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Overwatch League Recap: London Spitfire vs. Houston Outlaws

Spitfire 4-0 Outlaws

For the first time in main season history, the London Spitfire have taken a win over the Houston Outlaws. London put on a clinic today, repeatedly outperforming Houston and making map completions look easy. With this win, London moves to a record of 6-1 this Stage, their best performance since Stage 2 of last year.

Lijiang Tower: Spitfire 2-0 Outlaws

The Spitfire snuck an early cap on Night Market in one of the scrappiest fights this season. The point flipped back and forth between extended team fights, but London ultimately captured the point thanks to a decisive pick onto Alexandre “SPREE” Vanhomwegen before he could use his graviton surge.

Gardens opened similarly, with London securing the first point capture thanks to an early pick onto Austin “Muma” Wilmot paving the way for further eliminations. The Outlaws failed to bounce back from this opening shutdown, allowing London to capture the point from 0 to 100 percent to give the Spitfire a 2-0 win.

Hanamura: Spitfire 2-0 Outlaws

Jaehui “Gesture” Hong, Image courtesy of the Overwatch League

While London was able to take point A early on Hanamura, they were shut down on their snowball push thanks to a clutch graviton from SPREE. On their reengagement however, Junyoung “Profit” Park came prepared with a grav of his own. With five Outlaws players trapped, the Spitfire swiftly chunked down Houston to take the map handily.

Stellar Winston play from Jaehui “Gesture” Hong shut down Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty’s Ana on London’s defense round. Between shield cutting off sightlines and precise primal rage knockbacks, Gesture reliably prevented Houston from getting the healing they needed. The Spitfire full held the Outlaws at point A, securing another 2-0 map win.

King’s Row: Spitfire 3-2 Outlaws

In a repeat performance of their Hanamura attack, London wedged Muma out of position to take point A in the blink of an eye. Houston managed to briefly stabilize right before points B and C, stalling out the Spitfire and preventing a complete sweep of streets phase. While the Outlaws started to find their footing just before the final checkpoint, London was ultimately successful in completing the map.

Houston showed signs of life on attack, capturing point A and forcing themselves past London’s defenses to capture point B. London quickly regained composure in the final stretch, holding the Outlaws short of point C to cement Houston’s winless streak this stage.

Junkertown: Spitfire 2-0 Outlaws

Fury
Junho “Fury” Kim, Image courtesy of the Overwatch League

Houston ran a unique Mei-centric composition on their point A defense, holding close inside the room by the first choke. In response, Junho “Fury” Kim swapped to Junkrat, taking advantage of the close quarters to dish out loads of damage. Swapping back to a Goats mirror match, London didn’t have much trouble capturing point B. Houston stopped the Spitfire short of completing the map; not even a last minute Doomfist swap from Gesture could secure the final point.

While London looked initially surprised by Houston’s high ground bunker, they quickly adapted before the Outlaws could reach point A. Because the Outlaws remained on this composition, the Spitfire had no problems shutting them down push after push. With multiple self-destructs from Fury shutting down Jake “JAKE” Lyon on Bastion, the Spitfire completely destroyed Houston’s attempts at high damage output. London stalled out Houston before point A to win the series 4-0.

Conclusion

At long last, London has won their first main season match against the Houston Outlaws. Their performance today was indomitable, highlighting their continued improvement over the course of this season. With a clean sweep against Houston today, London are in the running to be the leaders of the Atlantic Division this stage.

 

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