The London Spitfire and the Victory Quest is a tale as old as a little over a year. It has been that long since the fine lads have tasted victory. The 2021 season was supposed to be one filled with happy memories. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. So it all comes down to one final quest. One last weekend to avoid the dreaded winless season that’s on the horizon. First, they will face their EU rivals the Paris Eternal, before coming up against a team that has just narrowly avoided a winless fate in the Vancouver Titans. One final EU clash and the fated breadbowl are all that remains of the Spitfire’s season. Their fate now lies solely in their hands.
London Spitfire vs. Paris Eternal
What an exciting year this has turned out to be for the Eternal. Coming into the season they were not given much hype. They had some exciting prospects but were still rather low on the pre-season rankings. Then came roster moves, adding even more uncertainty. Yet the moves made them even better. Dridro and Vestola more than filled the shoes left by their departed compatriots. Coupled with amazing coaching, management, and the rise of Kaan, Naga, Onigod, and Daan the team became a favorite to watch. They are fast and without fear. A team willing to get right in the face of their opponents and force their tempo upon them. It also doesn’t hurt that the current meta is near perfection for them. Allowing pretty much each player to thrive on one of their signature heroes. It is also a dangerous time to play this team, as their next two games are crucial for them.
Where the Eternal are playing for a shot at the Countdown Cup, the Spitfire are playing purely for pride. Winning the battle of Europe, and the chance to avoid the embarrassment of a winless season. Much is on the line. Their recent losses showed some improvement, but they still have a ways to go if they want to beat the Eternal. Shax can only carry so hard on Tracer. The team seems listless and uncoordinated at times outside of Shax. If they can take Kaan out of the equation as soon as possible they may have a chance at an upset. That being said, the Eternal do a fantastic job of keeping Kaan alive, allowing for Naga or Onigod to eliminate their enemies.
Prediction: Eternal 3-1 Spitfire
Though not impossible to achieve victory here, it does seem unlikely. Largely due to the high level that Paris has been operating at in this meta. The EU crown will remain with the French this time around.
London Spitfire vs. Vancouver Titans
It has been a long and winding road to get to this, the BREADBOWL!!! Even though the Titans are no longer winless, and have acquired breadsticks twice now, this historic event is as exciting as ever. The two undeniably worst teams in the West. Their first, and only meeting of the season. The Titans have the chance to send the Spitfire to the Shadow Realm. Against the Uprising, they looked like they could very well achieve this goal. With big performances from players like Dalton, Roolf, and Changsik. Yet against the Justice, they looked like their old depressing selves. This game will come down to which Titans show up. The player with the hardest job here will be Dalton. Who will have to deal with the force of nature that is Shax on Tracer. If Dalton can gain an edge over Shax, then the Titans could come out on top.
Getting the edge on Shax on Tracer is easier said than done. In the Spitifre’s loss to the Dallas Fuel in week 17, Shax was actually terrifying. Making big plays on each map, and breaking his damn back as he tried to give his team the win. This match may actually favor the Spitfire because of this. Their support line has looked better recently, and despite many early deaths, Hadi on Wrecking Ball is having a decent impact. For the first time all season, the Spitfire should be the favorites to win. If the team can play at even a solid level, and support Shax as he hard carries, they should leave the season with their heads held high.
Prediction: Spitfire 3-2 Titans.
One last game, one last hope for Spitfire fans. Yet somehow, at the eleventh hour, the time looks right for a Spitfire win. The Titans, despite getting a win, have looked far less competitive over the season than the Spitfire. The time to fly high has come, the London Spitfire Victory Quest will be realized at last.
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