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San Francisco Shock: Stage 2 Playoffs Preview

The Shock have done it. They are officially the first team to never drop a map during a stage. They have had the best stage in the history of the Overwatch League. That now means officially nothing as we enter the playoffs.

Stage 2 Week 5 Recap

Shock Beat Shanghai 4-0

Shanghai actually deserves a lot of credit here. They made the Shock work for this one. All of the maps were very close, but at the end of the day, the Shock barely pulled it out. And the Shock still looked insanely good. Shanghai just played very well. This had nothing to do with the Shock playing worse; on the contrary, they had to play at their best just to beat the very aggressive Dragons.

Next Week

Shanghai Dragons (4-3 Stage Record, 7-7 Overall)

Image Courtesy of the Shanghai Dragons

Shanghai is probably thrilled to play what is arguably the best team in the league again, and this time for an elimination match. That being said, they did put up a good fight in the last game. The Shock should tread carefully here.

An important thing is to forget about the map streak – the game itself is way more important than a stupid maps won record. The Shock should focus on what is at hand, and that is taking out the Dragons and moving on to the really hard stuff, where the Shock will likely face a powerhouse such as the NYXL or the Titans. They just need to make sure that they do not underestimate this Dragons’ squad, or else it will come back to bite them. They should still be able to pull this out, but the Shock must tread with caution.

Shock Win 3-1

Player to Watch: Jay “Sinatraa” Won

Image Courtesy of Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

Sinatraa has been easily one of the best Zarya players in the league so far, and he will have to put those skills to good work in the playoffs. Zarya is arguably the most important position in GOATs. Oftentimes, it is worth it to just burn a Graviton Surge on the opposing Zarya in order to guarantee a kill onto her. Zarya is a big reason that the self sustain of GOATs is as good as it is, and she is largely responsible for the damage output as well. Sinatraa is one of the best Zarya players in Overwatch, and his success will be imperative to a Shock playoff run in Stage 2.

 

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