The Overwatch World Cup is coming up soon on August 17th, and nations are slowly confirming their rosters.
First up, the United States gave its lineup announcement yesterday on the 4th of July. Several players from last year tournament are returning. The US had a relatively disappointing finish last year, losing to South Korea and placing eighth in the tournament. They definitely look to improve on that placement this year, although it may prove difficult as many of the other nations’ rosters look strong as well.
🇺🇸 IN OUR PLAYERS WE TRUST 🇺🇸
Introducing America's roster for the Overwatch World Cup. pic.twitter.com/OMeJN2KDCo
— Team USA Overwatch 🇺🇸 (@USAOWWC) July 4, 2018
Team USA’s roster consists of the following players:
- Austin “Muma” Wilmot (Houston Outlaws)
- Caleb “McGravy” McGarvey (Team Envy)
- Indy “SPACE” Halpern (Los Angeles Valiant)
- Matthew “super” DeLisi (San Francisco Shock)
- Jay “sinatraa” Won (San Francisco Shock)
- Zachary “ZachaREEE” Lombardo (Fusion University)
- João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles (Los Angeles Gladiators)
- Dante “Danteh” Cruz (San Francisco Shock)
- Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty (Houston Outlaws)
- Nikola “sleepy” Andrews (San Francisco Shock)
- Elijah Hudson “Elk” Gallagher (Fusion University)
- Grant “moth” Espe (San Francisco Shock)
Team South Korea
Next, we have the defending champions in South Korea, who will be looking to cement their dominance against the other nations. The Overwatch League’s top team, New York Excelsior have lent several of their players to the lineup, guaranteeing that the national team will have some strong pre-built synergy going into the tournament. The Korean roster is further bolstered by additions like Fissure, Fury, and Fleta to round out the team. South Korea are looking like the favorites to once again win the Cup this year.
🇰🇷2018 오버워치 월드컵 국가대표 12인 로스터를 공개합니다!🇰🇷
선발된 선수들 모두 진심으로 축하드립니다🎊
— 오버워치 (@OverwatchKR) July 3, 2018
Team South Korea enters the tournament with the following players:
- Kim “MekO” Tae-hong (New York Excelsior)
- Baek “Fissure” Chan-hyung (Los Angeles Gladiators)
- Kim “Fury” Jun-ho (London Spitfire)
- Koo “Fate” Pan-seung (Los Angeles Valiant)
- Park “Saebyeolbe” Jong-ryeol (New York Excelsior)
- Kim “Libero” Hae-seong (New York Excelsior)
- Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun (Seoul Dynasty)
- Lee “Carpe” Jae-hyeok (Philadelphia Fusion)
- Bang “JJoNak” Seong-hyun (New York Excelsior)
- Hong “ArK” Yeon-jun (New York Excelsior)
- Jung “Anamo” Tae-sung (New York Excelsior)
- Park “Kariv” Yeong-seo (Los Angeles Valiant)
Team Canada looks to build on their Finals appearance from last year. This time around, however, they look to dethrone Korea as kings of the world on the Overwatch stage. Canada looks strong as a squad, but with Korea looking so much more improved from last year, it will be a hard task for the Canadians to take.
— Team Canada OW 🇨🇦 (@TeamCanadaOW) July 5, 2018
Here’s a breakdown of the Canadian national team:
- Félix “xQc” Lengyel (Formerly of the Dallas Fuel)
- Shayne “Chayne” La Rocque (Formerly of Kungarna)
- Lucas “NotE” Meissner (Boston Uprising)
- Lane “Surefour” Roberts (Los Angeles Gladiators)
- Brady “Agilities” Girardi (Los Angeles Valiant)
- Liam “Mangachu” Campbell (XL2 Academy)
- Justin “kellar” Kellar (GG Esports Academy)
- Chris “Bani” Benell (Houston Outlaws)
- Joe “Joemeister” Gramano (Philadelphia Fusion)
- William “Crimzo” Hernandez (Team Envy)
- Randal “Roolf” Stark (Gladiator Legion)
Last year, Finland was not able to qualify for the Overwatch World Cup, as they would place fifth in their group stage. The year before, they placed fourth in the World Cup. This year, they look to make a big impact with a lineup combined with Overwatch League pros, as well as Overwatch Contender players. As a result, this iteration of Finland’s national team looks poised to make a good run to the playoffs. Notables from the Overwatch League are Joona “Fragi” Laine from Philadelphia Fusion, Joonas “zappis” Alakurtti and Aleksi “Zuppeh” Kuntsi from Florida Mayhem. Also, Jiri “LiNkzr” Masalin from the Houston Outlaws, Timo “Taimou” Kettunen from Dallas Fuel, Benjamin “BigGoose” Isohanni and Jonas “Shaz” Suovaara from Los Angeles Gladiators will join the team.
Our roster has now narrowed down to 12 players of which 7 will be picked for the final roster!
— OWWC Team Finland (@owwcfinland) June 22, 2018
Australia, France, Hong Kong, Brazil and Japan have also confirmed their lineups via Twitter.
Some incredibly tough decisions over the course of this week but we are proud to announce our 7 players that will be flying over to represent Australia in Thailand for the #OWWC
— Australia OWWC 🇦🇺 (@AUSOWWC) July 5, 2018
📢 Découvrez dès maintenant la pré-sélection de l'Équipe de France @OverwatchFR 2018 !
🚨 N'OUBLIEZ PAS: ce n'est pas encore l'équipe définitive, seulement les 12 finalistes.
Découvrez tous les détails et commentaires sur:
— Équipe de France OW (@avecle6) July 3, 2018
Here we are! This is #TeamHongKong Final 7!
— FIRE DRAGONS 🇭🇰 #OWWC2019 (@OWTeamHongKong) July 3, 2018
Anunciamos a equipe brasileira da Copa Mundial de @OverwatchBrasil!
— Team Brazil Overwatch 🇧🇷 (@TeamBrazilOW) July 5, 2018
《オーバーウォッチ ワールドカップ 2018》
— オーバーウォッチ 日本代表 | Overwatch Team Japan 🇯🇵 (@OWWCTeamJapan) June 27, 2018
Most of the teams still need to narrow their rosters down to seven players. However, as we look at the teams each nation has presented, we can tell that this will be another riveting Overwatch World Cup. Do not miss any of the action when the games begin August 17.
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