PARIS ETERNAL 1 VS. 2 DALLAS FUEL
- George “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha
- Terence “SoOn” Tarlier
- Roni “LhCloudy” Tiihonen
- Finnbjörn “Finnsi” Jónasson
- Luís “Greyy” Perestrelo
- Harrison “Kruise” Pond
- Karol “Danye” Szcześniak
BUSAN: Paris 0-2 Dallas
Things were not off to a great start for the Paris Eternal on Busan. Playing Zarya, Dylan “aKm” Bignet was popping off for the majority of this map. His aggressive playstyle had the Paris Eternal falling like dominoes in the kill feed. His coordination with his fellow tanks Min-seok “OGE” Son and Lucas “NotE” Meissner saw the Dallas Fuel dominating.
Taking advantage of SoOn’s whiffed graviton surge, OGE wiped out the Eternal by using Earthshatter. However, Paris had a better ultimate advantage going into the next fight. The Eternal used everything to flip the point back in their favor. Unfortunately, their time on the point would be short-lived as OGE and NotE combined Earthshatter with a massive self-destruct to wipe out the Eternal and claim Downtown as their own.
On Sanctuary, Dallas once again started strong, but the Eternal were able to quickly flip the point this time around. After Shadowburn got a pick on Won-sik “Closer” Jung, Finnsi ate aKm’s graviton surge and the Eternal were able to wipe out the rest of the team. For a time, it seemed as though the Eternal would be able to take this map, but Dallas were able to quickly turn things back in their favor with an impressive stun from Zachary “ZachaREEE” Lombardo on Brigitte. This combined with another NotE bomb saw the Paris Eternal losing Busan 0-2.
PARIS: Paris 2-2 Dallas
Subbing in Danye, the Eternal decided to run a bunker composition on defense. With Danye on Bastion and Kruise on Baptiste, this composition allowed the Paris Eternal to hold off the Dallas Fuel for quite some time. However, in a confusing turn of events, fans watched LhCloudy stand in NotE’s Dragonstrike as his supports were taken out by ZachaREEE on Tracer. Despite switching onto “emergency hamster,” LhCloudy and Finnsi decided to back off the point. Once the Dallas Fuel had capped Point A, they swapped back onto GOATS.
Paris was able to stabilize quickly before Dallas made their push onto Point B. Danye massacred the Dallas Fuel on Bastion. Denying two attempts to cap the point, it seemed liked Paris would be able to hold the Dallas Fuel. However, SoOn missing his rip-tire allowed the Dallas Fuel to push through for one final fight. After getting critical picks on Kruise and Greyy, aKm threw one last graviton surge that allowed the Dallas Fuel to cap Point B with a little more than 30 seconds in their time bank.
On attack, Paris did their best to counter Dallas’ bunker composition. With ZachaREEE hiding in the bakery behind OGE’s shield, the Eternal were constantly getting wiped out. Finally getting key picks on ZachaREE and the Fuel’s support line, Finnsi was able to cap the point for the Eternal as Danye and SoOn took out OGE who had gotten split off from the rest of his teammates. From there, the Eternal switched onto a Winston GOATS composition. A key pick on OGE, combined with an EMP from SoOn and Primal Rage from LhCloudy, allowed Paris to cap Point B with more than enough time to spare. The Dallas Fuel would not be able to cap the first point during their second turn on attack. Extremely winnable, the Paris Eternal would not be able to push through the Fuel’s bunker composition. Danye tried his best on Genji; he was able to take out Dallas’ support line with ease before getting caught in a room with OGE on Winston. Unfortunately, Paris would not be able to cap the point, and the map would end in a draw.
BLIZZARD WORLD: Paris 3-4 Dallas
Keeping Danye subbed in, the Eternal were the first to defend on Blizzard World. Once again trying a triple DPS composition, the Dallas Fuel were able to cap Point A with ease. From there, the Fuel steamrolled the Paris Eternal with more than enough time to spare. On attack, the Paris Eternal once again went with a triple DPS composition. LhCloudy was able to group up the Fuel with a perfect piledrive that allowed Danye to get key picks on the Fuel’s support line. A questionable amplification matrix from ZachaREEE was not enough to save OGE who was the only remaining member of the Dallas Fuel on point. The Eternal were able to cap the point, but quickly ran out of steam as they did their best to push the payload to Point B. However, the Eternal caught a second wind and LhCloudy took out the Dallas Fuel one hammer swing at a time. One giant EMP from SoOn allowed the Paris Eternal to push the payload all the way to the end. Unfortunately for the Paris Eternal, they would not be able to cap the point when it came time for them to attack again. With more time in the bank, the Dallas Fuel were able to steamroll through their defenses once again. The Eternal lost Blizzard World 3-4.
RIALTO: Paris 2-1 Dallas
Typically Rialto does not go well for the Paris Eternal. After Dallas initially blasted through the Eternal’s defenses on Point A, Paris was able to hold off the Dallas Fuel just shy of the second point thanks to Finnsi eating akm’s graviton surge. This move denied a final fight for the Dallas Fuel. When it came time for the Eternal to attack, they went with another triple DPS composition. With Shadowburn subbed back in for Danye, fans got to see him dominate on one of his signature characters, Pharah. It seemed like Paris would be able to push the payload quickly, but the Eternal lost momentum after aKm’s EMP caught Shadowburn, Kruise, and Finnsi. Playing it slowly, the Eternal switched back onto GOATS and were able to push through Dallas’ defenses slowly. The Eternal would win Rialto 2-1.
The Dallas Fuel had an incredible performance earlier this weekend against the Toronto Defiant. Many expected the Fuel to come out on top during this match, and they did not disappoint, much to the dismay of Paris fans. The Paris Eternal continue to have brief moments of greatness, but their inability to follow-through is getting frustrating for fans. The Eternal often shows great promise, but their failure to coordinate continues to be their downfall. With half the team playing too passively, and the other half playing too aggressively, it is almost always a recipe for disaster. Once the Eternal figure out what kind of team they want to be, things will start to look up for them.
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