In the two weeks since South Korea completed its Overwatch World Cup three-peat, the Overwatch community came together to analyze some of the stunning matches using the World Cup Viewer, which was tested out during BlizzCon. Some focused on the United Kingdom’s upset of Team USA, while others dissected Korea’s incredible ability to absorb their opponents’ strategies and counter them.
If there was one drawback to this surge in content, it was the near-impossibility of watching all the hours upon hours of streams that the community produced. There were hilarious mistakes, hype plays, and “why couldn’t I just kill Jjonak” moments, but it was impossible to catch them all live. I didn’t catch them all either, but I did my best to hunt down some of the best.
Here’s a sampling of great clips from reviews powered by the Overwatch World Cup Viewer, so that you can relive the magic one more time.
The Struggle is Real
One aspect of the Overwatch World Cup Viewer that energized the community was that all perspectives were made available to the user, including supports. Supports just don’t get a lot of screen time in Overwatch broadcasts. Even though the support role is extremely important, it rarely produces exciting elimination-based plays. In this clip, however, Team Australia and Los Angeles Valiant support Scott “Custa” Kennedy gave us an insight into the mind of a support player stuck in an unfortunate situation:
Haven’t we all been there? Custa would later go on to say that he’s both excited and terrified at the prospect of replays in the Overwatch League. He loves seeing hilarious moments like these, but will miss the days where his mistakes as a support were never caught on camera. Well, minus a few accidental ults…
Sound and Fury
Heading into the Overwatch World Cup at BlizzCon, there was much discussion about which D.Va player was superior in a potential USA vs. South Korea matchup: Indy “Space” Halpern or Jun-Ho “Fury” Kim. While the USA fell short of reaching the semifinals, it was the analysis of Fury’s play style that seemed to leave little doubt in the public’s mind which D.Va towered above the rest. Both of these players are known for their ability to chow down on big enemy ultimates, but something about Fury’s preternatural game sense made people question reality.
Just watch former teammate Chan-Hyung “Fissure” Baek react to Fury eating a Dragonstrike—that he can’t even see—through a wall:
Anyone watching Fury’s POV cam would have the same reaction as Fissure. Coming into the Overwatch World Cup, he was the hardest-to-kill D.Va in teamfights: he took the least damage and died the least within that context. But how does he do that? Chinese fans on the NGA forums were able to find some quirks in Fury’s playstyle that could explain his ability to create space while taking less damage than other D.Vas.
Not only does this swivel move hide Fury’s massive head hitbox from opposing DPS heroes, it also saves precious Defense Matrix time for more important things—like keeping Seong-Hyun “Jjonak” Bang alive.
One of the hardest things to catch in a live broadcast is a singular individual play that wins a teamfight, especially when several ultimates are flying back and forth. Tuning into this review of Team Canada’s Felix “xQc” Lengyel, we see one such event:
Game sense is something that Overwatch fans love to see and dropping a Barrier Projector at the exact right position and time to block an Earthshatter is routine for xQc. On that play, he once again showed how underrated Winston’s kit can be.
Speaking of teamfights, sometimes the outcome of a teamfight was so surprising that multiple reviewers noticed different individual plays from alternate angles that combined to turn the tide of a seemingly lost fight. In this review of a Rialto teamfight during the UK’s epic battle with South Korea, main tank Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth expounds on Harrison “Kruise” Pond’s clutch Lúcio boop:
Not only did Kruise dodge the enemy Earthshatter by riding high on the wall, but he knocked all of UK’s would-be damagers off the platform, freeing Fusions to block Fury’s D.Va bomb. No wonder Byung-Sun “Fleta” Kim and Fury both picked Kruise as the player “who caused them the most suffering” in their own VOD review.
Space and Custa picked up on another big play in the same teamfight, this time from Isaac “Boombox” Charles:
That’s difference between a professional Zenyatta and you or me: Boombox reacted fast enough to trigger Transcendence before the Earthshatter caught him, allowing him to dodge the Self-Destruct that Fusions would later block, instead of dying while stunned out in the open.
Dancing the Healer Dance
Have you ever wondered why Jjonak can do the things that he does? Why can’t teams just… eliminate him? I don’t think Australia thought taking on South Korea in the quarterfinals was going to be easy, but main tank Ashley “Trill” Powell showed us just how difficult it was to take out the backline of Jjonak and Tae-Sung “Anamo” Jung when they danced the healer dance:
Note that Trill receives a Nano Boost as he jumps in, so there’s no way that at least one of Korea’s supports wouldn’t have died if they didn’t perform the healer dance. During the regular season, head coach Hyeon-Sang “Pavane” Yoo and the NYXL spent less time in scrims than other teams, opting to focus on film study and focus on small but important fundamentals like this. It’s not surprising to see two of his NYXL proteges be just as difficult to eliminate on the Overwatch World Cup stage. Why can’t anyone take out Jjonak? Thanks to Trill, now we know.
These were just a few highlights that I was able to cobble together, but there were far more to be found—and not just from western players. Former Overwatch League player Brandon “Seagull” Larned led a very amusing review of USA vs. Canada, where he played a game of “count the Qs” to predict who would win teamfights based on ultimate usage.
Molly “Avalla” Kim—an assistant coach for Washington, DC—broke down several of Korea’s matches in Korean, as did Anamo, Fury, and Fleta. Team Spain’s Daniel “Dhak” Martinez reviewed Kruise’s Lúcio play, and then Kruise reviewed his own play as well as Dhak’s review of his play—the content was seemingly endless.
Perhaps you can add your own review to the Overwatch World Cup Viewer library. Can you find an awesome play that the community missed? I can’t wait to find out.
Ben "CaptainPlanet" Trautman is the statistics producer for the Overwatch League Global Broadcast. Follow him on Twitter!