San Francisco Shock formed a partnership with University of California Berkeley. This marks new ground between NRG’s esports organization and a major university. NRG will be among the partners building a new esports complex on campus. You can find all the details here.
Built on the existing NRG roster and filled with star power, the San Francisco Shock had dreams of dominating OWL’s first season. With a 7th place finish, it wasn’t the outcome they expected. Beyond that number, however, they showed promise with DPS stars sinatraa, Babybay, and mid-season pickups Architect and off-tank ChoiHyoBin. Going into the second season, the Shock have made some impressive roster improvements. They’ve upgraded former Spitfire DPS Rascal to their full roster and gained GGEA tank smurf.
|Yoo “smurf” Myeong-Hwan||San Francisco Shock||Tank|
|Park “Viol2t” Min-ki||San Francisco Shock||Support/Flex|
|Park “Architect” Min-ho||San Francisco Shock||DPS|
|Nikola “sleepy” Andrews||San Francisco Shock||Support|
|Matthew “super” DeLisi||San Francisco Shock||Tank/Flex|
|Jay “sinatraa” Won||San Francisco Shock||DPS|
|Grant “Moth” Espe||San Francisco Shock||Support|
|Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim||San Francisco Shock||DPS|
|Choi “ChoiHyoBin” Hyo-Bin||San Francisco Shock||Tank/Flex|
|Andrej “babybay” Francisty||San Francisco Shock||DPS|
|Andreas “Nevix” Karlsson||San Francisco Shock||DPS/Flex|
The San Francisco Shock are 1-1 for the stage after week 1 and are looking to keep the momentum going. The Los Angeles Valiant is doing even better going 2-0 in the first week including a 4-0 sweep of the Seoul Dynasty. Who will win this round of the Battle of California in Stage Three, Week Two. Read more …
Well, it’s been a busy week for the Overwatch League. Last week’s games surprised just about everybody- that Valiant 4-0 against the Dynasty? Or Boston’s, against the apparently-struggling Outlaws? It looks like teams are getting a fresh start this stage, and that means big changes are on the horizon. It couldn’t come at a better time for some teams- or at a worse time, for others. Read more …
The Seoul Dynasty enter the match, after being steamrolled in their Stage 3 opener by the Los Angeles Valiant, looking for not just the victory but for vindication that they are still a force to be reckoned with. The San Francisco Shock come into the arena with all their players of age and into the Stage that on paper should be theirs. They opened with a win over the Los Angeles Gladiators and are looking to extend that and lay claim by declawing the tiger.
Stage 3 has begun with a…well, kinda a whimper. Shanghai’s new roster didn’t solve their winless issues, but may have been eye-opening to fans and players alike just how hard language barriers are to overcome. Seoul limped into the Stage, dropping 4 maps to the LA Valiant, whose mid season tactic of ‘burn it all down’ when it comes to their roster may have preened the toxicity out to return the Valiant to their Stage 1 standards. With the last game of the night, San Francisco Shock took on the .500 Los Angeles Gladiators for an inter-state rivalry match to either assert LA dominance over their brethren from the bay, or begin the push for SF to climb the ladder.
San Francisco (don’t dare call them San Fran) Shock take on the Los Angeles Gladiators in the late game as Stage 3 kicks off tonight. The Shock come into Stage 3 9th overall with a 6-14 record and a 15 map deficit, while the Gladiators come in just one spot above them in 8th, with an even 10-10 record and just barely in the red on maps at -1. The Shock have remained quiet over the break with no trade announcements, while the Gladiators have acquired “Silkthread” from the LA Valiant. Will the acquisition of the high-profile DPS player catapult the Gladiators ahead of their interstate rivals, or will San Francisco begin to narrow the gap?
I had a pretty strange conversation, probably ten or so times, in the week or so leading up to the first days of the Overwatch League. Didn’t matter if it was my mom, or my girlfriend, or my boss, or my coworkers, or my roommates. It went a bit like this. Every. Time.
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It is Wednesday, my Dudes, and that means more Overwatch League. Today we had the San Francisco Shock up against the Florida Mayhem. One of them causing a major Mayhem in the standings, while the other is simply looking to try out their new roster. Who’ll come ahead today? The Mayhem? Or the Shock?