CD Keys E-Sports: Overwatch World Cup is for Casuals

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Blizzard has announced the inaugural Overwatch World Cup, with proceedings kicking off next week and culminating with finals at Blizzcon 2016 in November. What should be a pretty fun, competitively serious event is muddled down by Blizzard’s incessant need to provide fan-service to their Overwatch cd keys holding fanbase.

This is an odd tournament of sorts as I had initially thought that this would be basically “The International” for Overwatch. It turns out that it’s more of a casual tournament due to the strange qualifiers that it will host.

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First of all, players from all across the globe in certain regions will be eligible to join. However, Blizzard will be “nominating” players on a master list and the community of each region will be voting on the six that will be representing them. Also, cd keys.

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Those eligible for nominations are, first of all, true e-sports professionals, skilled personalities in their community, and, finally, just plain old high-rated players in competitive mode. Blizzard wants a healthy mix of players rather than just all professionals. This, in itself, is a bad showing on Blizzard’s part in my opinion.

Blizzard has made it clear that their intention for Overwatch is to make it e-sports worthy; along the lines of the popularity and power of Dota and League of Legends. Making this Blizzcon tourney a mere “casual” tourney without the complete presence of noteworthy pro teams that have made names in the competitive scene as of late like EnVyUS in North America, Misfits in Europe, and MVP Space in Asia, it makes the tournament seem more like a publicity stunt than anything else.

But the biggest sin Blizzard is making on this tournament is NOT having even a single dollar as a prize. This tourney really is more of notoriety that, in all aspects of the competitive scene of Overwatch, really mean nothing. This just gives those that join to be noted annoying Tracers and superbly accurate McCrees, but that’s about it.

What sort of REAL accomplishment would the nominated and voted teams to enter the Overwatch World Cup actually have after finishing this casual tourney? They certainly haven’t fought the best in the form of Cloud9 or Fnatic, but simply steamrolled a ragtag group that was hastily put together by an unknowing region due to their popularity as pubstars or camwhore streamers. This is a step in the wrong direction, Blizzard. You may as well dig Overwatch’s grave right now because that’s where it’s stepping in. I can hear the sound of my Overwatch CD keys going to waste.