Agilities Talks About the Off Season, the Importance of the Overwatch World Cup, and More

Originally posted at https://www.vpesports.com/overwatch/agilities-talks-about-the-off-season-the-importance-of-the-overwatch-world-cup-and-more

By  Chris Cuevo

Special to VPEsports

The offseason is up and running with the World Cup, Overwatch Contenders Season 3 Trials, and roster moves around the Overwatch League. One of the stops during the offseason is the California Cup. Collegiate teams like UC Irvine, UCLA, UCSD, and UC Berkeley competed for bragging rights as the best Overwatch team in California. UC Irvine took the crown at the California Cup, continuing their championship streak following the 2018 College League of Legends Championship.

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Team Norway’s ONIGOD on His Journey in Overwatch, His Mission in the World Cup, and His Chances in Signing with an Overwatch League Team

Originally posted at https://www.overwatchscore.com/overwatch-events/team-norways-onigod-on-his-journey-in-overwatch-his-mission-in-the-world-cup-and-his-chances-in-signing-with-an-overwatch-league-team/

The US Group Stage of the 2018 Overwatch World Cup kicked off last night. One of the participating teams, Norway, won their match against Switzerland but lost against Brazil later in the night. Norwegian player Stefan “ONIGOD” Fiskerstrand played extraordinarily during those two games as both Widowmaker and McCree. After Norway’s match against Brazil, ONIGOD stopped backstage to talk about his journey in the Overwatch scene, his mission in the Overwatch World Cup, and his chances in signing with an Overwatch League team in Season 2.

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Surefour Talks His Experience in Widow Duels, Overwatch World Cup, and More

Originally posted at https://www.overwatchscore.com/overwatch-events/surefour-talks-experience-widow-duels-overwatch-world-cup/

The Overwatch All-Star weekend took place a few weeks ago in the Blizzard Arena, Burbank, California. The first day featured several events, one of the premier events being a 1v1 Widowmaker tournament. Participants in the event include the best sharpshooters of the Overwatch League: Philadelphia Fusion’s Carpe, New York Excelsior’s Saebyeolbe, and Los Angeles Valiant’s Soon to name a few. Possibly the most consistent Widowmaker players of the league, Los Angeles Gladiators’ Surefour showcased his abilities during the event as well. Prior to his final showdown against Carpe, Surefour spoke to the media in regards to the all-star event, this year’s Overwatch World Cup, and more.

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Rebuilding A Dynasty: A Seoul-ful Retrospective

Originally posted at https://www.overwatchscore.com/overwatch-league-weeeeeeteams/rebuilding-dynasty-retrospective-look-seoul-dynasty/

The Seoul Dynasty were touted early on as the best team in the Overwatch League, with a good chance of winning the inaugural season championship. As the season progressed, though, doubts arose from fans and analysts alike. A particular thread on Reddit questioned the downfall of the Dynasty.

“It’s synergy, pretty obviously, when you watch their games. They look indecisive. They don’t seem to trust their main tanks (Miro doesn’t seem to get a lot of follow-up very often.) They’re not always clear about peeling for Ryujehong. They’re rarely on the same targets.”

Whatever the case may be, the Dynasty was unable to fix their issues, and that led to their collapse. Before the Overwatch League, the Seoul Dynasty was a force to be reckoned with.

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100 Thieves’ Ssumday on Thoughts About Being Summer Split MVP: “I believe it.”

100 Thieves had a turbulence of emotions throughout the Summer Split. Getting swept in 3 games in the Spring Split grand finals and a controversial trade occurred with William “Meteos” Hartman are examples of the adversities they went through. Despite the hardships, 100 Thieves continue to play at a high level in the Summer Split. They are a game behind Team Liquid in the standings with one more week remaining. Top laner for 100 Thieves and Summer Split MVP candidate, Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho chatted with me in this exclusive interview to talk about getting Andy “AnDa” Hoang acclimated into the team and what he thinks of the competition in the LCK.

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Overwatch League – 5 Things to Improve For Season 2

Originally posted at https://www.overwatchscore.com/commentary/overwatch-league-5-things-improve-season-2/

The inaugural season of Overwatch League was not lacking in surprises. Storylines developed throughout the entire season – the NYXL qualifying for playoffs each stage (and stopping short of the grand finals,) the Boston Uprising’s undefeated Stage 3, and the London Spitfire winning the inaugural Overwatch League championship despite a lackluster second half to the season. The season ending doesn’t mean the Overwatch League is on hiatus, though. The off-season is already underway, with contract extensions and player trades among teams starting soon. Now that the season is over, it’s time to reflect on possible improvements going into Season 2.

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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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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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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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