Game 1: Florida Mayhem vs London Spitfire
Spitfire wins 3-1
The London Spitfire came into the match hoping to keep pace with their compatriots, Seoul Dynasty, while the Florida Mayhem made it their mission to silence some of their doubters after a shaky preseason. In a commanding first game, the Mayhem would take advantage of a small mistake in overtime on London’s attack and pull ahead with a series-opening win on Dorado. Spitfire struck back after some clutch ultimates from Kim "birdring" Ji-Kyeok and Park "Profit" Jun-Young, holding Mayhem to only 1 point over the following three maps.
While Spitfire demonstrated their strength in Tracer-Genji compositions, Andreas "Logix" Berghmans and Tim "Manneten" Bylund showcased Misfits was not just Kevyn "TviQ" Lindström. Mannetan’s high impact D.va self-destructs and Logix’s pinpoint aim on McCree gave a glimpse into the massive potential the team hinted at during their performance in Overwatch Contenders. The Mayhem have yet to find a victory as a team, but a deceptively close first series will only offer encouragement looking forward.
Game 2: Philadelphia Fusion vs Houston Outlaws
Fusion wins 3-2
The Philadelphia Fusion remained Overwatch League’s greatest mystery entering the regular season. After player issues forced Fusion to sit out the entirety of the pre-season, many pundits predicted them to languish in the bottom half of the table. That’s likely no longer the case.
Lee "Carpe" Jae-Hyeok and Georgii "ShaDowBurn" Gushcha reminded us what made FaZe Clan such a devastating opponent, by diving aggressively into the enemy backlines and trusting their tanks to follow suit. Joona "Fragi" Laine debuted in style by showing he was more than just an aggressive Reinhardt main, while Gael "Poko" Gouzerch proved he too could stand out on the big stage, with exceptional performances on both D.va and Zarya.
The Outlaws would come back swinging off of strong performances from Jake "JAKE" Lyon and Jiri "LiNkzr" Masalin. Jake’s methodical Junkrat play forced Carpe out of his comfort zone when flanking, creating room for Shane "Rawkus" Flaherty and Austin "Muma" Wilmot to dissect the defense. A decisive last second pick from Jake’s RIP tire sent the series into the League’s first fifth game, where the Fusion would control the tempo through their controlled aggression and clinch the victory.
Not a bad first day back.
Game 3: Boston Uprising vs New York Excelsior
New York Excelsior wins 3-1
Is anyone else scared of how good NYXL will look with Flow3r?
As one of the greatest intercity rivals in sports history, the Boston vs New York match promised a tense affair… and so it proved, at least for the first two games.
Boston would set the pace early, streaking through the first two points off of a formidable double sniper Bastion composition. Gwon "Striker" Namju’s Hanzo would prevent NYXL from stabilizing, using Dragonstrike as a way to dig out New York’s static defense setups. A hero ultimate from Kim "Mano" Dong-Gyu late in Boston’s attack would hold the Uprising just before the last point. NYXL struck back hard, grouping up into a good, old-fashioned deathball and relying on Park "Saebyeolbe" Jong-Ryeol’s McCree to control flankers and secure the first map victory.
Horizon Lunar Colony set the stage for a much more cohesive Boston unit. Noh "Gamsu" Yeong-jin and Shin "Kalios" WooYul utilized more effective target-calling to clear the squishy support line, and they paved the way for Jonathan "DreamKazper" Sanchez to clean up fights on his Genji. After finishing the first set of rounds with almost five minutes left on the clock, Boston was able to outlast Excelsior and tie the series up.
Sensing a momentum swing, New York would make a key substitution, bringing in Kim "Pine" Do-Hyeon for Kim "Libero" Hae-Seong. Sacrificing Libero’s versatility, New York would pose a counter to Boston’s flank centric play by returning Saebyeolbe to his comfort Tracer and bringing in Pine’s legendary McCree. They never looked back.
Pine’s exceptional aim limited Dreamkazper and Striker on Illios, bulldozing down any challengers in a clean 2-0 map win. Even though New York would bring back Libero for the decisive fourth map, the damage had been done. Boston was unable to recover, as New York limited them to only one point on Numbani on their way to taking a 3-1 series victory.
Tomorrow’s fixtures start with a Contenders Season 0 Finals rematch between the Los Angeles Valiant and the Dallas Fuel. Florida Mayhem and Boston Uprising will both look to avenge tough losses in the second match, before the day ends with the San Francisco Shock taking on the Shanghai Dragons.
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