SonicFox and Saint Secure First Place at VSFighting

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With EVO just around the corner, players are looking to gain momentum going into the major event of the year. Players from all over the world traveled to Birmingham, England for VSFighting 2018. Those players included Echo Fox players like Choi “Saint” Jinwoo, Kim “JDCR” Hyun Jin, Justin Wong, Momochi, Dominique “SonicFox” McLean, and Jon “dekillsage” Coello. Will Echo Fox make a huge impact and make their mark going into EVO?

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London Spitfire’s Fury Discusses Reverse Sweep on Los Angeles Gladiators

Originally posted at http://www.omnicpost.com/2018/07/20/london-spitfires-fury-discusses-reverse-sweep-on-los-angeles-gladiators/

‘Expect the unexpected’ should be the theme of this year’s Overwatch League playoffs. From the unexpected benching of all-star Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek, to Boston taking Philadelphia to its limit, to the Spitfire getting the monkey off their back and advancing in the playoffs, the playoffs have been nothing less of stellar. After a 3-game sweep in Match 1 of their series, the Los Angeles Gladiators looked to close it last Saturday. However, the Gladiators did not get to have the last word. After their Stage 1 championship, the London Spitfire faced much adversity from losing Fissure and Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim, to not matching their previous success since. The Spitfire had much to prove going into Saturday, and they knew it.

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NA LCS 2018 Summer Split Week 4 Recap

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Teams are ready to get back into the grind of the Summer Split following Rift Rivals. It was a great learning experience for all participating teams to figure out the meta. Echo Fox, who surprised many teams, was the lone NA team to pick up a win in the final day of Rift Rivals against G2 Esports, masters of the funnel strategy. This week in the NA LCS, Echo Fox implemented knowledge from Rift Rivals to the LCS stage.

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Philadelphia Fusion’s neptuNo Comments on Series Win Against Boston Uprising

Originally posted at http://www.omnicpost.com/2018/07/19/philadelphia-fusions-neptuno-comments-on-series-win-against-boston-uprising/

The Philadelphia Fusion became the first team in the Overwatch League to advance in the playoffs. It was a battle between two teams — one who went under everyone’s radar and advanced to the stage finals, the other the only team to be undefeated in one stage and advanced to the stage finals. Now, these two teams meet in the playoffs.

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Los Angeles Gladiators’ BigGoose Comments on Match 1 Win Against the London Spitfire

Originally posted at http://www.omnicpost.com/2018/07/14/los-angeles-gladiators-biggoose-comments-on-match-1-win-against-the-london-spitfire/

The inaugural Overwatch League playoffs was met with much anticipation. The first day of the playoffs featured two teams playing with a purpose. The hometown team, Los Angeles Gladiators have a motive — they do not want to be known as the secondary Los Angeles team behind the Valiant, they want to be the best. After being crowned the Stage 1 champions, the London Spitfire have not matched success since then. Winning the Overwatch League Season 1 championship would solidify their place for not only one stage, but as the best in the world.

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Echo Fox Takes On Europe’s Best at Rift Rivals

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The annual battle of North America vs Europe lives on as Rift Rivals has come and gone. One region wants to prove they are better than the other. Three teams from each region came into battle. Echo Fox, Team Liquid, and 100 Thieves represented NA LCS. G2 Esports, Fnatic, and Splyce represented the EU LCS.

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CEO 2018 Recap

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The road to EVO is almost at a close. Before the FGC heads to Vegas for EVO, the prelude starts at Florida for CEO 2018. It was a momentous event with the collaboration with New Japan Pro Wrestling. CEO is the first event where a wrestling organization teamed up with an esports organization. Together, they brought an NJPW house show to the event where NJPW stars such as Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi, and Jushin “Thunder” Liger performed for the FGC. In addition to the house show, Echo Fox looked to continue their dominance in the FGC with top place finishes in CEO 2018.

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Golden Guardians’ Lourlo on Staying Motivated in LCS: “I really want to show that I’m a capable player in the LCS, not just someone that’s going to be in a bottom-tier team.”

In Week 2 of the NA LCS, things are still unpredictable with the meta — surprising strategies that teams have run like the popular funnel strategy and role swapping, and swapping players from the main roster to Academy and vice versa. Teams such as OpTic Gaming came out to everyone’s surprise as they took down top-tier teams such as Echo Fox. Another team that took a lot of people by surprise are the Golden Guardians. In their games, they are utilizing the popular funnel strategy that teams across various regions are using. With wins against Team Liquid and a revamped Cloud9 under their belt, they looked to succeed moving further in the NA LCS.

Samson “Lourlo” Jackson stopped backstage after their win against Cloud9 in Week 2 to talk about why the funnel strategy is working for Golden Guardians and how they mentally prepare during the offseason.

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Apollo on a Winning Record Against TSM: “I guess we’re better than TSM and it feels really good.”

The third week of the Summer Split is upon us. Some teams are still figuring out the meta, while others are utilizing obscure strategies such as using mages/bruisers in the bot lane and the funnel strategy. For Clutch Gaming, they are currently 2-2 at the time of this writing, coming off wins against Cloud9 in Week 1 and TSM in Week 2. In those wins, Apollo played a significant part. Against TSM, he played Vladimir and against C9, he carried with Xayah. After their win against TSM, Apollo stopped backstage to discuss the match among other topics.

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