The most important Overwatch tournament has just ended and for the first time in four years, South Korea didn’t win the event. Team United States played brilliantly during the group stage to set the stage for an epic confrontation with the reigning champions.
Their roster was overhauled since 2017 when the South Koreans sent them home in the quarterfinals. In 2019, they were set to meet one stage later and the hosts played brilliantly to win an electrifying semifinal, en route to winning the Overwatch World Cup.
Top Overwatch League Players Shine for the United States
Playing in front of an enthusiastic audience at the BlizzCon provided the extra motivation needed by Team United States to play well at the Overwatch World Cup.
Right from the start, it was self-evident that the hosts would give the reigning champions a run for their money after dominating opponents during the group stage. They were able to field a team full of stars, as all key members are currently playing for some of the best Overwatch League teams.
The United States relied mainly on San Francisco Shock superstar players that had helped their team earn a key victory over the Vancouver Titans.
Overwatch League’s MVP, Jay “sinatraa” Won was expected to lead his teammates to victory and the Overwatch veteran rose to the occasion. He played his part brilliantly, but without the valiant effort from his colleagues, they would not have stood a chance against the reigning champions.
The Signs were There for South Korea’s Downfall
Team South Korea won three consecutive Overwatch World Cup tournaments and they were the main favorites to prevail once again at all the best betting sites.
After crushing their opponents in back-to-back matches, they suffered a shocking defeat to France and were swept by the Americans in three games in the group stage. For an exceptionally strong team with immensely experienced players such as Lee “Carpe” Jae-hyeok, Choi “ChoiHyoBin” Hyo-bin Kim “Haksal” Hyo-jong, the slow start was particularly worrisome.
By the time South Korea met with the United States in the Overwatch World Cup semifinal, it was pretty obvious that this was the actual final of the tournament.
The reigning champions won the opening match on Busan, but dropped back-to-back games on Hollywood and Watchpoint Gibraltar. One of the most exciting rounds was played on Horizon Lunar Colony, a map that eventually ended in a draw.
Team United States was able to wrap up the series in four games after prevailing on Nepal.
For the first time, The United States of America have won the Overwatch World Cup, defeating a strong China team 3-0. All of the time put in, the sacrifices made, every practice session and scrimmage. It's all led up to this. We are the world champions. #WeBelieve pic.twitter.com/Vin3o2oGPe
— USA Overwatch World Cup 🇺🇸 (@USAOWWC) November 3, 2019
Defeating the best team in Overwatch history was enough to unshackle the United States who crushed China in the final. The opening match dropped to South Korea in the semifinal series ended up being the only game lost by the US in the Overwatch World Cup.
They were rightfully crowned champions at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California and the future looks bright for the American Team.