OWL Daily: Houston keeps playoff hopes alive with a reverse sweep against Mayhem

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OWL Daily: Houston keeps playoff hopes alive with a reverse sweep against Mayhem
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Game 1: Boston Uprising vs London Spitfire
Spitfire wins 4-0

The London Spitfire caught Boston out of position late on Hanamura, committing a Dragonblade dive onto both Park "Neko" Se-hyeon and Kristian "Kellex" Keller to wipe both supports and capture the point. Kim "birdring" Ji-hyeok’s McCree zoned away Boston’s dive, finding kills even at a distance to complete the map. Hong "Gesture" Jae-hee’s Primal Rage kept Boston at bay, waiting out a Sound Barrier to find kills on Neko and Lucas "NotE" Meissner. Jonathan "DreamKazper" Sanchez would return with a Dragonblade and took advantage of London’s lack of healing to advance. Kwon "Striker" Nam-joo and DreamKazper would shred through London’s frontline to go to extra rounds. Boston would be held early, as Gesture’s engagements gave enough high ground control for Birdring to clear the point. Spitfire ran a triple tank composition to bruteforce their way to a victory. Boston started off strong on Nepal, as Striker and Shin "Kalios" Woo-yeol led the attack, fending off multiple attempts from Birdring to retake the point for Round 1. DreamKazper and Note applied enough pressure to take a lead late into the map, but Gesture would find two kills to retake the point in overtime. Choi "Bdosin" Seung-tae’s Transcendence would keep his teammates healthy, as they evened up the score. Sanctum was contentious, as Striker and Birdring traded kills throughout. Profit would stay alive on point to keep London alive, resulting in a comeback win.

Boston was unable to deal with Spitfire’s dive on Hollywood Point A, but Stanislav "Mistakes" Danilov’ Tactical Visor on Soldier would stop momentum temporarily. Only a meter away from completing the point, Birdring would slice through Uprising on Genji, giving enough room for Bdosin to clean the cart to finish the map. Mistakes’ McCree would close out Point C, zoning away the dive threats. A Deadeye would be enough to force another round. London would full hold Boston in Overtime to claim their third map. On Watchpoint: Gibraltar, London would confidently push through the map, only requiring Birdring’s Widowmaker on Point C. Boston never let things out of their control, pushing two points. However, Gesture and Kim "Fury" Jun-ho would swarm the cart, pushing away the Uprising to sweep the series.

Game 2: Philadelphia Fusion vs New York Excelsior
Excelsior wins 3-1

Park "Saebyeolbe" Jong-yeol set the tempo on Volskaya Industries, destroying the entirety of the Fusion on Point A. New York was able to convert their success into ultimate control, but Fusion was able to hold them off temporarily. Eventually the dive pressure of New York would be too much, and Fusion yielded the second point. Fusion responded with dives of their own, setting up Josh "Eqo" Corona for an eventual double support kill with a Dragonblade on Point B to match New York’s result. Lee "Carpe" Jae-hyeok continued to best the Excelsior backline, forcing them out of comfortable line-of-sights, allowing Fusion to take one additional point on their second try. Despite a Carpe Pulse Bomb on Hong "ArK" Yeon-joon, Kim "MekO" Tae-hong and Kim "Mano" Dong-gyu would continue to control the point with the help from a recently respawned Ark’s Sound Barrier. Kim "Libero" Hye-sung would shut the door on any remaining Philadelphia hope with a Dragonblade. Libero continued his strong play on Nepal, as his Pharah helped New York gain an early lead on Village. Bang "JJoNak" Sung-hyeon would kill Park "DayFly" Jeong-hwan and Gael "Poko" Gouzerch to stop Fusion’s contest in overtime. Neptuno would channel his team’s aggression, striking in corridors to keep New York contained on Sanctum. After dropping the second round, Excelsior would win comfortably on Shrine, as Saebyeolbe and Mano kept the point on lockdown.

New York ran their double sniper on King’s Row, leveraging Libero’s expertise on Hanzo. Song "janus" Joon-hwa’ mobility on Winston created speed mismatches against Fusion’s tanks, as they were never able to lock him down. Uncontested, Excelsior would fire safely from range to close out the map. Eqo’s consistent aggression on Genji would eventually wear down the New York defense finishing with less than a minute remaining. While they were able to complete an additional point, they would fall to Libero’s Pharah. New York and Fusion were both able to finish their first pushes on Route 66, but Poko and Joona "Fragi" Laine would keep New York contained in overtime to escape with a map point.

Game 3: Houston Outlaws vs Florida Mayhem
Outlaws wins 3-2

Mayhem continued their improvement in play against the Houston Outlaws, relying on Kevyn "TviQ" Lindström’s Genji to clear Point A Hanamura. Mayhem was then able to propel themselves into Point B using the ultimate advantage they had now gained. TviQ made the switch to Soldier, to give themselves a safe constant damage option as the Outlaws were more concentrated on pushing the point. Austin "Muma" Wilmot led his team in a counterattack, answering with two point of their own. Ultimately, TviQ’s Nanoboosted Dragonblade would clear out the Outlaws, taking the win. Mayhem took first possession on LiJiang Tower Night Market, temporarily relinquishing the point before TviQ ended Jacob "JAKE" Lyon’s Tactical Visor with a Pulse Bomb to turn the round in Overtime. On the brink of losing Garden, TviQ went hyper, shredding down Jiri "LiNkzr" Masalin to go up 2-0.

Florida ran a triple tank composition to push first point Hollywood, but Linkzr would remain untouched on Widowmaker to end the push. With the comeback in sight, Houston pushed behind Matt "coolmatt" Iorio’s D.va, as Linkzr continued his hot streak to claim their first victory of the set. On Watchpoint: Gibraltar, Mayhem created enough duels to play their strengths as a mechanical team. Logix would kill three straight on Widowmaker to give his team enough of an advantage to continue through Point B. Houston would knock the Mayhem off the point to stop their push. Jake shook off early jitters to wipe Florida on Genji., setting up Linkzr to pick off the stragglers to bring the series to a map 5. Houston carried the momentum onto Ilios, where they swept Mayhem in two decisive rounds to avoid another loss streak.

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