Posted 30th July 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The inaugural season of the Overwatch League has finally come to an end with London Spitfire emerging victorious, the same underdog team that turned the tables upside down and defeated Los Angeles Valiant in the playoffs. The grand finals saw the Spitfire beating Philadelphia Fusion at Barclays Center, New York in a swift victory and taking home the $1,000,000 tournament prize.
Philadelphia Fusion was the heavy favorite, so when London Spitfire entered the arena last Saturday, they were greeted with boos and banging. Clearly, it was a match between the massive underdog and the guaranteed favorite. As a matter of fact, Spitfire’s Jae-hee “Gesture”, revealed in a press conference that they were really outnumbered in terms of moral support, he said: “Generally speaking, in our matches this season, we’ve almost always had more opposing fans than our fans at the stadium. I don’t think it affects us that much. Knowing we have all the London fans cheering for us is enough.”
The London fans were indeed enough as Spitfire outplayed Fusion with a 3-0 and 3-1 easy, swift victories. Due to their calm coordination, casters and analysts had even predicted that Spitfire’s tank and support heroes could outweigh the combined forces of Fusion’s damage-dealers. They were right. Fusion’s damage-dealers, Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee and Josue “Eqo” Corona were no match to Spitfire’s duo players Ji-Hyeok “Birdring” Kim and Jun-Young “Profit” Park. Fusion was known as a consistent team, support player Alberto “Neptuno” Gonzales Molinillo and tank player Gael “Poko” Gouzerch actually pulled off outstanding plays, but the pressure got the best of them.
After the game, the OWL’s MVP award was given to Profit”. He said that his team’s success was “indescribable”, whereas support player Seung-Tae “Bdosin” Choi confidently added that he didn’t think the match would be easy, “next year I hope we play against a stronger team”.
The Spitfire, like other underdogs this season, faced a bumpy road. After a strong start at the OWL’s first two stages, they failed to place in the top three in stages three and four. They were in the fifth place with a poor 24-16 record. When the regular season play came to an end, that’s where the fun started. Spitfire defeated favorites Los Angeles Gladiators and New York Excelsior during the playoffs, giving Fusion a way to face them in an unexpected matchup at the grand finals.
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