Despite the Call of Duty World League taking the week off there was plenty of action the past week in esports. Dreamhack Austin and Smash N’ Splash gave fighting game fans all the action they could want while the Overwatch League entered the latter half of its final stage. For sports fans, the NBA2K League finished its final regular season week before the first mid-season tournament. With so much to discuss let’s hop right in!
We spoke last week about the upcoming tie-breaking first place match between the LA Valiant and New York Excelsior and it did not disappoint. Requiring the full five games, the series was an incredible demonstration of the skill ceiling that is possible in Overwatch, with players on both sides making incredible plays throughout the series.
In the fifth and final match it was Los Angeles that ultimately came out on top, shocking everybody. While LA has been a strong team all season long New York have been the undisputed champs, taking this victory cements the Valiant as one of the scariest teams in the upcoming playoffs. They are now the only team with an undefeated record in this split of 7-0.
With teams only having three games left in the season four of the teams have been mathematically eliminated from postseason competition. The San Francisco shock will join the Fuel, Mayhem and Dragons in watching these inaugural playoffs from the side lines. Houston and Seoul (21 wins) sit one game out of the playoff picture but with only two wins separating third and eighth, the playoff picture is still heavily contested heading into the final week and a half of play.
If you’re a fan of Overwatch, the remaining regular season games will be some of the most exciting and intense action all season long – it won’t be something you want to miss.
The Blazers were only the only team able to go undefeated through the first portion of the season, grabbing another victory last week to move them up to 4-0. The Pistons had entered last week with a 3-0 record as well, but things went very differently in their last match. Encountering a Wizards squad that was motivated and firing on all cylinders, the Pistons were dismantled as the Wizards walked to an easy 25 point victory by a final score of 77 – 52.
At the bottom of the standings both the Bucks and Warriors were able to earn their first wins of the season which should give them confidence heading into the first mid-season tournament this weekend. The Pacers however have continued to struggle mightily having lost all four of their games and being outscored by 33 points throughout that process putting their average loss at an 8 point differential. They will definitely be looking to gain some confidence at this mid-season event as they need to start getting victories soon to turn their regular season around.
You can catch all the action live this weekend on Twitch.
We saw many familiar faces gather in Texas this past weekend to compete in multiple popular fighting game titles and some of the usual suspects emerged on top. In Street Fighter Five JWong piloted Menat to victory over the rest of the competition with relative ease, solidifying his reputation as the best street fighter player in the west right now.
In Dragon Ball FighterZ it was again SonicFox and NYChrisG in the finals. After Chris failed to make the finals for the first time this year at Combo Breaker he was determined to make it back and he was able to successfully do so this weekend. Unfortunately SonicFox proved to be too much to handle in the final match using Cell, Kid Buu and Gotenks to cinch the crown.
Smash Bros fans weren’t left in the cold either this weekend with many of the world’s top talents meeting in one big event. Mew2King was knocked out of the tournament in the final four by Leffen who was able to clinch third place for himself.
The final match was between Armada and HungryBox, and although both players played phenomenal smash all weekend long Armada played just that much better, and was able to claim the Smash N’ Splash crown for himself. For the full top 50 and results from other Smash titles during the event, see the full results page here.