Team Canada’s Brady ‘Agilities’ Girardi is already making highlight plays in the Overwatch World Cup, but with an unexpected hero.
Agilities is representing his country for the second time in the World Cup, as they attempt to qualify for the Blizzcon playoffs through the Los Angeles Qualifier.
Canada kicked off the qualifier with a match against Austria, and on the third map of the series, Volskaya industries, it was Boston Uprising’s ‘NotE’ and LA Gladiators’ Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts that came up with the big plays to help guarantee the series victory.
Clearly not wanting to be shown up, Agilities pulled off a highlight play of his own in the fourth map, Rialto, but with a surprising hero. Though he’s a DPS player in the Overwatch League, where he competes for Los Angeles Valiant, against the Austrian team Agilities branched out with some Lúcio play.
Despite playing a Support hero, it was clear that Agilities maintained the DPS mind-set. Rialto is a map with plenty of opportunities for environmental kills and Agilities exploited that, at one point pulling off an insane four-kill to turn a fight.
Austria were able to isolate Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel’s Reinhardt, getting an important kill quickly, but doing so left them vulnerable to a heroic turn-around by Agilities.
Later on in the day Canada faced Brazil, where they were on the receiving end of an epic Lúcio play – in this case by Brazil’s Renan ‘alemao’ Moretto. Playing on Lijiang Tower, alemao pulled some fancy footwork to avoid both an EMP and an Earthshatter from Canada, coming back in with a sound barrier and even eliminating Canada’s Reinhardt as he defended his downed team-mates.
Canada ultimately finished their first day of the qualifier 2-0 without having lost a map, putting them on the path to qualification early. The Canadian team have a high bar to live up to, having made it to the finals of last year’s World Cup.