Team USA defeats China and South Korea to win Overwatch World Cup 2019

The Overwatch World Cup is returning to BlizzCon for 2019, and will once again see national teams compete to be crowned World Champions.

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UPDATE: November 2 at 11:50 PM EST

Team USA has captured Gold at the 2019 Overwatch World Cup after defeating South Korea in the semi-finals and then China in the Grand Finals.

The championship-winning team was led by Overwatch League MVP Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won who once again emerged as a major threat on the Doomfist and was named the MVP of the tournament.

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Both China and The United States finished first in their groups during the first stage of the tournament. Notably, the three-time champions South Korea lost their first-ever Overwatch World Cup match against Team France in the group stage. The Koreans would avenge their loss by beating the Frenchmen in the bronze medal game.

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BlizzCon isn’t just a place for Blizzard to announce their upcoming projects and new content, it also plays host to various tournaments in celebration of the esports side of the developer’s various titles.

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The Overwatch League might be the pinnacle of Overwatch competition, but the Overwatch World Cup offers a slightly different flavor – like the World Cups for traditional sports like soccer, the OWWC features national squads, which means a chance for line-ups to form featuring players who otherwise wouldn’t compete together over the rest of the year.

This year’s event is taking place from October 31 to November 2. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up with the Overwatch World Cup this year.

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Format and Teams

Unlike in previous years, which had group stages taking place all around the world in the run-up to the tournament proper, this year the entirety of the World Cup will take place at BlizzCon itself.

Under the new format, the top-five ranked teams based on previous years’ results have received direct invites to main event group stage, while the rest of the teams will compete in a preliminary round for the remaining five group stage spots.

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The preliminary round will be a single-elimination bracket, also seeded based on previous results. This stage of the competition is open to all nations that wish to field a team, however Blizzard is only covering full travel and accommodation expenses for the top 10 ranked teams in the competition, while others must fund the trip themselves.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentSouth Korea has won the Overwatch World Cup three years in a row.

Group stage teams

The following nations have direct invites to the main event group stage:

Nation DPS Tank Support
Canada AgilitiesSurefourMangachu NotExQc CrimzoBani
China JinMuEileen Elsaguxue KyoYveltal
France SoOnLeafHqrdest Tek36Chubz FDGoDHyP
South Korea CarpeArchitectHaksal ChoiHyoBinMano iDKBdosin
United States CoreyKSFsinatraa SPACEsuper mothRawkus

Top-ranked preliminary teams

The following nations are receiving funding for the preliminary round:

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Nation DPS Tank Support
Australia ieatuupckm PunkTrill TongueUnterFace
Finland rCkRicky ZappisLhCloudy ShazMasaaZuppeh
Russia NLaaeRShaDowBurn TxaoTonic EnghMayNRubikon
Sweden snilloRatErki ELLIVOTELullSiSH GustavEpzz
United Kingdom KSPKyb SmexFusions BoomboxFunnyAstroKruise

Other preliminary teams

It has not yet been confirmed how many other teams will be attending for the preliminary round. The following teams have yet to announce that they are withdrawing from the competition, however:

Nation DPS Tank Support
Austria DeCeiVeRFav MacMinimi CheesyJuicesSaltminesThoec17
Brazil LikoMurizzzLudwig HonoratoTxozin OleAlemao
Chile Deboutlowlife Glitchrobtoxx AramisBaltieFextoide
Colombia BelphegoreDulla CircciHarzeckGTA bokk6HellFull
Denmark ShaxFischerNaga Molf1gHenningsen ScalerKellex
Germany EngineerPhiRady MooseHad illbethebestrephid
Hong Kong MikouwMoonBlueMoowe StepAmCrazy ManGoJaiYiWind
Iceland HafficoolSindriSnorrLaxZ FinnsiSteelcrusher futharkKristoferNumi
India kcotCruzi ArchangelDjDestinyNGHTMRE2k PrimalMageSoulhunter
Ireland BuckleFlexGWheat LiamPureIrish M3WTSScally202
Italy HearThBeatLilYung DragonEddyAsso AdnarFrayujoYnt
Japan hoshimita1yoten kenmohororoSamuraiD HaKuXeraphy
Latvia MadpiMarxTeeja Hapkotuktrustemix BuhenValdsXapee
Mexico sh0ckwaveSam Cl4ptr4pHikaryNomy MagoReptile
Netherlands A10JonaVizility Brussendaans TrispearCrusaDe
New Zealand ColourhexAugustSigned Jokerplihs JunglejazzTruth
Norway FawadONIGODTracK TrickyDecod HenKiiMeeemYO
Paraguay Years1GanjamainZIO ArturokKalokalo KittySagua
Phillipines BillyReduxXNS FascinateGrandeesauto JorunRebirth
Portugal KouhenHorthicGreyy atfLemonada PhattJaka
Saudi Arabia KsaarPlayzLightsimpleFnk BeCanBauerKSAA BoostioRyanchu
Singapore AzaleaBubblekittyyuris XenoflySachokk JervyzAkame
South Africa TwentyLikealuke ShapeShifterAshbro SquishyVisions
Spain T3lleneptuNo EjinJotumSolmyr GaviHarryHook
Taiwan BaconjackShaiuLinWON Craz1SATing inin77CQB
Thailand oPuTomush2oom MickieBOOMBURAPATeetawat PannysTae


There will be three English language main streams for the 2019 Overwatch World Cup on Twitch, YouTube, and MLG


Watch live video from OverwatchLeague on

Every match will be viewable on one of the four match streams on Twitch too, so you don’t need to worry if your nation isn’t playing on the main stream.

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Match Stream 1 (Play Overwatch)

Watch live video from PlayOverwatch on

Match Stream 2 (Overwatch Contenders)

Watch live video from OverwatchContenders on

Match Stream 3 (OWWC 1)

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Match Stream 4 (OWWC 2)

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A variety of other language streams will be available. You can find out more information about those on the Liquipedia page.

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Thursday, October 31

The preliminary stages of the Overwatch World Cup will take place before BlizzCon officially opens on Friday, November 1. The preliminary round is scheduled to kick off at 9:30 AM PDT / 12:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM GMT, and run until 10:30 PM PDT / 1:30 AM EDT / 5:30 AM GMT.

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LiquipediaThe first match-ups will determine the five additional teams who make it through to the group stages.

Bracket A

Stage Match
Quarterfinal 1 New Zealand 3 – 0 Austria
Semifinal 1 Australia 3 – 2 New Zealand
Semifinal 2 Denmark 3 – 1 Chinese Taipei
Final Australia 0 – 3 Denmark

Bracket B

Stage Match
Quarterfinal 1 Iceland 3 – 0 Ireland
Semifinal 1 United Kingdom 3 – 0 Iceland
Semifinal 2 Norway 3 – 0 Spain
Final United Kingdom 3 – 0 Norway

Bracket C

Stage Match
Quarterfinal 1 Colombia 3 – 1 Philippines
Quarterfinal 2 Italy 3 – 0 India
Semifinal 1 Sweden 3 – 0 Colombia
Semifinal 2 Japan 2 – 3 Italy
Final Sweden 3 – 1 Italy

Bracket D

Stage Match
Quarterfinal 1 Latvia 0 – 3 Mexico
Quarterfinal 2 Hong Kong 3 – 0 Paraguay
Semifinal 1 Russia 3 – 0 Mexico
Semifinal 2 Germany 3 – 0 Hong Kong
Final Russia 3 – 0 Germany

Bracket E

Stage Match
Quarterfinal 1 Singapore 3 – 0 South Africa
Quarterfinal 2 Portugal 1 – 3 Saudi Arabia
Semifinal 1 Finland 3 – 0 Singapore
Semifinal 2 Netherlands 3 – 1 Saudi Arabia
Final Finland 0 – 3 Netherlands

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Friday, November 1

The World Cup group stages will take place on October 1, and consist of two groups of five teams, each of which will play a round-robin to determine the top six teams. 

The main event group stage is scheduled to kick off at 12:00 PM PDT / 15:00 PM EDT / 19:00 PM GMT, and run until 18:00 PM PDT / 21:00 PM EDT / 01:00 AM GMT.

Group A

Stage Match
Round 1 South Korea 3-0 United Kingdom
Round 1 France 0-3 United States
Round 2 United States 3-0 Sweden
Round 2 South Korea 1-2 France
Round 3 France 2-1 United Kingdom
Round 3 South Korea 3-0 Sweden
Round 4 France 2-1 Sweden
Round 4 United States 3-0 United Kingdom
Round 5 South Korea 0-3 United States
Round 5 United Kingdom 1-2 Sweden

Group B

Stage Match
Round 1 Canada 0-3 Russia
Round 1 China 3-0 Denmark
Round 2 China 2-1 Netherlands
Round 2 Denmark 2-1 Russia
Round 3 China 3-0 Russia
Round 3 Canada 1-2 Netherlands
Round 4 Denmark 2-1 Netherlands
Round 4 Canada 0-3 China
Round 5 Canada 0-3 Denmark
Round 5 Russia 1-2 Netherlands

Saturday, November 2

The playoffs of the World Cup will take place on Saturday, with the following schedule for the single elimination bracket.

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Round Match PDT EDT GMT
Quarterfinal 1 Denmark 0-3 South Korea 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 5:30 PM
Quarterfinal 2 France 3-1 Netherlands 12:15 PM 3:15 PM 7:15 PM
Semifinal 1 USA 3-1  South Korea 2 PM 5 PM 9 PM
Semifinal 2 China 3-1 France 3:45 PM 6:45 PM 10:45 PM
Third-place playoff South Korea 3-0 vs France 5:30 PM 8:30 PM 12:30 AM
Grand Final USA 3-0 China 7:15 PM 10:15 PM 2:15 AM

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