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Destroys Valiant in big win
July 20, 2018
Profit was on top of his game during a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Valiant on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Profit has recovered from his mid-season slump in a big way as he and birdring are cutting down everything in their path throughout these playoffs. Profit especially lit up the skies with Hanzo and owned the matchup against Agilities from start to finish. There was simply nothing at all that the Valiant could do to curb both Profit and birdring, which led to a fairly easy 3-1 win.
Lights up the Valiant in win
July 20, 2018
birdring was on fire during the London Spitfire's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Valiant on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
birdring might have slumped at certain points during the season, but he is certainly back in business in a major way here during the playoffs. It doesn't matter who he's up against; he simply tears it up and runs through everyone on his way to victory. With he and Profit both doing just that, the Valiant were unable to push by and London picked up the 3-1 win.
Holds down the frontline in win
July 20, 2018
Gesture was a force to be reckoned with during the London Spitfire's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Valiant on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Gesture just couldn't be taken down all throughout this series on Wednesday. Not only was he tearing it up on the frontline for the Spitfire, but it took an absurd amount of effort to bring him down on regular basis. Often needing almost double his health bar in damage to get killed, Gesture was an incredibly solid presence that the Valiant had to focus on at every moment. This gave his DPS stars, birdring and Profit, the space to wreak havoc, pushing the Spitfire to this big win.
Bright spot even in loss
July 20, 2018
SPACE gave the Valiant a fighting chance in their 3-1 loss to the London Spitfire on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
While the Valiant loss this series, it wasn't for a lack of effort from SPACE. He held his own on the frontline against the likes of Fury and Gesture. His ultimates almost always landed in the perfect spots and turned the tides for his team. This was especially true on King's Row, which allowed the Valiant a fighting chance. Unfortunately, his contributions alone weren't enough to change the Valiant's fortunes and they're now in a 0-1 hole.
Tough showing against London
July 20, 2018
SoOn couldn't stand up to the DPS powerhouses on the London Spitfire in a 3-1 loss on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
SoOn did his best to try and get things going here, but that was simply not enough against Profit and birdring. More often than not, the London duo was outshooting both SoOn and Agilities, which led to some less than stellar moments for the Valiant. SoOn stuck with the Hanzo and Widowmaker, but just couldn't really make much headway. He tried to utilize some wide flanks to get ahead, but it just wasn't enough and now Los Angeles will need to battle back from a 0-1 deficit in this series.
Falters against backline of London
July 20, 2018
Agilities had his moments but ultimately came up short in a 3-1 loss against the London Spitfire on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
In the end, it took Agilities a bit too long to come alive during the Valiant's loss against the Spitfire. During the first half, he was completely stifled by the duo of Profit and birding as they did whatever they wanted against Agilities and SoOn. As such, the Spitfire took a comfortable 2-0 lead into the second half. That's when Agilities finally came alive. The only problem, however, was that it simply took too long. Even with his Genji ultimates proving to be a formidable force and turning the tide of a few teamfights, there was just about no room for error, which allowed London to pick up the single map win needed to close things out.
Questionable decisions
July 19, 2018
JJoNak had some great moments during the 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Fusion in the semifinals playoffs but also had some very questionable plays and hero choices as well.
ANALYSIS
JJoNak is an incredible player that has helped and saved the Excelsior several times in the past year, and kept the team in the game for as long as he could in the face of defeat, but he also swapped over to Roadhog and Ana for brief spells on Eichenwalde. Needless to say both were not effective choices or decisions, and even when he was on Zenyatta, he sometimes wandered off on his own just to get picked off for free.
Sloppy performance in playoffs
July 19, 2018
Pine looked really sloppy during the 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Fusion in the semifinals playoff on Wednesday
ANALYSIS
Pine is usually an up or down player. Sometimes he comes in like the hero in the last quarter to save the series or sometimes he just flops outright. In the playoffs against the Fusion, it was a flop. He didn't do particularly well on any of the maps played, and him getting picked off by Support neptuno in the last push of the first map, Dorado, was a big reason for the loss, since without him the team couldn't complete the final push, starting the series off on the wrong foot.
Lackluster in first defeat of playoffs
July 19, 2018
Saebyeolbe had minimal impact during 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Fusion in first semifinals match on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
While his Tracer was still extremely spot on, his Widowmaker was rendered ineffective due to the opposing DPS combo of Eqo and Carpe, specifically the latter. Saebyeolbe is going to be a key factor in if New York wins the semifinals, so if he can bring it together back to his usual standards of play, then the team has a chance.
Destroys opponents
July 19, 2018
Carpe looked absolutely clean in 3-0 victory over the New York Excelsior in Semifinals playoff on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
The biggest threat for the Excelsior was Saebyeolbe, but Carpe outplayed him in the Widowmaker aspect, rendering him useless in the beginning and end of the series. He also played Brigitte to great effect that threw New York into chaos and showed off his versatility.
Big explosion, big win
July 19, 2018
Hotba squashed the New York Excelsior with a single big ultimate, getting a 3-0 victory in the first Best-of-Five Semifinals set in the playoffs.
ANALYSIS
While the spotlight shone on both Eqo and Carpe, Hotba got a massive Self-Destruct off on D.Va in Oasis, killing four at once. While big ultimate kills are not uncommon in the Overwatch League, the Excelsior were on the verge of winning Oasis, and if they had, a 3-0 would not have happened. Hotba was a hero in Oasis.
Damage Leader
July 19, 2018
Eqo dealt the most damage in the series, contributing heavily towards 3-0 sweep over New York Excelsior in the first round of Semifinals playoffs, on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Eqo was absolutely excellent throughout the series against the Excelsior, especially on Hanzo. With a repeat performance to demonstrate his power on the hero like he did against the Uprising, he simply made it look easy against the team with the best record in the regular season.
Roasted by Birdring
July 18, 2018
Surefour was completely embarrassed by birdring in the Los Angeles Gladiator's 3-0 loss to the London Spitfire.
ANALYSIS
Despite some good play in the first match of the series, Surefour's number was had by Birdring in the final match of the series. No matter where Surefour appeared on the map, birdring's rifle found his head. Lijiang Tower in particular was brutal for Surefour as he spent most of his time missing shots on birdring or walking back from respawn.
Underutilized in playoffs
July 18, 2018
Bischu spent most of his time riding the bench in the London Spitfire's 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Gladiators.
ANALYSIS
Bischu played amazingly well in the first match of the series against London but was benched in favor of Void for the remaining two matches. His role as a big voice for the team and as a translator for Korean players seemed to be a sore spot for L.A. as the best they looked against London was with Bischu in the lineup.
Doomfist doesn't cut it
July 18, 2018
Hydrations Doomfist was not enough to save the Los Angeles Gladiators from a 3-0 match loss and a 2-1 series loss to the London Spitfire.
ANALYSIS
Hyrdation tried to bring his best on Lijiang Tower, starting off and seeing one full stage of the map through on his signature Doomfist. Hydration spent plenty of time on fire but couldn't beat the clock as time expired on point A. Hydration wasn't able to perform on any other heroes throughout the match either, flubbing as Pharah later on.