Led by top-ranked San Francisco Shock, each of the four top seeds won on Saturday to advance to the American semifinals in the May Melee Overwatch League.
The Shock (8-2 in the regular season standings) overcame a slow start to get rid of eighth-seeded Dallas Fuel (4-6) with a score of 3-1. Number 2 Florida Mayhem (7-4) handles No. 6 Atlanta Reign (5-5) and Philadelphia Fusion No. 3 (12-1) dropped Los Angeles No. Gladiator 7 (4-5), both with the same difference 3-1. Los Angeles Valiant No. 4 (5-6) defeated Paris Eternal No. 5 (7-5), won 3-2 in the final that day.
The Shock will face Valiant before Fusion battles Mayhem in Sunday’s semifinals. The finals will follow on Sunday evening.
The Overwatch League midseason tournament makes league teams divided into separate regional brackets. Thirteen teams started in the North American competition, with seven in the Asian region. The two single elimination events – which feature a combined $ 225,000 prize prize – ended on Sunday. All matches are first-to-third map wins, except for the final, which will be the first-to-fourth map victory. Seeding is based on team results for the first three weeks in May.
The champion will receive $ 40,000. Runners-up will get $ 20,000, and third and fourth place teams will get $ 5,000 each. All teams will also get $ 5,000 per tournament winnings.
While individual tournament matches do not count towards the regular Overwatch League season standings, the top teams will be credited with the standings bonus. First place finisher will receive three extra wins in the standings. Second place clubs will get two wins, and third and fourth place teams will get one win each.
Dallas opened up strongly against San Francisco with a 2-0 win over Nepal, which was largely led by DPS hero Gui-un “Decay” Jang, who stood out as Widowmaker and other hitcan characters. But Shock is adjusted quickly, running a double shield composition that places the Hyo-bin “ChoiHyoBin” Choi tank on Sigma. This allowed ChoiHyoBin to dominate the server, turning off Dallas DPS while dealing significant damage to the Fuel front line.
To combat the hitcan skilled at Decay, San Francisco included prospective DPS Seon-chang “ANS” Lee, who was able to produce precise hitcan characters such as Widowmaker and Ashe. With a change in playing style, Shock took King’s Row 4-3, Hanamura 2-1 and closed the series win with a 1-0 full-hold at Rialto.
Florida started strong against Atlanta with a 2-1 win in Busan and a 3-2 victory in Hollywood. Mayhem surged behind the DPS combination drama from Sang-bum “BQB” Lee and Jun-ki “Yaki” Kim, who each excelled in Ashe and Tracer. Atlanta showed signs of life in their 4-3 victory at the Temple of Anubis, but Florida closed it all with a full 1-0 win at Junkertown to take the series.
Fusion seemed to be in control in the 2-0 win at Lijiang Tower, and was not surprised when Gladiator took Blizzard World 4-3. After several adjustments in the first break, Philadelphia stormed to the finish, taking a 2-1 win over Hanamura and a perfect 3-0 victory at Junkertown to finish the series.
The final series of the day proved to be the longest, with the team playing six maps in total. The Valiant scored the first goal with a 2-0 win over Busan, then Paris took King’s Row 3-2, and the teams split Hanamura 3-3.
After Valiant took the series to match points with a 2-1 win at Watchpoint: Gibraltar, Eternal struggled to stay alive with a 2-1 win at the Lijiang Tower. In the decisive map, Valiant surged to win 2-0 at Oasis, securing last place in Sunday’s semifinals.
San Francisco Shock (1) vs Los Angeles Valiant (4)
Florida Mayhem (2) vs Philadelphia Fusion (3)
Final: TBD vs TBD
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