The Overwatch World Cup has kicked off with the first Group Stage in Incheon, South Korea.
Team South Korea looked dominant on its home turf, taking the top seed in their group. Team Finland secured the second seed behind strong performances from DPS duo Timo “Taimou” Kettunen and Jiri “Linkzr” Masalin.
Team South Korea was the expected favorite of the group, and may be the leading favorite in the whole tournament. Team Finland looked poised to get out of the qualifying group as well, but not before Team Russia put up a valiant fight.
Russian DPS duo Stanislov “Mistakes” Danilov and George “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha turned the group into a three-team race before falling just short on the final day of competition.
South Korea and Finland will next be seen at BlizzCon 2018 in Anaheim, California. These are the first two teams in what will be an eight-team bracket at the 2018 Overwatch World Cup Finals. The World Cup finals will take place during the weekend of BlizzCon at the event.
The remaining teams to join South Korea and Finland will be decided during the three remaining group stages in the Overwatch World Cup. The locations for these group stages will be Burbank, Bangkok, and Paris.