It’s that time of the year coming again, and the Overwatch World Cup is just around the corner. If you are a big fan of Overwatch betting then you will know that the Overwatch World Cup is a once of year event where you can pool all your knowledge together to play on fantastic matches.
This time round, with the launch of the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, there will be a lot of familiar names and faces for players and coaches. There is lots of news to keep up on, and the stats (don’t we love stats!) will be abundant.
So let’s get stuck into the Overwatch World Cup Betting Guide!
What is the format?
24 nations will battle it out to become World Cup champions. The 24 nations will be split into four groups, with the top 2 winners of each group advancing to the top 8 upon which there will be a play off series to determine the Champion for 2018.
The playoffs will be held at the famous Blizzard Arena.
When is it?
The Group stages are split into four groups.
Group A is at Incheon, Korea from August 17 to August 19.
Group B is at Los Angeles, USA from September 7 to September 9.
Group C is at Bangkok, Thailand from September 14 to September 16.
Group D is at Paris, France from September 21 to September 23.
The playoffs have yet to be announced.
Tickets are already available for purchasing, check out the ticket outlets on the Blizzard home page.
What are the 24 nations that have made it to the Overwatch World Cup?
- South Korea
- Chinese Taipei
- Hong Kong
What top teams to look out for?
It goes without saying that Team Korea will be the favourite to take out the 2018 World Cup. If you have been following the Overwatch League, NYXL itself could represent South Korea and win the whole thing! The dilemma therefore presents itself as to who to leave out of the team. There are so many great players that does it really matter who gets chosen or not to win? Any top ten South Korean players could be randomly selected, and the team would win it.
Similar to South Korea, Team Finland will have plenty of familiar faces that played in the Overwatch League. Extremely strong, and should easily make it out of the Group stage. Can they win it all by beating South Korea is the big question.
Runners up in 2016 and 2017 coming 3rd; expect a strong showing again from Team Sweden. They have a solid team that have consistently played in the Overwatch League, and generally don’t have any weaknesses.
Loaded with top players, will give Team Finland and Sweden a run for this money. The top four /five teams are very close in skill with the exception of South Korea leading the pack.
An extremely strong team but weak in the tank flex. Can make it out of the group stage, but will struggle to win it all.
Team chemistry may be an issue. Perhaps too many strong players in the same role, but weak in tank a gap like team Spain. The gap can be filled but can it be filled in well? Can sinatraa and Danteh lead them to glory?
Failed to make it out of the qualifiers in 2016 and 2017, but has grown in stature and skill in the past year. Could be the surprise team of the tournament.
Custa is clearly the most well known Australian player on the Overwatch scene, with the remainder of the team mostly from the Contender league. A dark horse but like team Italy could surprise some teams.
Team China, Team Hong Kong and Team Taipei
If the performance of the Shanghai Dragons is anything to go by (yes I know Shanghai have a few Korean players and Shanghai is a mainland China designated location); as a general indicator they will unlikely make it out of the Group stage.
How can I get started?
It’s simple. As we draw closer to the start of the tournament betting odds will be put up on the overwatchodds.bet site. We will compare the betting agencies with the best odds for you and then you can select the best agency to bet with.
As we draw closer, there potentially will be promotions and bonuses available to you.
When should I open up a betting account (if I don’t have one)?
You have plenty of time to open a betting account. If you are a US citizen then perhaps wait until we get closer to the World Cup as gambling laws on Sports (including e-Sports) are changing leading to legalization.
Also, when the odds come out as mentioned in the previous section, if you wait a while you will be able to choose the betting agency with the best odds.
Can I bet using Bitcoin and or other crypto currencies?
You can check out the guide here for further details.