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?
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|
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?
Every Sunday Overwatch League Co-Founders Taco & Mash host a roundup of the latest and greatest of the week’s storylines. We partnered with the great folks over at eStarz to produce what we think is a super enjoyable show. This week we covered topics spanning the Houston Outlaws issue’s fielding an impactful Tracer player, how good the Los Angeles Gladiators have suddenly gotten, who’s been hiding in the Philadelphia Fusion’s tree house, and much more!
The San Francisco Shock are surging of late and they come up against the London Spitfire, who are fresh off a loss against the Los Angeles Gladiators in Week 3. Danteh and Babybay will be looking to put on a showing to management that says they deserve their spots in the starting roster despite recently signing Architect and Moth as well as Sinatraa turning 18. London will be looking to bounce back after a hard loss to a team led by Fissure, whom they traded away.
New York vs San Francisco, we got ourselves an East vs West showdown. New York coming off a sweet revenge victory is coming into this match looking for a perfect 2-0 week. San Francisco will be having upset on their minds after just seeing the Spitfire fall to the Gladiators. Which of these teams was able to come up on top and continue its progress towards the stage two playoffs.