Esports is a brutal world: there's a lot of gamers and not a lot of positions. But what happens when you have to compete for one of those positions while playing at 200ms at best? That's the unfortunate reality for Australia's Overwatch World Cup members, who have been trialling under some truly crappy circumstances.
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It's not often Sydney gets a taste of international esports, and it's even rarer that esports makes its way to the CBD. But the harbourside city got a taste of both over the weekend when Blizzard brought the Overwatch World Cup to town.
After a few surprises, scraps and a finish involving several overtimes, Australia and Sweden booked their tickets to the finals in Blizzcon later this year. But the tournament was also revealing on several other fronts, both for what it said about Overwatch and where the professional scene sits right now. Here's five things we learned from Blizzard's grand tournament.