OWL Week 2 Playoffs recap : Who came out on top?
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September 9, 2019

OWL Week 2 Playoffs recap : Who came out on top?

Overwatch Playoffs results left heartbreaking results this weekend

Seoul Dynasty 2 – 4 Vancouver Titans

The top-seeded Titans convincingly dispelled the eighth-seeded Dynasty with wins on Lijiang, Gibraltar, Busan, and Eichenwald.  Haksal was awarded match MVP for his inspiring Doomfist performance. The Rookie of the Year award winner has shown great prowess in adapting to the new playoffs meta.

In addition, Tizi’s performance as Bumper’s replacement was certainly up to par. The main tank player previously played with the RunAway turned Vancouver squad in Korea and was recently resigned for playoffs.

Los Angeles Gladiators 4 – 3 Hangzhou Spark

Thursday held one more match that was a much closer affair, with the Gladiators barely edging out the Spark. Their wins came on King’s Row, Anubis, Rialto, and Gibraltar. With losses on the control maps of Busan and Liliang, LA has some weaknesses to shore up before next week. Player of the Match went to Surefore for his Reaper play.

London Spitfire 1 – 4 New York Excelsior

What was expected to be a close match turned into anything but. NYXL rolled over the 2018 champions with wins on Busan, Numbani, Anubis, and Ilios. Although Gibraltar was a small bump in the road, the rest of the maps were taken in utterly dominating fashion.

Meko earned Player of the Match rights on Sigma and currently boasts some of the best stats of any Sigma in OWL.

Atlanta Reign 4 – 3 San Francisco Shock

In the most exciting match of the first round of playoffs, Atlanta pulled off an intense barn burner of an upset over championship contenders San Francisco. The teams traded map after map, with Atlanta’s wins coming on Busan, Lunar Colony, Lijiang, and Rialto. The final map came down to a last-second fight in which the Shock left the payload in overtime, sending Atlanta to semifinals.

Gator, the Reign’s newly moved up tank from contenders, earned MVP with a massive 95K damage and 45 Gravatic Flux kills on Sigma. Previously one of the masterminds behind the GOATS composition that ruled OWL for three splits, Gator is a starter for Atlanta in the rest of playoffs.

 

Seoul Dynasty 1 – 4 Hangzhou Spark

After a close series versus the Gladiators, Hangzhou Spark looked to bounce back in the loser’s bracket. They managed to make quick work of the Dynasty with wins on Busan, Anubis, Dorado and Lijiang. Bazzi earned Player of the Match on Doomfist with 140 eliminations, 62 being final blows. What was a fairly uneventful affair led to an emotional post-game interview with the support duo of Seoul.

 

London Spitfire 0 – 4 San Francisco Shock

As if the first match of the night wasn’t enough of a stomp, San Francisco sought to one-up it with the first 4-0 of playoffs. After their heartbreaking loss against Atlanta, the Shock rallied back by taking one of every map type. Wins on Busan, Numbani, Lunar Colony and Gibraltar sent them to the next round in a flash. Viol2t picked up the first support Player of the Match for his Ana play.

With the Spitfire eliminated, OWL will crown a new Champion this season.

Los Angeles Gladiators 2 – 4 Vancouver Titans

Sunday’s matches began with the top-seeded Titans taking care of business against the Gladiators in a 4-2 series. A fairly standard series saw Vancouver win on Busan, Anubis, Lijiang and Eichenwald and advance to the winner’s bracket finals. Twilight also earned a Player of the Match as support for his Moira. He dealt 65K damage while healing for 89K, being instrumental to his team in more ways than one.

Atlanta Reign 2 – 4 New York Excelsior

The last match of week two’s playoffs saw the other upper-bracket favorite advance in a similar 4-2 game. So, New York took wins on Busan, King’s Row, Rialto and Numbani, granting MVP to Libero for his Doomfist plays.

New York Excelsior is now set to play Vancouver in a fated first vs second seed winner’s final to find out who goes to Grand Finals and who must win in the loser’s bracket to have a chance at the trophy.

Also, viewership for Overwatch League season 2 has been very good so far. We can expect new possibilities in the very near future.

Credit to Zakaria Almughrabi

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