Dreamhack Montreal is the major event for Shadowverse to be viewed by a mass audience. Echo Fox players, Cure Mango and Gengur, well represented the team throughout the weekend. Justin Wong came out to support the boys this weekend in hopes of taking home first place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Los Angeles Valiant remains dominant in both the Overwatch League and the establishment of a brand outside the League. Last month, they established a partnership with Microsoft. After announcing this partnership, Microsoft and the Valiant coordinated an event called the Girls in Gaming Summit, which promoted the importance of women in the gaming industry. It featured panels by women in various parts of the industry and emphasized the inclusion of a female presence in video games, all the while empowering more women to be involved in gaming.
Originally posted at http://www.omnicpost.com/2018/05/23/agilities-interview/
The Omnic Post had a chance at an exclusive interview with Brady “Agilities” Girardi, player for the Los Angeles Valiant; a team on such a winning streak they managed to score a partnership with Razer. They played a close game against the Seoul Dynasty and walked away winners last Wednesday. Last Saturday, they won 3 games to 1 against the Shanghai Dragons. The Valiant’s win against the Dynasty gave them sole possession of 1st place in the Pacific Division, granting them a first-round bye for the postseason.
Originally posted at http://www.omnicpost.com/2018/05/18/la-valiant-partnership-razer/
Following their recent success at the Overwatch League, the Los Angeles Valiant’s brand continues to grow. During Stage 3 of the League, the Valiant significantly improved from their Stage 2 performance earning them a place in the Stage 3 playoffs. Although things did not swing in their favor against the New York Excelsior, their performance in Stage 3 was admirable. With this recent success, the Valiant earned partnerships with Lionsgate and Microsoft. After their win against the Seoul Dynasty this week, the Valiant managed to negotiate another partnership with Razer.