With Overwatch, the newest IP from Blizzard Entertainment released at the end of May, it’s understandable that its budding eSports scene can’t boast many tournaments with huge prize pools and yet, ESL did make a foray into six-figure prize pool events with its ESL Atlantic Showdown, set to be held at Gamescom on August 20th.
After many Qualifier battles, eight teams were awarded the chance to compete in the tournament which promises to be the biggest Overwatch competitive event yet. With a theme of continental competition, it makes sense that the same number of teams from both Europe and North America had a chance to qualify.
In North America, the first team to qualify was obviously the best team in the world, EnVyUs. According to statistics provided by gosugamers.net, EnVyUs is on a 55 series winning streak. I don’t know about you, but it’s mind-boggling to me. In League of Legends, a 17-1 regular season by TSM was considered to be awesome. Cloud9 was the next squad to find a place in ESL Atlantic Showdon. Ranked 2nd in the world, Cloud9 basically only loses to EnVyUs these days. They have an all-time winrate of 82%. They qualified after beating the new Fnatic roster, 3-2. Speaking of Fnatic, they qualified through the lower bracket, after winning against Ohno, a surprising contender, which upset the newly signed Method lineup. The final team to qualify was Team SoloMid. Their road to victory was quite difficult, however, they did qualify after beating Team Liquid.
On the European side of things, there were no surprises. The longtime best four teams in Europe, Misfits, REUNITED, Rogue, and Creation eSports, proved their dominance by clinching the chance to represent their region in the ESL Atlantic Showdown.
Among the teams that didn’t make it, there was the former Luminosity squad, newly acquired by NRG, which can boast Shaquille O’Neal among its investors. Their DPS player Brandon “Seagull” Larned is one of the most well-known Overwatch players in the world, with his live stream dragging in thousands of views each time he comes online to play. Unfortunately, streaming success doesn’t appear to translate to tournament results in this case, especially with his Pharah out of the meta with the McCree buff.
With a 50+ series win streak to protect, EnVyUs is doubtlessly considered to be the favorites to win the ESL Atlantic Showdown, starting in Gamescom on August 20th. The rest of the eight teams set to compete won’t be scared of EnVyUs, however. In all likeness, they will probably be gunning for them. EnVyUs has two weeks to prepare for the first big live event in the budding Overwatch scene. Their opponents are sure to use the opportunity well with $100,000 on the line.