In a series of events (almost) that everyone saw coming, the South Korea Team has touched the Overwatch World Cup competition this weekend to consolidate in the history of the export as champions of BlizzCon, three times in a row.
The team, consisting of seven top Overwatch League players in Fleta, Libero, Carpe, Fury, Fate, Jjonak and ANAMO, was widely expected to win the third title this year. In Overwatch, South Korea dominates other regions in terms of competitive infrastructures and player skills, with all the World Cup team players ranked among the best in their respective roles.
Fleta, for example, is often praised as one of the best all-round DPS players in the world, as are Free and Carpe, while Jjonak is considered the best Zenyatta player ever. Therefore, it was no surprise when they passed the Incheon World Cup qualification with an easy 5-0.
On the BlizzCon stage, they did an easy job with Team Australia (3-0) and then moved to the UK. The United Kingdom, with its roster dominated by the Contenders players, had become fan-favorite after the 3-1 win against the United States and certainly put in place a fight against South Korea, but it was not really meant for be. Despite drawing on both King & Row and Volskaya Industries, they were eliminated with a final score of 2-0.
South Korea met China in the finals in the late evening on Saturday. Like the United Kingdom, China had also become a fan favorite for their unexpectedly good performance in the competition, but even they were not at the juggernaut's height. South Korea eliminated China 4-0 in the Grand Finals, securing the third Overwatch World Championship.
This is an extremely impressive score, of course, and what makes it perhaps most impressive is that South Korea has won the Overwatch World Cup every year since its inception with different rosters. In 2018, the only one taken over by the 2017 Korean roster was Saebyeolbe, but was replaced before BlizzCon.
Ryujehong and Zunba both competed in the 2016 and 2017 rounds, but they did not even return for 2018. Otherwise, each iteration of the South Korean team of the World Cup was very different.