The New York Excelsior dominated the Shanghai Dragons, Dallas Fuel broke through the Philadelphia merger and the London Spitfire scored a narrow win against the Seoul dynasty on Saturday in Round 4 of the Overwatch League.
How the top teams continue to differ From the rest of the pack, the Excelsior again took down the dragons to increase their lead in the Overwatch League.
The first card, Blizzard World, saw Shanghai as the first attack. After a hard first fight, the kites were able to secure the first checkpoint and move the payload through the map. However, they would not be able to reach the second checkpoint as the New York Defense doubled their efforts to hold them back. The New York attack was luckier as it was able to bypass the defense of Shanghai and secure the first point. The Excelsior were able to keep their momentum going and managed to advance the payload by the required distance with some time remaining.
The second card, Horizon Lunar Colony, saw Shanghai again make its first attack with some success. Although the dragons could occupy the first checkpoint, they could not make any progress that second, giving New York a slight edge. The Excelsior's attack was quick and efficient as they had bypassed much of Shanghai's defense to secure the first point before securing the required amount of second-place time and a two-card lead.
The third card, Oasis, saw a dominant performance from New York to get things started. In the first round, New York secured the first point and held it for the entire round while Shanghai struggled. The second round was much closer, the Dragons reached 99 percent after winning a team match, although New York finally regained the point and finished the round to clinch an early series victory.
The fourth card, Dorado, told a similar story to the other clashes. The Dragons were able to push the charge through the first checkpoint despite a strong defense from New York before settling on the way to the second point. As good as it was, Shanghai could not reach the second checkpoint, which was repulsed by the New York Defense Line. The attack from New York was fast again, as he moved the payload relatively easily through the first checkpoint. Although Shanghai did its best to keep it off, New York proved too strong in its attack, pushing the payload by the required distance in just a few minutes.
A short breakdown of the Fuel Fusion series.
King's Row saw Dallas attack first. After a dominant offensive strategy had paid off, the Fuel could quickly secure the checkpoint and move the payload. Despite the best efforts of the defenders of the merger, they could not stop Dallas from passing the payload through the map to end the round with plenty of free time on the bench. The attack from the merger was less successful given a stronger than expected Dallas defense. Although the merger was able to capture the first checkpoint, they were only a few feet from reaching the finish and had to watch the clock sink on their chances of victory.
The second card, Hanamura, was a similarly dominant achievement from Dallas. After Dallas quickly conquered the first checkpoint after wiping the merger off of the card, he was able to keep momentum and surprise Philadelphia as he quickly raided the second checkpoint and finished it with more than six and a half minutes. The attack of the merger could not keep up with this speed, as the team was surprised by the speed of the offensive. Philadelphia could not secure the first checkpoint and watched as time lagged on the wrong side of the barriers.
The third card, Lijiang Tower, was an opportunity for revenge on Philadelphia. The first round went to the merger as they captured the first point before Dallas could move and hold it for the duration of the round. The second round was not too bad for Dallas, though it could still claim only 69 percent of the zone before the merger retook it to win the round.
The fourth card, Watchpoint: Gibraltar, was a bit closer to competition between the two teams. The first attack by Dallas was fast as he pushed the payload through the map to reach the end of the course with plenty of time. The attack from the merger was just as successful, if not quite so fast, as they also managed to reach the end of the map and hold an overtime showdown for these teams. With less time on the bench, the merger took their attack first and was quickly blocked by Dallas' strong defensive line, which was unable to reach the first checkpoint. The second attack from Dallas was as fast as it was devastating, ignoring much of the Fusion's defense to increase payload, before a final team fight broke Philadelphia's defense once and for all and allowed the fuel to win the card and the series , [1
On the first map, King's Row, Seoul first saw his attack. Despite an incredible defense of London, the dynasty was able to conquer the first checkpoint and move the payload through the map. London's defense regrouped on the approach to the second checkpoint and eventually halted Seoul's progress long enough to use the time for a decline and set a benchmark for itself. The London attack was less successful than its opponents as it faced an almost impenetrable wall that kept Seoul largely off the point. With all the time available, London failed to secure the first point and give Seoul the first card victory in the series.
The second card, Hanamura, saw a kind of turnaround for both teams. Seoul's initial attack was completely ineffective, as he could not break the defense of London and even got to the point, which is an easy win for his opponent. The attack from London did not last long, as he took advantage of the excellent position to defeat Seoul and fly to the point to reach the required capture percentage, leaving plenty of time.
The third card, Lijiang Tower, was once again a showcase in London. The first round went to London, because Seoul could conquer only 51 percent before it was thrown back. The second round was very similar to the first one, with London regaining victory with Seoul and occupying only 46 percent of the zone before being eliminated and beaten back.
The fourth card, Watchpoint: Gibraltar, was an extremely close battle between the two teams. Seoul's first attack was very successful and brought the payload through the checkpoints after overcoming London's defensive line several times. Although it took some time, Seoul was able to reach the end of the map and give the opponent a difficult task. The attack from London was also successful, as he too could defeat his opponent's resistance and push the payload through the map. London was also able to reach the end of the map and build an over-time showdown between the two teams. London took his second attack first, and after a difficult fight, it was not possible to reach the first checkpoint with the remaining time. The second attack from Seoul faced similar difficulties, though Seoul was able to overcome enough to get the payload to the required distance and build a five-tackle game.
The fifth and final map, Nepal, saw the final collapse of Seoul's dynasty. The first round went to London after securing the point first and holding it for the duration of the round. The second round was much closer as both teams invested a lot of time in the control of the zone. Seoul was close to winning the round, reaching 99 percent before losing control, although London was able to secure the zone and hold Seoul off long enough to win.
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