Week 1 of the Overwatch League has ended. The Justice had their first-ever game on the OWL stage against a top tier team in the league. As the second week approaches, it’s time to look at the NYXL game, what to take from it and what to expect this week against the Spitfire.
Week 1: New York Excelsior: 2-0
In review, it was to be expected that this game would not go in favor of the Justice. No matter the amount of preparation and synergy, it was a big ask to have a completely new team go up against a team with an existing strong base line. They even took a map off NYXL and won Horizon. While some would say that this was more due to NYXL’s own mistakes rather than the Justice’s good plays, this one map could still make the difference to their map differential in the future. Unfortunately, the Excelsior were just the better team this week, but the Justice still have much room to improve and grow into the strong team they could be.
Player of the Match: Corey
Despite some lackluster Zarya play on earlier maps, there were several times where hitscan DPS player Corey “Corey” Nigra really showed up on the hero in this match. On top of that, there is something to be said about putting up a fight against Yeon-kwan “Nenne” Jeong. Nenne was known for his Zarya gameplay in XL2 Academy in Contenders NA.
Week 2: London Spitfire: 0-2
If anyone had said the defending champions would leave their first week 0-2, they would have been laughed at – and yet they are 0-2 and at the bottom of the standings.
Nonetheless, the Spitfire are still no slouch. Their first loss this week were up against former finalists the Philadelphia Fusion. The second was against a Paris team that is very good at GOATs. It might be easy to say that Washington has a simple task ahead of them, play GOATs well, but London is still a formidable team. This is especially true considering the star DPS duo of Joon-yeong “Profit” Park and Ji-hyeok “birdring” Kim.
In order to win this match up, the Justice will need to outplay the Spitfire the same way the Paris Eternal did. London are looking to be one of the weakest teams when it comes to playing GOATs. Washington will have tighten up their GOATs gameplay and counter the Spitfire’s compositions, such as dealing with Guard on Sombra.
Prediction: London wins 3-1
Player to Watch: The Lucio Players (Hyeonu and Fahzix)
One good thing about GOATs this season is that it has shone the spotlight on players other than the DPS. This week, look to see how the main support players can show up and organize their team to move as a unit. Both Lucio players Hyeon-woo “Hyeonu” Cho and Riley “Fahzix” Taylor are talented in their own right and Washington have been shown to play both of them.
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