going to be a bit different. Overwatch World Cup 2017 is going to be divided into 4 phases:
- Phase 1: Country Participation
- Phase 2: Assembling Teams
- Phase 3: Live Qualifiers
- Phase 4: Blizzcon Finals
For phase 1, Blizzard has tracked the skill ratings of the top 100 players of each country from around the world. The countries with the highest skill ratings will be qualified to appear in Overwatch World Cup 2017. The 32 nations that will be taking part in the Overwatch World Cup 2017 are ranked according to their skill rating rank below:
|Overwatch World Cup 2017 Qualifiers|
Overwatch World Cup National Committees
Submissions began way back in march and now these 32 countries have been selected to take part in the Overwatch World Cup 2017. It’s worth mentioning that China had more points compared to last year’s champions South Korea. The U.S, on the other hand, came in 3rd place.
With the selection process out of the way, the chosen countries can move on to Phase 2. Phase 2 will be forming the Overwatch World Cup National Committees. Each Overwatch World Cup 2017 Committee will consist of 3 local experts. These Committee members will be tasked with recommending roster picks for the entire World Cup as well as suggesting line-ups based on synergy, hero performance, and past experience.
You can vote for your region’s committee members here. Voting ends in less than 36 hours so get to it!
Choosing whose going to be on the Overwatch World Cup National Committee will be a 2 step procedure. In the first step, 10 eligible candidates will be chosen which include coaches, analysts, and other eSports professionals. In the second step, the players of the country will be required to vote for the committee members who they want selecting the team roster to represent their nation!
With the Country Qualifications out of the way, more information about Phase 2 should be out sooner than later. As more information becomes available we will keep you updated.
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