What to expect from Overwatch at IEM Gyeonggi
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The tournament will feature two best-of-five quarterfinals on Friday, two best-of-five semifinals on Saturday, and the Grand Final on Sunday, which will also use the best-of-five format. The teams will fight it out on nine Blizzard-sanctioned maps, including Hanamura, Volskaya, Gibraltar, Route 66, Lijiang, Ilios,
While it is not uncommon to see more creative solutions at the top level, the metagame usually revolves around teams playing two DPS, two tanks, and two support heroes. When it comes to tanks, Reinhardt is obviously the top dog, and you will almost certainly see him in every match. Zarya and Roadhog are also popular picks, especially on defense. On the support side, Lucio and Ana have both established themselves as essential picks.
Almost all offensive heroes are usable, but we expect to see a lot of Genji and Tracer as mobility is key. The situation is a lot more predictable on the defensive side because only
Misfits vs. Lunatic-Hai
Lunatic-Hai is a Korean team that played in the Overwatch APEX League. They made it out of the group stages with a 3-0 score, including a win against Team EnVyUs who went on to win the tournament. Lunatic-Hai were eliminated in the quarterfinals by fellow South Koreans KongDoo Uncia. They also finished second in the Chinese APAC Premier tournament, losing to Rogue in the final, even though they managed to beat Rogue in the group stage.
Misfits should be the clear favorites in this match-up. The European team comprised mostly of Swedish players had a great year as they won seven tournaments. Winning the Dreamhack Winter 2016 Major by beating Fnatic in the final and being victorious over Team EnVyUs in the Overwatch Open final are definitely the highlights.
Luxury Watch Red vs.
Speaking of unknown teams, Luxury Watch Red have yet to claim a spot in an ongoing league. To date, they haven’t won any major prize money. This match could really go either way, as neither team is in top form. Although, we have to give a slight edge to
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Whoever wins the Misfits vs. Lunatic-Hai match will face off against
Rogue is a European team comprised mostly of French players. In the second semifinals, they will play against the winner of the Luxury Watch Red vs.
This is definitely not a huge tournament, but it’s a nice way to end the year. Overwatch has already managed to establish itself as a viable
Unless they falter in the first quarterfinal against Lunatic-Hai, Misfits are the favorites to take it all. Of course, Rogue and AF Blue have their own plans. Naturally, we could be seeing a major upset if any of the lesser-known Korean teams manage to take out Misfits, Rogue or AF Blue. Be sure to catch the first match between Misfits and Lunatic-Hai, as the outcome could define the entire tournament.