The first game of Thursday evening’s events was also the most important, with the Houston Outlaws and Philadelphia Fusion going at it to secure their spot in the playoffs. Here’s how the day went down.
Houston Outlaws vs. Philadelphia Fusion
If Blizzard World was any indicator, it looked like the Outlaws were in for a rough outing. After losing the map to an inexcusable C9, they regained their composure and turned things around. Everyone showed up after that first map, completing a 3-1 victory that gave them one more day of playoff hopes.
JAKE had a particularly good day on Junkrat, often coming up with clutch Rip-Tires that kept the Outlaws in the fight. However, it was CoolMatt who breathed life into the team with a massive D.Va bomb on Horizon Lunar Colony. Things were looking very bleak until that point, and the team was able to build on that feeling to bring home a very important win.
Score: Outlaws 3 – Fusion 1
MVP: CoolMatt – Without that huge ultimate on Horizon, there’s no telling how the day would have ended.
Florida Mayhem vs. London Spitfire
This one was arguably over before it even started. The Mayhem opted to appeal to their fans in this match, starting Cwoosh and Zappis for a full European lineup. Without Awesomeguy or Sayaplayer in the mix, there was little chance that they would be able to keep up with the Spitfire’s frontline or DPS.
Indeed, there was little to write home about. Cwoosh and Zappis did have some good individual plays, and Tviq stepped up from time to time, but they couldn’t hold off the Spitfire. It would be yet another unceremonious loss for the red and yellow.
Score: Mayhem 0 – Spitfire 4
MVP: Bdosin – With 28,102 damage and 27,446 healing on Zenyatta, Bdosin takes the honors.
New York Excelsior vs. Boston Uprising
Among the biggest disappointments in Stage Four, the Uprising have left their fans feeling deflated for weeks. They’re well out of contention for the stage finals, this meta hasn’t done them any favors, and losing their coach, Crusty, seems to have been a bigger issue that previously thought. Whatever the case has been, the Uprising dug deep and found something special for the NYXL.
Switching things up again, they had Striker on Widowmaker and Mistakes on Tracer. With DPS on point, the other X-factor was Neko, who hadn’t played in a little while. Not to worry – he was great in his support role. The stars were aligned for the Uprising in this match, as they went on to upset the NYXL once again. It’s too bad they aren’t in the race for another finals appearance, because this would have been a huge victory.
Score: NYXL 1 – Uprising 3MVP: Mistakes – Taking the Tracer crown away from Striker is difficult, but Mistakes has clearly been putting in time in the lab.