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4 things we want to see from the Overwatch World Cup this weekend

Published: 1/Nov/2018 22:06 Updated: 1/Nov/2018 22:39

by Bill Cooney

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This weekend, some of the best Overwatch players from around the world with gather in Anaheim, California to compete in the Overwatch World Cup top eight. 

As we gear up for the start of the annual competition, here are four things to look out for when things kick off on November 2. 

Big things from Team China

Expectations are high for Team China after finishing 5-0 on top of the Thailand Group Stage in September. China’s first match is against Australia, who the Chinese beat 3-2 in Thailand.

The Aussies might be looking for revenge in the Quarterfinals, but they’ll have a tough time going up against the fantastic roster of breakout stars China brings to the table, players like Ma ‘Lateyoung’ Tianbin and Xu ‘guxue’ Qiulin who Western fans have only recently been introduced to.

China didn’t just come to play this year, they came to win, let’s see if they can pull it off.

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More South Korean dominance

South Korea has won every Overwatch World Cup final so far, but if they want to get the hat trick, they’ll have to go through formidable squads from the USA, China, and Canada.

The Koreans come to Anaheim with a roster that looks more like an Overwatch League All-Star team than a World Cup team, names like Jae-hyeok ‘Carpe’ Lee and Sung-hyeon ‘JJoNak’ Bang should strike fear into the hearts of opposing players.

As the reigning World Cup champions, South Korea might have more on the line this year than any other team.

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Surprises from Finland

The Finns come into the World Cup Top eight after getting second in the South Korean Group stage, having only lost to South Korea, and are looking for some payback.

Yes, South Korea is the favorite. Yes, South Korea beat Finland already. But do the Finns care? No, they don’t. With personalities like Timo ‘Taimou’ Kettunen and Joona ‘Fragi’ Laine, it’s entirely possible to see Finland steal a map or two from South Korea, or maybe even hand the Koreans an unthinkable upset.

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Bring it on home, USA

Team USA only lost two maps during the Los Angeles Group Stage and hopes are high that this could finally be the year the Overwatch World Cup comes home.

They seem to have everything they need to pull it off, with a roster packed full of OWL veterans like Shane ‘Rawkus’ Flaherty and João Pedro ‘Hydration’ Goes Telles to name a few.

Unfortunately, the United States won’t have the chance to assert their dominance over their trash-talking (looking at you xQc) neighbor Canada unless both teams make it to the finals, which could very well happen.

USA fans are hungrier than ever for some World Cup hardware, but the Americans will have to bring their A-game against teams like China and South Korea.


No matter what team you’re cheering for, or against, all the Overwatch World Cup matches can be streamed on Twitch and Youtube. A BlizzCon Virtual Pass is not required to watch the World Cup or any other esports content at BlizzCon.

Quarterfinal match times for Friday are as follows:

  • 12:15-2:15 p.m. PDT—Quarterfinal 1: United States vs. United Kingdom
  • 2:15-4:15 p.m. PDT—Quarterfinal 2: France vs. Canada
  • 4:15-6:15 p.m. PDT—Quarterfinal 3: China vs. Finland
  • 6:15-8:15 p.m. PDT—Quarterfinal 4: South Korea vs. Australia

Saturday:

  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. PDT—Semifinal 1
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PDT—Semifinal 2
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. PDT—Bronze Medal Match
  • 3:45-6:30 p.m. PDT—Gold Medal Match
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Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities.

D.va from Overwatch looking cool
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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.