Overwatch World Cup 2018 Preview

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Overwatch is a booming market, there is no point in denying that. A part of that goes to Blizzard’s brilliant organizational skills related to their highly popular Overwatch League (OWL from now on). OWL is what’s constantly pushing the Overwatch pro scene towards bigger and better things. And now, with the inaugural season behind us, fans from all over the world can’t wait for the second season to start.

However, before OWL Season 2 kicks off (in February 2019, more precisely on Valentine’s Day), there is another important OW event to talk about. As the title of this article suggests, we are talking about the Overwatch World Cup 2018 preview. Why is this tournament important? Well, for starters, it brings forth crème de la crème of OW professional scene and combines it with that good old sense of national pride. There’s not a lot of money at stake here… but despite that, I’m sure motivation won’t be lacking for any of the competing teams.

Considering the fact OWC 2018 starts in less than 48 hours (at the time of writing this article), I suppose there’s no point in beating around the bushes for much longer. So, let’s stop with the timewasting and head straight to business:

Where to bet on Overwatch World Cup 2018?

I know you guys came here for our Overwatch World Cup 2018 preview, but I would still like to tell you a thing or two about esports betting before moving onto the important stuff. You see, esports betting is a crucial aspect of the game… it’s true whether you like it or not. For some people, esports betting is what fuels their love towards esports. It’s actually a part of what makes Overwatch such a rapidly growing market in the first place.

So, for all of you who are thinking of perhaps placing a bet or two on Overwatch World Cup 2018 matches, here’s a short list of our top esports betting sites at the moment:

Here are the top US betting sites we recommend for betting on the Overwatch World Cup:

Here are the top Non-US betting sites we recommend for betting on the Overwatch World Cup:

Overwatch World Cup 2018 Preview

After checking out the betting options for Overwatch World Cup 2018, it’s time to take a closer look at the main OWC 2018 facts:

  • Overwatch World Cup 2018 is going to be held at the mesmerizing Convention Center in Anaheim, the USA during the BlizzCon 2018. The tournament will only last for 2 days (2nd and 3rd November) which is understandable since there aren’t that many matches to be played.
  • The total prize pool of Overwatch World Cup 2018 is set at solid $128,000. However, if we are to count $90,000 in the prize pool for each of the group stage events, the total sum would go up to roughly $500,000. Keep in mind though, these players aren’t playing OWC 2018 for money. Nope! That’s because all participating teams get an equal share of the total prize pool, $16,000 if we are to be more precise.
  • The majority of players participating in OWC 2018 are active players in Overwatch League, the biggest Overwatch event in its seasonal cycle. It is the ultimate form of professional OW competition with only the world’s biggest talents being able to make it to the top. Still, there is a fair share of players who are playing in other competitions. Can they create an upset and surprise OWL-based teams? It’s going to be interesting to see how the quarterfinals action unravels, that’s for sure!

Tournament Format

First of all, let’s talk about the matches. Believe it or not, OWC 2018 is going to feature a total of 8 matches spread across 2 days. More precisely – 4 quarterfinals, 2 semifinals, 1 grand final and 1 for 3rd place. All matches are going to be played as Bo5 with the only exception being the grand final match that’s scheduled for a Bo7 spectacle. We’re looking at a single-elimination bracket here, so no second chances after the first flop.

If you want a better picture of the playoffs bracket, our Overwatch World Cup 2018 preview has it right down below:

Overwatch World Cup 2018 Predictions

Let’s start off by stating that the South Korea team is the heavy favorite to win OWC 2018. After taking a glimpse at their lineup you will begin to understand why betting odds on their outright victory are less than 1.50 on most esports betting websites out there. With superstars such as Fleta, Carpe and JJoNak in their ranks, it’s safe to assume all other teams will be in their shadow. Even though LoL Worlds 2018 taught us that underdogs still know how to bite, I reckon we won’t be seeing that much surprises in OWC 2018… at least when it comes to the overall winner. That spot surely goes to South Korea… But the question is, who will their opposing team in the grand finals?

The most obvious answer, USA, is not going to happen simply because the 2 teams will face off against each other in the semifinals. If they both go through, of course. With the USA out of the way, we have to turn our focus towards the bottom side of the bracket. The most likely culprits going through to the semifinals are definitely Finland and Canada. They both have strong lineups that are able to take down China and France without too much hassle. However, which of them will end up playing against South Korea in the finals is going to be much more difficult to predict. But it doesn’t really matter now, does it? We already know South Korea is going to show they’re still a force to be reckoned with.

Pavo Jurkic

Pavo Jurkic has been in the esports betting industry since 2015, actively writing content related to this rapidly growing industry. A dedicated father by day and an avid gamer by night, Pavo Jurkic aims to bring you the freshest esports news and betting predictions. ...

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