Reinforce Couldn’t Carry Team Pacific to a Second Overwatch League Talent Takedown Win

Joe O'Brien
Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

Johnathon ‘Reinforce’ Larsson was a dominant force in the Talent Takedown rematch, but this time it wasn’t enough to carry his team to victory.

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Two teams of Overwatch League commentators, analysts, and hosts clashed for the first time at the All-Stars weekend on August 25-26. One represented the Atlantic Division, the other the Pacific Division.

Reinforce competed for the Pacific Division, and as a former professional player – and current player for the Swedish Overwatch World Cup team – played a major role in their 2-0 victory.

In the week following the official clash at All-Stars, the Overwatch League talent organized a rematch, playing online with each player streaming their perspective. Unfortunately, the second time around, Reinforce wasn’t able to carry the Pacific Division to a series victory. 

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Though a main tank as a professional player, Reinforce played a DPS role for both iterations of the Talent Takedown, a position from which he could have more impact as the most skilled player in the match.

The series started well for Team Pacific, with a herculean effort from Reinforce helping to clinch a narrow win on Hollywood. By the end of the game he had amassed a monstrous 58 eliminations and 71% kill participation, including a devastating Bastion ultimate to wipe out the Atlantic team.

Unfortunately, the subsequent two maps were less successful for Team Pacific. The Atlantic team struck back with a King’s Row victory, in spite of a massive play by Soe, and stole the series with a win on Ilios.

With the series count tied up at 1-1 the stage is set for a tie-breaker match. Though a third showdown hasn’t been confirmed, with how popular the Talent Takedown has been – and how long there is before the Overwatch League returns – another match to determine an ultimate winner seems likely at some point.