Blizzard has announced that the Overwatch World Cup will return for the second year.
The competition will see national teams formed, and they will compete for the title of Overwatch World Champions. The competition first debuted at Blizzcon last year, with South Korea unsurprisingly taking the win. However many assumed this was an interim event to tide fans over until the Overwatch League was due to the start. However this new announcement suggests the Overwatch League is still a long way off.
This year the finals will again take place at Blizzcon, but there is more than a few changes to the format. From today Blizzard is tracking the 100 best players from every country that Overwatch is available in. In April they will use this data to identify the top 32 countries and they will be the ones to compete in the live qualifiers for the event.
Players from the top 32 countries will then assemble their 2017 Overwatch World Cup National Committee, consisting of three local experts charged with recommending roster picks for all stages of the competition. Blizzard will select up to ten nominees per eligible country, and then players will vote for who they want to see on their nation’s committee.
The final teams heading to Blizzcon will be decided by regional qualifiers that will each last for a week and will see the top two teams from each heading to the finals. More details such as locations and dates are yet to be revealed.