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Shanghai Dragons complete ultimate Overwatch League comeback with Stage 3 finals performance

Published: 15/Jul/2019 8:20 Updated: 15/Jul/2019 16:19

by Joe O'Brien

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The Shanghai Dragons are the Stage 3 champions of Overwatch League Season 2 after defeating San Francisco Shock in a thrilling seven-map final.

The Shock were seemingly on track to secure back-to-back stage titles, replicating New York Excelsior’s Season One feat, but an incredible underdog run from the Dragons saw the Shanghai team steal the crown.

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The Dragons only just managed to secure a spot in the stage playoffs, entering as the eighth and final team, but once there they pulled off an incredible run. First, they took down New York Excelsior, who had been undefeated in the Stage 3 regular season, before beating Stage 1 champions and overall league leaders Vancouver Titans.

In the final, Shanghai got out to an early lead, winning three consecutive maps to earn four match points, but the Shock were able to battle back to a tied series, just one game away from securing the reverse sweep. On the final map, however, it was Shanghai who finally found the last win they needed to take the title.

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The result marks an incredible turn-around for the Dragons since their abysmal season one, in which the team failed to win a single match in the entire season, famously finishing with a 0-40 score-line. A dramatic rebuild of the squad has turned them into a legitimate contender in the second season, however, despite now competing against more teams.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentShanghai players celebrate their incredible victory.

Stage 3 finals highlights

Shanghai Dragons DPS player Yang ‘DDing’ Jin-hyeok was named MVP of the match, and it’s not too hard to see why, with some particularly impressive performances on Pharah throughout the series.

His play was well-supported by his team, however, with Support Son ‘CoMa’ Kyung-woo earning praise for going beyond the call of duty for a Mercy and body-blocking for his team-mate, allowing DDing’s Pharah to pull off a big Rocket Barrage without being eliminated, as is usually the sacrifice for using Pharah’s ultimate.

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DDing wasn’t the only Shanghai DPS player who impressed, however, with his hitscan counterpart Bae ‘Diem’ Min-seong showing off some incredible Widowmaker mechanics as well.

Eager to get in on the action, Shanghai’s Jin ‘Youngjin’ Yong-jin also showed off his incredible mechanics with Doomfist, completing a stunning trifecta of Dragons damage that was instrumental in defeating the San Francisco Shock.

Unlike in Season One, Stage 4 of Season Two will not feature a stage playoff, as it will be followed by the overall season playoffs, meaning that Stage 3 was the last opportunity for teams to grab a stage title.

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The Dragons will undoubtedly be looking to secure one of the six guaranteed playoff spots with a strong fourth stage, as they currently sit in eighth place in the overall standings.

Overwatch League Stage 3 Playoff final placements:

Placement Team Prize
1 Shanghai Dragons $200,000
2 San Francisco Shock $100,000
3-4 Los Angeles Valiant $50,000
3-4 Vancouver Titans $50,000
5-8 Hangzhou Spark $25,000
5-8 Seoul Dynasty $25,000
5-8 New York Excelsior $25,000
5-8 Houston Outlaws $25,000
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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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