LONDON Spitfire took a step closer to Blizzard’s inaugural Overwatch League finals and a million-dollar payday last night with a resounding comeback 2-1 series win over the Los Angeles Gladiators.
The Gladiators took the opening match on Thursday by 3 games to 0, and it looked like the series was going to go the way of the teams’ five previous meetings — but London had other ideas.
Talking to Sun Online before the match, Spitfire’s Jack Etienne made it clear that the team needed to be “ready to make changes and adjust if something isn’t working” after being hurt badly by a lack of flexibility in the second half of the season.
Spitfire star Fury said that the team “practised and prepared harder than before” after that 3-0 drubbing — and that preparation paid off when they roared back to take the second match 3-0 to force a decider.
This came thanks to some epic offence from Birdring, shrugging off regular season injury issues to show he really is a force to be reckoned with this post-season.
At that point, it was Fury who stepped up and utterly laid waste to the Gladiators and snuff out any hope of taking the game.
Team-mates Profit and main tank Gesture won player of the day awards for their consistent performances throughout both matches, with Profit also taking home the Player of the Series award
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The comeback win secured Spitfire $100,000 in prize money, and more importantly a spot in the semifinals against the other Los Angeles team, Valiant.
Spitfire have gotten the upper hand over Valiant in their previous encounters, but both were nail-biting affairs decided in the final game.
Having found their feet again after a rough second half, though, the resurgent Spitfire will feel confident of their ability to get through to the finals in New York at the end of the month and compete for the $1,000,000 (£760,000) top prize.
Want to show your Spitfire Pride? Blizzard’s UK gear shop is now open for all your team needs, including replica shirts, caps and more. What is Overwatch?
Overwatch is a team-based first-person shooter developed by Blizzard Entertainment.
Unlike many other shooters, characters in Overwatch have one of three roles: damage-dealers, support, or tanking.
Damage-dealers do the traditional job of trying to outgun the opposing team’s members. Tanks are there to draw fire and soak up damage while protecting objectives or their team-mates, while support characters can heal other players, boost their damage output, or protect them.
The Overwatch League is one of the flagship eSports competitions, with millions of pounds in prize money up for grabs.
12 teams competed in the inaugural season: New York Excelsior, Los Angeles Valiant, Boston Uprising, Los Angeles Gladiators, London Spitfire, Philadelphia Fusion, Houston Outlaws, Seoul Dynasty, San Francisco Shock, Dallas Fuel, FLorida Mayhem and the Shanghai Dragons.
All the players are full-time professionals, and all the teams are currently physically based around BLizzard’s Arena in Los Angeles, though there are plans afoot to move them to their respective cities with their own arenas in the next couple of years.
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