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Overwatch • Jul 21, 2018

The First Overwatch League Season One Grand Finalist Has Been Decided

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The First Overwatch League Season One Grand Finalist Has Been Decided
Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

The London Spitfire dominated LA Valiant in the semi-finals to secure the first spot in the grand finals.

A second 3-0 series victory for the Spitfire secured a 2-0 win in the match against the Los Angeles Valiant, marking twelve consecutive map victories for London in the playoffs.

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London Spitfire put together arguably the most formidable roster on paper for the start of the league, but after winning the Stage 1 playoffs the squad fell into a gradual decline that ended with a 9th-place Stage 4, just holding onto a spot in the overall playoffs.

It looked like the team would continue in that vein and meet an unceremonious end at the hands of the LA Gladiators in the quarter-finals, with London losing the first series of that match 0-3.

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After that first day, however, something seems to have clicked for the Spitfire. They came back with back-to-back 3-0 sweeps against the Gladiators to reach the semi-finals, and have now dispatched the Valiant – who many were touting as favorites for the trophy - in the semi-finals without dropping a map.

London Spitfire is the first team to secure a place in the grand finals, which will take place in the Barclays Center in New York on July 27-28. Their opponent will be the winner between Philadelphia Fusion and New York Excelsior, a match that Philadelphia currently leads 1-0.

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