With the competition gearing up for the biggest stage in esports this weekend, we bring you to your last stop on the Road to BlizzCon. Held in Anaheim, California the Overwatch World Cup stage is even bigger than the last, the addition of the Overwatch League inaugural season set the competitive bar high. The skill gap is no closer than ever before, and perhaps this year the South Korean team has a true challenger. One of those contenders is the French Overwatch team.

Team France

When it comes down to the top five nations in Overwatch, France is up there. Over the last three years France has constantly reminded us that are not far behind in talent. Producing the League’s top western talent, France is in no shortage of solid players. During their tenure on the world stage, France has managed to appear at every BlizzCon since the inception of Overwatch in 2016. Making it to the quarterfinals in 2016 before losing to Russia and going fourth place in 2017. This year France won’t hold back being lead by talented individuals.

  • Philippe “Lanf3ust” Rivian The general manager of the French team, most recently coached Rogue and has an esports background in Quake 3.
  • Julian “daemoN” Ducros The coach for France got his start doing VOD reviews on team Rogue, and later as an analyst for Movistar Riders and helped to launch the careers of popular players, Logix, CwoosH, NeptuNo, and Finnsi. With the release of head coach Henry “Cuddles” Coxall, daemoN assumed the role as interim coach for the Los Angeles Valiant throughout season one and was released to Paris Overwatch team as head coach.
  • Mathias “Troma” Szanto Will serve as the community lead for team France, and is handling the team’s social media presence online.

Group Stage

The groups stage was played in home soil, Paris. The French team delivered an unstoppable performance for their roaring home crowd, going 5-0 and looking more dominant than the competition of European teams, Germany, Italy, Poland, UK, and the Netherlands. The audience for team France was electric, as the whole atmosphere was filled with cheering fans, truly a sight to witness. After their win against the second seed UK, the group stages had been completed and it was time to determine who would face who in BlizzCon 2018. France would face Canada and UK against team USA.

 

Benjamin "BenBest" Dieulafait

Formerly a main tank player for Young and Beautiful in the EU Overwatch Contenders, BenBest is a veteran on the Reinhardt and Winston in which he demonstrates a deep knowledge of the mechanics, gamesense, and running GOATS comps. He is currently signed to the Paris Overwatch team.

Gael "Poko" Gouzerch

Is currently signed with the Philadelphia Fusion as their off tank player. Poko was one of the first D.Va's to "pop-off" in the regular season of the League hitting 4-6K bombs from strange angles he made a name for himself. He can flex to Zarya and Roadhog with ease.

Terence "SoOn" Tarlier

Los Angeles Valiant hitscan super star SoOn is the reason you think you're hearing "boos" from the audience, when in reality they're chanting "SoOOOOOOooonn!" He's a prolific Widowmaker, Tracer, Mcree specialist with a winner mindset. He was formerly a DPS for team Rogue before the League and is now signed with Paris Overwatch.

Dylan "aKm" Bignet

Is currently signed to the Dallas Fuel and is a very talented Soldier 76, Mcree, and Widowmaker. Not very well known for his Genji, aKm is a real threat to enemy supports as he is very keen on positioning and mechanical tracking. He was formerly a DPS for team Rogue prior to the League.

Nicolas "NiCOgdh" Moret

Is a projectile DPS player currently signed with Paris Overwatch. He is adept with Genji, Pharah, and Doomfist. He formerly played for Eagle Gaming.

 

Benjamin "uNKOE" Chevasson

Is currently signed with the Dallas Fuel as a support player. He has note-worthy performances on Zenyatta, Ana, and Moira. uNKOE was formerly apart of team Rogue.

Michaël "winz" Bignet

Has appeared on every Overwatch World Cup and is a brother to aKm, DPS player for the Dallas Fuel. winz will once again join the ranks of his fellow countrymen and represent as a support player for team France.

The stage is set. Who will be the champions of the 2018 World Cup?