Welcome to an all new weekly Overwatch League News Recap. Even though all teams had a week off between Stage 3 and Stage 4, there have still been some interesting news around.
Overwatch Contenders Playoff Finals
We were not completely without any Overwatch matches to watch though, the Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 1 Playoffs took place on the weekend. The finals have shown some very exciting matches between some of the best advancing teams in the EU and NA scene.
British Hurricane vs Team Gigantti
What a series. Starting out as a BO7 (best of seven), the first match-up of the finals went the whole way to an all deciding game seven.
The first map, Nepal, went back and forth, with the British Hurricane winning the final third round. On the second map, Numbani, the British Hurricane held Team Gigantti just short of taking the third point.
On the third map, Horizon, both teams managed to take two points. While the British Hurricane struggled to take the first point yet again (70%), Team Gigantti managed to take the first point and gained their first map win.
On the fourth map, Junkertown, the British Hurricane could not finish taking the third point. Team Gigantti made good progress and then got stopped close to taking the map. With overtime already on, they fought hard and against all odds, won the map.
Map five, Oasis, went all in the British Hurricane’s favor and they easily secured two rounds and the map win.
With map six, Hollywood, Team Gigantti gave it their all. After capturing the third point with only 17 seconds left, they set up a strong defense that the British Hurricane just could not break. Not being able to capture the second point, Team Gigantti would balance the score to 3-3.
The last map was Dorado. Gigantti held the British Hurricane short of the third point. On their attack, the British Hurricane were able to take time off Team Gigantti by holding them in their spawn for quite a while. Right before the second point they stalled Team Gigantti again, the original two minutes went down fast, and the British Hurricane managed to hold on.
The British Hurricane are now the Contenders 2018 Season 1 Europe Champions, defeating the Season 0 Champions, Team Gigantti 3-4.
Well played, @Hurricane!
Toronto eSports vs Fusion University
The next match for the NA finals of Overwatch Contenders went only to five maps, but some great plays came out from both teams.
On the second map, Hollywood, Fusion University defended first and could hold the first point. On their defense Toronto was overwhelmed by the attack from Fusion University, who took the point in just 36 seconds.
On the third map, Horizon, Toronto eSports were unable to capture the second point and got no percentage at all. With over four minutes for Fusion University, it was an easy task to take Point B. Match point for Fusion University.
On the fourth map, Junkertown, Toronto eSport gave it their all and were held just before the third point. In their defense, Jin-seo “Shu” Kim made the swap from Support to Widowmaker. They were able to hold Fusion University for almost 3 minutes, with Shu taking out Sheung-jun “Whoru” Lee over and over. Zachary “ZachaREE” Lombardo and Whoru went wild and the team pushed the Payload close to the third checkpoint, before Toronto could stabilize. In the last seconds, Charlie “Nero” Zwarg, on Genji, dashed and sliced through the enemy and his team would win the map.
The last map was Oasis. Toronto eSports decided to run Sombra and it seemed to work against Fusion University. In many situations Whoru was hacked and died. Toronto won the first round and Fusion University secured the second one. Round three went in favor of Toronto, but Fusion University swapped the point around at 99%. Thanks to ZachaREE, who was the deciding factor for his team on McCree, Fusion University won the map.
Fusion University are now the Contenders 2018 Season 1 North America Champions, defeating Toronto eSports 1-4.
WE'RE CONTENDERS CHAMPS!!! In an impressive display, we take the series 4-1 over @TOesports. GGs to them, and thank you to all of our fans for the support! We're going to stop at nothing to maintain our @owpathtopro contenders success in the future! #pdomjnate #GoFU pic.twitter.com/BtH9tP6MbN
— Fusion University (@FusionUni) May 13, 2018
Overwatch Atlantic Showdown: British Hurrican vs Fusion University
Who is the better team, EU or NA? A show match of different meta’s, triple/quad tank for EU versus the standard dive composition for NA. If you have not watched it, you definitely should on Twitch.
Map one, Illios, started with dive on both sides and went to 99% percent from both teams. Fusion Univeristy was stronger and won the first round. In the second round, the quad tank came out from the British Hurricane and they hold strong and win the round, even though Fusion managed to get over 90% themselves. In round three the quad tank composition from the British Hurricane held strong with no percentage for the opponent. They won the first map.
Map 2, Numbani, saw another tank heave composition from the British Hurricane. While they managed to get to the third checkpoint, Fusion University could not even take the first one.
Map 3, Horizon, saw both teams just barely capturing the second point in overtime, while trying for almost six minutes. In the second round, British Hurricane lose both supports in the first seconds, and Fusion University snowballs straight to taking the second point again. The British Hurricane almost managed the same, but an EMP from ZachaREE on the second point stopped them from taking the point and the map.
Map 4, Junkertown. British Hurricane started with a pirate ship (Reinhardt, Orisa and a Bastion). They rolled through, almost taking the second point as well, before they had to swap off Bastion. In overtime they managed to get the last checkpoint in overtime.
Fusion University went for the same strategy in their attack, but British Hurricane defended with a Bastion and both shield tanks as well. And it worked – unable to reach the cart, Fusion University has to change their composition. They finally break through and get all three checkpoints as well.
In the second round, British Hurricane went for the same setup as before. They push the Payload almost to the second point, before Whoru is able to stop them with a Dragonblade. As Fusion University attack, their opponent tried to defend close to their spawn with a quad tank setup, burning precious time off the clock. With 30 seconds left to go, Fusion University has pushed the cart close to the first checkpoint, but with a Graviton Surge at the ready, the British Hurricane was able to secure the map.
A fantastic series to watch, and interesting to see the quad composition working so well against a team with dive. Was the European squad the better team in the end? I would say so, but Fusion University did very well, and every single one of the twelve players definitely deserves a spot on an Overwatch League team.
The Overwatch League Grand Finals will be held in New York
Fans have asked for quite some time where the OWL Grand Finals will be played. On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Blizzard finally announced the location.
The Season Playoffs will be played at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, showing a top team from each division, plus the next four teams in the standings. The remaining two teams will then face off against each other in the Grand Finals at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, from July 27-28, 2018.
The first-ever Overwatch League Grand Finals will be held at @barclayscenter in Brooklyn, New York!
Head Coach Crusty leaves Boston Uprising and goes to San Francisco Shock
On Monday, May 7, 2018, the Boston Uprising have announced the departure of head coach Dae-hee “Crusty” Park. After internal discussions, both sides have agreed that a change was in the best interest for both sides.
At the same time, the San Francisco Shock announced that Crusty will join their team as a new head coach for Stage 4. This, unfortunately, meant the release of their former head coach Brad Rajani.
Crusty has shown with the Boston Uprising, that overlooked players can have success. He managed to lead the former underdogs to one of the top teams in the Overwatch League, undefeated throughout all their ten matches in Stage 3.
What he can do with the San Francisco Shock is definitely something to look forward to in Stage 4.
We are prepping for our first SF Shock interview with @ShockCrusty and we want to answer YOUR questions!
Shanghai Dragons head coach RUI is stepping down
Last Thursday, May 10, 2018, the Shanghai Dragons announced that their head coach Wang “RUI” Xingrui is stepping down due to health issues. Until a new head coach is found, Son “Kong” Jun Young, the team assistant coach, will fill the role. Former Miraculous Youngster coach RUI said on weibo, that he is suffering from spondylosis and is unable to stay focused due to the pain. He will return back to China to rest.
Only in March this year did the Dragons announce RUI as their new coach, shortly after Congshan “U4” Chen stepped down from his role as head coach.
Staff change: Wang “RUI” Xingrui is stepping down as the head coach of Shanghai Dragons today due to health issues. The team are grateful for RUI’s contribution during his tenure. The coaching team will be headed by Son “Kong” Jun Young, the assistant coach, for the time being.
— Shanghai Dragons (@ShanghaiDragons) May 10, 2018
Florida Mayhem have an Analyst
Two months ago, the Florida Mayhem were looking for an analyst to join their team. The application was open for everyone to apply. On May 10, 2018, they announced their new Analyst, Albert “yeHHH” Yeh. He will now help the team by reviewing VOD’s and discuss these with the players. Previously, he was an assistant coach for the NRG Academy team, and has also been a flex tank player for several teams since Overwatch started.
The Mayhem family continues to grow.
Houston Outlaws hire KyKy as additional coach
Also on May 10, 2018, the Houston Outlaws have announced that their new coach will be Kyle “KyKy” Sounder. KyKy was the previous head coach of the Dallas Fuel and was looking for new opportunities afterwards. Even before the official announcement, it has been no secret that KyKy had made the swap to the Outlaws. He has been spotted in their video series on YouTube, and has also stated his new title on his Overwatch World Cup Application form.
KyKy was the coach for Team USA in the Overwatch World Cup 2017, and therefore is familiar in working with Jake, Rawkus, FCTFCTN and Coolmatt, who were happy to welcome him to their team.
AMA with two Overwatch League Desk Analysts
If you are interest what the Analyst Desk for the Overwatch League has to say about a lot of different topics, Reinforce and Bren held an AMA on reddit last week.
AMA with Jonathan “Reinforce” Larsson, OWL Analyst
AMA with Brennon “Bren” Hook, OWL Analyst