Feel the Hype with the 2016 Overwatch World Cup Recap

The PlayOverwatch YouTube channel has released a two-part recap series on the 2016 Overwatch World Cup. The Olympic-style tournament saw the best players from countries throughout the world face...
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The PlayOverwatch YouTube channel has released a two-part recap series on the 2016 Overwatch World Cup. The Olympic-style tournament saw the best players from countries throughout the world face off in an intense tournament. The videos come in anticipation of the upcoming 2017 Overwatch World Cup.

2016 Overwatch World Cup Recap

The recap videos chronicle the events of the 2016 Overwatch World Cup, starting from player selection and the qualifiers, and heading all the way to the finals. The first part in the two-part series shows the formation of the tournament, as well as the first several rounds of play. It points out some of the biggest players and regions in the game’s competitive scene, and provides a little context for this year’s upcoming World Cup.

Part two heads straight to the quarterfinals. Fans can watch the United States suffer elimination all over again. It also chronicles the intense Bronze medal match between Finland and Sweden, before highlighting the final match between Russia and South Korea. Unsurprising for an esport, South Korea’s domination was near absolute, as they swept Russia in the finals 4-0. While Russia’s gameplay focused around one star player, ShaDowBurn, the South Korean team proved wily and adaptable.

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So while a professional, organized, year-round Overwatch league has faced some struggles recently, the Overwatch World Cup now fast approaching its second year. The Group Stage is set to begin soon, starting with matches in China on July 14th. The world’s best players have organized themselves into 32 teams from the top competitive countries. Later this year, the finals for the Overwatch World Cup 2017 will take place at BlizzCon, which is scheduled to run from November 3rd to November 4th. For more information, head to the event’s official site.

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Daniel serves as the MOBA and Esports Editor for MMOExaminer and is a writer based in San Francisco, California. He enjoys games, music, film, certain television and theater. A former student of anthropology, he is fascinated by the intersections of culture, media and technology. He is perpetually in search of the perfect MMORPG, which may not actually exist.
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