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.
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|
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.
The first match of Friday in Week 4 was the San Francisco Shock facing off against the Florida Mayhem. Both teams had been winless since Week 2 and were in the bottom four teams of the league. With the Shock going into the match 2-5 verses the Mayhem 1-6, would San Francisco pull ahead or would Florida tie it up at a 2-6 record.
Closing out the first day of week 4, Houston Outlaws clashed with the San Francisco Shock. Houston came in having won their last 4 matches, going 16-0 on the maps during that run. Were they able to continue that winning streak against the Shock, or were they Shook by the loss of their prolific DPS player Linkzr?
In the final game of the first day of Overwatch League’s 4th week, which will see all the California teams play, the Houston Outlaws will take on the San Francisco Shock. While the Shock are much stronger than their 2-4 record speaks, will they be able to hold up against the Outlaws, or will they fall to the other team from Texas, after previously dropping their match against the Fuel?
For the first match of week 3 of the Overwatch League, the San Francisco Shock looked to give the London Spitfire their first loss and the first loss for an all Korean roster. The Shock came off a hard-fought victory over the Boston Uprising, and they looked to carry that momentum into tonight’s matchup. They needed to bring their A-game, because the Spitfire have defeated both teams that defeated the Shock.