Fresh off a tough week, we have the Dallas Fuel looking to spark up a win against the San Francisco Shock. Are we going to see San Francisco shake things up? Or will the Fuel set fire to any hopes of victory?
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 last game of week 2 is another Battle at the Bottom. Both the Shanghai Dragons and the San Francisco Shock are 0-3 in Stage 2 and each would like to keep from joining the Florida Mayhem with a 0-4 record at the end of week 2. The Dragons are especially hungry for a win as their league standing is currently 0-13 and are hoping that tonight will be their first win. The Shock is desperately trying to avoid becoming the team that lost to Shanghai.
Apparently I’ve slowly transitioned into the temporary San Francisco Shock writer here at Overwatchscore. I covered both their games during week 1 of Stage 2, and start week 2 with another NoCal vs SoCal match. Shock fans and anyone working for San Francisco (if you read this) I promise my writing has been and will improve. <3
San Francisco Shock fell to both Seoul Dynasty and Los Angeles Gladiators last week, but Wednesday night they took on the struggling Los Angeles Valiant. Valiant fell 0-4 to the Dynasty last week (a team Shock managed to at least take a map off of), and struggled a bit against bottom of the table team Shanghai Dragons. Were the 5th place Valiant able to return to their winning ways? Or did the Shock keep their adversary off their game and improve to 4-9 to close the gap with 9th place ranked Dallas Fuel.
San Francisco Shock pulled back to back opening day games against the Los Angeles teams to start this Stage. Last week, the meeting with the newly bolstered Gladiators didn’t quite go as planned, but this week they have another chance to show the Los Angeles Valiant whose got the better city. Will they be able to reverse their unfortunate start to the second stage? Or will the Valiant drop the Shock to 0-3 on the Stage and 0-4 cumulative against their in state rivals?
In the third and final game of the 3rd day of Week 1, Stage 2, Seoul Dynasty looked to continue their climb back towards the top of the table, as they took on the San Francisco Shock at Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles. I think everyone coming into this game expected the Dynasty to reign supreme and take down the Shock, but could the scrappy team in orange “Shock” the favorites, and begin their own climb out of the bottom half of the table?
Day One of Stage 2 concluded with the Los Angeles Gladiators taking on the San Francisco Shock. San Francisco hadn’t made any roster moves over the break, but it needs to be mentioned that the transition away from the Mercy meta was embraced with relief by the Shock, as they really never seemed comfortable with the Valkyrie. Los Angeles, on the other hand, made one of the most high profile acquisitions between the stages as they looked to shore up their Tank lineup by bringing in Fissure from the London Spitfire.
Let’s be honest, coming into this game, on paper, we all feel like the Seoul Dynasty should destroy the San Francisco Shock….right?! Well if Valiant showed the OWL world anything Wednesday, it’s that the Dynasty has an exploitable Achilles’ Heel. Seoul’s Support play is severely lacking as of late. I’m not sure if this is the result of attempting to change things up against London, or just that the rest of the League has caught on to how Seoul plays. If any player can take advantage of the seemingly crumbling Support players on Seoul, it would be San Francisco’s own Sleepy. Did Seoul rebound? Did their communication issues continue? Were the SF Shock able to quiet the Dynasty dreams of reigning supreme? Seoul needed to win all four maps to keep their Title Match hopes alive. Would they be able to do it, or would San Francisco keep to their name and Shock the Dynasty, as I predicted, forcing 5 maps and knocking Seoul out of the race?
In the second game on Friday, the Seoul Dynasty will battle the San Francisco Shock, as the Dynasty try to salvage their crumbling stage for a playoff berth. After having started the stage so well, Seoul will need a full sweep of San Francisco to keep their hopes alive.
I will be covering the Seoul vs. San Francisco match tonight, look for my coverage and recap of the maps on Twitter, and after the match here on Overwatchscore.