Overwatch League Playoffs: Semifinals is This Week
The Overwatch esports scene is ramping up as the first Overwatch League playoffs is now in the semifinals. The quarter finals ended with the Philadelphia Fusion doing quick work on the Boston Uprising and will now face the top team in the league – the New York Excelsior. On the other hand, we had the London Spitfires playing a horrible first game against the Los Angeles Gladiators, but the Spitfires were able to regroup and win the next two matches, holding the Gladiators to zero maps. Now London has to beat another LA team in order to make it to the grand finals.
London Spitfire vs Los Angeles Valiant
The Los Angeles Valiant are considered the favorites to win based on their performance in the regular season. It was a rocky start during the first two stages but the LA team finally found the right team composition that works for their roster as they were in the top 3 teams during stage 3 and even won the title in stage 4 against the New York Excelsior (3-1).
But with regards to this particular match up, expect it to be a close one. Both teams met each other three times this season and based on the results, it could go either way:
Stage 1: London 3 – 2 Los Angeles
Stage 3: London 3 – 2 Los Angeles
Stage 4: Los Angeles 2 – 1 London
The deciding factor could be in control maps, where the London Spitfire have struggled in the regular season. This is where the Valiant have an edge but based on last week’s performance against the Gladiators, London might have solved their control map issue.
New York Excelsior vs Philadelphia Fusion
This is a true challenge for the Philadelphia Fusion. The New York Excelsior have reminded us again and again that they are the best team in the league. They can be beaten, but on paper, the Excelsior have an advantage in almost every category. These two teams have played against each other five times during the regular season and once during a stage title match.
Stage 1: Philadelphia 3 – 2 New York
Stage 2 : New York 3 – 1 Philadelphia
Stage 2 title match: New York 3 – 2 Philadelphia
Stage 3 : New York 3 – 2 Philadelphia
Stage 4: New York 4 – 0 Philadelphia
Place your wagers today! New York Excelsior and the Los Angeles Valiant had an extra week to prepare since they were instantly placed in the semifinals thanks to being the top team in their respective division. The first semifinals game for both series starts on July 18, 8:00 PM EST starting with the New York Excelsior against the Philadelphia Fusion. Then, followed by the match between the Los Angeles Valiant and the London Spitfire at 10:00 PM EST.
The second and last match of the series is scheduled on July 20 for the Spitfire and Valiant, while the Fusion and Excelsior will conclude on July 21.
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