London Spitfire Draws First Blood Against LA Valiant in Overwatch League Semi-Final - Dexerto
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London Spitfire Draws First Blood Against LA Valiant in Overwatch League Semi-Final

Published: 19/Jul/2018 4:28 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Joe O'Brien

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The London Spitfire took down Los Angeles Valiant 3-1 in their opening semi-final series.

The Spitfire carried their momentum from the quarter-finals through to an impressive victory in the first series of the semi-final best-of-three.

The final 3-1 score-line is a little deceptive, as the series actually went to a full five maps, with the two teams drawing on the fourth map, Hanamura.

London Spitfire entered the playoffs in disarray, finishing the regular season with their weakest stage performance. The first match of their playoff run seemed to follow in the same vein, suffering a 0-3 defeat at the hands of the LA Gladiators, but the Spitfire were able to regroup and come back with consecutive 3-0 wins of their own to advance to the semi-finals.

Having finally harnessed the immense potential the roster should always have had, London is now an entirely different beast, and that carried through to their first semi-final series. The LA Valiant ended the season on a high, winning the Stage 4 playoffs, and have been touted by many as the favorites to now take the trophy.

The Valiant find themselves immediately on the back foot, however, with London now only needing one more series win to reach the grand finals. The Los Angeles squad, meanwhile, will need to win back-to-back best-of-fives of Friday July 21 in order to advance.

It was a rough start for both of the top seeds from the regular season, as the New York Excelsior – who as the number one team skipped to the semi-finals, like the Valiant – also fell in a convincing loss to the Philadelphia Fusion in their own opening series.

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Overwatch League’s only female pro Geguri released by Shanghai Dragons

Published: 26/Oct/2020 5:00

by Brad Norton

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The Overwatch League’s first and only female player, Kim ‘Geguri’ Se-yeon, has officially been released by the Shanghai Dragons after three seasons with the Chinese organization.

Geguri has made plenty of history throughout her time in competitive Overwatch. Not only was she the first female to crack into the South Korean APEX tournament, but she broke new ground as the first female to reach the Overwatch League in 2018.

Geguri joined the struggling Shanghai Dragons in an equally historic season. Despite having close calls multiple times, the lineup failed to win a single series in the inaugural year of competition, finishing with a 0-40 record.

With endless support from the community and a few upgrades over the offseason, Geguri and the Dragons turned things around. The team finished in 11th place during the 2019 playoffs before launching to third place in the 2020 finals.

However, her time under the Shanghai banners has now come to an end.

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Geguri quickly became a fan-favorite in the Overwatch League with her unique Off-Tank playstyle.

Geguri’s run with the Dragons spans three seasons and a total of 32 months. The South Korean off-tank rose to fame with her unique aim across heroes like D.Va and Zarya; aim that even came under question by others that accused her of cheating early into her career. Evidently, these claims were proven false through her time on stage.

The announcement of her release from the org came on October 25 alongside four other teammates. “I am so sorry that today is a sad day,” General Manager Yang Van said in the official statement. “Diya, Geguri, DDing, diem, and Luffy will leave as free agents after the expiration of their contracts.”

While the Shanghai roster is being rebuilt like many others this offseason, it appears as though Geguri isn’t stepping away from competition. In fact, all five players seem eager to play more than ever before. Leaving the team in order to seek out starting roles in the league.

“We fully understand and respect their desire for more opportunities in matches and we are quite sure that they will be able to have great performances in OWL,” Van said. “We will continuously help them to find a new team as they enter a new stage in their esports career.”

So while you won’t be seeing Geguri in the red and black jersey next year, she may still ink a deal with another OWL franchise. The Off-Tank expert didn’t play a map in 2020, though with so many roster shuffles this offseason, she may just find a new home soon.

Only time will tell where Geguri ends up. Be sure to keep your eyes glued to our offseason hub over the coming weeks for any updates.