About the game
Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, and was released in May 2016. Overwatch assigns players into two teams of six, with each player selecting from a roster of pre-defined characters, known as heroes, each with a unique style of play, whose roles are divided into four general categories: Offense, Defense, Tank, and Support. Players on a team work together to secure and defend control points on a map or escort a payload across the map in a limited amount of time.
Overwatch was unveiled at BlizzCon 2014 in a fully playable state and was in a closed beta from late 2015 through early 2016. An open beta in May 2016 drew in nearly 10 million players. The release of the game was promoted with short animated videos to introduce the game’s narrative and each of the characters.
Famous teams and players
There is an abundance of incredible Overwatch teams. However, there have been a few teams which have shown incredible skill and performance throughout their entire run at the Overwatch competitive scene. These teams have stood on top of the ladder from the start, and still stand there now, competing for the title.
Seoul Dynasty (formerly Lunatic-Hai) is South Korea’s most popular Overwatch team—and just generally one of the best teams worldwide. Known for their hyper aggressive dive composition, Seoul Dynasty are the OGN Overwatch APEX season two champions. Kim “EscA” In-jae and Lee “Whoru” Seung Joon have stepped up as main DPS players on the team, while Kim “zunba” Joon Hyuk plays the flex role. World-renowned Winston player Gong “Miro” Jin-hyuk rounds out the tanks, with Ryu “Ryujehong” Je-hong and Yang “tobi” Jin-mo keeping everyone alive as support players. With multiple big wins, such as the APEX, on their backs,Seoul Dynasty have proven to be one of the best.
Dallas Fuel (formerly Team EnVyUs) is an American eSports organization founded in 2007 who used to be mainly known for their competitive Call of Duty background. Despite being knocked out earlier in the Overwatch APEX’s second season, Dallas Fuel is still a top-tier Overwatch team. Dallas Fuel has some of the best tank players in the world, sure—but they’ve also got an incredibly skilled DPS duo in Timo “Taimou” Kettunen and Jonathan “HarryHook” Tejedor Rua, too. Having won the APEX season one, and multiple other major tournaments,Dallas Fuel is one of the few American teams which can truly stand up against the might of the Korean teams that stand at the top of the competitive Overwatch scene.Dallas Fuel is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
The biggest Overwatch tournament in 2017 was the Overwatch World Cup. This annual tournament actually hosts teams which have been set up per participating country. This means that players who are usually on the same team, may face each other.
In 2018 however, the biggest and most important tournament will be Overwatch League. This League, created by Overwatch creator and publisher Blizzard Entertainment, is supposed to create a wealthy and fair competitive scene. Sponsors choose a city to represent and get players to form a team for said city. Overwatch League has already gotten a lot of support from major sports and eSports companies. The league demands a minimum salary of 50 thousand dollars a year for its players, and has prize pools of 3.5 million dollars.
Top 5 highlights
- Shadez – Hanzo – point clear (Creation Esport vs. Northern Gaming Blue)
- Seagull – Bastion – Nano Boosted Tank (NRG vs. Splyce)
- Noname – Bastion – Mobile Turret (Kongdoo Panthera vs. LW Blue)
- Kaiser – Reinhart – 5 man earthshatter (Runaway vs. LW Blue)
- Shadowburn – Genji – Graviton Surge Deflect (Rogue vs. FaZe)