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Philadelphia Fusion: OWL Week 5 Preview

The Houston homestand is over and the Fusion finds themselves atop the Atlantic South division at 5-0. This week’s match for the Fusion was against the struggling Boston Uprising. The Fusion won that series handily 3-0. The second Washington homestand will prove to test the Fusion further. These two factors come into play heading down to Washington: their opponent is the Paris Eternal and hero pools will make their debut.

Philadelphia Fusion(5-0) vs Paris Eternal(3-1)

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Coming into the 2020 Overwatch League season, fans had their eyes on what this Paris Eternal team can bring with their Element Mystic reinforcements. Week five is upon the Overwatch League community and the Eternal are already producing household names like Ki-hyo “Xzi” Jung and Han-been “Hanbin” Choi.

Xzi is currently in the top ten in final blows (140), final blow/death ratio (1.8) and hero damage (122,665) per Stats Lab. The Eternal also did something most fans were not expecting by defeating an Atlanta Reign team coming in the 2020 season hot and hyped this past weekend.

For the Fusion, this is their first real test since beating the NYXL and now it’s time to prepare for a fairly strong Eternal team. Topping Xzi and outperforming most of the league is Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee. The Fusion will need to rely on Carpe’s clutch play and the continuation of strong support to ensure the Fusion a win.

Hero Pools

This week’s games introduce hero pools. These hero pools are bans on specific characters. One tank, one support and two DPS will be unavailable to play per match. There are several teams that this will affect, causing players to not select their bread and butter picks.

The introduction of hero pools should not affect the Philadelphia Fusion as they would other teams. Their current roster is full of players with deep pools themselves but also a deep bench just in case. The Fusion’s flexibility could provide them with an edge this weekend. Since the league has not experienced hero pools yet, speculation is what fans are forced to go on.

Player To Watch

Image Courtesy of Stewart Volland for Blizzard Entertainment

This week is Alarm’s time to shine. Viewers were treated to an insane/goofy anti-grenade on Hanamaura and an eagle eye with his sleep dart. Fans should watch for Alarm to shut down players like Xzi and Nicolas “NiCOgdh” Moret this weekend.

Prediction: Fusion win 3-2


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