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In an unexpected victory, the London Spitfire have reverse swept two back-to-back series against the Los Angeles Gladiators, finishing the quarterfinals 2-1. They now move onto to the semifinals, where they will face the Los Angeles Valiant and play for a spot in the Grand Finals at the Barclays Center in New York.

Continuing on from the first series on Wednesday, many predicted the Gladiators to quickly finish off the match with a repeat of the 3-0 domination seen a few days earlier. However, in an unexpected turn of the events, not only did the Spitfire 3-0 the first series of the day, but they went 3-0 in the second and final series immediately after.

After the loss on Weds, we really practiced and prepared harder than before. It was a long day of games today but my teammates were awesome and @birding was insane.

I am so so so happy for today's win!!!! #AcesHigh
Ggs @LAGladiators

— Fury (@Furyy_d) July 14, 2018

The Spitfire’s line-up consisted of Profit, Birdring, Gesture, Fury, Nus and Bdosin, with no substitutions made in any of the six maps.

On the other hand, the Gladiators fielded a mix of different rosters. iRemiix, Surefour, Shaz and BigGoose stayed in throughout, with Void playing all but one map, where Bischu came in, and the second DPS slot switching between silkthread and Hydration.

Fissure was once again absent for the entirety of the series. In terms of the difference between playing against Fissure or iRemiix, Gesture told Overwatch Wire it was inconsequential. It would have been nice to play against Fissure, but that’s their decision on who they play. It didn’t really even matter to me, if it was going to be iRemiix or Fissure, it was just the Gladiators that we played.”

@Birdring's ON THE HUNT! #OWL2018 #TheFirstPlayoffs

LIVE: https://t.co/U6dIioZfOU pic.twitter.com/U9DiCtwzgx

— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) July 14, 2018

London’s domination started out on Dorado, where we saw aggressive and adaptive play from the Spitfire. This was something that was missing from the series on Wednesday, where Surefour had free rein and iRemiix’s aggression often went unpunished.

That was not the case here, with the Spitfire pushing resources into shutting down Surefour and the Gladiator’s tank line looking confused and out of sync. This carried over into Oasis, a map that London traditionally underperform on, where the Gladiators looked uncoordinated and frazzled. London managed to take the map with little obstruction from the Gladiators, along with the following map on Eichenwalde.

That rounded out the first series of the day, meaning that the quarterfinals sat tied at 1-1 and the Spitfire had forced the need for a tiebreaker series.

Although the Gladiators have previously bounced back from similarly dire situations, that would not be the case today.

It's ABSOLUTE CHAOS out there ! @Spitfire @LAGladiators #OWL2018 #TheFirstPlayoffs

LIVE: https://t.co/U6dIioZfOU pic.twitter.com/C0p58EZOqB

— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) July 14, 2018

Despite great success on Junkertown on Wednesday, the Gladiators failed to match the Spitfire’s completed push and lost the map. They then selected Lijiang Tower as the control map, as the loser of each map gets to pick the following map for the tiebreak series.

Sadly, despite the map pick, it was another dominant performance from London, who looked well and truly switched on and performing at a level we hadn’t really seen since Stage One.

Although they pulled off an incredible and now famous King’s Row attack on Wednesday, the Gladiators looked completely deflated in the last map of the series. They failed to step up and lost the map, ending their season and allowing a newly revitalised London to advance to the semi-finals.

The Spitfire victory came from a mixture of circumstances – Birding played incredibly well after a very shaky season, and the Spitfire as a whole looked much more coordinated than in many of their regular season games.

The Gladiators, meanwhile, could not have looked more different from their recent performances. Surefour really struggled, going just 19-18 as Widowmaker in the final series, and BigGoose was consistently getting picked off early. The team looked completely uncoordinated, which was a polar opposite from their tight performance on Wednesday.

GGs to @Spitfire, It hurts to go down this way. I’m still grateful for everything I’ve learned this season and I will come back stronger

— iRemiix (@iRemiix_OW) July 15, 2018

London’s main tank Gesture spoke of the victory with Overwatch Wire after the match. “With the Gladiators, it’s not that we ever really feared them. In the first set [on Wednesday], they just had better strategies and we were kind of taken aback by it. Coming in today, I think all the strategies we had prepared for them just clicked and worked really well.”

Super happy we won today!! I got to show off the heroes I practiced.

We will practice even harder to have a good showing in our match next week. GGs @LAGladiators ! #AcesHigh 응원해주신팬분들감사합니다!

— 박준영 (@PROFIT_OWL) July 14, 2018

Gesture and his teammates will go on to face the Los Angeles Valiant next week, competing for a spot in the Grand Finals.Valiant is definitely one of the stronger teams in the league right now, so there is a little bit of pressure,” said Gesture. “We do have to practice a lot for them, but I think if we play well, we’ll also have a very fun match.”

The semifinals begin on Wednesday, July 18, with the first series of Philadelphia vs New York starting at 5:00pm PST and the first series of London vs Los Angeles starting at 7:00pm PST.

The featured image for this post was provided by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

Translation for quotes provided by Susie Kim, General Manager of the London Spitfire.

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On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Fusion kicked off the first ever Overwatch League playoffs at the Blizzard Arena with a dominant 3 – 1 win over the Boston Uprising. Yesterday, the Fusion lost the first match to the Uprising 3 – 1, and came back to claim a revengeful victory 3 – 1, winning the series overall 2 – 1.

You wouldn’t think Mercy specialist Alberto “neptuNo” González was experiencing any kind of pain or illness – he put out an excellent performance to take his team to the semi-finals. You can watch some of his clutch battle Mercy performance in this clip put out by the official Overwatch League Twitter account:

Our Players of the Day are @neptuNoOW & @eqo who pulled out ALL the stops to help their team win, and move onto semifinals! #OWL2018 #TheFirstPlayoffshttps://t.co/U6dIipgQGs pic.twitter.com/WXafkKLA8b

— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) July 14, 2018

Late last night, neptuNo took to Twitter to make a statement about being ill and fighting through the pain to help take his team to victory:

I'm super proud of my team and Im so lucky of playing with such a good and talented team so I thought I could bring positive energy coming into the match and help my team's morale and playgame. Felt like shit and have a kidney stone too but the adrenaline of such a chance helped.

— Fusion neptuNo (@neptuNoOW) July 14, 2018

I’m super proud of my team and Im so lucky of playing with such a good and talented team so I thought I could bring positive energy coming into the match and help my team’s morale and playtime. Felt like **** and have a kidney stone too but the adrenaline rush of such a chance helped.

neptuNo is best known for his incredibly battle Mercy play. He finished the regular season with the most final blows (as Mercy) with 113, with the second player behind him being the Los Angeles Gladiators’ BigGoose with 60. He had 0.69 final blows/10 minutes, with the Los Angeles Valiant’s KariV in second with 0.52.

The Philadelphia Fusion will be taking on the New York Excelsior next in the  semi-finals next week at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California at 5:00PM Pacific Time.

The featured image for this post was provided by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

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Today at the Overwatch League Inaugural Season Playoffs, the Los Angeles Gladiators entered the arena to their new walkout track. The track is called “Gladiator” and was produced by Zayde Wolf, a musician from Nashville, Tennessee.

 GLADIATOR, GLADIATOR, GLADIATOR!
Picked a fight with the gods, we're the giant slayers.

Walkout song: Gladiator by @zaydewolf

: https://t.co/q91un3COvt pic.twitter.com/BUz1C77fqS

— Los Angeles Gladiators (@LAGladiators) July 14, 2018

GLADIATOR, GLADIATOR, GLADIATOR!
Picked a fight with the gods, we’re the giant slayers.

Walkout song: Gladiator by @zaydewolf

(YouTube link for the song)

“Gladiator” is on Zayde Wolf’s second album, Modern Alchemy. If you want to listen to the album, you can click here to see what platforms the album is available on.

This is only the second walkout track we’ve heard in the Overwatch League. The Seoul Dynasty were the first team to have a walkout song; the song is titled “82” – after the South Korean calling code – and was produced by DaviDior and pH-1.

The featured image for this post was provided by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

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What could be better than more Overwatch League team merchandise you ask? Well what if we told you that the merchandise had a distinct Miami Vice vibe to it? Guess what? The Florida Mayhem have finally given into the clamoring of fans for a retro look and are incorporating just that.

That’s right ladies and gentleman, the Mayhem have taken advantage of their roots and thrown an 80’s spin into their new merch line. Announcing the product launch via their Twitter, the Mayhem are read to gear you up for the end of Summer.

It's hot out there this summer, if you can't keep cool, at least now you can look cool. Check out our new line of merch!

: https://t.co/4NhYGgBKNo pic.twitter.com/OuhZ4IZy19

— Florida Mayhem (@FLMayhem) July 13, 2018

The official tweet reads:

It’s hot out there this summer, if you can’t keep cool, at least now you can look cool. Check out our new line of merch! https://florida-mayhem.myshopify.com/password

Looking at the online store, the team has taken the look of Miami Vice and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and run with it for the majority of their new merch. However, one of the four shirts the team has released does not fit the same 80’s vibe. Instead their long sleeve “CAUTION” shirt has a more early 90’s feel to it, using it’s black and yellow theme to run down the sleeves.

Currently all shirts are stocked with sizes ranging from small to triple XL. While each of the three t-shirts will only set you back $24.99 USD, the “CAUTION” long sleeve will run you $39.99 USD. At this time all shirts are pre-order items, and begin shipping on August 1st, 2018.

If you’d love to sport some new retro themed Mayhem gear, you can pre-order yours here.

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After suffering a tough loss earlier in the night, the Philadelphia Fusion bounced back and punched their ticket into the semifinals by defeating the Boston Uprising 3-1 in the third game of their Overwatch League playoff series. The win means that Philadelphia will move on to play the NYXL, the best team in the league and a team that they lost to in the Stage Two championships.

Thanks to the Overwatch League playoff rules, the higher seeded team was allowed to pick the opening the map, the Uprising chose to take the fight to Junkertown, a map they had just done extremely well on just earlier in the night. Tasked with defending, the Uprising were unfortunately not as on point with their strategies as they were in the opening match of the night, and the Fusion quickly steamrolled through their defense thanks in part to Carpe and his incredible picks as Widowmaker.

Though Fusion were able to move the payload through about half of Junkertown, Boston did eventually settle down on defense, as Mistakes (Hanzo) and Neko (Roadhog) helped pick off various Fusion players and bring things back to the back-and-forth style of play that Boston is okay with playing. Despite a great start on offense, the Fusion simply well apart down the stretch, with most of the team succumbing to Striker’s Widowmaker and Note and Gamsu’s great tank play, and Boston held them to a 2-0 lead going into their round.

This flank from @carpe_ow ! #OWL2018 #TheFirstPlayoffs

LIVE: https://t.co/U6dIioZfOU pic.twitter.com/HRbSFxPxr2

— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) July 14, 2018

With the second round of Junkertown being the decisive one, Boston quickly got to work attacking and capturing the payload, this time running a Roadhog/Orissa combo with Neko and Gamsu instead of the Bastion play that got them through the opening round last time. Mistakes’ Hanzo was a major factor in the round, as a Dragonstrike he dropped midway through the round absolutely wiped out the Fusion, allowing Boston to push the payload deeper through Junkertown. While the Fusion were able to get things going late in the game, they dug themselves way too deep into trouble early on, and Boston was able to snag a victory to take an early 1-0 match lead.

Due to the playoff rules, the Fusion were allowed to pick the map of the second map, and in a surprising turn, they chose Lijiang Tower, a map that Boston absolutely dominated on earlier in the night. Though they were only 9-8 (including the playoffs) on the map, Boston started out with a bang, as Striker and Mistakes were once again huge factors in Boston jumping out to a lead. Hotba, taking over as Zarya for Philadelphia, wasn’t keen to allow Boston to take the point for long, however.

Averaging nearly 75% energy as Zarya throughout the round, he quickly led the Fusion on their own control streak, and was key in flipping the point late in the game with a great Graviton Surge that cleared the point and gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead on the map. When the second round began, Hotba and the Fusion were ready to go again, and quickly took over the point against a Boston team that didn’t seem too prepared for the aggressiveness that Philadelphia came out with. After jumping out to a 91-0 lead, the Uprising finally took the point, but they couldn’t hold off Hotba and the Fusion, who took the point and tied the series at 1-1.

When it comes to tank play, Poko noted that for the playoffs, the Fusion have been aiming to play Sado and him together, with Poko noting that his role could be to keep his teammates energized and in the game. “I’m bringing something else that the team maybe needs,” he noted in a post-game chat with Overwatch Wire. “…positivity, where we’re all let down, so I’m here to cheer up everyone and help everyone [keep their head up] and win the match.”

With Boston taking things to Eichenwalde, the hope was that they would be able to hold off a Philadelphia Fusion team that had suddenly gained a ton of momentum. Unfortunately for them, they only aided in giving them more, as the Fusion jumped out to a ridiculously quick lead thanks to some stellar play from Eqo and Poko, who had subbed in once again. According to Poko, not only did the team not practice their attacking strategy prior, but it was called once the team tried to think of how to get a faster attack in. Speaking on the tank play for the Fusion, Poko added that there’s no pressure in not starting, as he said that his job is to keep the team spirits up as soon as he enters. “If [the] team is doing great, I’m just coming in and ‘Let’s go, everyone, keep it up, we’re doing nice’ and if we’re losing, I’m like ‘We know we can do it.’” he said to the Overwatch Wire.

The Fusion quickly took control fat payload and were able to deliver it through both checkpoints with relative ease. On the defensive end, things continued to go well for Philadelphia, and their aggressive defense combined with Boston’s risky attempt at running only one healer led to the Fusion holding off Boston and taking a 2-1 map lead.

Choosing to take things back to Hanamura, the Fusion once again made Boston regret that decision. In what turned out to be about as perfect as an offensive phase as you can ask for, Philadelphia was repelled just once before absolutely steamrolling through the Uprising. Due to a late elimination, Boston was without Kellex – their healer – for the Fusion’s second push, and Philadelphia quickly took advantage of that, pushing through the first point and easily overwhelming Boston on the second point while also banking in five minutes of time.

On defense, the Fusion clamped down, holding a Boston team once again going nearly full DPS/Tank to almost nothing. With overtime ticking away, the Uprising were able to steal the point, but their magic would end there, as Philadelphia quickly did away with any idea that Boston would come away victorious by completely dominating the second stage of the round, taking a victory from Boston and punching their ticket into the semifinals.

The featured image for this post was provided by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

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After falling in the opening match of the Overwatch League playoffs, the Boston Uprising turned things around tonight, winning their second match against the Philadelphia Fusion in a 3-1 series. The win evens the playoff series at 1-1, and sets up a decisive third match between the two with a trip to the semifinals on the line. For the Uprising, it was Mistakes and Striker who led the way, giving Boston the type of firepower and skill they were lacking in their previous match against Philadelphia. in the last match.

Knowing that they needed to kick off the second round of their playoff series with a bang, the Uprising did their part. Starting out on defense, Mistakes – taking over as Hanzo – helped lead a Boston defense that was much more aggressive than their first match. Boombox (switching to Mercy after jumping to Roadhog in the first match) helped keep the Fusion in it, though, keeping his teammates alive long enough for the Fusion to finally capture the payload as the round went into overtime. What followed, however, was a ferocious Fusion offense that we saw two nights ago take over. After getting a breath of life and grabbing the payload, Philadelphia pushed the payload with relative ease, and with Carpe landing some great shots as Widowmaker, the Fusion took a surprisingly easy 3-0 map lead going into the second round.

Crouching won't help, @MistakesOW can STILL SEE YOU! #OWL2018 #TheFirstPlayoffs

LIVE: https://t.co/U6dIioZfOU pic.twitter.com/b4Sr0CxbEV

— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) July 14, 2018

With their backs suddenly to the wall, the Uprising once again turned to their dive in an effort to kickstart something. Unfortunately for them, Eqo’s Junkrat was key in slowing down the Uprising, stalling the point for nearly two minutes before the Uprising finally got going. As the payload began to move, the Uprising utilized an interesting Bastion/Orissa combo, with Neko and Gamsu sticking on the payload and dealing massive damage to anyone who got close, respectively. Having no answer for that, the Fusion couldn’t do much but watch as Boston retaliated, and with Striker’s Widowmaker assisting in a massive amount of shots, the Uprising sent Junkertown into a crucial third round.

Thanks to their time advantage in the previous round, the Uprising got to start on defense, and once again held Philadelphia to nearly nothing to start. Despite being team killed early in the round, the Fusion were only able to push the payload about a quarter of the way through the map, giving Boston ample time on offense to get something going. Just as things looked pretty bleak for Boston, a costly error from Boombox gave Boston a chance with about 10 seconds remaining, and they were able to take a 1-0 lead in the pivotal series.

We're back with the BIG BOOPS ! @KellexOW #OWL2018 #TheFirstPlayoffs

LIVE: https://t.co/U6dIioZfOU pic.twitter.com/eorAjJalIS

— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) July 14, 2018

After a tough loss on Junkertown, the Fusion seemed to lose a lot of steam when things switched to Lijiang Tower. To start, the Uprising were downright dominant on the control map, with Striker’s WIdowmaker and Mistakes’ Tracer giving the Fusion players absolutely no chance at grabbing the point. As they stormed away to a dominant 100-0 Round 1 victory, the Fusion managed just two eliminations to the Uprising’s 19. When it came to the second round, it was more of the same for Boston, with Gamsu (Winston) adding his own strength to the fray. All in all, the Winston player went 12-0 on Lijiang Tower, and Boston once again rolled to an easy 100-0 victory to take a 2-0 map lead and put themselves one game away from forcing a decisive third playoff series.

He NEVER misses an opportunity!  @neptuNoOW #OWL2018 #TheFirstPlayoffs

LIVE: https://t.co/U6dIioZfOU pic.twitter.com/epmQrEnizC

— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) July 14, 2018

Looking to bring themselves back from the brink of defeat, the Fusion turned to a player who helped carry them to victory two days ago, Poko. Taking over as Zarya, Poko quickly led the Fusion’s offense through a stout Uprising defense, teaming up with Carpe’s Widowmaker and slicing through anything that Boston threw at them. In what turned out to be a very quick opening round, the Fusion finally looked to be back to their normal ways, and took an easy 3-0 map lead with a ton of time banked in for a possible third round. Needing a quick capture if they wanted a chance at winning the round, the Uprising were simply unprepared for the style of defense that Philadelphia brought with them. Not only were Carpe and Eqo once again on fire, but Neptuno – controlling the game as Mercy – even dusted off his blaster and took part in some eliminations. All in all, the Uprising were quickly taken apart by a hungrier Fusion team, sending us to Hanamura for another game.

Hanamura isn’t exactly known as one of the better maps for the Uprising, as they came into the round carrying an even record throughout the entire year. They didn’t play like it to start, however, as their defense – anchored by Mistakes’ Junkrat and Striker’s Widowmaker – repelled multiple attacks by Philadelphia despite the opening point getting taken a bit. Although the Uprising did a great job of defense, Carpe and the Fusion were a bit too much, and eventually took the first point with about 40 seconds remaining. Although the Uprising looked incredibly tough on defense throughout the night and especially on Hanamura, the Fusion were simply too much for them. With Mistakes being the only Boston hero to consistently land shots late in the game, Boombox (Zenyatt) and Sado (Winston) dropped key ultimates that helped give the Fusion an early 2-0 lead on the map.

Talk about a CLUTCH play! @MistakesOW #OWL2018 #TheFirstPlayoffs

LIVE: https://t.co/U6dIioZfOU pic.twitter.com/kZIBQInbqI

— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) July 14, 2018

In a surprising turn of events, the Uprising started off the second round with a ridiculously fast capture of the opening point. With Mistakes zipping around as Tracer (and scoring a sweet trick move early in the round), Boston was quickly able to overwhelm the Fusion defense and grab the opening point with ease. The second point didn’t last much longer, as Boston – and Striker’s incredible Widowmaker – made sure that Philadelphia never had a chance to do anything. With nearly two and a half minutes banked in, the third round meant that the Fusion needed to fully hold off any Boston attack, something they couldn’t do once two of the Fusion tanks dropped toward the beginning of the game. The win meant that Boston took the series 3-1, and forced one more match to decide who would move on to the semifinals.

The featured image for this post was provided by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

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Félix “xQc” Lengyel has expressed disappointment that famous esports insider Rod “Slasher” Breslau faced backlash in light of tweets explaining Fissure’s absence from the Gladiators starting line-up.

Source: Fissure has been unhappy on the Gladiators since joining and his own commitment/practice to the team has waned going into playoffs, prompting his benching by LAG not that his teammates aren’t trying. Wants out of LAG to an all-Korean team.https://t.co/S0DZ26Y1j7

— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) July 12, 2018

Source: Fissure has been unhappy on the Gladiators since joining and his own commitment/practice to the team has waned going into playoffs, prompting his benching by LAG not that his teammates aren’t trying. Wants out of LAG to an all-Korean team.

– @Slasher on Twitter.

Slasher posted a variety of tweets that claimed his sources said Fissure was unhappy at the Gladiators and looking to move to a team with an all-Korean roster. Fissure supposedly did not try hard enough during practice for the Season Playoffs, and so the team decided to replace him with iRemiix for the first series against the Spitfire in the quaterfinals.

Fissure refuted these claims on Wednesday evening, stating that he was struggling to adapt to the new meta, thus why iRemiix was a better fit for the team. He said he was also finding it frustrating not having language consistency throughout the team, which is where he believed the “all-Korean roster” transfer rumour started from.

To add more fuel to the fire, popular streamer, former Dallas Fuel player and 2018 Team Canada player xQc then went on stream and gave his viewpoint on the matter. You can watch the clip, or read a transcription, below:

Dude… the only thing I wanted to say, dude, is that for someone like Slasher… I don’t like Slasher, dude, I don’t give a s—, I don’t really like him, but he’s worked really hard to build this credibility with his reportings [sic], right? And trying to make it accurate, and trying to make it unbiased and just release information when he hears leaks, right? And I hate to see him take a fall for the other day, when he’s not wrong. I hate it, I think it sucks.

– xQc on his stream

xQc implied that he knows Slasher’s information on Fissure was correct. xQc still has many friends in the Overwatch League and is also competing alongside Los Angeles Gladiators player Surefour on the Canadian roster this year at the World Cup, which might explain how he has info on the situation with Fissure.

Whatever the case, it’s clear that there are a variety of different viewpoints on the matter and we may not ever know the full story. There’s also a fair chance that there’s validity to both Slasher and Fissure’s side of the story, to some degree.

So for now, and always, it’s best to take any of this Overwatch League gossip with a huge pinch of salt.

The Los Angeles Gladiators face off against the London Spitfire for a second, and potentially third, quarterfinals series tomorrow starting at 5:00pm PST at www.twitch.tv/overwatchleague.

The featured image for this post was provided by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

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Prior to taking down the London Spitfire in a 3-0 victory to kickstart their playoffs, the Los Angeles Gladiators surprised many by announcing that Fissure, their main tank and Overwatch League MVP candidate, would not be starting. At the time, there was no indication of whether or not Fissure had suffered an injury, but Rod “Slasher” Breslau later shared information that seemed to indicate that Fissure was unhappy with players after a scrimmage, and was subsequently benched.

Since then, the internet has been ablaze with theories on what happened with Fissure. After the Gladiators victory, Breslau took to Twitter to indicate that Fissure’s desire was to be to be an on all Korean-speaking roster for the spring.

Fissure's desire is to be on an all Korean-speaking roster for the spring (prior to OWL season 2 franchises), with the Seoul Dynasty as the preferred destination given the current options. All OWL teams may retain their players for S2.https://t.co/5wPcoI0jBq

— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) July 12, 2018

Shortly after the game, and after some of the tweets from Breslau, Fissure took to a stream to defend himself, explaining away the rumors as being made up. Though the VOD (video on demand) replay of the stream has since been deleted, Twitter user and Overwatch insider Robin311 captured most of the comments, with Fissure essentially confirming them by retweeting it.

Fissure explained a bit about the 'controversy' regarding his absence in the OWL playoffs (summary): pic.twitter.com/GUusf6uDyi

— Robin311 (@tisrobin311) July 12, 2018

In the comments, Fissure described Breslau’s tweets as “bullshit,” explaining that the reason for his benching was simply due to iRemiix having better scrimmage results with the Gladiators in the current meta. Speaking to the rumors of him wanting to leave, Fissure didn’t confirm or deny the report but did say that he would prefer playing on an OWL team that had one unifying language. According to him, he did tell the Gladiators to replace him with an English-speaking player rather than the team try and find an entire batch of Korean-speaking players to pair around him.

Baek went on to say that he purposely didn’t say anything due to the uproar it would cause, but that the reports around it needed clarifying. He then went on to confirm that iRemiix will likely be playing in all future playoff matches and that he wishes the team the best results.

In tweets posted after their stream, Fissure continued to describe the rumors as false, even going as far as to tag Breslau in multiple tweets, describing the rumors of him wanting out from the team as just that.

Gladiators are the best of the teams I've been to and they always make the best choice for victory I do not doubt that our team will go to the finals.
so stop blame my team chill

— Fissure (백찬형) (@Fissure) July 12, 2018

Easiest way to create rumors
1. If a good player is on the bench
2. just said "Dissension"
3.Even if it is a lie, people are already believing.
how to beat the rumor? Lmao i can make the rumors too
Slasher is actually a good guy Kappa

— Fissure (백찬형) (@Fissure) July 12, 2018

This is a pretty surprising turn of events, as it seemed like Fissure and the team were all good coming into the playoffs, and that the MVP candidate would be a huge piece of their team as they fight to win a championship. Obviously, it doesn’t seem like that will be the case, but only time will tell if Fissure returns to his role as the main tank for the Gladiators. Make sure to stay tuned for any future updates.

The featured image for this post was provided by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

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A gallery of all the skins that were announced today.
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Team Sweden have finalized their roster and locked in the seven players who will represent their country at the 2018 Overwatch World Cup. This roster was cut down from the initially announced twelve players.

Presenting our 7 players traveling to Thailand for the Overwatch World Cup 2018 Group Stage! 🥳

@SharPow_ @MisfitsTviQuE @snillo_ow
@Reinforce @Manneten
@Luddee_OW @chipshajen pic.twitter.com/aBLJfFEDkx

— Overwatch Team Sweden (@OwSweden) July 11, 2018

The roster features Jonathan “Reinforce” Larsson, Hugo “SharP” Sahlberg, Kevyn “TviQ” Lindström, Simon “snillo” Ekström, Tim “Manneten” Bylund, Ludvig “Luddee” Håkansson and Sebastian “chipshajen” Widlund.

Team Sweden will compete in the Bangkok Group Stage in September. Tickets are available here.

The featured image for this post was provided by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

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