PARIS ETERNAL LOSES 1-3
An unfortunate loss for the Paris Eternal today, as the Philadelphia Fusion showed up ready to win. Here’s how the Eternal’s last game of the stage went down.
BUSAN: Paris 2-1 Fusion
On MEKA Base, the Paris Eternal managed to cap the point first. Things seemed like they were going to remain in Paris’ favor for quite some time. It was only when both Finnbjörn “Finnsi” Jónasson and Gael “Poko” Gouzerch released their self-destructs at the same time that the Eternal started to panic. Both Harrison “Kruise” Pond and Damien “HyP” Souville overlapped their support ultimates which allowed Philly to overcome them. On Shrine, the Eternal started to make a comeback. Although Philly managed to cap first, the Eternal took the point back quickly. During one of the Fusion’s last pushes, Terence “SoOn” Tarlier threw a graviton surge in combination with a self-destruct from Finnsi. The self-destruct only managed to get Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee, but Benjamin “BenBest” Dieulafait managed to take out the rest of the Fusion. Morale boosted by their victory, the Eternal were determined to make Busan theirs. They barely allowed the Fusion to touch the map, often managing to split the team and take them down one by one. In the end, the Paris Eternal took Busan 2-1.
KING’S ROW: Paris 2-3 Fusion
King’s Row was where things started to go downhill for Paris. While they managed to cap Point A, the Fusion decided to have some fun and spawn camp them for a couple of minutes. It took both BenBest and HyP using their ultimates to get the Eternal out of spawn. It was an uphill battle from here for the Eternal. After many attempts, Georgii “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha managed to throw a perfect graviton surge and get some picks on the Fusion. This allowed the Eternal to push the cart through Point B, but the Fusion’s defense line was unbreakable. Despite Kruise’s best efforts to stall, the Eternal were unable to push the payload to Point C. When it came time for the Fusion to attack, they easily steamrolled through the Eternal’s defenses on Point A. Although Finnsi secured two picks with a self-destruct, the Philadelphia Fusion managed to push the cart and take the map 3-2.
HORIZON LUNAR COLONY: Paris 0-1 Fusion
Possibly one of the shortest 2CP maps in the stage, the Paris Eternal struggled heavily against the Fusion. With Su-min “SADO” Kim on Winston, Philly were able to divide and conquer the Eternal easily. No one on the Paris Eternal were able to get a single kill throughout the entire first round of Lunar Colony. When it came time for Paris to defend, they managed to hold the Fusion back for a little bit. Kruise recorded a lot of kills, but ultimately the Fusion broke through the Eternal’s defenses. One pick on BenBest and the Fusion were able to get the tick they needed to take the map. The Eternal lost Lunar Colony 0-1.
RIALTO: Paris 0-3 Fusion
On Rialto, Eternal fans were hoping that Paris would be able to tie up the Fusion 2-2. Unfortunately, the Fusion were determined to secure their spot in the stage playoffs. Once again, the Fusion rolled through Paris’ defenses on Point A fairly quickly on Rialto. On Point B, Paris managed to hold Philly off for quite some time. However, an unfortunate pick on BenBest from SADO saw the Eternal’s defenses crumble. Finnsi and Nicolas “NiCOgdh” Moret did their best to stall, but they were unable to live long enough for the rest of their team to touch the payload. One last push from the Fusion and they easily took Point C. When it came time for Paris to attack, the Fusion made the questionable choice of allowing SADO to go back onto Winston. Reinhardt is often preferred on this map, but SADO managed to prove every naysayer wrong the second Paris touched the cart. SADO was able to easily dive onto the Eternal and get key picks that allowed the Fusion to full-hold Paris. The Eternal lost Rialto 0-3.
Although the Paris Eternal beat the Washington Justice yesterday, they were not able to secure a spot in the stage playoffs. This was the Eternal’s last chance to prove themselves, and even though they put up a good fight, they were unable to finish the stage strong. With GOATs hopefully on its way out, fans are eager to see what the Paris Eternal will bring to the table next stage.
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