The Best Overwatch League Matches From Week 3
By Steve Toroni
Another week is completed in the Overwatch League and no team is left undefeated. The powerhouses of the New York Excelsior, the Seoul Dynasty and the London Spitfire were all taken down in Week Three, and in dramatic fashion. Momentum is building in year one of the Overwatch League and it is just getting started.
Let's break down the two best matches from Week Three.
Week Three: Day Two
London Spitfire vs. Boston Uprising
The underdog Boston Uprising started the day off coming from behind in Numbani thanks to a dominant performance in map one by London’s Jun-Ho “Fury” Kim, who was brilliantly running D.Va. Jonathon “Dreamkazper” Sanchez did his best to counter the Spitfire’s high-powered attack, demonstrating stellar play using both Pharah and McCree. But London would prevail in map one with Ji-Hyeok “Birdring” Kim and Dong-Eun “Hooreg” Lee carrying their team to victory with clutch plays as Tracer and McCree respectively.
The two teams would go into a fifth map to decide the match which was surprisingly dominated by Boston, which was led by Lucas “NotE” Meissner as D.Va. NotE really controlled the contesting zone and made it very difficult for Birdring and company to establish their presence. The win served as the first loss of the season for London, making the Boston Uprising a legitimate threat.
Keys to Victory
Boston was decisive early in matches and it either paid off in a big way or left them vulnerable. In map two of Anubis, the Uprising were effective in taking Birdring’s Widowmaker off of his defensive position, setting up a Boston flank that would not be stopped. The Uprising were able to complete the map with an unprecedented six minutes remaining. Namju “Striker” Gwon’s Tracer was unmatched in the third map by being able to neutralize multiple positions with his speed and versatility. NotE’s ability defend the contesting point was crucial for holding off a persistent and talented Spitfire club in LiJiang Tower.
Dreamkazper stood out as the most dominant force for the Uprising throughout the day. Picking off the Spitfire as Widowmaker at Illios played a pivotal role in their victory of the map. His Dragon Blade as Genji pushed back London in the final moments of the match as he inflicted tremendous damage on a reeling Spitfire team to confirm a win for the Uprising.
Week Three: Day Three
Seoul Dynasty Vs. New York Excelsior
This match was back and forth from the beginning as Seoul was able to defend point for the opening score of map one. Despite Hae-Seong “Libero” Kim winning the aerial-Pharah fight against Byung-Sun “Fleta” Kim, Fleta was able to damage the rest of NYXL early to help Seoul defend the payload.
Dae-Kuk “Kuki” Kim’s Primal Rage pushed the Excelsior into the midst of a Dynasty attack that neutralized New York. This allowed Je-Hong “ryujehong” Ryu as Zenyatta and the rest of the Seoul defense to hold off the Excelsior’s last push. But it was the NYXL cohesiveness as a unit that allowed them to take over Eichenwalde.
Drama was high in map two as the Dynasty came out flat in their attempt to best New York’s strategy of two supports behind a quad-tank lineup. Leading the tanks to steamroll the Dynasty, it was Seong-Hyun “Jjonak” Bang as Moira that was able to dominate by generating Coalescence in a ridiculous 33 seconds to start round two of the map. The two powerhouses had a number of team battles on the point in the Horizon Lunar Colony, which resulted in some of the best action of Week Three and perhaps in OverWatch League history.
After trading wins in Oasis and Junkertown, there was an epic tie-breaking bout in Lijiang Tower. New York outlasted Seoul and Tae-Hong “Meko” Kim put the Dynasty away for good with a four-kill streak as D.Va that included eliminating Seoul’s Mercy to dismiss any resurrection by the opposition. The New York Excelsior are now considered the top team in the Overwatch League after the impressive performance.
Keys to Victory
Ridiculous timing was the key to success for New York as they often put themselves in a hole through self-inflicted mistakes. After failing to Seoul in the opening round, New York started off hot in one of the most brilliant sequences seen in the Overwatch league.
Fleta made a switch from Pharah to Widowmaker to start off the round and New York seemed to collectively decide to stall him right away. Once the match started Fleta looked to achieve position in an attempt to keep New York at bay. This plan was foiled by Dong-Gyu “Mano” Kim’s Orisa as he was able to pull the sniper into close quarters using Halt, setting up a well-timed hook by Meko’s Roadhog and leaving Fleta completely vulnerable to JJonak’s loaded Orb of Destruction to complete the three-step combo.
It was New York’s ability to get off to a fast start that attributed to victory for the Excelsior throughout the day. As pointed out by JJonak’s superb play with Moira in the final round, being aggressive early and with intent paid off big for NYXL.
Libero single-handedly got New York back on track in map one as Genji in some brilliant play, taking out Seoul’s entire attack with a vicious Dragon Blade. He again was able to hold off Seoul from contesting point as Roadhog, accumulating a series of kills to finish the attack in the Lunar Colony and achieving the point.
His consistent play with a wide variety of heroes was demonstrated later on as Pharah with yet another clutch play. Just five percent away from taking Oasis, Seoul made one last push into the zone with a valiant attempt. With the help of Jong-Ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park on the ground, Libero was clutch yet again-this time in the air, sending down a Barrage wiping out two Dynasty players and sealing the victory for New York.
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