Best Nation in Overwatch

The competitive Overwatch League draws in the best of the best from around the world.


Each year champions of their respective regions clash in an epic head to head bout to see just who among them is worthy of greatness.


Some are, of course, better than others. With various trends emerging over the years of just what regions get to stand on the top of the Mount Olympus of the Overwatch competitive world. 


This is not necessarily indicative of the best teams or players, but more of an overall feel for the general level of talent around the globe. 


The strongest region at any given time can be quite misleading, though. Overwatch works off of a paid franchisee model for teams, with each spot costing in the tens of millions of dollars. 


As a result of this, the majority of teams are located in North America. Despite this, their world-class rosters are usually made up of a more diverse range of talent.


It is this talent pool that this article is taking into consideration, as opposed to the location of the team. 


The Strongest Overwatch Region


The strongest region from a player-centric view is South Korea. 


Like many other character-driven, ability focused Esports; the South Koreans dominate the world of Overwatch Esports. 


As mentioned, the majority of these players play for North American teams, but this is just a symptom of the franchisee model that the Overwatch League adopts.


Atlanta Reign


Atlanta Reign, at the end of Stage four 2019, is the strongest Overwatch League team in the world. They finished off the Stage with a seven to zero flawless victory, and a map count of 23 wins four losses and one draw. 


They have quite a wide range of locations with regards to their players, with three of them hailing from South Korea. 


Jun “Erster” Jeong, Donghyung “Daco” Seo, and Hyeonjun “Pokpo” Park. These three players make up 50% of the world-class team’s lineup and are a significant driving force in their success. 


San Francisco Shock


Following on from Atlanta Reign, San Francisco Shock is the number two team in the world. They have an identical win / loss record to that of Atlanta Reign, with just a slight difference in map counts resulting in them missing the number one spot by a hair length. 


Their map count stands at 24 wins, six losses, and zero ties, having one more win than Atlanta, but two more defeats. 


They have nine players all together on their roster, including their substitutes. Out of these nine, seven of them are from South Korea. That’s a staggering 77%.


These are just statistics taken from the top two teams, but if you go through the list, you can see that there are many, many more players hailing from the Esports kingdom of South Korea.


It’s not unusual. As mentioned, South Koreans tend to dominate in games where individual characters make up an essential part of the gameplay. In contrast, Europe is more so geared to strategic gameplay, and North America to fast-paced, run and gun style of competition. 

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