South Korea and Finland advanced out of Incheon, United 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 China, Denmark, Thailand, Spain, and Sweden to battle it out for one of two spots in the finals at BlizzCon 2018 this November, in Anaheim, California, USA.
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.