The golden run came to an end but not at the cost of a match win. The Shock faced a Reign team who consistently puts up their best fights against the best teams in the league and managed to squeak out a close victory. They’ll continue to be tested by the Outlaws and Dynasty, this week.
Week 1 Review
Shock 3-2 Reign
This was a scary one to watch. The Reign came out and immediately matched the Shock’s high level of chaotic play, taking Ilios off of them to start things off. The Shock came back on Paris looking like an entirely different team, absolutely dominating the Reign on that particular map. After a tough showing on Hollywood, the Shock found themselves down 2-1 in the series facing match point.
Then, the rally came. The Shock rolled through the rest of the series looking more like their usual selves, with an exclamation point of an ending on Oasis. It wasn’t pretty but they took care of business against a team that can give anyone a run for their money.
Week 2 Preview
Houston Outlaws (3-12)
The Outlaws are currently on a nine-game losing streak after starting the season at 3-3. In the midst of their parent organization being sold and no roster changes being made, as a result. Everything is looking to be in the Shock’s favor for this one.
There are rumors that Houston has been looking better in scrims lately and are starting to find their footing, which fans saw in their week 1 match where they took NYXL to a map 5. The Shock need to come into this ready for everything if they’re going to be able to #AnteUp and take down the Outlaws.
Prediction: Shock wins 3-1
Seoul Dynasty (9-7)
This one may be quite a bit more interesting. Seoul have recently starting fielding two completely unique rosters, which seems to be working out in their favor. This makes them a chore to scout and prepare for, unfortunately.
In the end, the Shock have been too strong to pick against, although this one should be close. The Dynasty could easily take the first map or two off of the Shock while the boys in orange adjust and make the corrections needed. Yet, once they get adjusted, look for them to continue to dominate, perhaps even integrating Sombra into the roster a fair amount.
Prediction: Shock wins 3-2
Player to Watch: Jay “sinatraa” Won
Sinatraa is the Shock’s Zarya and Sombra player, which gives them a unique way of handling the switch between traditional GOATS and Sombra-GOATS. He is the lynchpin for many of their strategies being effective and will determine much of the Shock’s success going into week 2 and beyond.
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