In the second match of the Overwatch League Preseason the San Francisco Shock fall to the Los Angeles Valiant in 5 maps. Taco breaks down the Valiant win over the Shock as the depth of the Valiant helped push them over the edge.
Date: December 6th, 2017
Game 1 (Junkertown) Valiant Win 3-2
Junkertown opened with the Valiant on the attack. They came out with a composition built around Orisa and Bastion, which has come to be the norm on this map. While it was a hard-fought battle, they managed to push through in overtime and finish the map.
In the second round with the Shock on attack arguably they looked stronger than the Valiant did, and with a similar team composition. The Valiant managed to stall out the Shock on the final point, and Silkthread closed things out with some serious moves with his Dragonblade.
Game 2 (Horizon Lunar Colony) Shock Win 3-2
The Valiant start on attack once again. Nothing particularly shocking from the team compositions, with Junkrat and Solider: 76 the attacking DPS and Orisa and Widowmaker on defense being the main character choices of note. The Valiant push through point A relatively quickly before hitting a bit of a wall on point B. Wave after wave of attack from LA was pushed back before the war of ultimate economies left Unkoe with an uncontested Transcendance into overtime which allowed the Valiant to capture point B.
There’s not a lot to say about the San Francisco attack other than clinical. They pushed through point A very quickly before smashing through point B with minutes remaining. In the Overtime push the Shock pushed through point A again with no trouble sealing a fairly definitive win from the boys from the bay.
Game 3 (Ilios) Shock Wins 2-1
A fun set of maps where all three went to 99% on both sides, but San Francisco edged out Los Angeles to take a 2-1 win on the map and in the series. A major highlight of this map was Los Angeles subbing off SoOn and Unkoe for Grimreality and Verbo. While they lost the change of pace would prove advantageous for the Valiant and it’s really interesting to get to start seeing teams use their depth and how those players can affect a match.
Game 4 (Numbani) Valiant Wins 4-3
Another super tight matchup the Valiant edge out the Shock to take a win here. The teams go to tiebreakers again and the Valiant manage to squeak through. Another exceptionally close map to keep the match interesting and push things to a fifth map. SoOn came back in for the Valiant and a clutch pulse bomb in overtime is what pushed them over the top here.
Game 5 (Lijiang Tower) Valiant Wins 2-0
The least competitive of the five maps, the Valiant take this set in two. The first round when to overtime, with the Valiant squeaking out 100 to 99, though map two was dominated by LA 100 to 28. While San Francisco certainly defied expectations tonight, the Valiant’s addition of SoOn and Unkoe from Rogue seems to be the real differentiating factor in this match. After struggling in Contenders Season One it’s clear that the Valiant are much improved with the recent additions.
Match Score: 3-2 Los Angeles Valiant Victory
MVP: SoOn (Los Angeles Valiant)
Match Rating: 7.5/10
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