Overwatch World Cup Group Stage Preview: Bangkok

South Korea and Finland advanced out of IncheonUnited States and Canada took Los Angeles, and now the Overwatch World Cup is headed to the bustling city of Bangkok, Thailand, this weekend for the latest 2018 Overwatch World Cup Group Stage.

From Friday, 14 September through Sunday, 16 September, Team Australia will be going head-to-head against ChinaDenmarkThailandSpain, and Sweden to battle it out for one of two spots in the finals at BlizzCon 2018 this November, in Anaheim, California, USA.

So make sure to tune in, follow @owpathtopro and @PlayOverwatch for all the latest updates and highlights, and don’t miss out on this Southeast Asian celebration of Overwatch!


Matches begin:

  • 14 September from 1 p.m. AEST / 3 p.m. NZST
  • 15 September from 1 p.m. AEST / 3 p.m. NZST
  • 16 September from 1 p.m. AEST / 3 p.m. NZST


Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon, Bangkok

Live Streams: 

English: TwitchYouTube and MLG

Match Schedule:

Check out the official OWWC site.

Map Pool:

All! Each match will begin on a predetermined control map: Nepal, Lijiang Tower, Ilios, or Oasis. Starting with the second map, the loser of the previous map gets to pick the next map from the following types:

  • Second map: Hybrid
  • Third map: Assault
  • Fourth map: Escort
  • Fifth map (tiebreaker): Control, but must be different than the first map



  • Ashley “Trill” Powell (Contenders Pacific: Blank Esports)
  • Huseyin “Hus” Sahin (Contenders Pacific: Blank Esports)
  • Leyton “Punk” Gilchrist (Contenders Australia: Dark Sided)
  • James “Yuki” Stanton (Contenders Australia: Dark Sided)
  • Dario “Akraken” Falcao-Rassokha (Contenders Australia: Sydney Drop Bears)
  • Scott “Custa” Kennedy (Los Angeles Valiant)
  • Sub: Felix “ckm” Murray (Contenders Pacific: Blank Esports)

The only old mate from the Overwatch League, Custa, is an obviously strong anchor for this team. Dark Sided and the Sydney Drop Bears both made it to the Contenders Australia finals; which was an in-person LAN event, giving those guys a taste of the onstage life; before they travel to Bangkok. Blank Esports, who compete in the Pacific region; only just avoided being sent to Contenders Trials in Season 2; but they’re very experienced—they finished as runners-up in Season 1 of Contenders Pacific; so there’s definitely potential for Australia to advance out of this Group Stage.

For the rosters for each participating team, visit: