Overwatch World Cup 2017
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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
RANK COUNTRY/REGION SKILL RATING
1 China 4550
2 South Korea 4522
3 United States 4470
4 Sweden 4309
5 Finland 4295
6 United Kingdom 4293
7 Canada 4291
8 France 4268
9 Denmark 4259
10 Russia 4221
11 Germany 4219
12 Japan 4184
13 Australia 4184
14 Chinese Taipei 4162
15 Netherlands 4147
16 Hong Kong 4113
17 Norway 4101
18 Poland 4093
19 Brazil 4071
20 Italy 4068
21 Spain 4051
22 Israel 4007
23 Singapore 4002
24 Thailand 3999
25 Argentina 3992
26 Turkey 3960
27 Belgium 3942
28 Vietnam 3941
29 Portugal 3930
30 New Zealand 3922
31 Austria 3900
32 Romania 3861

 

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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