The 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals came to a close today as the San Francisco Shock pulled off an emphatic clean sweep over the Vancouver Titans. One of the most impressive moments from the series came from Architect on Eichenwalde.
After a resounding run through the losers bracket of the 2019 Overwatch League Playoffs, following one of the most costly C9’s in history, the San Francisco Shock ran through the competition on the Grand Final stage to claim their very first trophy.
Competing at the Wells Fargo Center in front of a sold-out crowd in Philadelphia, the Shock dominated throughout the series and despite being taken to Eichenwalde for the second map, a Vancouver Titans pick, it became clear that they were well-prepared for any scenario.
Having captured the payload and stormed through the second checkpoint with relative ease, the Shock had over three minutes remaining on the clock to close out their attacking phase.
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Initiating what would be their final push, Smurf found two crucial picks, eliminating the Vancouver tank line before Architech activated his ultimate ability as Bastion and pulled off a surprising tactic.
Shooting at the ground beneath his omnic treads, Architect masterfully launched himself into the air and atop a chandelier that overlooks the final stretch of the map. A perfect vantage point above both defending spawn doors.
From this new perch, with the crowd roaring in-sight of the impressive maneuver, the DPS phenom unloaded, dealing near-lethal damage to Seominsoo before finding the pick onto Haksal and transitioning to sentry mode to close out the round.
Commenting on the remarkable play in the post-game press conference, Architect explained (via translator) that the original play was for Rascal “to use the Mei wall to lift him up. But out of nowhere, he told himself he’s able to use Bastion ult to boost himself from the floor.”
Completely improvised, Rascal added that “it was just an instant decision, it wasn’t planned.”
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) September 29, 2019
Next time that Eichenwalde pops up in your rotation, see if you can nail this remarkable rocket jump for yourself and rain down damage from above just like Pharah.
There’s a lengthy off-season before the 2020 period of OWL competition kicks things off with home and away games, in the meantime however, the Contenders Gauntlet starts on October 10 and serves to showcase the best Tier 2 talent from around the globe.