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Three-time BlizzCon attendees Australia has finalized its Overwatch World Cup 2019 roster this morning. With Scott “Custa” Kennedy unavailable due to a wedding, the Australian squad has gotten innovative with its picks, hoping to qualify for a fourth OWWC finals in as many years.
Ashley “Trill” Powell is the only Overwatch League player on the Australian squad in 2019, taking up the main tank slot for the green and gold. Leyton “Punk” Gilchrist and Felix “ckm” Murray return from the 2018 squad who lost to South Korea in the quarter-finals (the latter coming out of retirement to play the World Cup).
After a stint in China, Jason “ieatuup” Ho claimed the hitscan DPS spot over Huseyin “Hus” Sahin. The veteran DPS player recently played for Team CC in Contenders China, placing third in season three last year.
Supports Max “Unter” Unterwurzacher and Giorgio “Tongue” Lahdo round out the Australian roster of six players. Both players are well experienced in Contenders Australia, with Unter claiming his first Contenders Australia title with Order last season, while Tongue has plenty of LAN experience with Blank Esports and Warriors.
Instead of opting for a seventh player, however, Australia has taken Sam “Face” Mereweather no as an additional coach. While Face is no slouch on the battlefield, having played main support for the Sydney Drop Bears before transitioning to coaching, his selection is the most surprising. But his knowledge will be valuable alongside Jordan “Gunba” Graham and Andrew “rqt” Haws.
The Overwatch World Cup starts on Nov. 1.