With the Overwatch World Cup 2019 fast approaching, more and more teams have been releasing their rosters for the tournament. We run down the top 10 seeded teams and their revealed rosters.
From the 12 warriors of winter, seven elites have been chosen to fight for Finland. Please welcome them:
This is Team Finland for #OWWC2019
— OWWC Team Finland (@owwcfinland) July 29, 2019
With only Jonas “Shaz” Suovaara, Tuomo “Davin” Leppänen, and Joonas “zappis” Alakurtti returning from last year’s lineup, Finland has a fair few fresh faces both from Contenders and the Overwatch League who look to reverse last year’s fortunes at BlizzCon.
Meet the 🇷🇺 russian Top-7 🇷🇺! We won't disappoint you, #ForMotherRussia!
— OW Team Russia 🇷🇺 (@OWTeamRussia) July 7, 2018
Featuring both their Overwatch League players, the DPS are undoubtedly the stars of this lineup. That said, Denis “Tonic” Rulyov, Ilya “Txao” Makarov, Andrey “Engh” Sholokhov, and Alexander “MayN” Muhin are veteran players from 2018, making up a solid team.
— Team Sweden Overwatch (@OwSweden) July 30, 2019
Sweden have opted for a complete overhaul for 2019. With Simon “snillo” Ekström as the only returning player, Sweden looks for a fresh start without its traditional players.
THE FINAL 7! We are proud to announce our roster for Blizzcon 2019! 🇦🇺
— Australia OWWC 🇦🇺 (@AUSOWWC) July 30, 2019
Interestingly, Australia gave their seventh spot to coach Sam “face” Merewether to focus on their main six. We’ll see how this strategy pans out and if it’ll give them the edge they need to take the tourney.
— Team UK Overwatch (@7LionsOW) August 4, 2019
The UK’s lineup remains mostly the same as last year, with the lone addition of Daniel “FunnyAstro” Hathaway. The Brits flew under the radar last year, pulling off a surprise win against the US, and are not to be underestimated.
We know you've been waiting, finally it's time.
Meet your 2019 12-man roster! 🇺🇸
— Team USA Overwatch 🇺🇸 (@USAOWWC) July 29, 2019
With talent from across the Overwatch League, the US is definitely a jack of all trades, but will they prove to be a master of none? After last year’s humiliating defeat against the UK, America has a lot to prove.
📢 On y est : voici la liste des 12 joueurs encore en lice, rien que pour vous !
Alors, quel est votre avis ?
— Équipe de France OW (@avecle6) July 25, 2019
While lacking in Overwatch League talent compared to some of the other top teams, the French team still features many top Contenders players. With Dylan “aKm” Bignet and Terence “SoOn” Tarlier on DPS, they’re sure to give the other top teams a run for their money.
— OWWC TEAM CHINA 🇨🇳 (@owwcteamchina) July 30, 2019
After proving themselves last year, China looks to dethrone rival South Korea with a pure Overwatch League roster. Fan favourites Xu “guxue” Qiulin and Huang “leave” Xin are ones to watch.
Say hello to your 2019 @TeamCanadaOW OWWC roster!
— Team Canada OW 🇨🇦 (@TeamCanadaOW) July 29, 2019
Canada’s playing all the old hits once again this year. Mostly the same players, same coaching staff, just refinement. Highly popular but controversial streamer Félix “xQc” Lengyel also looks to take the player award with his legions of loyal fans in chat.
🇰🇷✊ 샷따 내릴 준비 완료 ✊🇰🇷 https://t.co/X1uGWCegpB
— 오버워치 (@OverwatchKR) August 1, 2019
South Korea, the undefeated champions. Each and every member is arguably the best in the world at their role, including the legendary coach Da-hee “Crusty” Park. While some of their original picks declined in order to focus on the Overwatch League, they’re still by far the favorites to take the trophy.
In addition to the top 10 seeded teams, many others are eligible to play in the Overwatch World Cup 2019. Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), and Thailand all also look to complete.
I fell in love with Tomb Raider for the PS1 as a 4 year old and have gamed ever since. While I’ve meddled with the pro scenes of a couple games, I only really got invested with Overwatch for which I’ve been a pro player, coach and analyst in the tier 3 scene. Nowadays I mostly just play Overwatch, some Pdx Grand Strategies and R6 Siege but my favourite video game will forever be Star Wars Republic Commando. RIP Sev, you’ll always be remembered.
Disclosure: I’ve been a tournament admin and writer for The NUEL. While I am unlikely to cover the UK collegiate scene I still believe it important to disclose.