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What We Learned After Day 1 of the Overwatch League Postseason Playoffs

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As the Overwatch League Postseason Playoffs began, we got to learn a bit more about how different teams approached their Playoff matches. Wednesday’s matches started out with the Philadelphia Fusion vs Boston Uprising followed by the London Spitfire vs the LA Gladiators. Although it was just the first day of the Postseason Playoffs, in the best of three series, the Philadelphia Fusion and LA Gladiators both earned wins, setting the tempo for their future matches. After a 3-1 win for the Fusion and a 3-0 win for the Gladiators a few things can be said regarding those matches.

The Fusion Are Really Good at Double Snipers

After the Philadelphia Fusion vs Boston Uprising match, it was clear that the Fusion were well practiced on the new Hanzo. Josue “Eqo” Corona absolutely dominated when the hero was in his hands; it was not uncommon to see his name multiple times in the elimination feed. Pair his extraordinary Hanzo play with his teammate Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee’s Widowmaker and the Boston Uprising seemed like they could never find an answer for the double sniper composition.

After wondering which Philadelphia Fusion team would show up in the Playoffs, it was clear after this first match that they came prepared to face the Boston Uprising. When the Philadelphia Fusion are playing well they are one of the best teams in the Overwatch League; however, the Fusion team also has its low lows. Nevertheless, the Fusion hit their stride and looked comfortable running double snipers in the Postseason Playoffs. With the Fusion riding high on the momentum from their first match win, will they win the rest of the series or will Boston find an answer to shut down the deadly duo of the Fusion? Tune in on Friday, July 13, 2018 to see how the series concludes.

Even Without Fissure the Gladiators Are For Real

After the Fusion vs Boston game, the LA Gladiators faced off against the London Spitfire. One player who shockingly did not make an appearance for the Gladiators was Chan-Hyung “Fissure” Baek. Fissure has been an impactful player for the Gladiators and was one of the main reasons of why the LA Gladiators did so well during the regular season. With Fissure out, people questioned if the Gladiators would play the same way during the high-pressure Postseason, simply said, they didn’t drop a beat. The LA Gladiators swiftly took down the London Spitfire in a 3-0 fashion.

Even without Fissure the LA Gladiators look like a veteran team. Players on the Gladiators have stepped up in their respective positions, making the team overall better. Just imagine how much better the Gladiators will be when Fissure returns to the Gladiators lineup. Can the Gladiators close out their series versus the London Spitfire or will the Spitfire come out on Saturday to complete the match reverse sweep?

Be sure to tune in and root for your favorite Overwatch League team. As always for more details about the players, league, and playoffs, check out the Overwatch League’s official website.

 

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Featured Image Credit: Blizzard Entertainment/Overwatch

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