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Countries for the 2017 Overwatch World Cup Have Been Finalized

For the past month, players from across the globe have been grinding for the opportunity to represent their countries in the 2017 Overwatch World Cup.

During this time, Blizzard was actively tracking the Skill Rating (SR) on the ranked ladder to determine which thirty-two countries will play for honor and glory later this year. With the passing of the deadline, here are the finalized countries that will be taking part in the 2017 Overwatch World Cup.

China managed to get the top spot, with South Korea just inches behind in second place. The United States prove its mettle by coming in third, followed by Sweden and Finland to round out the top five countries. The list also includes Russia, Germany, Japan, Australia, Poland, Brazil, and Spain. Romania was the last country to amass enough points for its qualification.

  • China: 4550
  • South Korea: 4522
  • United States: 4470
  • Sweden: 4309
  • Finland: 4295
  • United Kingdom: 4293
  • Canada: 4291
  • France: 4268
  • Denmark: 4259
  • Russia: 4221
  • Germany: 4219
  • Japan: 4184
  • Australia: 4184
  • Chinese Taipei: 4162
  • Netherlands: 4147
  • Hong Kong: 4113
  • Norway: 4101
  • Poland: 4093
  • Brazil: 4071
  • Italy: 4068
  • Spain: 4051
  • Israel: 4007
  • Singapore: 4002
  • Thailand: 3999
  • Argentina: 3992
  • Turkey: 3960
  • Belgium: 3942
  • Vietnam: 3941
  • Portugal: 3930
  • New Zealand: 3922
  • Austria: 3900
  • Romania: 3861

With the list of countries set, Blizzard will now nominate local experts from each local scene to assemble a National Committee. They will be responsible for choosing and managing their rosters for the tournament. For the sake of clarity and fairness, Blizzard will choose ten community figures from each country. The communities will then vote to choose three of them for representation.

Last year, South Korea dominated the inaugural iteration of the World Cup to take home first place, with Russia finishing second and Sweden in third. As far as the community is concerned, there is confidence that South Korea will be successful in retaining its crown by winning the Overwatch World Cup 2017. Gong “Miro” Jin-hyuk, the MVP from last year’s tournament, has since then taken Lunatic-Hai to several high placings in South Korea’s APEX tournament.

More information regarding the Overwatch World Cup 2017 will arrive soon. In the mean time, familiarize yourself with the official website.