2018-04-20 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

This weekend wrapped up the qualifier stages for the Overwatch League Summer Showdown and determined seeding for next week’s tournament. The APAC region continued to be cut-throat as the Guangzhou Charge surged in their performances, coming in second to the Shanghai Dragons only in map differential. Meanwhile, in the North American region, the San Francisco Shock cemented themselves as the best before the tournament even starts with a decisive win over the top NA seed, the Philadelphia Fusion.



Chengdu Hunters 1 v 3 Guangzhou Charge
Seoul Dynasty 1 v 3 Shanghai Dragons
Hangzhou Spark 0 v 3 London Spitfire
Florida Mayhem 3 v 2 Houston Outlaws
Dallas Fuel 3 v 0 Toronto Defiant
Vancouver Titans 3 v 0 Boston Uprising
Washington Justice 1 v 3 Los Angeles Gladiators


Shanghai Dragons 3 v 0 Hangzhou Spark
Chengdu Hunters 0 v 3 Seoul Dynasty
New York Excelsior 2 v 3 Guangzhou Charge
Los Angeles Valiant 1 v 3 Paris Eternal
Atlanta Reign 3 v 0 Vancouver Titans
Philadelphia Fusion 0 v 3 San Francisco Shock
Washington Justice 3 v 1 Boston Uprising


Florida Mayhem 3 v 2 Houston Outlaws

Both Florida and Houston are teams that have showed a lot of promise and improvement compared to past seasons. Florida has a higher ranking going into the match, but both have so much to gain from a win. All eyes were on the DPS players, but specifically the flanker players. Jun-ki “Yaki” Kim on the Genji for Florida and Dante “Danteh” Cruz on the Tracer for Houston were the two to watch. The duels between these two usually determined the big team fight wins. Florida took the early lead with a win on the first two maps. Houston was able to force the game five off some impressive plays on Blizzard World. But, Florida also made a few mistakes for the Outlaws to benefit from. In the end, Florida turned from a passive play-style to a more aggressive one for game give and took the series win.

New York Excelsior 2 v 3 Guangzhou Charge

One of the closest matches of the weekend, the Guangzhou Charge vs the New York Excelsior is a must-watch. New York was ahead in the standings, but Guangzhou has been on the rise. The series went back and forth but New York was generally in control, playing a bit more defensively while Guangzhou showed a more aggressive playstyle. Once New York was on match point, Guangzhou started to surge. They managed to fully hold New York on map four in Blizzard World, though New York didn’t do themselves any favors and made a few key ultimate mistakes. In map five the Charge were in firm control and took the win, allowing them to finally overtake New York in the standings.

Philadelphia Fusion 0 v 3 San Francisco Shock

Everyone has been waiting for this match. Both Philadelphia and San Francisco are at the top of the leader board, this match would give us the answer to who is the stronger team. The Shock took a strong leader on map one thanks to a dominant Widowmaker performance from Seonchang “ANS” Lee. San Francisco goes on to map 2 and secure an incredible time bank of over 5 minutes and then hold the Fusion at point B, putting them up match point in the series. Philadelphia comes back after the half and finally look competitive, but San Francisco still has the edge and take the win, completing the clean sweep.

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