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Overwatch World Cup rankings: Here are the top 32 countries

Last month we learnt that Blizzard was planning to change the Overwatch World Cup in a big way, and now we finally have our top 32 countries ranked ahead of the event’s next stage.

Last year’s event saw some three million people cast their votes in order to help establish national rosters, with more than 50 countries represented in the final tournament.

Unsurprisingly, South Korea came out on top, with Winston main Miro walking away with the tournament’s MVP award.

In 2017, Blizzard took a little more control over the team recruitment process, with the studio tracking the top 100 players across each country.

The studio hopes this will open the door for more countries to participate, as the voting system restricted the number of players from each country in last year’s event.

To determine the rankings, Blizzard took the average skill rating of the top 100 players in each country to determine the top 32 countries by skill in the world.

With those teams now determined, the live qualifiers can begin, with groups of eight established to battle it out for a spot at BlizzCon 2017.

The voting system will return at this stage, with players voting for three representatives. Blizzard will nominate the rest of the team based on expertise. Rosters can be adjusted between events.

Four live group stage events will take place in North America, Europe and Asia. These groups will each have eight teams, with two from each group playing through towards BlizzCon 2017.

You can influence your country’s skill rating and improve its chances by grinding your way into the top 100. You never know: you could be a pro Overwatch player, but you might not even know it!

Here are the top 32 countries ranked in order. There aren’t many surprises.

  1. China  4550
  2. South Korea  4522
  3. United States 4470
  4. Sweden 4309
  5. Finland  4295
  6. United Kingdom 4293
  7. Canada 4291
  8. France 4268
  9. Denmark 4259
  10. Russia 4221
  11. Germany 4219
  12. Japan 4184
  13. Australia  4184
  14. Taiwan 4162
  15. Netherlands  4147
  16. Hong Kong 4113
  17. Norway 4101
  18. Poland 4093
  19. Brazil 4071
  20. Italy 4068
  21. Spain  4051
  22. Israel  4007
  23. Singapore  4002
  24. Thailand   3999
  25. Argentina  3992
  26. Turkey 3960
  27. Belgium 3942
  28. Vietnam 3941
  29. Portugal 3930
  30. New Zealand 3922
  31. Austria 3900
  32. Romania 3861
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