Blizzcon is less than a day away and the finals of the Overwatch World Cup will be a part of it. Players can prepare to watch the cup in advance thanks to the announcement that the Overwatch World Cup Viewer is now available for pre-download.
The Overwatch World Cup will see eight teams battling it out following the conclusion of group stages in four worldwide locations. These matches are sure to be exciting, and players will be able to tune in as they never have before thanks to the creation of the Overwatch World Cup Viewer. This is the first public iteration of the game's replay system that was highlighted in a recent developer update.
A news post on the game's official website has all of the fine details on how to control the viewer. It won't be useful until the matches actually kick off tomorrow, of course. Here's the schedule that you can look forward to:
Friday, November 2
- 12:15-2:15 p.m. PDT—Quarterfinal 1: United States vs. United Kingdom
- 2:15-4:15 p.m. PDT—Quarterfinal 2: France vs. Canada
- 4:15-6:15 p.m. PDT—Quarterfinal 3: China vs. Finland
- 6:15-8:15 p.m. PDT—Quarterfinal 4: South Korea vs. Australia
- 9:30-11:30 a.m. PDT—Semifinal 1
- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PDT—Semifinal 2
- 1:30-3:30 p.m. PDT—Bronze Medal Match
- 3:45-6:30 p.m. PDT—Gold Medal Match
Downloading the viewer is as simple as setting up the PTR. Highlight Overwatch in Blizzard Battle.net, click on the Region dropdown, and select "Overwatch World Cup Viewer". It's 14 gigs in total, so it may be best to have it done now before the servers really get hammered when the games are running live.
There are a couple more bits of Overwatch news. If you're heading to Blizzcon in person, you'd probably like to stop by the absolute unit of a LEGO MEKA that's going to be on the convention floor:
Finally, a patch to the current PTR build has been released with a single specific documented change. Reaper's Hellfire Shotguns previously had their spread pattern adjusted to be more consistent, but the spread left a noticeable "gap" that players feared might result in less overall DPS. The spread has been readjusted and tightened overall so that it's more consistent and more effective at longer rangers than the previous revamp.
Blizzcon is just a day away! We're sure to see some exciting news popping up for all of Blizzard's games. Don't forget to grab the Overwatch World Cup Viewer early so you can spectate the pros and learn just how good they are.
What do you think of the Overwatch World Cup Viewer? Are you going to use it to watch the games or would you prefer to stick to the Twitch streams? Let us know in the comments below!