Blizzard announce top 32 countries for the Overwatch World Cup

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For the past month Blizzard and the Overwatch team have been tracking player skill around the world to select the 32 teams eligible for the Overwatch World Cup. Last year the Overwatch World Cup saw direct invites to players with high MMR (skill rating) and it was up to the community to vote and decide who would be part of their region’s team. South Africa fielded a team for the first World Cup, despite not making it through the groups, but this time around South Africa did not make the cut. We’re just not good enough.

How were the countries chosen? This time around Blizzard took the country’s average skill rating, with, no surprise, China taking the top spot of 4550. South Korea were right behind them with 4522, so it looks like these two countries may be the toughest of competition.

  1. China — 4550
  2. South Korea — 4522
  3. United States — 4470
  4. Sweden — 4309
  5. Finland — 4295
  6. United Kingdom — 4293
  7. Canada — 4291
  8. France — 4268
  9. Denmark — 4259
  10. Russia — 4221
  11. Germany — 4219
  12. Japan — 4184
  13. Australia — 4184
  14. Chinese Taipei — 4162
  15. Netherlands — 4147
  16. Hong Kong — 4113
  17. Norway — 4101
  18. Poland — 4093
  19. Brazil — 4071
  20. Italy — 4068
  21. Spain — 4051
  22. Israel — 4007
  23. Singapore — 4002
  24. Thailand — 3999
  25. Argentina — 3992
  26. Turkey — 3960
  27. Belgium — 3942
  28. Vietnam — 3941
  29. Portugal — 3930
  30. New Zealand — 3922
  31. Austria — 3900
  32. Romania — 3861
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From here on out it’s up to each region to select a committee who will decide who will compete and represent their country. Blizzard has a role to play too in selecting the committees, and this information will come “soon” according to Blizzard. The committee will play the most crucial part as their selection will go all the way to BlizzCon where the World Cup finals for 2017 will conclude.

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Last Updated: April 26, 2017

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Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit's esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for Orena - but my work here is independent of that.

  • Magoo

    It doesn’t make sense. If one team wins points, the other team loses points. So how is it possible, except if teams are competing in more than one region, that the average mmr of a region can represent the skill of the players in any way?

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