The Overwatch World Cup Returns For 2018

The Overwatch World Cup is back, with the long road to BlizzCon kicking off today.


The Overwatch World Cup is rapidly becoming a staple of BlizzCon. The event debuted in 2016, while 2017 saw the event return with a slew of improvements. On Tuesday, Blizzard announced that the Overwatch World Cup would be back for another year of global excitement, with the march to BlizzCon kicking off today.

According to the Overwatch League website, Blizzard will track the average skill rating (SR) of each country's top 150 players from now through April 28. The top 20 countries at the end of this period will receive invites to the 24-team 2018 Overwatch World Cup. The United States, France, South Korea, and Thailand will all have automatic bids to round out the field.

National Competition Committees will then be formed over the month of May, while teams are assembled through the month of June. Rosters of 12 will then proceed to the group stages, which will kick off in August. Finally, the Top 8 will face off in November.

Anyone looking to keep track of each country's progress over the next month can check out the Overwatch World Cup website.

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