Goodbye Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA and hello to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA! The host to the Overwatch League Grand Finals match between the San Francisco Shock and the Vancouver Titans was hosted there. Somehow, throughout the four stages and three metas that we have experienced this season, the two undeniably most deserving teams have ended up in the Overwatch League Grand Finals.
Both the Titans and Shock have already faced each other in high pressure situations twice this season. Their encounters were the final matches in both the Stage 1 and Stage 2 playoffs. Vancouver won the first and San Francisco winning the second.
How did the Overwatch League Grand Finals Go?
The Titans made their way through the winner’s bracket of the playoffs while the Shock had the longer road after falling in their first game to the Atlanta Reign. However, Shock’s run through the loser bracket, winning 4 straight games 4-0, had many pegging them as the favorite to win the series. This is despite the Titans also being the #1 seed entering the playoffs.
The day started off with a musical performance by Zedd, an EDM/Electro House artist who also happens to be a Grandmaster Overwatch player. After getting the crowd amped, Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, the man known by many as WutFace, made his way to the stage to announce the rosters for both teams. The players made their ways to the stage with a nice little introduction for each by Goldenboy. Following this, the matches started.
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Right away it seemed like Shock had an advantage, taking Lijiang Tower 2-0, setting the stage for the rest of the day. While Titans stuck with the same lineup for all of their games, Shock had a bit of a different strategy. Sinatraa and Striker started the day together on DPS but were swapped after the first map for Architect and Rascal. The two would play an unorthodox attack Bastion/Pharah composition on Eichenwalde.
While this match went into a second round with both teams capping out, Shock would take the win. And again, Shock would swap their DPS players heading into Temple of Anubis. Back in would come Sinatraa and Striker who would assume the roles of Doomfist and Reaper, respectively. And again Shock would come out on top 4-3, putting them at match point!
San Francisco Shock takes the Offensive
Shock attacked first and capped all 3 points with around 2 minutes remaining. This meant Vancouver would need to cap out if they wanted to keep their Grand Finals hopes alive. Unfortunately for Vancouver fans, Bastion also made an appearance on defense. Architect completely befuddled the Titans who could not deal with the pressure that he was putting out on the hero.
They only managed to cap 2 points meaning that the San Francisco Shock completed a historic playoff run, winning 20 straight maps to make themselves the Overwatch League Season 2 Champions!
The Shock players leapt from their chairs! The final member of the Titans was unable to touch the payload after being walled off by a Rascal Mei wall. The players began embracing each other while the Titans sat in their seats with stunned looks on their faces. The Shock roster and staff made their way to the center of the stage. Pete Vlastelica, Overwatch League Commissioner, and our Lord and Savior Jeff Kaplan himself, met them in order to officially proclaim the Shock champions and hand them the trophy.
At the end of the day, ChoiHyoBin, the offtank player for the Shock, was named the Grand Finals MVP. Shock won both the Grand Finals MVP and the regular season MVP with Sinatraa on their roster. This was one of the most hyped up teams entering the season and they proved why. This team has a bench roster that would be good enough to be starters on almost any team in the League. It was this depth that helped lead the Shock to the win.
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To hold us over in the meantime, the Overwatch World Cup will be starting soon! The World Cup culmination is on November 1 and 2 at Blizzcon. Until next season, Shock the World!
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