The Shanghai Dragons dominated the Chengdu Hunters to win the Summer Showdown by a score of 4-1.
The is the Dragons’ second monthly tournament championship in a row after winning the June Joust last month.
The Dragons started off the tournament strong with a clean sweep against the Atlanta Reign. Shanghai followed it up with a much closer 3-2 affair against the Chengdu Hunters to secure a finals appearance. The Dragons would face their previous opponents the Chengdu Hunters after they made quick work of the Dallas Fuel.
The Hunters appeared to have made an effective change heading into their rematch with the Dragons. Chengdu started the series by taking Ilios. The win was the first time this stage that the Dragons have lost a control map. But the Dragons came back strong, winning the next three maps to push themselves to championship point. The Hunters appeared to have no solution for the Dragons after map one and even put in the infamous main tank Ding “Ameng” Menghan to try to compete with Pan-seung “Fate” Koo’s Wrecking Ball. But despite Ameng’s antics on the Ball, the Dragons defeated the Hunters to win their second title this year.
The Dragons are now only the second OWL franchise to win consecutive stage titles, with the first being the 2018 NYXL. The Dragons are ready to chase the one accomplishment that has evaded the team: an Overwatch League Title. With today’s win, the Dragons clinched the first seed in the Eastern Region and have locked up a playoff berth.
The Shanghai Dragons will have a short break before they continue their hunt for the title. The Dragons will return on July 31st to take on the Philadelphia Fusion in their first Countdown Cup match.
In the meantime, catch up on the voices of the Overwatch League through our Overwatch League Casters and Analysts Article, or check out some highlights from previous OWL matches on the Overwatch League Highlight Channel.