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Philadelphia Fusion: OWL Week 13 Preview

Last weekend, the Philadelphia Fusion continued their dominance in a hard-fought 3-0 against the Atlanta Reign. No matter what Atlanta threw at the Fusion, they had an answer. The player of the match was Kyungbo “alarm” Kim for his superb support play. The Fusion didn’t have to wait long to see who their next opponent was, the Paris Eternal.

The Overwatch League community was provided two large pieces of news on Sunday night. They announced the next three weeks of games and a new “May Madness” tournament taking place at the end of the month. This is a breath of fresh air for the community. Since the COVID-19 pandemic and the two-week hiatus, the Overwatch League experienced, fans would receive only the following week’s schedule. Now spectators and teams alike can prepare for the competition without too much uncertainty.

The “return” of a midseason tournament is a nice touch when announced. The league was looking to accomplish this with a tournament that would be held this week if the world was not experiencing a pandemic. It was canceled due to COVID-19 but this weekend, Blizzard announced a new tournament for fans to look forward to. TGH covered this breaking news and could be found here.

Philadelphia Fusion (9-1) vs Paris Eternal (5-4)

Image Courtesy of Robert Paul for The Overwatch League

The third meeting of these two powerhouses and the second time in three play weeks happens this Saturday at 3 PM eastern. The last time these two teams met, Deja Vu was in the air. The Paris Eternal went up 2-0 early. The Fusion pushed back to force a map five and this time, the Fusion were victorious. Paris continues to be a thorn in the side for the Fusion in the early matches and their key to winning this weekend is to flip the script. As they did with the Reign last weekend, the Fusion need to go for the throat right off the bat and now allow their stars like Terence “SoOn” Tarlier and Nicolas “NiCOgdh” Moret to pop-off.

Assuming the Fusion play well, the bans this week make this game a lock for them. With Widow and McCree banned, this will likely force Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee onto the Torbjorn. Fans who were able to catch the action two weeks ago know that Carpe’s Torb is a force to be reckoned with. With the Torb looking like a juicy pick and SoOn’s bread and butter Tracer being heavily countered by Torbjorn, the Fusion should have this in the bag.

Mei has done an amazing job of avoiding hero pools. Since the week five start of hero pools, Mei has been banned once. Seung-hyun “Ivy” Lee has stepped into the role of “Resident Mei” for the Fusion and has done a killer job from the start. That coupled with the Fusion’s stacked tank and support line, the Eternal will rest Eternally as long as this roster is fielded.

Prediction: Fusion win 3-1

Player To Watch

Carpe’s Week Nine Stats – Image Courtesy of The Overwatch League

He comes up a lot but there’s a reason for that. This week’s player to watch HAS to be Carpe. Fans familiar with the Overwatch League are well aware of his carry potential. Many unfamiliar will more than likely see the hero bans this week and write him off. Two weeks ago, Carpe showed that not only can he play McCree and Widow well, but he can also jump on everyone’s favorite engineer, Torbjorn, and light up the kill feed. Torb was the hero that he played while he collected his milestone 4000th final blow and also told star Corey “Corey” Nigra to “sit”. Fans should look for Carpe to make a huge impact, as always this weekend.

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