The Shock had a very relaxing week that involved beating up two below average teams for their lunch money and calling it a day. The Valiant and the Charge were both itching for an early win, and a victory against the tough Shock squad would have been huge. The Shock weren’t having any of that, however, as they didn’t drop a map during the whole week.
Week 1 Review
There isn’t that much to say here, as the stats sort of speak for themselves. The Shock went 8-0 in the map score. They currently have the best map differential in the league for Stage Two. Both the Charge and the Valiant collapsed under the constant pressure that the Shock were putting on. It was honestly a sight to behold…for Shock fans, that is. It was terrifying for the rest of the league.
Guangzhou Charge (0-2 Stage Record, 3-6 Overall)
The Shock only play one game this week, and it’s against the Charge again (for some reason). Weird scheduling choices aside, this matchup will have some interesting characteristics. Both of these teams have now seen each other in action in this meta, which could lead to some interesting matchup properties.
For one thing, both teams could potentially be getting used to each others playstyles, which could have some interesting connotations for the matchup. In addition, both teams will be fresh off of playing one another, so they will potentially have good scouting for each other’s strategies.
That being said, the Shock have looked much stronger in the past, and that probably won’t change. As such, this should add another number to the win column for the Shock.
Prediction: Shock Win 3-0
Player to Watch: Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim
Rascal had been relegated to Brigitte duties in Stage One. However, stage two has seen him taking on a myriad of different roles. Rascal’s Brigitte wasn’t really anything super special, but his Baptiste has been top of the line. In addition, his flexibility has been very useful thanks to the new meta shaking things up. Rascal will probably notch another start under his belt, and he will presumably continue to put his versatility to good use.
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