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  • Overwatch World Cup kicks off today
  • Will run parallel to Season 9, will involve SR
  • Host Countries will be France, South Korea, Thailand and the US

At 1AM this morning AET, the 2018 Overwatch World Cup was announced and begun by Blizzard, this time taking on a few structural changes to its previous years.

This year, qualifications the Overwatch World Cup will be highly dependent on the SR of the 150 Best Players in each country.

At the end of Season 9 (April 28th) the top 20 countries will be invited to participate in the Overwatch World Cup.

This years host countries are also different to last years, and automatically qualify for the World Cup. The hosts are France, South Korea, Thailand and the US. If a host country makes the top 20, then the top 21st will take the place.

Blizzard has released a roadmap of what will happen over the next 8 months leading up to the World Cup – in November, the top 8 teams will battle for the World Title in Southern California.

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This year, each team will have a General Manager, a Coach and a Community Lead, and will be built across the first half of the World Cup.

Blizzard will keep the community updated as to when Phase 1 voting starts for the players, but Blizzard will also be the deciders on who will be the general managers for the teams – the top 150 players will select the coach.

Players will be given the opportunity to vote for Community leads down to a final top 10 selection – voting will be dependent on your country, and you can only vote for the Community Lead decision for your country’s team.

This sounds like it could shape up to be an interesting year for the Overwatch World Cup – it seems like a lot more thought has gone into the preparation of the stages and overall tournament compared to the first year in 2016, when players voted for the teams and who would be the team leader, largely resulting in a popularity contest over a skill contest.

Best of luck to our Australian pros.

A young Journalist studying at the University of Technology, Sydney, Zachariah Kelly strives to offer new perspectives of the scene, and take a critical glance at modern Video Game releases, update models and communities. Zac's big on Overwatch, Dirty Bomb, Team Fortress II and Grand Theft Auto 5.