The South Korean team for the 2018 Overwatch World Cup has been revealed.
The line-up that will attempt to secure the third consecutive World Cup trophy for South Korea has been announced.
Competition for a spot on the South Korea team was expected to be incredibly stiff. With three all-Korean teams in the Overwatch League and at least one Korean player on every other team – several more in most cases – there’s no shortage of candidates playing at the highest level.
Even so, it’s little surprise to see the team built around members of New York Excelsior, the team that dominated the OWL regular season. All three Excelsior Support players made the cut, along with DPS duo Park ‘Saebyeolbe’ Jong-ryeol and Kim ‘Libero’ Hae-seong, as well as flex tank Kim ‘MekO’ Tae-hong.
The other half of the squad is a mixture of representatives from several teams. Los Angeles Valiant contributes main tank Koo ‘Fate’ Pan-seung and support player Park ‘KariV’ Young-seo, while Philadelphia Fusion’s Lee ‘Carpe’ Jae-hyeok and Seoul Dynasty’s Kim ‘Fleta’ Byung-sun got the nod for the remaining DPS slots. Finally, LA Gladiators main tank Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung and London Spitfire flex tank Kim ‘Fury’ Jun-ho round out the squad.
The South Korea line-up almost reads like a who’s who of MVP candidates in their respective roles, and it will undoubtedly be the team to beat for this year’s World Cup once again. The team will also be coached by New York Excelsior's Yu 'Pavane' Hyeon-sang, who has helped build the Overwatch League's number one team.
South Korea’s World Cup campaign will begin on home soil with their group stage, taking place August 17th-19th.