Deep into the 2020 Overwatch League season, the San Francisco Shock are once again showing their dominance. With a 3-0 dispatch of the Philadelphia Fusion on Sunday, the Shock are 14-2 and haven’t lost since March 29.
The reigning champions were often not considered the best team in 2020. This is partially due to the pandemic splitting the season and the inconsistent matches throughout. Although credit is due to the Fusion, who many believed to be the strongest despite never defeating the Shock.
Now, San Francisco Shock have secured the 1st seed in the Summer Showdown set to take place this weekend. Sitting behind them are the Atlanta Reign, the Fusion and the Vancouver Titans in the top 4 seeds.
Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim came out on Brigette on map 1 to help push domination for the Shock on control. Seonchang “ANS” Lee was brilliant on the Widowmaker. The Fusion attempted to mirror the Shock’s setup but never pressured them as they wanted.
This doesn’t mean that the Shock are in any way comfortable. This weekend, they’ll have to find a way to beat out the other top NA teams to further cement their claim to the throne. Saturday, July 4 they will begin their run at the Summer Showdown.
This has to be the most heated moment of the OWL season so far. The top teams in the NA region are all very close and are being given this tournament format to shine. That is a part of what makes this tournament experience a solid fix for the OWL.
The OWL season was shooting for one of its important goals: homestands. Obviously, COVID shut this down, and it forced the league into a wall. With declining viewership and top players jumping ship, these tournaments look to be a lifeline more than anything.
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Nate is a student at DePaul University in Chicago IL, studying Communication and Technology. He first watched MLG Anaheim 2013 and has been hooked on esports ever since, primarily with FPS games. A proud proponent of the correct spelling of "esports" (never eSports or e-sports).