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Overwatch League Recap: Paris Eternal vs Vancouver Titans

Vancouver Titans vs Paris Eternal

Paris Eternal lose 4-0

Map 1: Illios

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The first map was Illios and for Paris, it looked a lot better than their start against Atlanta. Terence “SoOn” Tarlier was able to flex his DPS muscles for a bit before switching back over to the Zarya. Paris took it to last fight with both teams at 99%. However, some hero plays from Hyeon-Woo “JJANU” Choi and Min-soo “SeoMinSoo” Seo gave the edge to Vancouver. When Paris went to Ruins they looked a little bit better and were able to win the map due to finally being able to punish some of the over aggression coming out from Vancouver. They took the second map on Ruins and then went over to Lighthouse. Paris was put into the dreaded ultimate hole very early and were almost 100%-0%, but were able to claw their way back to a 99% fight again. This time it was Sang-beom “Bumper” Park who hit a clutch shatter to give Vancouver the victory 2-1 and a 1-0 lead.

Map 2: Numbani

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For the second map, Paris brought in a player we hadn’t seen yet. George “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha came into the match to play the enemy Zarya. Unfortunately for Paris, the issues with their Zarya play wasn’t fixed with the new change. Especially going up against the quality of SeoMinSoo, Paris’ Zarya play was lacking, and JJANU was eating graviton surges for breakfast. Another issue Paris had was not being able to punish Bumper’s over aggression. Bumper would often be very aggressive and Paris would not punish him at all, something that they had done on Illios that let them take a map. Paris would be held before the last point and would lose the map 2-3.

Map 3: Horizon Lunar Colony

ShaDowBurn stayed in on Zarya, seeming to indicate that Paris was trying to change up their roster leaving SoOn out. Paris again continued to show a lot of issues with their ultimates. There were two times where Paris were caught in a graviton surge and they would layer their support ultimates over each other giving Vancouver a trade they would take any day and an easy win. Paris was able to get through the first point with some heroics from BenBest but they were held at the second point. The series was over with Vancouver winning the map 2-1

Map 4: Rialto

Paris looked out of it still on Rialto, the problems continued for Paris going into this map. Their pesky Zarya issues crept up again with SeoMinSoo absolutely hammering ShaDowBurn when it came to Graviton Surge value and Zarya charge. ShaDowBurn unfortunately struggled again with his Graviton Surge usage, but he was playing against arguably the best D.Va in the league in JJANU. However, there were some bright spots for Paris. Harrison “Kruise” Pond had a cheeky back cap that saved the match for Paris or they would’ve been held at the 2nd point. They were still held at the 3rd point then and suffered their second 4-0 series loss in a row.

Conclusion

Paris has looked incredibly shaky in the last two games at a time where they need to be winning games for playoff spots. They have gone from a team that had a bright chance of getting to the playoffs to one with their playoff hopes in jeopardy. Paris will have to play the San Fransico Shock next, and if they lose that their playoff chances will take a serious hit. Along with this, there are questions that will arise about whether SoOn or ShaDowBurn will be the starter for Paris in the next coming weeks. Either way, Paris’ Zarya play remains a giant question mark.

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