The Shanghai Dragons are one step nearer to constructing a dynasty after taking a win in opposition to the Chengdu Hunters within the Overwatch League Summer season Showdown match. With a 4-1 Grand Finals rating, the Dragons have earned their second championship win through the 2021 season.
Final month, the Dragons accomplished a wild comeback streak to defeat the Dallas Fuel within the June Joust. This time round, Shanghai confronted off in opposition to the chaotic and adaptable Chengdu Hunters, who compelled the Dragons to assume exterior of the field in each hero and composition selections.
With this victory, the Shanghai Dragons be part of the 2018 New York Excelsior, now the one two groups to win back-to-back stage or match championships in league historical past.
The wild Summer season Showdown Grand Finals kicked off with back-and-forth maps with each groups proving they have been right here to win. Management map Ilios went solidly within the Chengdu Hunters’ favor due to flex assist Zhou “Mmonk” Xiang, who has been a shock standout together with his Zenyatta and Ana play.
Anubis, nonetheless, was a distinct expertise for the Hunters. They took level A with spectacular velocity, however the Shanghai Dragons held level B lengthy sufficient to forestall a full map completion and ultimately took the win. Third map Eichenwalde was an identical scene, with the Hunters making spectacular strides solely to be stopped by Shanghai’s stellar DPS gamers.
Chengdu’s roster has usually been thought of the arbiter of chaos and nowhere was this extra apparent than the staff’s Escort map choose, Route 66. As an alternative of going with a “typical” composition for the East Area, they went with a rush-style comp for the assault spherical, borrowing North America’s favourite meta. Sadly, they as soon as once more bumped into Shanghai’s stable wall of harm earlier than finishing the map, and the Dragons racked up a 3-1 lead.
For last map Nepal, the Hunters introduced in Wrecking Ball knowledgeable Ding “Ameng” Menghan to throw off Shanghai’s stable assaults. The primary spherical was a wild showdown with each groups giving it their all, however the map – and sequence – ended with a stunning twist. Simply after they had a chance to take again Nepal Village, the Chengdu Hunters stepped off the purpose throughout additional time, and the Shanghai Dragons have been successfully handed a second championship on a silver platter.
Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun, Shanghai’s star DPS and the 2020 Overwatch League MVP, was awarded Participant of the Match for his dominance and suppleness on a number of heroes like Reaper and Echo.
Because the winners of the Summer season Showdown, the Shanghai Dragons will convey residence $100,000. They’ve additionally earned three “league factors,” which is able to issue into postseason standings. The Chengdu Hunters have earned two league factors and $70,000 because the match’s runners-up.
To present gamers and workers a break, no Overwatch League video games can be performed subsequent weekend. This season’s last match cycle, the Countdown Cup, begins on July 30.