‘The UK will win this time’ – numlocked on Overwatch World Cup 2017

The Overwatch World Cup is back, and NRG player Seb "numlocked" Barton is confident the UK can do better this time*.

Following in the footsteps of England's football side in the Euros, the UK Overwatch team lost 2-1 to Iceland last year. The tournament was eventually won by South Korea.

For 2017, Blizzard is tracking the skill ratings of the top 100 Overwatch players from every country. In April, it will use each nation's average rating to identify the top 32 countries from around the world, which will then move on to live qualifiers.

Players from the top 32 countries will then assemble their 2017 Overwatch World Cup National Committee, consisting of three local experts charged with recommending roster picks for all stages of the competition.

Blizzard will select up to ten nominees per country, and then players will vote for who they want to see on their nation's committee. 

It's also offering live qualifiers around the world, with a series of four group stage events that are slated to take place this summer across Europe, North America and Asia.

Each live event will see eight national teams going head-to-head for a full week, with the top two finishers automatically qualifying for the Overwatch World Cup finals at BlizzCon 2017.

Reacting to the news, numlocked said on Twitter:


The current top ten

The UK are currently fifth in Blizzard's skill ratings. Here's the top ten so far:



The UK's team last year


You can find out more and see the current top 50 countries by skill rating on the Overwatch World Cup website.



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