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Overwatch League Recap: Paris Eternal vs Toronto Defiant

Paris Eternal

PARIS ETERNAL (2-4) VS. TORONTO DEFIANT (1-5)

STARTING SIX

Roni “LhCloudy” Tiihonen

Nicolas “NiCOgdh” Moret

Terence “SoOn” Tarlier

George “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha

Luís “Greyy” Perestrelo

Harrison “Kruise” Pond

SUBS

Karol “Danye” Szcześniak

LIJIANG: PARIS 1-2 DEFIANT

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Paris started their match on Lijiang Tower and in the first round Paris seemed to have a nice grasp on things against Toronto. SoOn and ShaDowBurn played Junkrat and Pharah respectively. The Pharah was completely uncontested in the air and ShaDowBun even finished the map with 5 barrages.

Unfortunately, the happy times wouldn’t last going into the second and third round. In the second round on Control Center, Paris had to play 3-3 but made an odd decision to start off with LhCloudy playing Hammond instead of the Reinhardt. They would eventually swap back to Reinhardt but at that point, they were already in the ultimate economy hole.

On the third round of Lijiang both teams rolled out on DPS compositions. Paris wasn’t able to contest Jin-ui “im37” Hong on the Widowmaker and he picked Paris apart easily. Paris would fall 1-2 going into the second map.

TEMPLE OF ANUBIS: PARIS 1-2 DEFIANT

Danye was subbed into the match for Anubis as Paris was intent on playing a Bastion bunker composition. Paris played this composition pretty well and were able to hold off the Defiant until overtime on Point A. After Point A Paris was not able to make the same type of hold on Point B and the Defiant capped both points.

On offense, Paris used their best composition – DPS. It worked pretty well as they were able to capture Point A with about 5 minutes and 30 seconds left. This is the point where Paris had a rough time. They were too late to switch to GOATs going into the second point and were in the ultimate economy hole for the rest of the map. Their five-minute time bank slipped away and they were held before they could get Point B. Paris would be taken to match point down 0-2 going into King’s Row.

KING’S ROW: PARIS 2-3 DEFIANT

Courtesy of Ben Pursell for Blizzard Entertainment.

Paris went back to GOATs on their first defense and more of the same issues crept up during this map. Poor communication and layered support Ults haunted Paris throughout most of their fights through each point of King’s Row, and they seemed lost when they try to take team fights.

Things looked much better on their offense, they again would swap into their DPS composition and while it worked, it took Paris too long to win fights before their swap to GOATs. Since they had to switch they were again behind in ultimate economy and time. They wouldn’t be able to push the cart to the third checkpoint and they would lose 2-3 heading towards a 4-0 sweep.

WATCHPOINT: PARIS 5-6 DEFIANT

At this point, the series was already over for Paris but in this map, Paris arguably had their best showing of the series. Their GOATs looked a lot cleaner at certain points on offense, but on Defense, they still struggled and weren’t even able to stop the Defiant from taking all three points a second time on defense. They did a good job of not layering support ultimates or screwing up their ultimate economy. It just seemed that the steam ran out for Paris going into the 6th point, and they were stopped by Toronto. Paris would lose the map 5-6 and would be on the bad end of a 4-0 sweep again this stage.

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