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Philadelphia Fusion: Stage 1 Week 3 Preview


The Philadelphia Fusion are considered a great team; they are known for their aggressiveness and wild playstyle, but they’re also known for their inconsistency. Fans were hoping that by tightening down on their core roster, the Fusion’s issues with being inconsistent would disappear. Unfortunately, without Isaac “Boombox” Charles (due to illness), cockiness, and underestimating their opponent got the better of the Fusion this week.


Fusion fans stared in disbelief at their screens Thursday night as the arena glowed a rare shade of yellow to honor the Florida Mayhem’s victory. In a shocking turn of events, Florida managed to beat the Fusion 2-1. The match was supposed to be a stomp for the Philadelphia Fusion as Florida have been projected to be one of the bottom tier teams after their performance last season. Unfortunately for Fusion fans, that is not how things went down. This series was only the beginning of a crazy weekend.


Elk, Philadelphia Fusion
2019-02-23 / Photo: Ben Pursell for Blizzard Entertainment

The Fusion felt the loss of Boombox this week, who was out sick. There were a lot of problems with the Fusion this week, especially during this game. Many are eager to point a blaming finger at Boombox’s replacement, or Su-min “SADO” Kim, even though they were not the problem. It is very rare that fault actually rests on one player’s shoulders, but a case can certainly be made for this game.

Alberto “NeptuNo” Gonzalez often left Elijah Hudson “Elk” Gallagher in the lurch throughout this match. With Elk being subbed in for Boombox, on a role he does not traditionally play, Neptuno should have done more to help his teammate. Alternatively, Neptuno could have taken on the position of off support. Anyone who has kept up with NA Contenders knows how strong Elk’s Lucio is. With Neptuno’s aggressive playstyle, he might have done better on the role of Zenyatta this week. Neptuno is always trying to live up to his reputation of being one of the most aggressive support players in the league. It would have made more sense to put him on a role that allows him to do more damage and get those kills he craves.

Elk did a great job on Zenyatta, especially when you take into consideration he only had two days of scrim time to prepare. He truly stepped up to the plate for the Fusion during Week 2 and fans are eager to see him play main healer in the future.


Overall, the Fusion looked messy during this series, but there were some moments where the boys shined. Josue/Josh “eqo” Corona managed to get a clutch stun on Jee-mo “xepheR” Koo during the Fusion’s second attempt at defense on Numbani. Reaper was about to use Death Blossom, but Brigitte saved the day with this play, and the Fusion were able to take one map away from the Florida Mayhem.


2019-02-23 / Photo: Ben Pursell for Blizzard Entertainment

Earlier during the week Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee and Dallas Fuel’s assistant coach Justin “Jayne” Conroy exchanged some trash talk. Unfortunately for the Fusion, Carpe’s promise of destroying the Fuel didn’t quite go as planned. Much like the Philadelphia Fusion, the Dallas Fuel also suffer from inconsistency. While the Fusion played better during this match, Dallas was a lot stronger. After facing a 4-0 loss from the Guangzhou Charge on Thursday, Dallas came back and dominated over the Philadelphia Fusion with a 3-1 victory.

This game was unique for many reasons. Fans got a chance to see Simon “snillo” Ekström start for the first time in forever. It was also special in the fact that former Fusion University teammates faced each other on the main stage. Elk went up against Zachary “ZachaREEE” Lombardo who moved on from Fusion University to a full-time starting position on the Dallas Fuel. While Elk was subbed in due to unfortunate circumstances, it was a great moment to see these former teammates, and friends, compete.


Though the Fusion lost Dorado, Carpe came out with some clutch Widowmaker plays while Philly was on defense. For a brief moment, Carpe did what Carpe does best. He popped off, getting headshot after glorious headshot. He didn’t even bother to stifle a yawn after murdering half of the Dallas Fuel as he walked back to spawn. Fans’ cheers quickly turned to groans when Carpe switched back onto Zarya. Their disappointment was only enhanced as Philly lost Dorado and the entire series.



Washington Justice
2019-02-16 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

The Philadelphia Fusion only have one game this week. They will be facing off against the Washington Justice. After two weeks, fans are unsure of what to think of the Washington Justice. They are clearly not the best team in the league, but they managed to take a map off of the New York Excelsior. However, the team is earning a lovable reputation, similar to that of the Shanghai Dragons’ reputation last year. Corey “Corey” Nigra is becoming the face of the Justice. He is coming into the Overwatch League after playing for Gladiator’s Legion. He is a DPS player, which means fans will be seeing him on Zarya more often than not during GOATS meta. After the week that the Philadelphia Fusion just had it would be foolish to underestimate any rival. With GOATS being the current meta, everything is up in the air at the moment. The Fusion should take what they learned from Week 2 and take the Washington Justice seriously if they want to win this match.



It is too early to say that the Philadelphia Fusion have gone back to their inconsistent ways. Fans saw a confident Philadelphia Fusion coming into the stage. That confidence quickly turned to arrogance, and it cost them big time last week. In addition to their cockiness, Boombox’s illness came as a surprise to everyone. With Elk being unable to play for the rest of the stage due to his two-way player contract, Boombox will be back in this week. The Fusion should be able to come out on top this week during this match, but Philly should be cautious with their approach.

Be sure to tune in for the Philadelphia Fusion’s only game of the week against the Washington Justice at 7:30 PM EST on February 28!

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