The Shock are obviously riding high at the moment.
They are the first team to beat the big bad Vancouver Titans. They had the “Perfect Stage” that just a few months ago seemed impossible. They won a stage playoff for the first time in franchise history.
But this is not stage two anymore. This is stage three. The Shock should keep in mind that this is a whole new stage as they go into the second half of the season. Here are some goals for the Shock as they look to keep up the momentum.
Don’t Dwell on The Past
So the Shock won stage two. Great.
That’s over now. Stage three is a brand new stage, and the Shock need to be prepared for new threats to rise up. This is not telling the Shock to completely ditch everything that happened in stage two. Obviously everything that the Shock did was highly successful, so they should keep that going. But the Shock should not dwell in their victory, so to speak. This is a long season, and if a team wants a good seed for the season playoffs they need to give it their all throughout the season. And the Shock will have competition; Vancouver still has not lost a game in the regular season. The Shock need to stay focused so they can keep up the momentum.
Play Around the Tanks
The Shock didn’t lose too many fights in stage two, but when they did it was often because the supports and the tanks were not on the same page.
The Shock’s tank line loves to play aggressive. Matthew “Super” DeLisi, Jay “Sinatraa” Won and Hyo-bin “ChoiHyoBin” Choi have been kicking butt for basically the entire season, but sometimes they leave the supports out to dry. It’s hard to know whose fault this actually is without hearing the Shock’s comms, but these communication breakdowns have lost the Shock fights in the past. Ironing out these kinks will allow the Shock to play at an even higher level, if that’s even possible.
Don’t Experiment Until you Have to
The Shock have a system, and it is a system that works very well: play GOATs.
The Shock should not change this unless GOATs somehow just ceases working in stage three. Barring that unlikely scenario the Shock should just keep going GOATs. It may not be what some fans really want to hear or see, but winning is the most important thing. The Shock have a system, and they should stick to it until the team comp just stops working.
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