Recap of the Overwatch Open group stage and a look at the upcoming LAN
In case you missed the action, we have coverage of the Overwatch Open group stages and a preview of the upcoming LAN stage of competition.
As you likely know, the Overwatch Open's group stages concluded last weekend and the sixteen teams that placed well in their groups qualified for the next stage of competition. Eight teams from North America and eight teams from Europe qualified for the regional playoffs to be held on a LAN stage. The teams will be fighting for 300,000 USD and the validation of best team in the world in Atlanta's ELEAGUE Arena.
The teams that qualified from North America with the top seed
The teams that qualified from North America with the second seed
The teams that qualified from Europe with the top seed
The teams that qualified from Europe with the second seed
The tournament was full of surprises, upsets, and excitement. Over in NA, compLexity, the favorite of group D, fell to both Rise Nation and Method. Instead of qualifying with the first seed in the group, they failed to even qualify for the LAN portion of the event. The usual suspects in EnVyUs, Cloud9, and Fnatic managed to take top seeds, while NRG proved that their bootcamp paid off in full by taking group D's top seed. Splyce, Sodipop, Team Liquid, and Method all showed their mettle by taking second seeds in their respective groups.
In Europe the tournament truly got exciting. Three top-four European fell early in their groups, as Misfits, Rogue (the Atlantic Showdown champions!), and Dignitas fell; however, they managed to qualify regardless. ANOX, FaZe, and Luminosity showed up big, upsetting top teams and taking the first seed. Among the upsets, REUNITED stayed strong and took their expected first seed. The last team to qualify was Ninjas in Pyjamas, who took home the second spot in REUNITED's group.
You can catch all the action on twitch.tv/overwatchopen, when the tournament starts on September 25.
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