The Shock survived a tough series against one of the league’s most promising teams last week in the Gladiators. And what do they get for it? Another week against a top team in the Dragons and a match against a Fuel team that’s clinging to their playoff hopes.
WE DID IT! TOP 6 OVERALL STANDINGS **CLINCHED** pic.twitter.com/Ey5QDQKFJL
— San Francisco Shock⚡ (@SFShock) August 4, 2019
Week 2 Review
Shock 3-2 Gladiators
This series was everything that fans hoped it would be but almost seems overshadowed considering the results later in the weekend. The series went back and forth between maps with a particularly gritty King’s Row that swung things back in the direction of LA. But, rather than getting boomed after a close loss, the Shock rallied and took the final two maps in the series to win in Overtime, 3-2.
Week 3 Preview
Shanghai Dragons (13-11)
This should be everything as exciting as the match against the Gladiators was. The Dragons have strung together an incredible Stage 3, and although they’ve dropped off a bit in Stage 4, this is an extremely capable roster. The Shock need to key in on Min-seong “diem” Bae and the rest of the Dragon’s DPS in the matchup. He’s played somewhat poorly this stage, but he’s extremely dangerous and needs to be either dove on or matched in the Widowmaker 1v1. Overall, still expect this series to go the Shock’s way as they push to solidify their place in the meta and in the playoffs.
Prediction: Shock 3-1 Dragons
Dallas Fuel (10-13)
This is a tough one to call. One the one hand, Dallas has looked lost at best since their hot start to the season and should be easy pickings for the Shock. Yet, they’re also a team that is desperate and sometimes being desperate is all you need to be to dominate a stronger opponent. For the Fuel, this week is do or die as far as their playoff hopes are concerned. With that in mind, the Shock need to come ready for a potential dogfight from a talented roster who’s just been in a rut lately. Still, pending disaster, this should be a sweep on paper.
Prediction: Shock 4-0 Fuel
Player to Watch: Nam-joo “Striker” Kwon
Striker has been spending more time on the bench in Stage 4 than most Shock fans anticipated he would be. With the Shock having just locked up a top 6 spot last week in their win, this may just be Striker’s moment to get out on stage and prove himself. If the Shock follow NYXL’s model and begin testing players, Striker’s number could easily be called. This would be a welcomed return of one of the league’s most dangerous DPS players.
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