It is day 7 of the Overwatch League Playoffs and there has been some surprising results since kick off last Thursday. Day 1 of the playoff rounds last Thursday saw two mouth-watering match-ups. The Vancouver Titans took on the Seoul Dynasty, and the Los Angeles Gladiators faced the Hangzhou Spark. Both games were tightly fought affairs and ultimately, the Titans and Gladiators came out on top.
Thursday saw the Vancouver Titans and the Los Angeles Gladiators each prevail in what were close fought matches, held in Burbank, California. Victories in the quarter-finals have set up a meeting between both victors in the upper-bracket semifinals in the Overwatch League Playoffs for Season 2.
The Titans came into the quarter finals as the top overall seed and were faced with a tough match up against a resurgent Seoul Dynasty. The Titans fell 2 – 1 behind before finding the strength to turn the tides and rallying for a 4-2 victory over the Dynasty.
For the Gladiators, it was also not a straight-forward path to the semi finals. The LA team nearly managed to blow a 3 – 1 lead against the Hangzhou Spark who clawed the match-up back to 3 – 3. The Gladiators however hung on to win the Bo7 quarter final series 4 – 3 in the final map of the round.
This set up a mouth-watering match-up between the Vancouver Titans and LA Gladiators in the Semifinals. Having finished four places about the Gladiators in the recent group stages, the Titans probably came into this semi final as heavy favourites. The game was Bo7 and it took 6 rounds for the Titans to confirm their dominance over the Gladiators.
Vancouver won the first map Busan 2 – 0 before LA pulled it back to 1 – 1 on the second map of the round, King’s Row after a 3 – 1 scoreline. Vancouver struck next on Temple of Anubis, making it 2 – 1. After the fourth round it was back to 2 – 2, LA picking up a tight 4 – 3 win on Rialto. It was soon 3 – 2 when the Titans dominated Lijang Tower winning 2 – 1. The Titans were then able to lock up the game on Eichenwalde, winning 2 – 1 and guaranteeing them a place in the Winners’ Final against the New York Excelsior.
New York were matched up with the London Spitfire and the San Francisco Shock against the in-form Atlanta Reign in the other Quarter final games. New York were probably the big underdog of this group of four after finishing 15th after stage 4. They were matched up with a 9th placed London Spitfire, while the Shock who finished 2nd (with a 7 & 0 record) were paired up with the Atlanta Reign, placed 1st also with a 7 – 0 record.
Age (or rankings) are just a number however, as NY proved, throttling the UK team 4 – 1 in their quarter final game. The Shock vs The Reign match-up was a much closer fought affair though, finally finishing 4 – 3 to the Reign. Atlanta advanced to the semi finals where they found a resurgent Excelsior team awaiting them.
The other semi final match up ended 4 – 2 in NY’s favour, picking up wins on the first two maps. Atlanta brought it back to 2 – 1 before Excelsior re-secured their 2 game advantage again. It was 3 – 1 but Atlanta were not done yet. The Reign clawed it back to 3 – 2 before NY reigned on their parade, picked up the final win making it 4 – 2, and setting up a Winner’s Final game against Vancouver which will take place over the next week.
In the Losers’ Rounds, Seoul Dynasty were matched up with the Hangzhou Spark and The London Spitfire were matched up against the San Francisco Shock. The Spark won 4 – 1 and the Shock 4 – 0 respectively. In round 2 this means the Spark will face off against the Atlanta Reign, while the LA Gladiators will take on the San Francisco Shock. The winners of these matches will play each other in the Losers’ Round 3 for the chance to take on the loser of the Winner’s Finals. The winners of the Winner’s Finals will take on the winners of the Loser’s Finals in the Grand Finale of the Overwatch League playoffs for 2019, the eventual champions walking away with a total grand prize of $3,500,000 USD.
The Overwatch League 2019 Grand Finals will take place on September 29th at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Who will be crowned Overwatch League Champions for 2019? Stay tuned right here for more info.