The Overwatch League Grand Final has been decided, the San Francisco Shock and the Vancouver Titans have booked a spot in the grand final of the Overwatch League playoffs. The Shock defeated Excelsior in the losers’ bracket final after they were sent there by the Titans earlier in the winner’s final after a narrow defeat. Which team will take home the top prize of $1,100,000 USD? Stay tuned to find out.
Sunday saw the Vancouver Titans take down NYXL in the winner’s final of the Overwatch League playoffs in a narrow 4 – 3 victory in what was a tight showdown, earning their spot in the Overwatch League Grand Final. Excelsior had a second chance to make it to the final game, and the potential for revenge against a strong Titans team. However the San Francisco Shock had other plans running out a dominant 4 – 0 win, earning a spot against the Titans and a chance at the $1,100,000 USD.
The Titans opened the Friday match with a 2 – 0 win on Lijiang Tower before NYXL captured the next two maps, 3 – 2 on King’s Row and 3 – 2 on Temple of Anubis. Vancouver then won two consecutive maps, 3 – 2 on Watchpoint: Gibraltar and 2 – 0 on Busan, before New York leveled the score with a 6 – 3 decider on Numbani. The final map, Dorado, ended with a 3 – 1 Titans victory giving them the win, and a one-way ticket to the Overwatch League Grand Final.
The San Francisco Shock will face the top-seeded Vancouver Titans who beat Excelsior 4 – 3 in the winners’ bracket final on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The runner-up will pocket $600,000. The Titans and Shock met in each of the first two stage playoff finals this year, with the Titans winning the Stage 1 title with a 4 – 3 victory and the Shock claiming Stage 2 with a 4 – 2 win.
The sides also split two regular-season meetings, a 3 – 1 Vancouver win in February and a 3 – 2 San Francisco victory in August. The third-seeded Shock, who fell 4 – 3 to the Atlanta Reign in the first round of the winners’ bracket, took it to the second-seeded Excelsior from the start on Sunday. They won 2 – 1 on Lijiang Tower, 3 – 2 on King’s Row, 6 – 5 on Temple of Anubis and 3 – 2 on Rialto.
Since losing to the Reign, the Shock have swept four straight matches. The 16-map win streak is the second-longest by any team in 2019, behind only their own 28-map run during a perfect Stage 2. NYXL earned $450,000 for the third-place finish.
Who will win the Overwatch League Grand Final? Only time will tell. You Overwatch fans need to keep your eyes peeled right here at Esportsnow to be the first to find out!