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Guangzhou Charge and Paris Eternal claim victory at OWL Summer Showdown

Published: 6/Jul/2020 17:44 Updated: 6/Jul/2020 17:55

by Jacob Hale

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The Overwatch League’s Summer Showdown event has been and gone, with two teams taking home the lion’s share of the total $275,000 prize pool split between the North America and Asia regions.

In North America, Paris Eternal defied the odds and came out on top, taking the win against Philadelphia Fusion in a hard-fought, seven-map battle.

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Meanwhile, on the Asian side of the bracket, Guangzhou Charge made short work of each of their opponents, with their only map losses coming to May Melee champions Shanghai Dragons in the grand final, which they won 4-2.

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Philadelphia Fusion were favorites heading into the OWL Summer Showdown but just fell short.

Here is how each bracket looked, as well as the final placements for each team that competed.

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OWL Summer Showdown: North America results & final placements

In North America, Paris Eternal fought tooth and nail to earn their win, while grand final rivals Philadelphia Fusion cruised through the bracket until they were finally beat by Paris.

While Paris have been performing well throughout this OWL season, many would have predicted Fusion to be facing the reigning Overwatch League champions San Francisco Shock in the final, given the team’s strong showings in the regular season.

Here are the final standings for the North America bracket in OWL Summer Showdown:

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Placement Team
1 Paris Eternal
2 Philadelphia Fusion
3-4 Toronto Defiant
3-4 San Francisco Shock
5-6 Houston Outlaws
5-6 Washington Justice
7-8 Vancouver Titans
7-8 Atlanta Reign
9-12 Los Angeles Valiant
9-12 Los Angeles Gladiators
9-12 Florida Mayhem
9-12 Dallas Fuel
13 Boston Uprising

OWL Summer Showdown: Asia results & final placements

Over in the Asia bracket, there was a slightly smaller pool of teams with seven different squads taking to battle, but the competition was just as fierce.

Guangzhou charged through the single-elimination bracket with 3-0 wins over both Changdu Hunters and New York Excelsior, while top seed Shanghai Dragons had to only beat Seoul Dynasty (which they did, 3-0) to book their place in the final, but only managed to take two maps from the Charge’s grasp.

Here are the final standings for the Asia bracket in OWL Summer Showdown:

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Placement Team
1 Guangzhou Charge
2 Shanghai Dragons
3-4 Seoul Dynasty
3-4 New York Excelsior
5-7 London Spitfire
5-7 Chengdu Hunters
5-7 Hangzhou Spark

Interestingly, the two teams who lost in each grand final are currently the top two ranked teams in the OWL standings, so we could be seeing a shifting in the tide thanks to the Summer Showdown.

How this affects teams heading into the latter stages of the season, with OWL playoffs on every player’s mind, remains to be seen – but we might be in for some interesting changes at the top.

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Insane Overwatch Wrecking Ball tech makes point contesting impossible

Published: 14/Oct/2020 19:37

by Theo Salaun

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Overwatch players have discovered yet another dominant Wrecking Ball trick, and this one simply denies opponents any chance at capturing the point in the most troll way imaginable.

A hamster in a metal ball with a grappling hook. Hammond, officially known as Wrecking Ball, is one of Overwatch’s weirder heroes and, as such, is blessed with some of the game’s craftiest potential. Even after Blizzard bothered his mains by adjusting the grappling hook’s consistency, the game’s fanbase continues to discover devious ways to capitalize on Hammond’s niche abilities.

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While every Wrecking Ball seems to love latching onto somewhere on the point and spinning continuously in a wide arc that is both hard to hit and a nifty way to contest, that tetherball movement isn’t inimitable. 

But a Redditor by the name of ‘ano-nimuss’ has discovered a new tech on the control map, Oasis: University, that allows Hammond to defiantly deny opponents any opportunity to gain access to the point with a much quicker, tighter spin. 

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It’s overtime, THOU SHALT NOT PASS! 🧙‍♂️ from WreckingBallMains

On Oasis: University, each team has a main choke entryway, two adjacent angles they can take from the side, and an underground entry path to the point. Once on the point, there is a wide circular pit to the basement.

The fastest way to the point is the main choke, since all other paths take more time and are more easily defended by well-positioned attackers. But, considering ano-nimuss’s clip, it appears that the main choke is very easily defended by a Hammond.

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A bird’s eye view of Oasis: University, where all points of entry are visible.

With a grappling hook thrown into the pit and against one of the subterranean walls, Wrecking Ball is able to swing into a frenzied defense, narrowly blocking off the entire main choke from eager attackers. In the clip, even narrow hitboxes like an Ana or a transcending Zenyatta are unable to squeeze past Hammond’s boops despite multiple attempts to do so.

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As demonstrated, this tech makes it nigh impossible for enemies to access University’s point through its typically most accessible entryway. In overtime, that can easily prove the difference between a win and a loss.

Interestingly, this trick holds merit for other potential Wrecking Ball shenanigans. If players can abuse a unique surface to gain a threatening advantage on Oasis, then there is massive potential that similar angles for tighter spins are available on other maps.