This Week in Esports (01/17/18-01/21/18)

This week in esports, there was a lot of anticipation for various events and the amount of hype flowing throughout was contagious.

The Overwatch League came off a very lit Week 1 with record numbers. According to PC Gamer, there was an average viewership of 280,000 viewers. Week 2 showed a decline in numbers, but strong viewership numbers above 100,000.

This week in Overwatch League, both Los Angeles teams showed impressive games. The Gladiators faced the Philadelphia Fusion where they came back from a 0-2 deficit to win. Meanwhile, the Valiant almost imitated the Gladiators’ success against the London Spitfire. The Valiant and Spitfire went to 5 games after the Valiant came back from a 0-2 deficit. But, the Spitfire recovered to win the match against the Valiant and remained undefeated. The Los Angeles teams also tried to derail NY Excelsior to no avail. Seoul Dynasty continues to build their dynasty upon dominating wins against Florida Mayhem and Boston Uprising.

Cities south of the Blizzard Arena was the much-anticipated season premiere of the NA LCS. This match featured latest Team Liquid signee Doublelift against his old team, Team SoloMid where he got revenge with 5 kills, 5 assists, and 0 deaths. After TSM’s loss against Team Liquid, they faced an underrated FlyQuest. In a huge upset, FlyQuest stunned the world as they defeat TSM in a match full of nerves from both sides. Other huge surprises include the newly, reformed Echo Fox countering any criticism in the preseason as they went 2-0 in Week 1. In Week 2, they have tough matches against Cloud9 and TSM.

Lastly, Genesis 5 took place at Oakland, CA where Panda Global’s Plup shocked the Smash community and took the championship over Team Liquid’s Hungrybox.

Next week in esports, Week 3 of OWL where the battle of Los Angeles occurs with the Valiant and the Gladiators contending to claim their territory. Also, the 3 undefeated teams Seoul Dynasty, London Spitfire, and NY Excelsior battle for the top spot in the standings.

Week 2 of the LCS rolls on as Hai faces his old team FlyQuest, and Team Liquid look to capitalize on their Week 1 success against 100 Thieves and Clutch Gaming.

The ELEAGUE Major continues as they head out from the group stage and into Boston where Cloud9 continues their run against G2 Esports.

And EVO Japan debuts with Echo Fox looking to dominate Street Fighter V and Tekken 7.

Look out for my Bold Predictions in 2018 piece coming out soon, and I am currently working on doing something big in the near future.

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