Blizzcon has officially come and gone in a blur. Along with a flurry of exciting announcements, eight teams from around the world squared off to be crowned the Blizzcon 2017 Overwatch Champions, a position maintained by the South Korean team.
Through this whirlwind of games I feel that stood out among the rest. Here are my five favorite sets of 2017 Blizzcon:
Canada Vs. Sweden:
The match started off quickly on Nepal for a control game where Liam “Mangachu” Campbell shined as Pharah for Canada. We saw some big plays from Team Liquid’s Lane “Surefour” Roberts with his Tracer securing victory for the first game. The second game brought us to King’s Row for an assault/escort game that saw Brady “Agilities” Girardi hook some Canadians as Roadhog into the Kings Row “pit of death” for Sweden tying up the match. After trading points at Hanamura and Watchpoint, the match came down to the final point at Oasis with “Surefour” clutching victory with a perfectly timed pulse bomb moving Canada into the finals with South Korea and Sweden fighting it out against France for the bronze.
Canada Vs. Australia:
Day one started off with Sweden sweeping three games In a row to knock underdog U.K. out of the tournament in a decisive victory. The next match, Canada vs. Australia, looked like it was going to go the same way, entering Hanamura in the third round with Australia having already taken two games off the Canadians. Ajay “Aetar” Umasankar for Australia had been destroying the competition with his Genji the first two rounds with Brady “Agilities” Girardi having a particularly hard time dealing with him. Things looked bleak for Team Canada but they managed to pull through and take the final three matches making their way into the semis.
South Korea vs. Canada:
The match for the gold medal was not as nail biting as some of the previous games, with Korea going on to take the win but we did find Canada putting up a valiant effort such as some of the best Torbjorn play seen thus far from “Mangachu” on Numbani. South Korea’s Ryu “ryujehong” Je Hong’s Ana continued his streak of ending Genji Ults with a quick sleep dart to Brady “Agilities” Girardi, the new DPS for the Los Angeles Valiant. South Korea ultimately won on Numbani 4-1 with previous victories in Kings Row, Hamamura, and Oasis adding to the four other ESports titles they won at Blizzcon.
France vs. China:
This game was interesting from a logistical stand point. France’s team was made up of members from Rogue which is disbanding with the upcoming Overwatch League making this the last major tournament for this group. China on the other hand had significant visa problems forcing a roster change. China put up a valiant fight, even taking the first game in the match thanks to Qu “Eileen” Yiliang on Genji but ultimately fell to the French in the last three games of the set.
USA vs. South Korea:
In perhaps the most exciting match of the Overwatch World Cup; USA went head to head with last years champions for a rematch of last years quarterfinal loss. Team USA chose players this year that were best suited to the current “dive comp” meta giving us some of the best play of the tournament, all in the first round, resulting in an extra map having to be added. This intense series of games saw South Korea’s Yeon-oh “Fl0w3R” Hwang terrorize as Widowmaker and Jay “Sinatraa” Won on Nepal in the final moments as Tracer. Hanamura saw both teams tying 4-4 requiring Oasis to be added which went to South Korea in a 2-0 shut out.