Summer Showdown: Paris Eternal, Guangzhou Charge on Top

The Paris Eternal and the Guangzhou Charge rose to the occasion to take their region’s respective Summer Showdown. Paris defeated the no. 1 seed San Francisco Shock 3-2 in the semi-finals in an all-time Overwatch League contest before another classic 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Fusion in the grand finals. The Charge took down an equally scary opponent in the Shanghai Dragons 4-2 in the Asia region.

Paris qualified as the eighth seed in the tournament and ran through the Dallas Fuel and Vancouver Titans before edging out the Shock. Rookie DPS Yeong-han “SP9RK1E” Kim played an amazing Genji, disrupting the Shock throughout the semi-final match. Taking Rialto in a 6-5 marathon and then a 2-1 victory on Oasis control, Paris pushed the heavily favored Shock out of the tournament.

This set up a match against the Philadelphia Fusion, who had not been challenged up to that point. A pair of 3-0s against the Outlaws and Defiant had them geared for what they thought was a rematch against the Shock, who they’d contested with for the best team in NA for the past few months. Instead, they got a rude awakening in the Eternal.

Paris took control on Lijang Tower to start off before the Fusion responded with two consecutive map wins. The Eternal clawed their way back though, taking a 3-2 series lead after a 2-0 control on Nepal. Philadelphia won a tight Blizzard World setting up a Rialto game seven. Eternal began on offense, pushing the payload just through two of the three waypoints. Yet they stopped Fusion in a team fight just before they could send the game to overtime, winning the Summer Showdown.

Guangzhou, meanwhile, had a less daring run to the grand finals. They 3-0’d Chengdu Hunters and the New York Excelsior before facing the Dragons. They even went up 3-0 in the grand finals before dropping an escort and control to force a game six. Yet the Charge remained unphased, taking a Hybrid on Blizzard World to take the victory. 

Overwatch League teams will take a weekend off before resuming matches on July 17. Paris has two rematches from Summer Showdown as they face the Titans and Defiant in week 24. The Charge has just one match against London. This should get teams ready before the Countdown Cup from August 2 to 9.