OWL Season 2 Final Week, dubbed the Kit Kat Rivalry Weekend, has concluded at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles. With this conclusion, the final teams have been decided for Top 6, who get instant seeding in the playoffs, and the Top 12 who will have a play-in tournament on August 30th and 31st to decide the final 2 spots for the season playoffs.
While there were only 8 games this week and a handful of them had no impact on the playoffs they were still entertaining nonetheless, including Vancouver squaring off against San Francisco and the long-awaited Vancouver vs. New York match.
The Story so Far…
The story this whole stage has undoubtedly been Atlanta and their run not only to Top 12 but the perfect 7-0 they accomplished to knock London out of the 6th place spot, securing Atlanta their guaranteed playoff berth. Atlanta took down Dallas 3-1 in a series that Babybay of the Reign stated afterward was a really hard match actually. It was probably one of our hardest matches this stage I think.”
They followed up this performance by dominating Boston for a clean 4-0 win. Had Atlanta lost either of these matches, London would have kept their 6th place seeding and their spot in in the playoffs, but that slot now belongs to Atlanta and we will have to see if London can comeback and earn one of the final 2 playoff spots next week.
The Titans definitely had the hardest matchups this week. The #1 seed got to face off against the #3 seed in the San Francisco Shock and #2 the New York Excelsior. The Titans and Shock have developed a bit of a rivalry this season, going toe-to-toe in the Stage 1 and 2 Finals with the Titans winning the first and the Shock winning the second.
It has been debated all season which of these two Pacific Division teams is really the best and this time, the Shock came out on top, winning a very close series 3-2.
The Titans definitely put up more of a fight than I am sure many were expecting with the Shock looking like the more dominant team in the current meta but the Titans came out and proved that, even though they lost, that they are more than the Goats one-trick team that many had them pegged as during the first 3 stages.
So how did the Titans fare against the Excelsior? Well, this game was probably also much closer than most were expecting. The Titans still appear to be a top tier team even in the forced 2-2-2 ruleset of stage 4 while the Excelsior have stumbled, entering their final game of the season with a record of 3-3 in stage 4.
The game went down to a map 5, but this time the Titans prevailed, handing the Excelsior their first stage losing record in team history. Also, if any New York fans were hoping to see Pine play, you would have been disappointed. Oh well, OWL Season 2 final week was stunning nonetheless.
The Valiant went into their homestand weekend with one goal in mind; win one game and make Top 12. They had 2 chances to secure 1 win. Unfortunately, their opponents for the weekend were both Top 6 teams in the Los Angeles Gladiators and the San Francisco Shock.
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The Valiant put up a fight against the Gladiators but fell in the end and, going into their next game, it was all but decided that they would not be making Top 12. Unfortunately for Valiant fans, they also fell to the Shock meaning that the Chengdu Hunters would claim the final spot for the play-ins.
With teams 7-12 finally decided, the play-ins can finally commence. 2 of those 6 teams will make it into the end of season playoffs where they will have a chance at becoming the OWL Season 2 Champions. The play-ins will take place on August 30th and 31st.
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