Overwatch World Cup Comes Down To A Fight Over Meters

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The 2017 Overwatch World Cup finals saw reigning champions South Korea take on Canada, the mighty titan versus the underdog. There were cheers, excitement, and one very polite signholder in the crowd.

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South Korea’s upcoming Overwatch League team is called the Seoul Dynasty for a reason: the region’s dominance in many esports also extends to Overwatch, as many of the world’s best hail from South Korea. Canada, meanwhile, had become a home crowd favorite after South Korea eliminated the US in the first round.

Hype for the final showdown between these two built around and even outside the arena.

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Once the games started, South Korea exerted their dominance. Seriously, Hwang “Flow3R” Yeon-oh is terrifying. At age 17, he’s sitting on the bench for the New York Excelsior, but at the Overwatch World Cup, he got to show why he’s worth keeping on the sidelines as time rolls on. Here’s his Widowmaker play from South Korea vs. United States.

But Canada had weapons of their own, like a surprise Torbjörn pick and a talented Soldier 76 in Lane “Surefour” Roberts.

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But South Korea proved unstoppable in the end, with incredible plays from many members clutching out the key moments of the match. Canada had a real issue in keeping its support players alive and safe from players like Flow3r. In a final overtime on Numbani, it came down to a contest of inches (er, meters).

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South Korea took home the title, as all five of its players will now gear up for the coming Overwatch League.

Freelance writer, Dota enthusiast, Texan.

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Just a side note, as a long time viewer of competitive fighting games (and certified old guy) I often have trouble following FPS matches and tend to tune out. I love OW but the early going as a spectator was not a great experience for me. The new team colors and effects alone help make it MUCH more enjoyable. I actually find myself getting excited during big plays and back-and-forth pushes because it’s way easier to follow who benefits. I do still think there’s room for improvement; I’m hoping for more variety in the color palettes in OW League beyond “White Team vs. Other Color” (though this was more a result of each country’s flag during the World Cup), and also I’d like to see more of the match from the 3rd person cam and maybe expand upon the new sky cam a little (and LESS from Tracer’s POV, it’s disorienting). But that I’m interested in watching OW League at all is a testament to how improved the presentation was this weekend.