Will anyone be able to top the stacked Korean roster in the Overwatch World Cup?
The Overwatch World Cup is quickly approaching and the competing nations are slowly announcing the rosters that will represent them on the international stage. Five teams got an automatic invite to the group stage based on their national ranking (South Korea, Canada, China, France, United States). The rest of the nations will need to go through preliminary qualifying stages to earn their way into the group stage.
Keep your eyes here for all of the Overwatch World Cup rosters as they update frequently.
South Korea has won all three of the previous Overwatch World Cup events with ease, proving they are the dominant force in Overwatch. The nation is so deep with top-tier talent, they could likely field two teams and still dominate.
Minho “Architect” Park (San Francisco Shock)
Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee (Philadelphia Fusion)
Hyojong “Haksal” Kim (Vancouver Titans)
Dong-gyu “Mano” Kim (NYXL)
Hyo-bin “ChoiHyoBin” Choi (San Francisco Shock)
Seung-tae “Bdosin” Choi (London Spitfire)
Ho-jin “iDK” Park (Hangzhou Spark)
오버워치 월드컵 한국팀🇰🇷 최종 로스터를 공개합니다.
국가대표 선수분들에게 많은 응원부탁드립니다.
— OWWC Team Korea (@OwwcKoreaTeam) August 1, 2019
After a down first showing in the Overwatch World Cup, Canada has become a force in the scene. The Canadians have finished second and third overall the past two years thanks to their top-flight talent. Can the canucks finally push over the hump and win the gold in 2019?
Lane “Surefour” Roberts (Los Angeles Gladiators)
Brady “Agilities” Girardi (Los Angeles Valiant)
Liam “Mangachu” Campbell (Toronto Defiant)
Félix “xQc” Lengyel (Gladiators Legion)
Lucas “NotE” Meissner (Dallas Fuel)
Shayne “Chayne” La Rocque (Bermuda)
Chris “Bani” Benell (Houston Outlaws)
William “Crimzo” Hernandez (Team Envy)
Blake “Zholik” Solberg (GRUNTo Esports)
Say hello to your 2019 @TeamCanadaOW OWWC roster!
— Team Canada OW 🇨🇦 (@TeamCanadaOW) July 29, 2019
France has been a solid, if underwhelming, participant in the Overwatch World Cup. Twice they have finished fifth-eighth with a solid fourth-place showing in 2017. The roster this year has some notable holes – especially at support – but are flush with talented hitscan players.
Lucas “Leaf” Loison (Team Gigantti)
Adam “Khegasi” Benaouadi (Samsung Morning Stars)
Terence “SoOn” Tarlier (Paris Eternal)
William “Asking” Vetter (Samsung Morning Stars)
Dylan “aKm” Bignet (Dallas Fuel)
Jeremy “Hqrdest” Danton (Revival)
Samir “Tsuna” Ikram (British Hurricane)
Simon “Chubz” Vullo (Samsung Morning Stars)
Gael “Poko” Gouzerch (Philadelphia Fusion)
Théo “Tek36” Guillebaud (Samsung Morning Stars)
Damien “HyP” Souville (Paris Eternal)
Brice “FDGod” Monsçavoir (Young and Beautiful)
📢 On y est : voici la liste des 12 joueurs encore en lice, rien que pour vous !
Alors, quel est votre avis ?
— Équipe de France OW (@avecle6) July 25, 2019
After some disappointing results in the first two years of the Overwatch World Cup, China blew up in 2018. On the back of players that many Western audiences hadn’t heard of, China made it all the way to the Finals until meeting the unstoppable Koreans in 2018.
Huang “leave” Xin (Chengdu Hunters)
Ou “Eileen” Yiliang (Guangzhou Charge)
Yi “JinMu” Hu (Chengdu Hunters)
Xu “guxue” Qiulin (Hangzhou Spark)
Luo “Elsa” Wenjie (Chengdu Hunters)
Li “Yveltal” Xianyao (Chengdu Hunters)
Kong “Kyo” Chunting (Chengdu Hunters)
— OWWC TEAM CHINA 🇨🇳 (@owwcteamchina) July 30, 2019
Team United States has actually been underwhelming in their international appearances, finishing 5-8th in all three Overwatch World Cup events. The roster remains largely the same as 2018 with just minor additions to the lineup.
Dante “Danteh” Cruz (Houston Outlaws)
Corey “Corey” Nigra (Washington Justice)
Jay “sinatraa” Won (San Francisco Shock)
Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa (Los Angeles Valiant)
João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles (Los Angeles Gladiators)
Austin “Muma” Wilmot (Houston Outlaws)
Matthew “super” DeLisi (San Francisco Shock)
Russell “FCTFCTN” Campbell (Los Angeles Valiant)
Indy “SPACE” Halpern (Los Angeles Valiant)
Nikola “sleepy” Andrews (Washinton Justice)
Grant “moth” Espe (San Francisco Shock)
Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty (Houston Outlaws)
We know you've been waiting, finally it's time.
Meet your 2019 12-man roster! 🇺🇸
— Team USA Overwatch 🇺🇸 (@USAOWWC) July 29, 2019
The United Kingdom has been gaining steam as a nation in Overwatch, getting better every year they enter the World Cup. In 2018, the 7 Lions made it to the Bronze Medal game before dropping a tight series to Canada.
Finley “Kyb” Adisi (Philadelphia Fusion)
Kai “KSP” Collins (XL2 Academy)
Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth (Boston Uprising)
Eoghan “Smex” O’Neill (Montreal Rebellion)
Isaac “Boombox” Charles (Philadelphia Fusion)
Daniel “FunnyAstro” Hathaway (ATL Academy)
Harrison “Kruise” Pond (Paris Eternal)
— Team UK Overwatch (@7LionsOW) August 4, 2019
Team Finland has all the talent in the world but has yet to really make it work at the Overwatch World Cup. The team is making big changes for 2019 after years of disappointing results with the likes of Jiri “LiNkzr” Masalin and Benjamin “BigGoose” Isohanni not making the roster.
Tuomo “Davin” Leppänen (Team Gigantti)
Richard “rCk” Kanerva (Boston Uprising)
Ricky “Ricky” Fox (Clockwork Vendetta)
Roni “LhCloudy” Tiihonen (Paris Eternal)
Joonas“zappis”Alakurtti (Team Gigantti)
Petja “Masaa” Kantanen (Atlanta Reign)
Jonas “Shaz” Suovaara (Los Angeles Gladiators)
From the 12 warriors of winter, seven elites have been chosen to fight for Finland. Please welcome them:
This is Team Finland for #OWWC2019
— OWWC Team Finland (@owwcfinland) July 29, 2019
Sweden is looking for redemption after a disappointing showing in 2018. Sweden failed to make it out of the qualifiers last year despite claiming the bronze medal the preceding two years.
Simon “snillo” Ekström (Fusion University)
“Rat” (Maryville University)
Erik “Erki” Nolander (Angry Titans)
Lukas “LullSiSH” Wiklund (Washington Justice)
Elliot “ELLIVOTE” Vaneryd (Washington Justice)
Gustav “Gustav” Garpenståhl (Shu’s Money Crew)
Andreas “Epzz” Vallvingskog (Revival)
After a long trial process it was a new generation of Swedish talent that shined through. Please welcome our final 7 that will compete for the gold at BlizzCon this year! 🇸🇪 #OWWC2019 pic.twitter.com/QsEkhzvtTa
— Team Sweden Overwatch (@OwSweden) July 30, 2019
Germany failed to qualify for the Overwatch World Cup main stage the past two years. The team basically looks completely different than it has in the past with several intriguing German players starting to make waves in the Contenders scene.
Moritz “Engineer” Becker (Clockwork Vendetta)
Hadi Daniel “Hadi” Bleinagel (British Hurricane)
Max “Moose” Kießling (Clockwork Vendetta)
Emir Kaan “illbethebest” Okumus (Shu’s Money Crew)
This is our final Roster for the #OWWC2019 ! 🏆
Please welcome our new #CRUSADERS 🇩🇪
— 🇩🇪 Overwatch Team Germany (@OWTeamGermany) July 30, 2019
Team Netherlands has yet to make a big impact at the Overwatch World Cup, dropping out in qualifiers in both 2017 and 2018. However, the rise of Dutch players is apparent with six of their seven roster members coming from Contenders.
Jeffrey “Vizility” de Vries (Montreal Rebellion)
Jonathan “Jona” Stelma (Young and Beautiful)
Alex “A10” Kuipers (Phase 2)
Daniël Vincentius “daans” Paulus Scheltema (Phase 2)
Thomas “brussen” Brussen (Angry Titans)
Ryan “CrusaDe” van Wegen
Daan “Trispear” Robben (Square One)
— OWranje (@OWranje) July 29, 2019
Denmark has yet to make it out of qualifiers during the first three years of the Overwatch World Cup. However, 2019 will see the strongest group of players assembled for the nation as all seven players are coming from the Overwatch League or Contenders.
Johannes “Shax” Nielsen (Los Angeles Valiant)
Mads “fischer” Jehg (HSL Esports)
Nikolai “Naga” Dereli (Shu’s Money Crew)
Mikkel “Molf1g” Djernes (British Hurricane)
Anders “Henningsen” Henningsen (HSL Esports)
Kristian “Kellex” Keller (Boston Uprising)
Victor “Scaler” Godsk (Uprising Academy)
While we are waiting for our new graphic designer, we would like to announce the 7 man official roster for Team Denmark:
— Denmark Overwatch World Cup 🇩🇰 (@OWTeamDenmark) July 29, 2019
Russia found themselves in the first-ever Overwatch World Cup Finals in 2016. They have yet to find that level of success again, as the Russians failed to qualify for the group stage in both 2017 and 2018. If the team wants to make a splash in 2019, the roster will need to be hard-carried by their DPS players.
Ilya “NLaaeR” Koppalov (Atlanta Reign)
George “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha (Paris Eternal)
Denis “Tonic” Rulyov (Young and Beautiful)
Ilya “Txao” Makarov (HSL Esports)
Denis “Tonic” Rulyov (Young and Beautiful)
Andrey “Engh” Sholokhov (One.PoinT)
Ruben “Rubikon” Zurabyan
And, finally, now we`re announcing our team 7-man roster! Here we go!
— OW Team Russia (@TeamRussiaOW) July 30, 2019
Spain showed up in the 2016 Overwatch World cup but has failed to make it out of the qualifiers each of the past two years. The Spaniards have some well-known players, speaking neptuNo and Harryhook, but will need some lesser-known players to step-up to make it to groups.
Alberto “neptuNo” González (Philadelphia Fusion)
Alejandro “t3lle” Tellería
Esteban “Ejin” Calderon
Jonathan “HarryHook” Tejedor Rua (Dallas Fuel)
🇪🇸Presentamos a nuestros 7 finales, el equipo que nos representará en el Mundial de Overwatch 2019
🇬🇧Introducing our final 7, the team that will represent us in 2019s Overwatch World Cup
— 🇪🇸Selección Española de Overwatch🇪🇸 (@SpainOWWC) August 1, 2019
As a nation, Australia largely gets overlooked on the international scene. However, we are starting to see more and more top-flight talent coming from down under, especially with the rise of Contenders Australia. The roster might not have a lot of names strictly Overwatch League fans have heard of, but there are legit OWL-level players on this team.
Felix “ckm” Murray (Retired)
Jason “ieatuup” Ho
Ashley “Trill” Powell (Dallas Fuel)
Leyton“Punk” Gilchrist (Uprising Academy)
Max “Unter” Unterwurzacher (ORDER)
Giorgio “tongue” Lahdo (Warrior Esports)
THE FINAL 7! We are proud to announce our roster for Blizzcon 2019! 🇦🇺
— Australia OWWC 🇦🇺 (@AUSOWWC) July 30, 2019
New Zeland has been absent from the international scene since 2017, as the nation did not field a team last year. Thanks to the Australian Contenders scene, we are seeing more and more talent coming from New Zealand and this is a team that could quietly surprise in qualifiers.
Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse (Boston Uprising)
Christopher “August” Norgrove (Mindfreak)
Dale “Signed” Tang (ORDER)
Shilp “plihS” Naik (Mindfreak)
Oliver “Jungle” Denby (Warriors Esports)
Paul “Truth” van Hutten (Melbourne Mavericks)
Team New Zealand is excited to announce our final roster for 2019! 🇳🇿
— Team New Zealand Overwatch 🇳🇿 (@NZOWWC) July 30, 2019
Team Brazil is an intriguing team to keep an eye on in the qualifiers. The nation typically favors familiarity with the roster they assemble and 2019 is no different with five of the seven players all coming from Lowkey Esports.
Felipe “liko” Lebrao (Lowkey Esports)
Murillo “murizzz” Tuchtenhagen (Lowkey Esports)
Luiz “Ludwig” Motta (Lowkey Esports)
Maurício “honorato” Honorato (Lowkey Esports)
André “Txozin” Saidel (UP Gaming)
Pedro “ole” Orlandini (Lowkey Esports)
Renan “alemao” Moretto (Boston Uprising)
— Team Brazil Overwatch 🇧🇷 (@TeamBrazilOW) July 29, 2019
Japan has yet to make a lasting impact on the international Overwatch scene. The team has yet to make it out of qualifiers in three attempts. There are some interesting young players, specifically HaKu who plays for XL2 Academy.
Motoshi “hoshimi” Holden (Green Leaves)
Sean Taiyo “ta1yo” Henderson (JUPITER)
Tenta “ten” Asai (Green Leaves)
Kaito “kenmohororo” Yoshida (JUPITER)
Kazuki “SamuraiD” Nouno (ioStux Academy)
Robert “HaKu” Blohm (XL2 Academy)
Shunsuke “Xeraphy” Odani (Green Leaves)
🎌Team Japan Final Roster Update🎌
— Overwatch Team Japan 🇯🇵 (@OWWCTeamJapan) August 5, 2019
Team Taiwan, officially known as Team Chinese Taipei, has shown they are just on the precipice of really becoming a strong Overwatch nation. Taiwan qualified for the Group Stage in 2016 and just missed out in both 2017 and 2018. A big plus for Taiwan in 2019 is the inclusion of Baconjack, who is the best player from that region but did not play in 2018.
Lo “Baconjack” Tzu-Heng (Chengdu Hunters)
Lin “ShaiuLin” Keng-Yu (Nova Monster Shield)
Kuo “WON” Zhan-Hao (Flag Gaming)
Wei “Craz1S” Hsiao-Chin (Bubble Burster Gaming)
Chen “ATing” Shao-Hua (Nova Monster Shield)
Wang “inin77” Qi-Hong (Nova Monster Shield)
Yang “CQB” Hao-Cheng (Talon Esports)
A quick story of our support @CQB_OW, definitely gotta check it out!
CQB/ CQB/ https://t.co/CyGLldV0E0
— Chinese Taipei Overwatch World Cup 2019 🇹🇼 (@ChineseTaipeiOW) August 1, 2019
Thailand has been interesting on the international stage. In 2016, Thailand qualified for the main stage but has failed to make it past qualifiers each of the past two years. There have been quite a few holdovers on the squad over the past couple of season, so we will see if the new additions can finally get Thailand back to the Group Stage.
Ubon “oPuTo” Dara (Talon Esports on loan from MEGA Esports)
Talunt “mush2oom” Rattanaprapaporn (Xavier Esports)
Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangchod (Dallas Fuel)
Chaiwat “BOOMBURAPA” Wattatum (GIANT LYNX)
Teetawat “Teetawat” Teerayosyotin (Uprising Academy)
Pasavit “Pannys” Svasti-Xuto (GIANT LYNX)
Kampanat “Tae” Thongjaeng (Xavier Esports)
นี่คือรายชื่อ Final 7 ในทีม #Thaitans 2019 เพื่อไป Overwatch World Cup ครับ!
— #Thaitans 2019 (@Overwatch_Thai) July 31, 2019