The final round of qualifiers for the 2018 Overwatch World Cup is here, and it’s taking us to Paris, France for what could be the most unpredictable stage of the tournament so far. During this final qualifier, the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy and France will look to compete for the final two spots at the BlizzCon World Cup playoffs.
While this group doesn’t necessarily have a team that stands head and shoulders above the rest, the likely favorite heading into the tournament should be France. With a strong roster and the most Overwatch League talent of any of the teams headed to Paris this weekend, one of the two spots out of the group is likely theirs to lose.
The middle of the group essentially includes every other team. The United Kingdom, Italy and Netherlands are have rosters that seem potentially strong on paper, but have yet to prove themselves on big stages. Meanwhile, Germany and Poland all have relatively unknown rosters, but plenty of talent to keep them competitive with the other teams in the group. More so than any other group this one will come down to how these teams perform this weekend.
Each of this weekend’s qualifying matches can be seen on the Overwatch Twitch channel.
Friday, Sept. 21
Netherlands vs France, 4 a.m. ET
Germany vs United Kingdom, 5:45 a.m. ET
Poland vs Italy, 7:30 a.m. ET
Netherlands vs Germany, 9:15 a.m. ET
Poland vs United Kingdom, 11 a.m. ET
Saturday, Sept. 22
Germany vs France, 6 a.m. ET
Italy vs Netherlands, 7:45 a.m. ET
Poland vs Germany, 9:30 a.m. ET
Italy vs France, 11:15 a.m. ET
Netherlands vs United Kingdom, 1 p.m. ET
Sunday, Sept. 23
Italy vs Germany, 6 a.m. ET
Poland vs France, 7:45 a.m.
Italy vs United Kingdom, 9:30 a.m. ET
Poland vs Netherlands, 11:15 a.m. ET
United Kingdom vs France, 1 p.m. ET