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Overwatch • Oct 22, 2018

Reigning champions South Korea changes roster for Overwatch World Cup playoffs

Reigning champions South Korea changes roster for Overwatch World Cup playoffs
Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

The final rosters for the Overwatch World Cup playoffs have been announced.


The playoffs will see the eight remaining national squads battle for the title at BlizzCon, November 2-3.

Each nation in the World Cup had to submit a 12-man roster before the lock ahead of the group stages, but only seven players can actually compete for each team in any given stage. With the playoffs fast approaching, the final squads for all eight teams have now been locked in.

In most cases, teams elected to stick with the same rosters that got them to the playoffs in the first place by finishing in the top two of their respective group stage.


Notable, however, is the roster of the defending World Champions, South Korea. Having won the title in both 2016 and 2017, South Korea will be looking for a third consecutive win at this year’s event.

For their group stage, which took place on home soil in Incheon, South Korea, the team fielded a roster largely based on that of the New York Excelsior, with Philadelphia Fusion’s Lee ‘Carpe’ Jae-hyeok and LA Valiant’s Koo ‘Fate’ Pan-seung the only non-Excelsior players of the seven.

Though South Korea conceded just two maps in their group stage on their way to locking in the top seed, the team has opted to swap out some players, moving away from the NYXL-heavy core.


DPS Park ‘Saebyeolbe’ Jong-ryeol, flex fank Kim ‘MekO’ Tae-hong, and support Hong ‘ArK’ Yeon-jun, all of the Excelsior, have been replaced by Seoul Dynasty DPS Kim ‘Fleta’ Byung-sun, London Spitfire flex tank Kim ‘Fury’ Jun-ho, and NYXL support Jeong ‘Anamo’ Tae-seong.

The following rosters will represent their countries at the 2018 World Cup playoffs.

South Korea

Koo 'Fate' Pan-SeungMain TankLos Angeles Valiant
Kim 'Fury' Jun-hoFlex TankLondon Spitfire
Kim 'Fleta' Byung-sunDPSSeoul Dynasty
Kim 'Libero' Hae-seongDPSNew York Excelsior
Bang 'JJoNak' Seong-hyunSupportNew York Excelsior
Jung 'Anamo' Tae-sungSupportNew York Excelsior
Lee 'Carpe' Jae-hyeokDPSPhiladelphia Fusion

United States

Indy 'Space' HalpenFlex TankLos Angeles Valiant
Shane 'Rawkus' FlahertySupportHouston Outlaws
Jay 'Sinatraa' WonDPSSan Francisco Shock
Austin 'Muma' WilmotMain TankHouston Outlaws
Zachary 'Zachareee' LombardoDPSFusion University
Grant 'Moth' EspeSupportSan Francisco Shock
Joao Pedro 'Hydration' Goes TellesDPSLos Angeles Gladiators

United Kingdom

Cameron 'Fusions' BosworthMain TankBritish Hurricane
Eoghan 'Smex' O'NeillFlex TankNRG Esports
Isaac 'Boombox' CharlesSupportPhiladelphia Fusion
Harrison 'Kruise' PondSupportToronto Esports
Michael 'MikeyA' AdamsDPSBritish Hurricane
Finley 'Kyb' AdisiDPSBritish Hurricane
Kai 'KSP' CollinsDPS


Terrence 'SoOn' TarlierDPSLA Valiant
Benjamin 'Unkoe' Chevasson
SupportDallas Fuel
Dylan 'AKM' Bignet
DPSDallas Fuel
Gael 'Poko' GouzerchFlex TankPhiladelphia Fusion
Michael 'Winz' BignetSupport
Benjamin 'Benbest' DieulafaitMain Tank
Micolas 'Nicogdh' MoretDPS


Lane' Surefour' Roberts
DPSLos Angeles Gladiators
Brady 'Agilities' GirardiDPSLos Angeles Valiant
Liam 'Mangachu' CampbellDPSXL2 Academy
Christopher 'Bani' BenellSupportHouston Outlaws
Félix 'xQc' Lengyel
Main Tank
William 'Crimzo' HernandezSupportTeam Envy
Lucas 'Note' MeissnerFlex TankBoston Uprising


Cai 'Krystal' ShilongDPST1w Esports Club
Xu 'Guxue' QiulinMain TankLGD Gaming
Li 'Yveltal' XianyaoSupportLinGan Esports
He 'Sky' JunjianSupport
Ma 'LateYoung' TianbinFlex TankTeam CC
Huang 'Leave' XingDPS
Zheng 'Shy' YangjieDPSLGD Gaming


Joona 'Fragi' LaineMain TankPhiladelphia Fusion
Joonas 'Zappis' AlakurttiFlex Tank
Jonas 'Shaz' SuovaaraSupportLos Angeles Gladiators
Benjamin 'BigGoose' IsohanniSupportLos Angeles Gladiators
Jiri 'Linkzr' MasalinDPSDPS
Timo 'Taimou' KettunenDPSDPS
Tuomo 'Davin' Leppänen


Ashley 'Trill' PowellMain TankBlank Esports
Leyton 'Punk' GilchristFlex TankDark Sided
Huseyin 'Hus' SahinDPSBlank Esports
Felix 'CKM' MurrayDPSBlank Esports
Dario 'Akraken' Falcao-RassokhaSupportSydney Drop Bears
Scott 'Custa' KennedySupportLos Angeles Valiant
James 'Yuki' StantonDPSDark Sided

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