The Paris Eternal’s trip to Dallas didn’t end well. While the atmosphere and food might have helped alleviate some of the poor results they had, Paris went winless during the Dallas Homestand getting blown out by a reinvigorated London Spitfire and losing a scrappy five-game set to the Hangzhou Spark. Playoffs are looking more like a dream, but Paris will have a chance to end the stage on a high note against the Toronto Defiant.
Last Week’s Matches
London Spitfire 5-1
There isn’t really much to say about this game in terms of the Paris Eternal. This was about as clean of a 4-0 sweep as the Spitfire could’ve had over the French team. The Spitfire from the get-go had complete control of the game and would never let it go. Paris would look a little bit better on King’s Row with it being the only map they were able to finish. Unfortunately, it gave Paris one of the worst screencaps that might haunt them all season.
Hangzhou Spark 4-2
Paris looked much better in their series against the Hangzhou Spark. Nowhere near close to the shellacking that they experienced against the Spitfire the day before. This series easily could’ve gone either way with both teams having their massive fight wins and huge pop off moments. Unfortunately for Paris, they weren’t able to sustain their play through map 5. Hangzhou, who know map 5’s well, just had that small edge that took them to the series win. After the game, there was a nice moment between players Terence “SoOn” Tarlier and Xu “guxue” Qiulin where they exchanged jerseys with each other.
This Week’s Matches
Toronto Defiant 1-4
Against the Toronto Defiant, the Paris Eternal have a good chance to end their recent slump against a struggling side. Both teams are pretty much guaranteed to miss out on the playoffs so both pride and end of season records will be on the line in this one. Both teams have struggled mightily this stage with the Defiant being a shell of what they were in Stage 1 and Paris not really finding their groove yet when it comes to their playstyle. Given that this is the last game of the stage, look for Paris to try and experiment around with their compositional choices and possibly their roster. We recently saw Nicolas “NiCOgdh” Moret added back into the lineup after a lengthy absence so be on the lookout for other names from the bench to make an appearance.
Prediction: Paris wins 3-2
Player to Watch: Luís “Greyy” Perestrelo
Greyy has shown a lot of promise this season specifically on his Ana, but there are moments where he also does not shine as brightly. With Ana being such a pivotal role the mistakes made are magnified much more. In recent weeks, Greyy has been having a rough time on the support role and Paris will need him to return to the form that he had earlier in the stage if they want to come out of their match with Toronto with a win. He will be facing up against Defiant support Se-hyeon “Neko” Park who is definitely someone who cannot be taken lightly. Greyy will not only have to up his Ana game but his Zen may also need to be brought back, especially if he is going to duel it out with Neko.
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