NA LCS 2018 Summer Split Week 2 Recap

Originally posted at https://www.echofox.gg/news/na-lcs-2018-summer-split-week-2-recap

Echo Fox continued where they left off in dominating fashion from Spring Split. Last week, they faced FlyQuest and convincingly won after making a risky role swap. The following day, a rematch of the third-place match from Spring Playoffs occurred against Clutch Gaming. Echo Fox made another risky move with a role swap involving Huni and Dardoch. This move worked in Echo Fox’s favor as they won the game. They ended the first week undefeated and at the top of the standings. Does Echo Fox have more tricks up their sleeves in Week 2?

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NA LCS 2018 Summer Split Week 1 Recap

Originally posted at https://www.echofox.gg/news/na-lcs-2018-summer-split-week-1-recap

The countdown goes down to zero, the lights dim, and the crowd roars for the premiere of the Summer Split. Huge stakes are on the line as ten teams not only want to be the split champions but make it a goal to be at Worlds.

Expect the unexpected is the motto for Echo Fox in this split. After finishing at a new high last split at third place, Echo Fox only wants to improve this split. Many analysts and journalists consider Echo Fox to be a top contender this summer, including ESPN who ranked Echo Fox at second place in North America. The teams first opponent of the summer would be FlyQuest.

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Ryujehong Discusses His Fictional KPop Band, Preferred Ana Changes, and the OW World Cup

Originally posted at http://www.omnicpost.com/2018/06/30/ryujehong-discusses-who-would-be-in-his-kpop-band-changes-he-would-make-to-ana-and-the-overwatch-world-cup/

The Seoul Dynasty was predicted to be the best team in the Overwatch League. This was based upon previous success in the Overwatch World Cup, where Seoul Dynasty players Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu, Joon-hyuk “zunba” Kim, Jin-mo “tobi” Yang, and Jin-hyuk “Miro” Gong played and won back-to-back championships. When the Overwatch League started, the Seoul Dynasty started out strong with a record of 7-3 in the first two stages. In Stage 4, they had a record of 3-7. Despite high praise in the preseason, they were unable to meet expectations as they did not qualify for any stage playoffs and finished 8th place in the overall standings. After their defeat to the Los Angeles Gladiators, Ryujehong stopped backstage to discuss topics beyond the Overwatch League.

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LA Valiant’s SPACE Discusses Going Pro in Overwatch, Team Synergy, and How to Stop NYXL

Originally posted at http://www.omnicpost.com/2018/06/26/l-a-valiants-space-discusses-going-pro-in-overwatch-team-synergy-and-how-to-stop-nyxl/

The New York Excelsior was a dominant monster throughout this season. NYXL had different beasts to deal with whether it was Jong-ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park, Hae-seong “Libero” Kim, Do-hyeon “Pine” Kim, or Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang. Western teams such as the Philadelphia Fusion and Boston Uprising tried to derail the NYXL train but to no avail. It wasn’t until Stage 4 where a new challenger arrived to fight against NYXL where they were dethroned in the grand finals, and a new team was crowned the winner of Stage 4. Thus, the Los Angeles Valiant became the 3rd Overwatch League team to become the stage champions. Indy “SPACE” Halpern dropped by to talk some more about NYXL and his life prior to playing Overwatch.

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Press Conference: the Los Angeles Gladiators on their match against the Valiant

Originally posted at http://www.omnicpost.com/2018/06/18/press-conference-the-los-angeles-gladiators-on-their-match-against-the-valiant/

The Battle of Los Angeles recently occurred between the Valiant and Gladiators. Both teams fought valiantly, ultimately going to a final Game 5. João Pedro “Hydration” De Goes Telles and Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek played exceptionally well throughout the match. Unfortunately, Brady “Agilities” Girardi and Indy “SPACE” Halpern carried the match for the Valiant, thus ending their run in Stage 4. After the match, the Gladiators held a press conference to talk about the match.

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Bischu’s Thoughts on Pre-Overwatch Career, Splitting Time with Void, and If He Would Cosplay as D.Va

The Los Angeles Gladiators have qualified for the Stage 4 playoffs, clinching the 1st seed. As a result, they picked the Los Angeles Valiant as their opponents. The ultimate Battle of Los Angeles will occur this afternoon. In the overall season, the Gladiators finished in 4th place. Aaron “Bischu” Kim, off-tank star for the Los Angeles Gladiators, stopped by to talk about the Gladiators’ success as well as his life prior to Overwatch.

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Dallas Fuel’s Mickie on Working Out, Being the Best Brigitte, and His Future as a Host

Originally posted at http://www.omnicpost.com/2018/06/12/dallas-fuels-mickie-on-working-out-being-the-best-brigitte-and-his-future-as-a-host/

The Dallas Fuel had a rough season; the release of polarizing player Félix “xQc” Lengyel, releasing former head coach Kyle “KyKy” Souder, and Hyeon “EFFECT” Hwang taking a leave of absence after enduring a heap of stress throughout this season. This emotional rollercoaster came to a high at this stage for the Dallas Fuel. So far in Stage 4, the Dallas Fuel caught everyone by surprise and turned things around. Following their win against the Florida Mayhem, the effervescent Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangchod stopped backstage and chatted about the team’s turnaround this stage, what he would like to see in Overwatch League next season, and his opinions about working out and dieting.

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Muma Shares His Thoughts on the Texas Showdown and Playoffs

The showdown of the wild west came to the forefront of the Overwatch League last night. The Outlaws came away with a win thanks to a solid defense and a bit of luck against the Fuel. With that win, as of today, the Outlaws are currently qualified for the stage playoffs; they are also on the cusp of qualifying for the postseason behind the Los Angeles Gladiators and Philadelphia Fusion. Austin “Muma” Wilmot, tank for the Houston Outlaws, had a significant role against the Dallas Fuel. Here, he shares his thoughts about the match against Dallas and about heading into playoffs.

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GameSpot Presents “Building Overwatch League”

Originally posted at http://www.omnicpost.com/2018/06/04/gamespot-presents-building-overwatch-league/

The Overwatch League’s inaugural season has almost come to a close for 2018. The League started off with a bang with over 300,000 viewers, and that number steadily increased each week. It developed a new generation of esports stars such as Jong-yeol “Saebyeolbe” Park, Jacob “JAKE” Lyon, Brady “Agilities” Girardi, and Ji-hyeok “birdring” Kim. At the end of the season, the Overwatch League will celebrate its grand finals at the Barclays Center in New York to crown the inaugural champions. To commemorate their achievements thus far, Blizzard worked with video game news outlet GameSpot in a video compilation about building the Overwatch League.

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