Overwatch League day three results: Dallas Fuel entertain

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  • Dallas Fuel were involved in yet another entertaining affair, this time vs Valiant
  • Doubts over Florida Mayhem’s small roster appear to right after a poor showing
  • Shanghai Dragons lost yet again but did atleast manage to salvage some rounds 

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Going into day three we had already seen all 12 Overwatch League teams compete, but that didn’t mean things went exactly as expected.

However, one thing we can come to expect is any series involving Dallas Fuel to be extremely entertaining.

Their match on the opening day against Seoul Dysnasty was one of the best matches ever in Overwatch’s history and their series against LA Valiant was another, instant classic. 

Dallas Fuel had a superb match against Dynasty but went into day three looking for a first win

Dallas Fuel had a superb match against Dynasty but went into day three looking for a first win

Dallas Fuel had a superb match against Dynasty but went into day three looking for a first win

Fuel and Valiant are two of the teams expected to be sitting towards the upper side of the table. Despite Fuel’s efforts, they couldn’t stop the onslaught of Dynsasty while Valiant went into the game full of confidence after picking San Francisco Shock to pieces.

It was another long game for Fuel in game one as both teams attacked brilliantly on Junkertown. They both traded full scores of three points but Fuel were particularly quick with over six minutes left on the clock as Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned tore it up as Hanzo and Jonathan ‘HarryHook’ Rua impressed on Bastion once again.

Commentator Christopher ‘MonteChrsito’ Mykles was left in shock saying: ‘That may have been one of the quickest rounds we have seen in pro play.’ The quick rounds didn’t make for a quick series however, as neither team could stop each other and we saw repeated tiebreakers.

Fuel's Seagull showed why his Hanzo is so feared as he destroyed Valiant on Junkertown

Fuel's Seagull showed why his Hanzo is so feared as he destroyed Valiant on Junkertown

Fuel’s Seagull showed why his Hanzo is so feared as he destroyed Valiant on Junkertown

Both teams were taken to the point of having two of the three points to capture on overtime and both teams succeeded in doing so. That ridiculously took the score to 6-6 and left both teams with very little time to work with in the next round.

Despite that, LA Valiant manged to capture another two points but weren’t able to reach the final point this time. Dallas Fuel had a minute to try and at least equal that score.

Neither team impressed when defending so instead Valiant decided to rely on their attacking power. Terence ‘SoOn’ Tarlier swapped to Tracer and Brady ‘Agilities’ Girardi picked up Genji as Valiant tried to go on the full offensive as soon as Fuel left spawn.

However, it looked like that plan would be derailed as Timo ‘Taimou’ Kettunen pulled off a sensational hook onto the enemy Mercy. Yet, Valiant dug their heels in and took the game to overtime before Fuel even reached one point. Valiant lost the first point but held the second, earning them a hard-fought 8-7 win in the first round.

Fans were left in awe as Valiant and Fuel continued to swap rounds and force tiebreakers

Fans were left in awe as Valiant and Fuel continued to swap rounds and force tiebreakers

Fans were left in awe as Valiant and Fuel continued to swap rounds and force tiebreakers

It was an entertaining start and the second round made it even better. Both teams went onto Lunar Colony and it seemed they wanted to make up for the first round being so long.

Valiant stomped Fuel in the first part, capturing both points while still having 6 minutes 13 left on the clock. Despite that dominance, Fuel one-upped their opponents – capturing both points with 6.33 remaining. Neither team would back down and we saw another series of tiebreakers.

We didn’t see as long a round this time however, as both teams eventually figured out how to protect the second round, ending the second game as a 5-5 draw.

It appeared the teams were going to be evenly matched throughout but in the last two games, Valiant suddenly pulled away. It was hardly a contest in the last two maps as Valiant began to decimate their opposition.

A lot of long series for Fuel had clearly taken its toll – they looked sloppy and dejected in the second half of the series – crashing to a 3-0 loss while ending their week without a win.

Fuel are still without a win after losing 3-0 but were in still in good spirits after a very fun series

Fuel are still without a win after losing 3-0 but were in still in good spirits after a very fun series

Fuel are still without a win after losing 3-0 but were in still in good spirits after a very fun series

Meanwhile, two teams who exceeded expectations were Boston Rising and Florida Mayhem. When the rosters were revealed, many placed Uprising rock bottom. Yet they shocked everyone by putting in strong performances in preseason, they didn’t find a win but came close and that was more than people expected.

Meanwhile, people were concerned with Mayhem despite some of their very talented players. They are the only team in the entire league with only one coach and no substitute players. Overwatch is an constantly changing game so the last thing you want is for your team to be one dimensional.

So it was a big surprise when Mayhem held their own and even took a round against one of the teams touted to be the best in the league, London Spitfire.  However, perhaps that was a fluke as Florida didn’t look like they offered anything against Uprising.

They were swept away 4-0 by one of the supposedly weakest teams in the League. Uprising found their first ever win on stage and deservedly so as they utilised different styles effectively. Whether it was an aggressive dive composition or a team with three tanks, Uprising looked confident and assured while Mayhem were passive and indecisive.

Boston Uprising found their first win on stage after defeating Florida Mayhem 4-0

Boston Uprising found their first win on stage after defeating Florida Mayhem 4-0

Florida Mayhem looked dreadful and with no substitutes, don't have a back up plan

Florida Mayhem looked dreadful and with no substitutes, don't have a back up plan

Boston Uprising found their first win on stage after thrashing the worryingly bad Mayhem 4-0

Then in the final game, another two teams looked for their first win of the season. There has been a serious lack of good, defensive play in the Overwatch League so far but that was changed as San Francisco Shock took on Shanghai Dragons.

Shock flew out of the gates on Junkertown and still comfortably had 5 and half minutes after capturing the first two points. Yet, Dragons stood tall and didn’t budge at the end – Shock tried different picks but they just couldn’t push the payload far enough.

Then in the next round, Shanghai were given a taste of their own medicine as Shock defended valiantly, only conceding the first point to win the first map.

Still, the Dragons dug down deep in the next game and didn’t allow Shock to even get close to the first point on Lunar Colony. The Chinese team then showed a bit of creativity, knowing all they had to do was capture the first point.

Shock adopted the usual tactic of sitting on the balcony with a clear height advantage to push their opponents back. It was what Shanghai had done prior and they were ready with a counter, Sombra. Chao ‘Undead’ Fang, who looks like Dragons’ best player by far, snuck onto the point as Sombra but had no intention of capturing it himself. He was a distraction, pulling Shock away from the balcony so that his teammates could advance forward.

Shanghai Dragons showed resilience and creativity to win game two in their match vs Shock

Shanghai Dragons showed resilience and creativity to win game two in their match vs Shock

Shanghai Dragons showed resilience and creativity to win game two in their match vs Shock

Dragons successfully captured the point to tie the game at one apiece. Neither team could continue their momentum as Shock bounced back. Shock got of to a quick start again as Andrej ‘babybay’ Francisty picked up an early double kill on Pharah to give his team the advantage. He killed one then intelligently fired his concussive blast into the room to knock back Mercy, stopping her from getting the revive.

Both teams had spells of the point but that first capture proved to be the difference as Shock won the first round. The next round was then a piece of cake as Shock captured the point early yet again but this time didn’t let it go, winning 100%-0%.

And Shock carried that dominance into the final game, meaning we still haven’t seen a draw in the Overwatch League. They controlled the game on Numbani, winning the map 3-0 to earn their first win of the season with an overall score of 3-1.

However, neither of these teams looked totally convincing and have a lot to work on over the next few weeks.

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