The Best Overwatch League Matches From Week 2
By Steve Toroni
After an exciting Week Two of the Overwatch League, the esports world now has a grasp of which teams are cohesive enough to achieve consistent success.
There were some dominant performances in Week Two as the Seoul Dynasty, the New York Excelsior, and the London Spitfire extended their records to 4-0. Now that the professional gaming world has seen multiple weeks of competitive matches in the Overwatch League, let's break down and spotlight the best performances from Week Two.
Week Two: Day One
Seoul Dynasty Vs. Florida Mayhem
The theme to this match was the favored Seoul Dynasty making mistakes early, but finding a way to push back an aggressive Florida Mayhem attack. In both Dorado and Horizon Lunar Colony maps, Seoul was not very resistant in keeping the Mayhem off of the initial point.
However, the firepower of the Dynasty was too strong despite admirable efforts from Aleksi "Zuppeh" Kuntsi of the Mayhem, who was able to use his transcendence as Zenyatta to neutralize Seoul momentarily after the second checkpoint in Eichenwalde. The Dynasty made it difficult for Florida with constant support players healing their most valuable heroes, and utilizing well-timed ultimates to assure victory against a constantly aggressive Mayhem attack.
Keys to Victory
The Dynasty appeared to be in control for most of the match. Whenever Florida, led by Kevyn "TviQ" Lindström, posed a serious threat, one of the members of Seoul would wreck any attempt the Mayhem threw at them.
During Oasis as the Mayhem made their last push, it was Byung-sun "Fleta" Kim’s Reaper that punished Florida for contesting the point by unloading his Death Blossom and eliminating any possible threat as the seconds ticked down in overtime. Fleta again established control as Widowmaker early as the match came down to its final round, being able to pick off the Mayhem as the Dynasty contested point. But it was Dae-kuk "KuKi" Kim’s Primal Rage as Winston that sealed the deal for the Dynasty as he was able to pin the Mayhem within close quarters of the castle EichenWalde.
Fleta really flexed his versatility by demonstrating impressive performances with a wide variety of characters including McCree, Widowmaker, and Reaper. However, Fleta arguably did most of his damage in round two as Junkrat, when he got comfortable high in the rafters in Lunar Colony. Starting off with a well-aimed RIP-Tire taking out Zuppeh, Fleta proceeded to unload a series of steel traps and frag launcher attacks that completely devastated Florida, inflicting total mayhem. Fleta switched to Pharah later on in the match and bested Tviq’s Pharah in an aerial battle. Fleta picked Tviq off in mid-air and was able to use his ultimate ability, Barrage, to neutralize Florida.
Week Two: Day Three
London Spitfire Vs. Dallas Fuel
Despite efforts from the renowned competitor Timo "Taimou" Kettunen of the Dallas Fuel, London Spitfire demonstrated exceptional teamwork throughout this match to achieve victory.
A steady dose of strategy and skill made it difficult for Dallas to establish themselves early. Joon-yeong "Profit" Park shone in Junkertown as Genji, inflicting his Dragon Blade on the entire Dallas onslaught on multiple occasions.
The route was on in the second round of the match as Taimou’s Widowmaker was no match for the Spitfire. London leaned on their support from Jong-seok "NUS" Kim as Mercy, who provided resurrections that seemed to overwhelm a passive Dallas team. Ji-hyuk "birdring" Kim closed out a desperate Fuel attack from long distance as Widowmaker to wrap up the Lunar Colony round.
It was Hyeon "EFFECT" Hwang as McCree that stole the show in the third round for the Dallas Fuel, leading his team as London struggled to defend having both support players taken down, allowing the Fuel to gain control of the point early. Birdring was unstoppable in the final round as McCree, single handedly taking out the Fuel’s last attempt, and sealing the win for the Spitfire.
Keys To Victory
NUS and was committed to the role of support for most of this match. Nus, as Mercy, was able to use resurrection often on Jae-hee "Gesture" Hong, Joon-yeong "Profit" Park, and Birdring when they were in midst of a powerful attack.
Fuel could not withstand the constant siege, especially since in most cases they would have to make a kill twice due to immediate resurrection of the talented Spitfire club. The Fuel’s passive approach early doomed them and London worked as a team consistently to bury Dallas. Even when the Fuel was ahead, it was Effect that did most of the damage in the round by himself.
In that round, in perhaps what was the play of the day, Profit used Junkrat’s Rip-Tire brilliantly by climbing the walls of the City Center and coming down from behind, flanking the enemy team for an insane three-kill ultimate. He was able to pull off such an incredible play because of the impact that Gesture and Birdring had, creating a diversion for the clever Profit as the Spitfire displayed superior teamwork, even in defeat.
Birdring continued to demonstrate exceptional marksmanship with Widowmaker in Junkertown to close out the match. But his accuracy does not end as a sniper, as he was arguably more polarizing as McCree.
In a remarkable act of patience and timing, Birdring was able to effectively take down Effect, who was coming from behind in one last attempt to stop London’s payload in the final round. After stunning and eliminating Effect, Birdring proceeded to wipe out the rest of the Fuel, leaving just Taimou, who was not enough to stop the Spitfire from reaching the point and claiming their win. Look for Birdring to continue to lead the Spitfire, along with Overwatch standout Profit, as London Spitfire continues to be a powerhouse in this league.
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