U.S. sweeps China to win Overwatch World Cup

The United States swept China in the best-of-five Grand Final on Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif., to win the 2019 Overwatch World Cup.

The U.S. nearly had a golden stage on its way to the title, winning 18 of 19 maps it played. Jay “sinatraa” Won claimed MVP honors by a fan vote.

The Americans started the championship match with an aggressive 2-1 win on Ilios, then replicated that success with a disciplined approach on King’s Row, claiming it 3-2. With a chance to claim the cup on its home soil on Dorado, the United States went on offense first.

The U.S. was able to complete the map but used all of its time to do so. On defense, China was able to escort the payload to gain a point, but stalwart defense by Corey “Corey” Nigra and sinatraa kept the Chinese from progressing any further, helping the U.S. wrap up the Cup.

The playoffs began earlier Saturday when Denmark and South Korea played the first of quarterfinal matches to open the six-team playoff bracket. Denmark performed valiantly in defeat, making Overwatch history by forcing a draw on two maps to stave off elimination. It took five maps for three-time champion South Korea to advance to the semifinals 3-0.

The other quarterfinal pitted France against the Netherlands, and it was an even more competitive match. After taking the first map, France appeared to be on its way to a 2-0 lead on Blizzard World. The Dutch extended their magical run by coming back to claim that map, but that was the last of their magic. France went on to win the next two maps to advance to the semis.

In the first semifinal, South Korea got its second crack at the U.S. in as many days. While the South Koreans would fare better than they did in the group stage — in which the Americans didn’t drop a map — the result would be the same. After dropping Busan 2-1, the U.S. took Hollywood 2-1, Watchpoint: Gibraltar 5-3, drew on Horizon Lunar Colony 3-3 and won Nepal 2-0 for a 3-1 series victory.

China took the stage next against the French team, which came out strong with a 2-1 win on Busan. But the Chinese won three of the next four maps — tying the fourth map — to ensure the championship matchup between the tournament’s top two seeds.

South Korea finished its World Cup by grabbing some hardware, taking its frustrations out on France in the bronze-medal match. In two of the three maps, the French team failed to get on the board.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)