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San Francisco Shock Win the Season 2 Overwatch League Grand Finals

San Francisco Shock Win OVerwatch League Grand Finals Season 2 2019
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The San Francisco Shock took down the Vancouver Titans like they were scrimming.


The Overwatch 2019 Grand Finals just concluded at the Wells Fargo Arena, where the San Francisco Shock and the Vancouver faced off for the title of the top team in the Overwatch League League.  The moment many fans were waiting for passed as quickly as it started on Sunday. The San Francisco Shock and the Vancouver Titans went back and forth during both Stage 1 and 2 of the OWL, but, as always, their performance in the Grand Finals is where it really matters. The match was like a ride on a bullet train, with the SF Shock plowing through the Titans with a 4-0 score and proving, once and for all, that they are the best team in the Overwatch League.

Map 1: Lijiang Tower

The Grand Finals kicked off with a swift win for the San Francisco Shock. Jay "sinatraa" Wonwent in on Doomfist and the Vancouver Titans seemed terrified as the Shock ran rampant through their lines. Mistakes abounded, starting in the first round where the Titans chose Brigitte as a Doomfist counter. Unfortunately, Brigitte left them underhealed and overwhelmed. The Shock ended the map with a 2-0 win and set the mood for the competition.

Map 2: Eichenwalde

San Francisco's tactical play was masterful, and the interactions between Minho "Architect" Park's Bastion and Nam-joo "Striker" Kwon's Mei gave them a level of versatility that the Titans couldn't match. That said, the Titan's Jang-hyeon "TiZi" Hwang showed good shield management, and his halts led to several multikills when paired up with Hyojong "Haksal" Kim's Doomfist.

Unfortunately for the Titans, Min-soo "SeoMinSoo" Seo failed to get in the groove this match, either dying too early in teamfights or nabbing a crucial pick too late.  The Titans simply weren't able to keep up with a Shock team that was firing on all cylinders.

Map 3: Temple of Anubis

After halftime, the Vancouver Titans came out of the gate full force and showed the arena that they weren't rolling over just yet. Sinatraa often went down early in teamfights, allowing the Titans to make some progress, but they were ultimately unable to take point B. Anubis was a clear cut display of just how strong the San Francisco Shock has become over the course of this season. At the conclusion of Anubis, it was clear on the Titan's player's faces that the Grand Final was coming to an end.

Map 4: Watchpoint Gibraltar

Ultimately, Architect took Watchpoint Gibraltar on his own, utilizing some tricky Bastion positioning. The Titans had absolutely no way to deal with the consistent, long-distance damage coming from Architect. Even when the Titans dived Architect, Baptiste's immortality field kept the Shock alive. Haksal's switch to Mei was lackluster, and the Rookie of the Year struggled to open up opportunities to take the map. 

In what seemed like a moment, the Grand Finals ended and the San Francisco Shock are the Overwatch League 2019 Champions. The Titan's sideline was a sea of heavy faces. It seemed as though the rookie team was simply not ready for the pressure that the veteran SF Shock brought to the arena. It's clear that the Vancouver Titans and the San Francisco Shock are the two top teams in the league as it stand now. That said, the Shock was the better team today. This 4-0 win over the Vancouver Titans is definitely surprising and just goes to show that anything can happen in the Overwatch League. 


Image VIA: Overwatch League

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