The USA and Canada clashed at the Los Angeles Qualifier for the Overwatch World Cup in the most anticipated match of the event.
The national rivalry between the two teams always makes for an interesting match-up, but this time around there were several levels to the contest.
The match-up pitted Overwatch League team-mates against one another top to bottom, from Dallas Fuel coaches Aaron ‘Aero’ Atkins and Justin ‘Jayne’ Conroy leading USA and Canada respectively to the LA Gladiators, LA Valiant, and Houston Outlaws players on both squads.
Meanwhile, former Dallas Fuel tank Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel made his return to competition for Canada, resuming a rivalry between himself and Houston Outlaws main tank Austin ‘Muma’ Wilmot, who also filled the position for Team USA.
The match certainly delivered on its hype, but after two games played the score-line was entirely in favor of the USA, putting them on match point heading into Anubis. At that point, the USA squad rub the score-line in for xQc and team Canada, in time-honored gaming fashion.
Some pro players are wary of bad karma when initiating such disrespect, and sure enough not only were xQc and Canada able to retaliate in kind later in the game, but the Canadian team ultimately won the map, extending the series to a fourth game.
Ultimately, though, the USA were able to secure the match, taking the final game on Rialto to deny any chance at a come-back and secure both the series and the higher seed going into the playoffs. Canada may yet have a chance at revenge, depending on how the playoff bracket plays out at Blizzcon.