Sinisa Bucan, January 26, 2017

Tune in for the Overwatch Winter Premiere Finals

The biggest Overwatch tournament of the year so far is coming to a close this weekend. After two rounds of round robin group stages, the four remaining teams will fight it out for the title of the first Overwatch Winter Premiere Champion.

FaZe and Citizen7 failed to make it through the first group stages, whereas group stage two saw Team Liquid and Renegades drop out of the tournament. This leaves Immortals, Luminosity, Complexity, and Kungarna still in the running for that grand prize.

The finals will take place on Friday, January 27th during PAX South in San Antonio, Texas. All teams will need to be on top of their game, as this is a single elimination format. There’s a lot at stake here, and the winning team will certainly kick off the year with a bang.

Of the $100,000 prize pool, the champions will take home $40,000, whereas the runners-up will net a nice sum of $20,000.

The Overwatch Meta in the Year of the Rooster

This is going to be an interesting event because, much like the Year of the Monkey, the three-tank meta might be on its way out (sorry Winston). Two days ago, alongside the Year of the Rooster skins, Blizzard released a new patch with significant balance changes to Ana and D.Va.

Ana’s Biotic Grenade’s healing boost has been decreased by a whopping 50% and the duration of the effect has been reduced from 5 to 4 seconds. Even though D.Va’s overall HP is still 600, health is now 200 and armor 400. Her Fusion Cannon’s damage output has been decreased from 3 to 2, but the number of bullets per shot has been increased from 8 to 11.

These changes might have a profound effect on the meta game and Overwatch Winter Premier will be the first major event to show it off. Ana’s healing was crucial in the three-tank meta, and D.Va will certainly no longer be the powerhouse she was up to now. The meta might very well return to the tried and true 2-2-2 team composition.

Immortals vs. Luminosity

Immortals finished the group stages with 10 wins and two losses. In Group Stage 1, they lost to Kungarna, while Complexity got the better of them in Group Stage 2. It’s hard to predict a favorite when there are only four teams left, but there is no doubt that Immortals have shown great form and were the most consistent team throughout the tournament.

Immortals vs. Luminosity
Immortals vs. Luminosity

On the other hand, Luminosity had a much rougher ride, with six wins and six losses. During the first group stage, they lost to Immortals, Complexity, and Renegades. Even though they lost three matches in Group Stage 2 against Kungarna, Complexity, and Immortals, they still managed to scrape through thanks to their win against Team Liquid.

Despite having the same number of points once all was said and done. Given those past results between the two, and their record coming into the match, expect Immortals to take the upper hand against Luminosity early on.

Complexity vs. Kungarna

This is going to be an interesting match because Kungarna secured their place in the finals by taking an easy victory against Complexity 2-0. Even though Complexity attempted to make a last stand on Eichenwalde, Kungarna quickly overpowered them to win the map and secure their spot in the finals. Kungarna may be the least known name in the final four, but after Immortals, they were the most consistent team of the tournament.

Complexity vs. Kungarna
Complexity vs. Kungarna

Complexity didn’t set the world on fire during this tournament, and they especially struggled during Group Stage 1 when they lost four out of seven games to FaZe, Renegades, Team Liquid, and Immortals. However, as the tournament went on, their form improved.

In Group Stage 2, they finished on top, with four wins and a single loss. Even though Immortals had the same number of points, Complexity secured the top spot because they emerged victorious from their deciding face-off 2-1.

Final Thoughts

There’s no doubt that Immortals are the most consistent team in this tournament, it’ll be a big surprise if they lose to Luminosity after their previous encounter. Complexity’s start in the tournament was certainly rough, but their form improved significantly as time went on.

They even beat Immortals and finished on top of Group Stage 2. But we can’t write off the biggest surprise of the tournament: Kungarna. More established teams like FaZe and Team Liquid were sent packing whereas Kungarna proved that they have what it takes.

We also can’t forget about the latest patch. The changes to Ana and D.Va might have a big impact on team compositions. We don’t think Luminosity will be able to get the better of Immortals. However, anything can happen between Immortals, Complexity, and Kungarna.

Sinisa Bucan

Siniša is a writer and translator from Croatia, a small European country on the Adriatic coast. Apart from being a passionate Hearthstone player, he enjoys all kinds of video games, including strategy, role-playing, adventure, and action. Other interests include listening to indie rock and travelling. You can follow him @SinisaBucan.