Korea triumphs over Canada in the Overwatch World Cup Grand Finals

Olivia Harris 8 November 2017 NEWS


South Korea's great winning weekend: Samsung Galaxy and the League of Legends World Championships plus Team Korea and the Overwatch World Cup.

After Team Canada knocked out Team Australia they went on to the Grand Finals in the Overwatch World Championships against Team Korea. As the reigning champions Team Korea was the team to beat this year but unfortunately for Canada it was just not possible. Team Korea ran rings around every national team and had a fantastic season so it was no surprise when they won the Grand Final again.

It was an exciting match over the weekend at Blizzcon 2017 where Team Korea defeated Team Canada 4-1 for their second championship win.

Match One



Canada brought their A-game to the first match, rushing out of their spawn and capturing the point to 100% in a flash. This was mostly attributed to Agilities Genji play cleaning up on kills and chasing down stragglers. Not to be outdone, Team Korea fought back and took the second map with Winston's assistance. Canada tried to counteract with their impressive Pharah play they used against Australia, but Korea’s shields held out.

Korea dominated the third map with Zunba’s D.Va everywhere at once and cleaning up on kills. Without letting Canada even see the point Korea took the score to 1-0.

Match Two

Kings Row


The Kings Row match was built on Korea’s patience and ability to work as a team, holding onto their ultimates for the best possible moment and capitalising on them. Canada was initially delayed but managed to fight through and claim the first point. Unfortunately, they were held back from the second until time ran out.

Fl0w3R and his intense Widowmaker plays broke Canada's defence quickly, allowing Korea to cruise through the first point with ease. Korea took Kings Row and the score changed to 2-0.

Match Three



Canada was lucky when it came to Hanamura with their first capture assisted by a slight bug in the game where a Korean player's positioning made his resurrection impossible. They rolled through the map and took the second point with 30 seconds to spare.

Korea had a rockier start when their first attempt at attack failed. They were saved and pushed through on the second attempt when Fl0w3Rs unleashed his Widowmaker to break Canada’s defences. On the second point they succeeded thanks to some impressive headshots by ryujehong as Zenyatta, taking the map to a third round.

Both teams forged ahead with successful attacks and impressive team kills and Team Korea eventually won the round, pushing Canada back into their spawn until time ran out, leaving the score 3-0.

Match Four



Canada's chances at winning were slim, but to stay in the top bracket they needed to fight. Junkertown was a strong map for Canada against Australia and they found their footing here once again. They moved quickly through the map and brought the payload to the end of the map with 48 seconds to spare.

Now Canada just needed to keep Korea at bay, a tough thing to do. However, they managed to stall Korea at the first point and keep them back in their base for a while. Korea never stays down for long though, utilising Ana’s sleep darts to stop Agilities Genji from halting their attack. Thankfully the sleep dart only lasts eight seconds and he was back in the fight quickly, putting their push to an end with his ultimate.

This was Canada’s first win, taking the score to 3-1.

Match Five



Canada had to win here to stay in the running, while Korea just needed one more victory to win. It seemed back for Team Canada when Korea advanced rapidly over Canada’s three-tank defence and took the first point quickly. Some resurrections got the tanks back on the cart and Canada was able to stall the payload for a while in between the next points. Korea regrouped and continued their push, going all the way to the end without issue.

Sprinting out of the gates team Canada captured the payload fast, with Mangachu using a forward attacking Torbijorn and setting up a turret on the moving payload. This seemed to work for a while as Surefour was able to distract and clean up Korea as Soldier 76. They continued to move, getting so close to the last point when Korea dismantled their team and cut off all momentum.

This didn’t stop Canada from pushing hard again in the next round, getting all the way to the middle point until Korea brought them to a halt. It seemed like Canada had a chance, with a long push on their payload that Korea had to match. Unfortunately this was no issue for Korea who dominated the first point, and pushed the payload to victory.

The Grand Final finished up with a 4-1 score and a devastated Team Canada. They were truly the underdogs and fought hard, beating out fantastic teams like Russia and Australia to get to the end. Team Korea deserved this win more than anyone though and continue to be the best in the league for two consecutive years running.

The man of the match went to Canada’s XQC which was a nice surprise and well-earned.

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