The 2017 Overwatch Pacific Championships are continuing in Taiwan with matches being held on weekends. The first double round has already wrapped up and the second double round is just getting started. The event has seen an impressive amount of competition at the top. There is plenty of fighting to get into one of the top spots for the best possible payouts at the end.
The event is taking place at Blizzard Stadium in Taipei. The prize pool for Overwatch Pacific Championships is at $8.8 million Taiwanese dollars, which is equal to about $270,000 American dollars. The competition is one of the more valuable events of its kind in Asia.
The event is for competitors that are in the Premier tier of competition and entails predominantly Asian teams. The teams are particularly from Taiwan for the most part although some teams from Japan, Thailand and Australia are included. All of the teams were invited by Blizzard to the event. Also, all maps used in regulation Overwatch competition are being included with the specific maps being chosen at random.
Overwatch Pacific Championships: First Round Recap
The first double round entailed all eight teams competing against each other twice. There are three teams in particular that stood out the most.
Blank eSports and Ahq e-Sports Club both finished the first round with 12-2 records. Blank had a 38-11 edge on overall games, thus giving them a one-game advantage over Ahq for the lead. They claimed a 3-1 victory in its first match with Ahq on April 15 but then fell 3-2 in the rematch on May 6.
Flash Wolves is not too far off at 11-3 with a 38-10 individual game lead. This is the best game lead in the entire league. The Wolves actually defeated Block and Ahq twice during the round.
All the other teams are at a .500 record for worse following that round. SunSister in particular has not one a single match. In fact, that team has a 4-42 record in its games as it has only one games in two of its matches so far.
Second Round Plans
The second double round will entail the same standard as the first in that the teams will compete with each other twice. The double round is expected to end in late June or early July although no specific times for when the round will go on for have been announced just yet.
The top three teams during the regular season will get into the playoffs. Those playoffs are expected to take place in July.
The winning team in the playoffs will earn about $3 million TWD or a little less than $100,000 USD. Second place earns $1.5 million TWD or $49,000 USD.
All teams will be going home with something regardless of how they finish. The seventh and eight place teams will both get $400,000 TWD or $13,000 USD each.
Where to Watch
People interested in watching the Overwatch Pacific Championships or to bet on it can catch the action live through the FullCircle channel on Twitch. The channel offers English-language commentary based out of Australia. Blizzard also has its own stream of the events in Taiwanese at www.goblizzard.tw.