Hello and welcome to the Road to Blizzcon, an in-depth series where we break down the eight quarter-finalist teams and the players who represent their home countries in one of Blizzard’s most prestigious esport tournaments, the Overwatch World Cup. Today we take a look at Team Canada, so grab your coffee and take a seat!

Canadian Overwatch

Lead by head coach Justin “Jayne” Conroy, assistant coach for the Dallas Fuel, managed by Andrew “_id” Trulli, and Nathan “KarQ” Chan as the community lead, team Canada was destined for greatness since the day of their inception in 2016. Back in the first World Cup, Canada competed in the Group A stage qualifiers against teams; Sweden, Spain, and Brazil.

Failing to qualify early on pushed Canada to work even harder the following year in 2017. With a major roster boost and a dream the Canadians scaled through Australia and Sweden to reach the finals and be pitted against the behemoths, South Korea. After managing to take a map off of South Korea in the finals the confidence in Canada grew despite their 4-1 loss, as they developed a strategy for the long term.

Group Stages

This year Canada revamped and rebuilt, having a vision to come out on top of the North American group stages. Held at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California, the competition was clearly in favor of the two North American powerhouses. Before the ultimate showdown between the nations, Canada had to beat Brazil, Norway, Austria, and Switzerland. Those countries proved to be no match against the mighty maple leaves lead by coach Jayne.

However, the match that everyone was hyped for was the clash against USA lead by coach Aero,  the head coach of the Dallas Fuel and colleague to Jayne. The tension ran at an all time high as both teams had high expectations going head to head on the final day of the North American qualifiers. Unfortunately for the Canadians, the USA was very well prepared to take on whatever was thrown their way. GOATS, dive, and death ball could not penetrate the will of the Americans as they fell short 1-3. This loss gave Canada a motive to work even harder than previous tournaments as they knew that sooner or later they would need to adapt to any play style and team composition throw their way. 

The Team

Félix "xQc" Lengyel

Popular Twitch streamer and internet personality, xQc competed for the Overwatch League in season 1 for the Dallas Fuel. xQc is known for his aggressive Winston and Reinhardt play. A main tanker at heart, xQc has sh0wn he is qualified for leading team Canada. He was part of the 2017 roster where he was voted T-Mobile's MVP award. Much controversy has surrounded xQc and his tenure during the Overwatch League Inaugural Season but we look forward to his famous aggro dives and shatters on the BlizzCon stage floor.

Lucas "NotE" Meissner

Underdog comes to mind with a player like NotE. A silent but deadly assassin who has the D.Va role covered. A massive surprise in the Overwatch League, playing for the Boston Uprising and ultimately leading them to a stage 3 finals against the NYXL, NotE is adept in protecting and pouncing the enemy team when the chance presents itself. Alongside xQc the tank duo will be an exciting sight to witness come BlizzCon.

Lane "Surefour" Roberts

Was one of the first competitive players to reach skill level 80 in the ranked ladder and also the first to win the Widow 1v1 during the All-Stars weekend. Surefour is a raw DPS player with mastery across heroes such as Tracer, Mcree, Widowmaker, and Sombra. Not only is his stellar DPS play notable but his shot-calling ability is high regarded as one of the best in the League. The Los Angeles Gladiators have a gem in their hands with S4. Keep and eye out for his "pop-off" moments at BlizzCon.

Brady "Agilities" Girardi

S4's DPS counter-part and projectile madman, Agilities of the Los Angeles Valiant has shown time and time again that he is one of the best western projectile DPS mains in the League. Playing heroes like Pharah, Genji, Doomfist, and Hanzo with ease, Agilities was part of the original 2017 line-up for team Canada prior to the Overwatch League. He is a highly regarded player and component to this roster.

Liam "Mangachu" Campbell

Mangachu plays DPS for XL2 Academy a contenders team in the tier 2 scene who lost in the season 2 finals against Fusion University. Mangachu is a streamer with a background in Team Fortress 2. He is the only player to have killed someone in a World Cup match with Torbjorn's hammer.

Chris "Bani" Benell

Main support player for the Houston Outlaws, Bani is a world class support with a wide hero pool, most notably with Mercy, Ana, and Moira. His professional career began with EnVision and later FNRGE where he was scouted by OpTic gaming who had plans in filling their roster with the best Western players in the scene. Outlaws have praised Bani's evasiveness on heroes like Mercy and position control with Ana. We hope to see Bani succeed with team Canada like he did with Outlaws in season one.

William "Crimzo" Hernandez

Currently signed with Team EnVy, Crimzo is the only non-Overwatch League player in the starting roster. Don't be fooled though, Crimzo has the DPS/support prowess of Jjonak. Potentially one of the deadlier Zenyatta's in the World Cup. Keep an eye out for those volleys shot by Crimzo.

Team Canada will face France in their first match up during BlizzCon.