Overwatch League Playoffs – Philadelphia Stuns Boston

2018-06-08 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

The familiar lights and sounds radiate throughout the Blizzard Arena. The familiar voice of Puckett welcomes us at the desk alongside Bren and Sideshow. Before we know it the players appear in the tunnel and are seated on stage. Finally, after what has felt like an eternity of a month, we are welcomed back to the Overwatch League. That’s right, Overwatch League fans – it’s playoff time.

 

Philadelphia shows up against the Uprising

 

The match began on Dorado, the only map in the series in which each time shared the same record going in (6-4). Behind the shield of SADO and the headclicks of Carpe, the Fusion started off with a very strong first push capping all three points with time to spare. After that, the underdog Fusion never looked back and held the Uprising to just the first point.

 

On Oasis, the Uprising looked revitalized and took City Center and Gardens with ease to tie the series up 1-1. After looking cold on Dorado, winning this map prevented Boston from a series sweep and allowed them to catch their breath at halftime.

 

2018-04-25 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

 

Coming out of halftime was the breaking point for Philly. Considering Boston’s considerable map advantage and the momentum of having won Oasis, the Fusion needed to grab a win on Eichenwalde to stay in the match.

 

They did just that – and more.

 

2018-05-17 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

 

With Eqo popping off on Hanzo with 40 eliminations (and a Dragonstrike nearly every fight!) the Fusion #pjdominated Eichenwalde and took a 2-1 lead in the series. After that, it seemed that the Fusion could not be stopped and took Volskaya Industries with an unorthodox triple DPS lineup. Their defense matched their stellar offense and the Fusion officially handed Boston their first ever loss on Volskaya.

 

Final Score: Fusion 3 – Uprising 1

Although Boston looked dominant on Oasis, they just couldn’t get payload maps figured out. With Kellex often dying early and the DPS of the Fusion looking well-acquainted with the new playoff meta, this sets the stage for a very interesting series. We will have to wait and see how the Uprising respond on Friday with their playoff hopes on the line. You can see the full playoff schedule here.

 

Connor
Connor's passion for Esports began in 2010 as he qualified for Pokemon VGC nationals and has since transitioned to covering Overwatch. He provides an analytical yet creative perspective in his coverage of the Overwatch League and hopes to continue developing as an Esports writer. Check him out on Twitter here.
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