Aaron ‘Aero’ Atkins, coach of Team USA gives some really cool insight into the selection process they are using for the team.
“Hi everyone, Coach Aero of Team USA here to talk about our plan to craft an all-star lineup for 2018’s US Overwatch World Cup team. In order to build a process you need a plan and in order to make a plan you need a goal. Getting straight to the point, our goal is to represent our country honorably and, ultimately, take home the gold. While there are multiple ways to build a team, we felt that our best homegrown options are within the highest levels of competition available in Overwatch: the Overwatch League and Overwatch Contenders.
Twenty-Five of America’s best will be invited to tryout for a spot on the USA World Cup team.The invited players will be split into four teams: Team Theodore, Team Thomas, Team George, and Team Abraham. We have chosen to name our trial teams after the American Presidents that are depicted on Mount Rushmore to both honor their contributions to America and entrench a sense of patriotic duty in the players that have been invited to participate. Once assembled teams will face off in private, internal scrimmages across a two week period following the conclusion of the regular season of Season 1 of the Overwatch League.
Once the first week of play has been completed, three of the four teams will advance to week two where competition will be more intense. At the conclusion of week two, the final 12 candidates will be chosen to represent Team USA. Across both weeks, each player will be evaluated in various categories, including but not limited to: mechanical skill, team play, communication, and attitude. Prior to each map, teams will be given time to prepare strategies with more direct Coach intervention during week two.
On behalf of the USA committee, we are humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to represent our country in the Overwatch World Cup. We’re committed to building and growing the best possible team that the USA has to offer. Invitations will be sent out privately via Discord and Twitter DM’s. Don’t forget to follow @TeamUSAOWWCfor updates and don’t hesitate to ask us questions in the Team USA Discord Server:https://discord.gg/TeamUSA