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Fell short vs the Outlaws
May 19, 2018
NUS got caught out of position plenty of times during 4-0 loss to the Houston Outlaws.
ANALYSIS
When his team needed him to support with heals and mobility, he often instead got picked off for being in places he just didn't need to be in. NUS, like the rest of his team, has been extremely off-kilter ever since the start of stage 3. Things are not improving, marking huge concerns moving forward not just for NUS but for the team itself.
Should stick with healers for the time-being
May 19, 2018
Bdosin was uncharacteristically ineffective in 4-0 loss to the Houston Outlaws.
ANALYSIS
Bdosin attempted to use Sombra in the series against Houston, but it wasn't really effective. He didn't seem to have a grasp on how to use her on Lunar Horizon Colony because any time he had her ultimate up, making all of the offensive attempts less effective than a flat tire on a racing car.
Barely noticeable on Support
May 19, 2018
Closer made little impact during 4-0 loss to the Houston Outlaws on Thursday evening.
ANALYSIS
While London's main tanks were doing an ok job at protecting the team, Closer was barely doing anything major as a support. His resurrections on Mercy barely made an impact, but in terms of healing did his job more or less. Unfortunately he just existed in the scarcest of senses.
Still tanking
May 19, 2018
Seagull is still playing off-tank for the Dallas Fuel, playing D.Va in the Fuel's 3-1 victory over the Shanghai Dragons on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Seagull, who was expected to return to Flex DPS with the debut of OGE in Stage 3, is still tanking for the Fuel. The meta shift combined with the absence of EFFECT has pushed Seagull into something of a tanking role once again. He has proven to have a good grasp of D.Va and could be part of a lineup that gives Dallas something other than embarrassment this stage.
Breaks out on Brigitte
May 19, 2018
Mickie switched from DVa to Brigitte in the Dallas Fuel's 3-1 victory over the Shanghai Dragons on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Mickie who has long been chastised for being a DVa only player, is finally changing it up due to something other than necessity. While Brigitte does seem to be an innately powerful hero, Mickie seems to have a masterful understanding of how she is played. Dallas could manage to find some semblance of success early on in Stage 4 if Mickie can hold the team down with his play.
Back in the saddle against Shanghai
May 19, 2018
Taimou was back in action in Dallas' 3-1 victory over the Shanghai Dragons on Wednesday, after having appeared sporadically throughout Stage 3.
ANALYSIS
Taimou seems to be doing better after his medical scare towards the end of Stage 3. With EFFECT still in Korea, it will be mostly up to Taimou to help carry the Fuel through hard times. He settled in against the Dragons on his signature McCree which, after losing Kings Row, helped Dallas to settle in for a run that ended in a 3-1 victory.
Pockets the DPS
May 19, 2018
moth stuck close with key players in a 3-1 win over the Seoul Dynasty on Friday of the Overwatch League Stage 4.
ANALYSIS
The introduction of Brigitte into Stage 4 seemed like it would throw off the entire meta for San Francisco. Instead, moth became a soft counter against the anti-dive Brigitte. Pocketing both sinatraa and Architect, he was able to easily keep his teammates alive through the Dynasty's stuns. This allowed the Shock's DPS to have incredible sustain in almost every fight, continually burning Seoul's cooldowns and their health.
Slays as Tracer in new meta
May 19, 2018
sinatraa easily conquers Seoul Dynasty in a 3-1 win on Friday of the Overwatch League Stage 4.
ANALYSIS
Coming into Stage 4, questions surrounded sinatraa on whether he'd be able to play Tracer in the new meta. This was because Brigitte, the new hero introduced in Stage 4, was a hard Tracer counter. Despite the new hero, sinatraa was more than able to run his signature hero. His Tracer, along with Architect's Genji, had almost free reign of the map, allowing them to easily melt the Seoul Dynasty from behind even when they played Brigitte. This was accomplished by sinatraa largely ignoring Brigitte, instead focusing on weaker targets like Mercy to force Seoul's Brigitte out of position.
Slices enemy backline
May 19, 2018
Architect had free reign to play Genji in a 3-1 win over the Seoul Dynasty on Friday of the Overwatch League Stage 3.
ANALYSIS
Seoul Dynasty has not adapted to the new meta well and Architect took full advantage of this flaw. Surprisingly, Architect did not bring out any new techniques to defeat Seoul, instead sticking almost solely to Genji. His Genji was able to melt the Dynast by simply diving the enemy backline and using his Dragonblade ultimate. On Blizzard World, this basic tactic scored a massive pentakill that allowed San Francisco to capture Point B. The only place Architect stumbled was on Oasis, where Seoul ran Pharah, a target Architect struggled to take out.
Plays well in upset win
May 19, 2018
Hotba was a welcomed sight for the Philadelphia Fusion in their 3-1 win over the Boston Uprising on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
We may not have seen much Hotba so far this season, but he certainly held his own throughout this entire series against one of the best teams in the league. Even more impressive than his play alone was the fact that he slipped right into the new meta with impressive ease. In his three games during this series, he played D.Va, Zarya, and Brigitte. In particular, his Brigitte was the first time we had actually seen the hero in an off tank role, as she had mainly been played by flex DPS players up to this point. With the Fusion having two reliable tanks to backup both Fragi and Poko in SADO and Hotba, respectively, things are looking quite good for this team here in Stage 4.
Solid debut performance
May 19, 2018
SADO lent the Philadelphia Fusion a helping hand in their 3-1 win over the Boston Uprising on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
While he hadn't played a single game for the Fusion this season, SADO looked extremely comfortable in his debut. He subbed in during Game 2 of the series and proceeded to stay in the entire time. The ability for the team to give Fragi a break for seemingly the first time all season is a huge bonus for this team. With another main tank in tow, they can make sure that their frontline is rested up for the season playoffs this summer. It doesn't help that SADO help his own on both Winston and Reinhardt, showing that he is able to play in widely different team compositions. That ability to stay flexible will be a huge boon for this team as we head down the stretch.
Continues to bring the utility for Philadelphia
May 19, 2018
Eqo proved that he truly can play just about any hero during the Philadelphia Fusion's 3-1 win over the Boston Uprising on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
With Brigitte taking the new meta in Stage 4 by storm, the question of which player will pilot the pesky hero is at the forefront of most conversations. For the Fusion, it came as no surprise that Eqo would be the one to step up to the task. As he has shown throughout this season of the Overwatch League, Eqo is a jack of all trades for the Fusion. While Carpe brings the consistent and oppressive offense, Eqo fills in all the cracks to give the Fusion plenty of tools to work with. He proved this even further when he pulled out his D.Va while Poko was using Zarya. If the Fusion can continue showing a solid grasp on this new meta with the help of Eqo, things could certainly be looking up for this team in Stage 4.
Good old reliable in Fusion win
May 19, 2018
Carpe was once again on top of his game during the Fusion's 3-1 win over the Boston Uprising on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
In what was hardly a surprise, Carpe was the lifeblood of this Fusion team during their upset win over the Uprising. While the Fusion are certainly no slouches, few could have guessed that they would show up and play this well against the formidable Boston squad. Carpe's incredibly deep hero pool was a huge part of the win, as he was constantly forcing Boston into team compositions that they were clearly not comfortable with. He was consistently winning the Widowmaker duel with Mistakes, which led to one of his best plays of the season by far. With more than half of his team wiped on Lijiang Tower, all hope looked lost for the Fusion. Carpe refused to back down, however, picking up three ridiculous Widowmaker headshots to singlehandedly bring secure the point and wrap up the 2-0 sweep on the map. The Fusion could certainly find themselves back in the Stage playoffs if this is what they'll be getting from Carpe on a nightly basis.
Suprisingly sticks to D.Va
May 18, 2018
Meko didn't take up Brigitte in a 3-0 over the Florida Mayhem on Thursday of the Overwatch League.
ANALYSIS
Briggite has massively changed the meta by phasing out dive compositions. However, Meko stuck to his guns and kept playing dive compositions with D.Va. New York would win the game in the end, but it wasn't the strong showing one would expect, mainly due to Meko's D.Va. The Excelsior couldn't fully commit to their dive as the amounts of shields Florida played prevented them from scoring picks. On top of that, Meko's D,Va couldn't mitigate too much damage, again due to Florida playing Brigitte's and Reinhardt's. This forced New York and Meko to play slowly on maps like Hanamura where his D.Va struggled to find players to dive on.
Adapts to teamfights
May 18, 2018
JJoNak flexed his brain-melting Zenyatta in a 3-0 win over the Florida Mayhem on Thursday of the Overwatch League Stage 4.
ANALYSIS
Despite the new shield meta, JJoNak didn't have to switch off his signature Zenyatta to dominate the game. However, he still struggled with the rest of his team in certain moments. New York and JJoNak couldn't run the game how they typically play, which is playing for picks. The sheer amount of shields Florid ran made it nearly impossible for JJoNak to snap picks. This put New York in the precarious position of forcing teamfights rather than their long-range gameplay. JJoNak, was able to adapt to this shift in the meat, allowing him to lay down his outstanding damage.