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Running down some of the notable Overwatch World Cup rosters

Overwatch World Cup rosters were revealed for the 32-country tournament that begins July 13.
Overwatch World Cup rosters were revealed for the 32-country tournament that begins July 13.

Overwatch World Cup rosters have been announced on the official website, and 32 countries will compete in the second annual event starting July 13. Here is a rundown of some of the notable teams and who has comprised the rosters of them. This isn’t a comprehensive list, but it involves some of the more interesting rosters.

France
Dylan “aKm” Bignet
Terrence “SoOn” Tarlier
Michaël “winz” Bignet
Nicolas “NiCO” Moret
Benjamin “UNKOe” Chevasson
Jean-Louis “KnOxXx” Boyer

It’s basically Team Rogue, the all-French team that the fans have come to love. Their skill has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt in several monthly and major tournaments. Although their performance in Season 3 of OGN’s Overwatch APEX tournament left a lot to be desired, the practice they got from some of the best players in the world certainly showed, as they took first place in the most recent Overwatch Takeover 2. The French representatives that were in charge of making a roster have certainly come together to create the ideal team for France.

China
Zheng “Shy” Yangjie
Ou “Eieen” Yiliang
Fang “uNdeaD” Chao
Wu “mg” Dongjian
Li “YaoYao” Haibo
Chen “5King” Zhaoyu

Team China is mash up of two well-known organizations even outside of the world of Overwatch. Shy, Eileen, uNdeaD, and mg are all part of LGD Gaming, and though the org went through some significant growing pains from its conception, they’ve seen moderate success more recently. Most notably was the Overwatch Premier Series in China, as they are in the grand finals ready to fight it out with team 1246 for first place.

Interestingly, YaoYao and 5King are from Invictus Gaming Ice, a team that did a lot less impressively compared to LGD. Despite its fifth place finish in the Overwatch Premier Series, the two players seems to have struck a cord for the vetting process.

South Korea
Ryu “ryujehong” Je-hong
Yang “tobi” Jin-mo
Kim “Zunba” Joon-hyuk
Kim “Mano” Dong-gyu
Hwang “Flow3r” Yeon-oh
Park “saebyeolbae” Jong Yeol

Probably the favorites to win the tournament, the lineup of South Korea is murderous. Ryujehong, Tobi, and Zunba are part of the Lunatic-Hai team that not only took home the gold in Season 2 of OGN APEX tournament, but it also includes ryujehong, who was voted in as the MVP of the entire season by the fans.

Flow3r and saebyeolbae are part of Luxury Watch Blue, a team that finished third in Season 2 of Apex. The team is a powerhouse in its own right, not only for its third place finish in APEX, but also for the various minors it won. Flow3r in particular has been lauded in the community as one of the most mechanically gifted DPS players in Season 1.

USA
Russell “FCTFCTN” Campbell
Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty
Adam “Adam” Eckel
Matt “coolmatt69” Iorio
Jay “sinatraa” Won
Jake “JAKE” Lyon

The US representatives had quite the deviation from 2016, as Faze Clan is represented by FCTFCTN and Rawkus. One of the most well known organizations in North America for First Person Shooter games, FaZe was strong, especially after Overwatch’s release. Cloud9 will also be present in team USA with Adam. Both players command a sizable following among Overwatch fans and are expecting to perform well.

Canada
Randal “Roolf” Stark
Lane “Surefour” Roberts
Brady “Agilities” Girardi
Liam “Mangachu” Campbell
Joe “Joemiester” Gramano
Félix “xQc” Lengyel

More of Cloud9 will be represented in Canada with Roolf and Surefour, two more players who have shown promise as part of the North American team. Another NA major organization will be throwing their hat into the ring as Agilities, the flex player for Immortals, will be present as well.

Sweden
Sebastian “Zebbosai” Olsson
Jonathan “Reinforce” Larsson
Kevyn “TviQ” Lindström
Tim “Manneten” Bylund
Johan “CWoosH” Klingestedt
Sebastian “chipshajen” Widlund

Team Sweden is just two short of a single team roster, as Zebbosai, Reinforce, TiviQ, and Manneten are all from the European organization Misfits. Of the four, TviQ is who fans should keep an eye out for, as he was formerly a Team Fortress 2 player, a class-based FPS that preceded Overwatch. It seems he has been able to translate his top-tier success to Overwatch as he is one of the DPS players on his team.

Team EnVyUs is also present through chipshajen. His skills have also been in plain sight as part of Korea’s APEX tournament, where EnVy has made its bones among the best of the best.

Germany
Nicholas “skipjack” Rosada
Joshua “cRNKz” Santana
Herman “Nesh” Kobrin
Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka
Marcel “Veineless” Lehmann
and Marcel “Veineless” Lehmann

Skipjack and INTERNETHULK jump out not only due to their memorable names but also for their involvement with Laser Kittens and Team Liquid, respectively. Laser Kittens in particular seem to be doing pretty well in its group for the Overwatch Contenders tournament, and INTERNETHULK has proved his mettle previously as a member of Team EnVyUs and in OGN APEX. Although he is a coach for the team he is representing, the regional reps saw him fit to don the keyboard and mouse once again.

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