The Overwatch World Cup Finals Shanghai Qualifier has just ended, and hometown team China along with team France are the teams to qualify for the Finals stage at BlizzCon 2017. The two qualifying teams both defeated their opponents (Thailand and Norway respectively) 3-0.
While not the most exciting series, both semifinals match-ups saw a few closely fought games. But winners China and France just outclassed the enemy team as both series went along.
China vs. Thailand
Game 1 of China vs. Thailand took place on Hollywood. China hit the ground running as they rolled through Thailand’s defense, capturing all three map points with a tad less than 3 minutes remaining. They couldn’t fully hold back Thailand in their defense round though, as the Thais managed to push the payload all the way through, but with no more time to spare. With their massive time bank advantage, China won Game 1 in the end.
Thailand answered strongly in Game 2 on Lijiang Tower, where they won the first round over China; it was the first time this tourney that China lost a Control map round. Thailand weren’t able to win a round again though, as China took rounds 2 and 3 to win the game, which gave them a 2-0 series lead.
Thailand tried to keep their tournament hopes alive in Game 3 on Horizon. But China’s crushing defense prevented them from capping the second map point. With victory within their sights, the Chinese squad booked their ticket to BlizzCon as they won the game, and the series 3-0.
France vs. Norway
Like the Chinese squad, France opened their series strongly in Game 1 on Numbani. With the Frenchmen on defense, the prevented Norway from getting even one tick off the first map point. Come their attack round, France took home the game with plenty of time to spare.
Game 2 on Nepal went very much like the first game, as France once again rolled through the opposing team. Norway wasn’t even able to gain control of the point during the first round, and while their second round effort was slightly better, it wasn’t enough to win the game. France led the series 2-0 after their win on Nepal.
Norway showed signs of life in Game 3 on Horizon, as they captured the two map points on overtime. France quickly snuffed out the Norwegians’ hopes, as they make quick work of them on the next rounds. France ended Game 3 with a 3-2 victory, which gave them the 3-0 series win.
The next LAN Qualifier for the Overwatch World Cup 2017 will take place at Sydney next week, specifically on July 21-23. Another two teams will move on from the Sydney Qualifier to the Overwatch World Cup 2017 Finals at BlizzCon.