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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


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


  • 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

Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.