Recapping the first five groups of the Overwatch Open
The first five groups of the Overwatch Open regional qualifiers have been decided, with 10 of the 16 teams ready to face off in the LAN portion of this competition. Don't worry if you missed this week; we have you covered with some surprising results!
After gamescom, most people are excited to see more LAN events for Overwatch, and professional teams are just as excited for a chance to compete for 300,000 USD. The first step to qualifying for the LAN is taking home a top two seed in the qualifying regional groups, leading to regional finals with the top eight teams. Let's take a look at how the tournament has progressed so far!
NA Group A
After losing in the semifinals of gamescom, EnVyUs proved that they are not letting the loss get to their heads. They came into the bracket and took home a solid 2-0 victory against Selfless, though admittedly their group was made very easy due to EnVyUs receiving a bye in the first round. Selfless and Splyce faced off in the lower bracket and despite Selfless taking a 2-0 in the upper bracket, Splyce prevailed with a 2-1 to take home the second seed and a ticket to the LAN.
NA Group B
Despite Cloud9's disappointing finish in the Atlantic Showdown, they came into the Overwatch Open ready to take care of business. The team stomped through the bracket with two straight 2-0s against Huckleberry and Sodipop. Sodipop did scare Cloud9 on King's Row, but Cloud9 was able to respond by posting an incredibly impressive time to beat Sodipop's 5:55. In the lower bracket, Huckleberry defeated Sea Algae with relative ease, but dropped to Sodipop in the 2nd place finals, meaning Sodipop will take the second seed from the group going into the regional LAN.
EU Group A
You'll start to see a recurring trend in the EU side of the brackets: upsets. Misfits is a top 5 ranked team in the world, but despite taking a 2-0 series win against Bikini Beach eSports, they fell to up-and-comers ANOX 2-0 in the qualifying match for the first seed. Despite their loss, they went into the lower bracket to face off against Melty eSports and took home a 2-0 to qualify with the second seed. While the two best teams in the group surely qualified, the order in which they qualified was certainly not expected by most!
EU Group B
In keeping with the trend, EU Group B had an incredibly surprising result. FaZe's new roster faced off against Tornado Rox (former Prets) and took home an incredibly one-sided series, while Rogue defeated The Gatekeepers 2-0 as expected. However, FaZe managed to defeat Rogue—the reigning "world champions" after their win at gamescom—2-1, qualifying with the first seed. Despite their loss, Rogue showed their might against Tornado Rox in the lower bracket, but the results of the bracket are surely surprising.
EU Group C
In what was finally an unsurprising bracket in EU, REUNITED finished strong against b.fly and Ninjas in Pyjamas by taking home two 2-0 victories and the top seed in their group. After losing to NiP in the first round, Bringos defeated b.fly 2-0 to face off against NiP again. However, NiP reminded Bringos of their top-15 status after a swift victory, to qualify with the second seed from the group.
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