Another week of esports action is in the books. This year has been action packed and the past week was no exception. The CWL played through its second week and the second season of the Overwatch League is now officially underway. Meanwhile FIFA action reached incredible heights with the eClub World Cup finals. Add all of these to a week where we saw Apex Legends exploding and it was another memorable week in for the entire esports community. Let’s hop right in!
Division A action continued in the CWL this week. When we left off last week Midnight Esports and Gen G were undefeated while Optic got off to an excellent 2-1 start to kick off the season despite not having Dashy. Meanwhile at the bottom of the standing were Evil Geniuses and Luminosity who were both unable to pick up a victory in any series.
This week didn’t shake up the standings too much but some interesting story lines still emerged. Beginning with Midnight Esports, their incredibly successful first week was followed by a more depressing second one dropping their first two series against Reciprocity and Luminosity. This had some wondering if their first week performance was merely a fluke however their final series against Gen G proved otherwise.
Gen G went undefeated through their first 3 games this week after starting the season a perfect 3-0 last week. They looked set to emerge from the second week undefeated as well facing a Midnight Esports team that had struggled so far this week but it wasn’t meant to be. Instead, Midnight was able to secure their match 3-1 and hand Gen G their first loss of the season while securing second place for themselves through the first Division A round robin.
OpTic Gaming was again missing one of their strongest individual members in Dashy, but Zooma was able to play in his stead once again. Dashy’s absence was felt strongly this week with OpTic losing two series that went all the way to game five. Fortunately they were able to get the win in their first series of the week against Red Reserve, giving them the edge in the standings as both teams exited Week 2 with 4-3 records.
At the bottom of the standings last week Luminosity played significantly better in week two. Although things were looking bad for them after narrowly losing to Gen G in a 5 game series to start the week they responded tremendously in their next three series. They defeated EG in the match to determine last place in another close five game series but that seemed to give the Luminosity squad a tremendous deal of confidence. They then swept Midnight esports before narrowly beating OpTic Gaming in an intense five game showdown to give them a 3-1 record on the week and 3-4 record on the season, only one game out of the playoff picture.
Evil Geniuses got off to a terrible start last week with only one map win and it looked like more of the same through most of this week. UYU was able to defeat them three games to one before dropping that series to Luminosity. They were then swept by Red Reserve putting them firmly in last place heading into their final match of the week against Reciprocity. Things finally turned around for EG in this series and they were able to secure a 3-1 victory of their own to get at least one win on the board. Unfortunately for Evil Geniuses this wasn’t enough to lift them out of last place as all other teams have at least two victories but with two more rotations through the round robin left in the regular season it isn’t time to panic just yet.
All teams in Division A will now have two weeks off to practice and prepare themselves for the cross division play that begins in week 5. Next week we will have the full recap on the first week of play for Division B. For the full upcoming schedule as well as past results and VoDs check out the official CWL website.
Eight teams played their first official match of Season 2 last night. The Hangzhou Spark, Philadelphia Fusion, Seoul Dynasty and New York Excelsior all emerged victorious in their opening match. This is especially notable for Hangzhou as one of the expansion teams this was the first ever win for the city in official Overwatch League competition. Their victory gives great hope to the other five expansion teams and demonstrates that victory, even in their first game and season, is certainly a possibility.
Losing their first matches of the season were the Boston Uprising, Shanghai Dragons, Los Angeles Gladiators and London Spitfire. The Spitfire were one of the best teams all season long so their defeat at the hands of the Fusion certainly came as a surprise. On the other hand Shanghai struggled mightily throughout the entirety of the first season so losing their first match to Hangzhou, an expansion team no less, inspires little confidence the organization will turn themselves around this year despite their monumental roster changes.
Action continues all weekend long and it won’t be a weekend you want to miss. Head over to the official Overwatch League website for a detailed schedule and make sure to tune in on the official Twitch stream throughout the weekend to catch your favorite team’s first match.
The FIFA eClub World Cup was the culmination of months of hard work and finally the best team in FIFA was decided. KiNG eSports emerged as the champions with their fantastic duo of “Nicolas99fc” and “Tekkz”. Nicolas was a finalist in this tournament last year while Tekkz was able to win two of the FUT Champions Cups giving them the top spot on the FIFA Global Series Rankings entering the event.
The pair were incredible when on the field together and proved they were the best duo at the tournament time and again. They defeated Futbolist in the semi finals and then Dijon FCO in the grand finals to take home the eClub World Championship. For their efforts they were awarded $40,000.