The popular streamer, who currently serves as a substitute for Gladiators Legion in Contenders, took to Twitter to announce he has a lot of work to do and a lot of practice ahead of him.
“I have some catching up to do in Overwatch if I want to walk on stage this year,” he tweeted early Sunday morning. “Going to do more Overwatch gameplay streams in the coming days 2-3+ and maybe even offstream to make sure I get actual practice. Thanks for watching variety all the time but I must do this.”
I have some catching up to do in Overwatch if I want to walk on stage this year. Going to do more Overwatch gameplay streams in the coming days 2-3+ and maybe even offstream to make sure I get actual practice. Thanks for watching variety all the time but I must do this ❤— xQc (@xQc) July 14, 2019
In an older video from his stream, xQc revealed that Team Canada was doing invite-only tryouts and he was invited.
“There's more competition this year,” he added. “It'll take a lot of effort. And if I have to kill the show a bit to do so, but that's something I'm okay with doing.”
This year's Overwatch World Cup is to be held entirely at Blizzcon. Unlike previous years, there are no qualifier events. Teams with strong finishes in previous installments automatically qualify.
xQc's professional career has had its highs and lows. While representing Canada at the 2017 World Cup, he led his country to the finals only to lose to the reigning South Koreans by a score of 4-1.
Following this, he joined the Dallas Fuel for Overwatch League's inaugural season. After the team lost to the Houston Outlaws in stage 1, he was fined $2,000 and suspended for four games for a comment he made about the Outlaws player Muma on his personal stream.
Later that season, he was suspended four games for using the 'Trihard7' emote in a “racially disparaging manner” on the official Overwatch League Twitch stream. He was released from the Fuel two days later.
The French Canadian would, however, return to Overwatch for the 2018 World Cup and a third place finish for Team Canada. He has not played in a professional match since.
The 2019 World Cup begins on Friday November 1.