The 2017 Overwatch World Cup finals saw reigning champions South Korea take on Canada, the mighty titan versus the underdog. There were cheers, excitement, and one very polite signholder in the crowd.
South Korea's upcoming Overwatch League team is called the Seoul Dynasty for a reason: the region's dominance in many esports also extends to Overwatch, as many of the world's best hail from South Korea. Canada, meanwhile, had become a home crowd favourite after South Korea eliminated the US in the first round.
Hype for the final showdown between these two built around and even outside the arena.
Any screen with the Overwatch World Cup on it has a crowd around it. pic.twitter.com/nJ67gYmzJb
— Kyle O'Connor (@KyleThatKyle) November 4, 2017
Once the games started, South Korea exerted their dominance. Seriously, Hwang "Flow3R" Yeon-oh is terrifying. At age 17, he's sitting on the bench for the New York Excelsior, but at the Overwatch World Cup, he got to show why he's worth keeping on the sidelines as time rolls on. Here's his Widowmaker play from South Korea vs. United States.
But Canada had weapons of their own, like a surprise Torbjörn pick and a talented Soldier 76 in Lane "Surefour" Roberts.
But South Korea proved unstoppable in the end, with incredible plays from many members clutching out the key moments of the match. Canada had a real issue in keeping its support players alive and safe from players like Flow3r. In a final overtime on Numbani, it came down to a contest of inches (er, meters).
South Korea took home the title, as all five of its players will now gear up for the coming Overwatch League.