The eight teams who will compete in the Overwatch World Cup playoffs have been finalized. China, France, Sweden, Japan, South Korea, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom will make their way to Blizzcon for a chance at gold.
Originally featuring 32 nations and its representatives, the teams for the Overwatch World Cup were divided into eight groups of four. The No. 1 team of each group qualified for the playoff stages at Blizzcon, Blizzard Entertainment’s annual convention, which takes place Nov. 3-4. The group stage concluded over the weekend with the US and UK qualifying out of Group G and Group H, respectively, in Los Angeles.
South Korea, France, China, the US, and Sweden all made it to the top eight last year, while Japan Canada, and the UK are making their first playoff appearance. Notably absent is last year’s runner up, Russia, which lost to Canada in a tiebreaker for Group F. Last year’s fourth and sixth place finishers, Finland and Spain, are also missing after neither team was able to beat Japan.
The playoff matches are best-of-five series, and the event will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Each player representing its team is awarded $1,500 and receives another $1,500 for making the playoffs. The quarterfinal matchups have not yet been revealed.
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