The Overwatch World Cup 2017 has just been announced by Blizzard Entertainment. It will be taking place at BlizzCon 2017, a video game convention held by Blizzard to promote their franchises and titles. This will be the second Overwatch World Cup, and this time around, the number of participants has since increased since the event’s debut.
What Is The Overwatch World Cup 2017
The Overwatch World Cup is an eSports tournament for the aforementioned game. The fact that it was announced to have a second run comes as a surprise to fans, as some had assumed that the tournament was to be a one-time thing back in 2016. However, given that Overwatch’s Competitive Play has gained traction as of late, it seems only fitting that Blizzard is now entertaining a second Overwatch World Cup.
How It Differs From The First World Cup
While the overall core of the tournament remains the same, a new voting system has been implemented into the mechanics. This voting system will allow fans to vote for their favorite players in order to put them at the foreground so as to represent their respective nations.
This time around, Blizzard has bumped up the number of participating nations from 16 to 32, and the event itself will be culminated in four Phases. With the announcement of the event comes the tournament’s Phase 1, which will also inform players on how they can qualify to compete. Phase 2 is the voting of each country’s representative, while Phase 3 is the group stage of the Cup. Phase 4, meanwhile, will be the playoffs, which will ultimately lead to the championship match this BlizzCon 2017.
Currently, the top 5 countries with the highest skill ratings are as follows: South Korea (4534), China (4531), USA (4500), Sweden (4346), and United Kingdom (4284). Players can raise their ranks and secure their nation’s spot in the Top 32 by performing well in Overwatch Competitive Play.
Last year’s Overwatch World Cup saw South Korea winning the championship, with runners-up from Russia with Sweden. Seeing as South Korea is in the lead so far with skill ratings, it will be interesting to see how this year’s tournament will turn out.
Will you be participating in the Overwatch World Cup 2017? Who do you think will bring home the victory this year?