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Overwatch League: Week 3 Roundup

Now no one is undefeated!
Overwatch League: Week 3 Roundup
Things are really getting spicy with the Overwatch League, as no more teams remain undefeated at the end of week three! That’s right, the mighty Seoul Dynasty, New York Excelsior, and London Spitfire all lost this week, though they still hold their respective top spots in the standings with five wins and one loss. Houston, the Los Angeles Valiant, and Philadelphia take the next three spots, each with four wins and two losses. Shanghai is the only team to remain winless, though they did take a map off Seoul and played five maps with Philadelphia. The biggest stories from week three highlight a couple of major upsets from the Boston Uprising (3-3) and the Philadelphia Fusion. Boston is quickly becoming the dark horse of Overwatch League, playing much better than most were expecting. This time around, they became the first mixed roster to defeat a full-Korean team in the London Spitfire. In the very next match, Philadelphia, yet another mixed roster, took New York to five maps and eventually came out with a win as well. Let’s see why some of this played out the way it did.

Boston Uprising vs. London Spitfire (3-2 final score)

Boston seems to have come out of nowhere over their last couple of matches. They’ve found a lot of success in sticking to the basics, and it all starts with Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez. DreamKazper was always solid back in his Tempo Storm days, but it seems as though playing for the Boston Uprising has unlocked his full potential. Even in this Mercy meta, he’s able to come out on top with early kills that count, and that’s a large part of why Boston gave London such a hard time. [caption id="attachment_100473" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Jonathan "DreamKazper" Sanchez Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment[/caption] Time and again throughout the set, Boston set London up for some amazing DreamKazper kills. It was almost like watching traps spring into action, where Boston’s tanks would force supports and DPS out of position, leaving their fates to the gods - or a few Genji shurikens to the head. London couldn’t seem to put a lid on this one. DreamKazper and Nam-joo “Striker” Kwon always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. It should be noted that London did appear to have some communication issues yet again. This was a problem for them in the early going, and it looks like they still haven’t quite ironed out all those kinks. There was a particular play on Temple of Anubis where they lost both supports before their push even really started. Boston never missed an opportunity to cash in on those errors. If London can’t stay consistent with protecting their back line and target prioritization, it isn’t unreasonable to say that a team like Houston or the Los Angeles Valiant have a shot at nabbing third place.

Philadelphia Fusion vs. New York Excelsior (3-2 final score)

For Philadelphia, it was never a matter of if they would perform well, but how soon they’d be able to get everything together. They’ve come out strong already, proving that they’re a force to be reckoned with after taking down the mighty New York Excelsior. Though it was a team effort, one can’t help but applaud the DPS duo of Georgii “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha and Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee. The former FaZe teammates have been a wrecking ball for awhile now, and they continue that trend in Overwatch League. You really just have to look at how Dorado turned out in this set to appreciate what ShaDowBurn and Carpe bring to the table. So many times did it look like Philadelphia stood no chance, but so many times did these two come out of seemingly nowhere to put their team in position to win the fight. ShaDowBurn with his patient Dragonblades, and Carpe with his sneaky attacks kept New York away with mere centimeters to go for a victory. [caption id="attachment_100474" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Joona__fragi__Laine_pumps_fists-1024x683.jpg Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment[/caption] After a dramatic hold, the fight went to the fifth and final map - Lijiang Tower. After taking Night Market, Philadelphia came out quick on Garden, this time with ShaDowBurn on a virtually uncontested Pharah. He was really the key to this fight, as New York took a bit too long to field a counter, and even then, they opted to go with Soldier 76 - not the best for pro play. New York did manage to make the fight intense toward the end, but it wouldn’t be enough to keep them out of the loss column. New York made some questionable decisions throughout the match. Combine that with a lackluster performance by the “Big Boss” himself, Do-Hyeon “Pine” Kim, and the results speak for themselves. Indeed, he wasn’t able to keep pace with Carpe at all on Widowmaker or McCree whatsoever, leading to a rather embarrassing round on Ilios. New York did go on to upset Seoul in their next match, however, so it looks like they worked on some of their issues.