Team Canada Overwatch World Cup coach Justin ‘Jayne’ Conroy has commented on Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel’s return to competition.
Known for streaming Overwatch analysis, Jayne was voted as the coach for this year’s Team Canada for the Overwatch World Cup.
As a result, he is part of the national committee that will select the team, and then he will be primarily responsible for coaching the team as they prepare for their World Cup campaign.
The Canadian national committee has already commented on its desire to involve xQc in the process, going to extra lengths to confirm with Blizzard that he would be eligible given his controversial history in the game.
xQc has been absent from competition since parting ways with the Dallas Fuel during Stage 2 of the Overwatch League. Recently, however, it was announced that he would compete for GOATS in Contenders Trials, and xQc came out swinging in his competitive return.
During a recent stream, Jayne commented on xQc’s play with GOATS, praising both his play and his drive and professionalism.
Team Canada has a lot to live up to in 2018, with the previous year’s team having made it all the way to the finals, where they were defeated by South Korea.
xQc himself won the MVP award in 2017 despite playing on the losing team, although it was a fan-voted award.
With Jayne highlighting his desire to have xQc on the team, it seems likely that he is one of the players who was invited directly to the squad, bypassing the try-out process. Much of the squad, however, will be determined through try-outs featuring both invited players and open applicants, which have already been narrowed down.
The team will have to be confirmed by July 5th.
To clarify, these are the players that were accepted through the application form we tweeted out a few days ago.— Team Canada OW 🇨🇦 (@TeamCanadaOW) June 10, 2018
There are already a handful of players that were directly invited to tryouts, and players that were invited to bypass tryouts.