Roster changes continue in Overwatch League
Outside of esports, a royal wedding dominated much of the news cycle this week. Inside esports, another royal wedding took place at the Blizzard Arena. Here are all the highlights you may have missed last week in Overwatch League, and the matches you need to watch going forward.
Spoiler alert: the Dragons didn’t win last week. It’s probably a little bit my fault, for being so sure it was their week. My mystical properties as a jinx aside, their continued losing streak is probably a bit more due to the Dragons continuing to push their players to over 70 hours of practice a week. This is despite having an earlier scandal about their player treatment, and management swearing they’d ease up after public outcry. Maybe my powers as a jinx just extend to anyone who mistreats my senpai Geguri.
On Thursday, Carpe was responsible for one of the sickest plays in Overwatch League to date. He basically headshot four people on the Boston Uprising while the rest of his team gradually died around him, then recaptured the point on Lijiang Tower by himself as Widowmaker. His team the Philadelphia Fusion went on to face the Florida Mayhem later in the week, and though the Fusion completely destroyed the Mayhem, it was in spite of Sayaplayer dragging the team along with a notable 4K of his own.
Going forward, the London Spitfire is looking toward next season, after benching four of their players — HaGoPeun, TiZi, WooHyaL and Hooreg. According to one staffer, this is both to let the team focus on training their remaining players for the playoffs, and to let the other teams know these four talented players are now officially on the market. They also seem to be taking an active role to make sure they land on their feet. WooHyaL and Hooreg in particular would be great pickups for most rosters in the league, or else for one of the new teams rumored to join in for the 2018 season.
This week the Seoul Dynasty needs to grab every win they can steal if they want to make the playoffs. They’re going up against the London Spitfire at 3 p.m. CST Saturday. It’s tough to tell how it’s going to play out, because the Dynasty has been relatively inconsistent of late. We’ll see whether their mentality is ready to go seize some wins, or if they’re weary and ready to hit the showers on Saturday.
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