Overwatch World Cup – Group Stage Preview: Bangkok

Overwatch World Cup – Group Stage Preview: Bangkok

South Korea and Finland advanced out of IncheonUnited States and Canada took Los Angeles, and now the Overwatch World Cup is headed to the bustling city of Bangkok, Thailand, this weekend for the latest 2018 Overwatch World Cup Group Stage.

From Friday, 14 September through Sunday, 16 September, Team Australia will be going head-to-head against ChinaDenmarkThailandSpain, and Sweden to battle it out for one of two spots in the finals at BlizzCon 2018 this November, in Anaheim, California, USA.

So make sure to tune in, follow @owpathtopro and @PlayOverwatch for all the latest updates and highlights, and don’t miss out on this Southeast Asian celebration of Overwatch.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • When: Matches begin:
    • 14 September from 1 p.m. AEST / 3 p.m. NZST
    • 15 September from 1 p.m. AEST / 3 p.m. NZST
    • 16 September from 1 p.m. AEST / 3 p.m. NZST
  • Where: Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon, Bangkok
  • Live Streams:
  • Patch: 1.27
  • Match Schedule: Check out the official OWWC site.
  • Map Pool: All of them! Each match will begin on a predetermined control map: Nepal, Lijiang Tower, Ilios, or Oasis. Starting with the second map, the loser of the previous map gets to pick the next map from the following types:
    • Second map: Hybrid
    • Third map: Assault
    • Fourth map: Escort
    • Fifth map (tiebreaker): Control, but must be different than the first map

TEAM AUSTRALIA ROSTER:

  • Ashley “Trill” Powell (Contenders Pacific: Blank Esports)
  • Huseyin “Hus” Sahin (Contenders Pacific: Blank Esports)
  • Leyton “Punk” Gilchrist (Contenders Australia: Dark Sided)
  • James “Yuki” Stanton (Contenders Australia: Dark Sided)
  • Dario “Akraken” Falcao-Rassokha (Contenders Australia: Sydney Drop Bears)
  • Scott “Custa” Kennedy (Los Angeles Valiant)
  • Sub: Felix “ckm” Murray (Contenders Pacific: Blank Esports)

The only Aussie from the Overwatch League and Mercy extraordinaire, Custa, is going to be the anchor for this team. Dark Sided and the Sydney Drop Bears both made it to the Contenders Australia finals which took place at Rod Laver Arena for the inaugural Melbourne Esports Open, this was an in-person LAN event, giving those guys a taste of the onstage life before they travel to Bangkok. Blank Esports, who compete in the Pacific region, only just avoided being sent to Contenders Trials in Season 2, but they’re very experienced—they finished as runners-up in Season 1 of Contenders Pacific—so there’s definitely potential for Australia to advance out of this Group Stage.

You can check out the rosters for each participating team here.

A long-time gamer, Trent is a passionate advocate and writer on all things to do with ANZ esports. Before joining the WellPlayed family, Trent was involved in the Australian film industry as well as writing film compositions and ambient electronic music for various labels around the world. Btag: MysticPizza#11134 / Twitch: thatmysticpizza / Steam: http://steamcommunity.com/id/thatmysticpizza/