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The number six seed, Philadelphia Fusion, have advanced to semi-final playoffs in a tense match-up with the Boston Uprising that left viewers on the edge of their seats.

Though Philly won Thursday’s match 3-1, the Uprising managed to go 3-1 in game two and forced a third match that was once again 3-1 in the Fusion’s favour. Illness left main support player (and notoriously bloodthirsty Mercy main) Alberto “neptuNo” González out of the second game, but he subbed in to see the Fusion to victory in game three.

Thank you everyone that's cheering for us. I just wanna clarify that I woke up this morning sick and went to doctor, I have tonsilitis with high fever. I told the coaches that I couldnt play so I wasnt gonna play. Watching junkertown I told coaches I felt gold enough to play.

— Fusion neptuNo (@neptuNoOW) July 14, 2018

Philadelphia will move on to the semi-finals, playing against the New York Excelsior, at 10am on Thursday July 19th. The Fusion have proven a tough fight for New York, forcing a 5 map game in the Stage 2 Playoffs, so whether or not the team has improved enough to take on the champions is yet to be seen.

The win is galvanizing for a team that struggled in the early days of the Overwatch League and only narrowly made their way into playoffs. Kim “SADO” Su-min was handed a 30 game ban for account boosting prior to regular season, and visa issues forced Philadelphia to drop out of the preseason. The Fusion have shown they can take on some of the biggest and best in the Overwatch League.

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After a rather disappointing start from the London Spitifre in their first Playoff match, they had to change things up. The Gladiators themselves came in as the clear favorites this times around. And what a great match that was, the Spitfire finally back to playing as a unit, with great plays from each player. Especially Birdring and Profit played out of their minds and had some of the best games in a while. A well-deserved win in the second match, which will be decided in the third and last match.

https://twitter.com/Spitfire/status/1018246307117457408

Dorado

The attack from the Spitfire was all about Profit on Brigitte. They almost flew through this map. After the second point, Surefour had to switch to Brigitte himself, but that still wasn’t the answer. One after another, the Gladiators fall to the Spitfire onslaught. Just mere meters in front of the third point, the Gladiators finally managed to turn the fight around and held.

The attack started off great for the Gladiators, even though more slowly. The push slowed down more and more during the second part of the map. The Spitfire wanted to set a statement on the first map and held the enemy before the second point.

2018-07-11 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

Oasis

Birdring on Widowmaker opened with two kills, instantly ending the fight and getting them the point. The Spitfire dominated every fight, right into overtime. A short outburst from the Gladiators, who came out with a Soldier and Doomfist, almost gained them control of the point. But London Spitfire managed to collect themselves quickly and took the first round.

The Gladiators took the point first and up to 59%, but it seemed almost too easy for the Spitfire to take over the point. Birding on Hanzo and Profit on Pharah played one of their best game in a while without another swap of the point, the Spitfire took map number two.

Eichenwalde

A great strategy coming out from the Spitfire, the Tracer confusing the backline, while the rest of the team moved in and took advantage. Profit back on Brigitte rushed through the second part yet again, and pushed the Gladiators further and further back. They were unable to stabilize at all and the Spitfire finished the map quickly.

The Gladiators decided for to attack with Pharah, and Surefour even got some nice picks which almost won them the point. In another outstanding performance, the Spitfire managed to hold on and turned the fight in their favor. Seemingly with ease, they held the first point and won the second match.

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Philadelphia Fusion won their playoff match last night against the Boston Uprising. Their video released yesterday before the match threw down some serious vibes among their hardcore fans. Now let’s meet the team who made that possible.

The “Us against the world” mentality had worked extremely well for Philadelphia in the past. Maybe you saw this little game called the Super Bowl. Well, in Overwatch League things can be vastly different. The Fusion have proven to be one of the top esports organizations in player support. It is one of the many reasons why Philly continues to surprise everyone in the Overwatch League.

Their video yesterday was a statement. It carried them into the match with Boston and despite all the announcers choosing the opposition, Philly won. They didn’t even go to a fifth map, they stuffed Boston on Volskaya, a map they were undefeated on. So, here is the team that started the video craze which swept the Fusion through their match yesterday. We thought you would like to meet them. A teams full support staff is just as critical in how an organization runs as the players who take the stage.

Underdogs Unleashed - YouTube

Zac Goldner, Fusion Production Manager – Executive Producer / Videographer / Editor

3.5 years as a writer and producer in television production, with credits on hit shows for networks including History Channel, Disney, and Discovery. Most notable television achievement is having written nearly 100 episodes for ESPN’s Emmy-award-winning series Sport Science.

Lindsay Driscoll – Fusion Social Media Coordinator

Lindsay worked on independent short films in the Lehigh Valley area for three years, before making the jump to reality TV with post-production credits on Animal Planet’s North Woods Law: New Hampshire and Lone Star Law.

Mike Kuo – Fusion Production Coordinator

Interned at Barstool Sports during the Summer of 2017. Shot and edited YouTube videos for the channel “Hoop and Life” that has accumulated over 3+ million views. In the start of 2018, joined Fusion as the digital media intern.

 

The Blair Brothers – Score 

Brooke and Will Blair are accomplished composers for film, television, web and public performance. The brothers first shared their scoring work with a Sundance Film Festival audience with Jeremy Saulnier’s “BLUE RUIN,” in 2014, “GREEN ROOM,” in 2016 and returned in 2017 with their score for the jury award winning “I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE,” directed by their older brother, Macon. The Blairs continue scoring feature films, commercial and multi-episodic television series including “Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories” for Adult Swim, and “This Close” for the Sundance Channel.

Tom Fanelle – Philadelphia Videographer

 

3601 Agency – GFX:Creative group for the Philadelphia Flyers, Wells Fargo Center, and Philadelphia 76ers

Doug Newton GFX: Sport Science, America Ninja Warrior

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LA Gladiator’s main tank Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek has spoken out on stream about the rumors behind his benching in today’s quarter-final match against the London Spitfire.

The Gladiators shocked fans across the world when they announced their star front-liner would be riding the bench. The actual reasoning was never officially released, though we’ve since heard a couple different stories from a couple different sources.

Esports consultant Rod “Slasher” Breslau tweeted that Fissure was “unhappy” with how his team had practiced in scrims, and was replaced with fellow main tank iRemiix as punishment for not communicating with his team.

LA Gladiators Fissure is not playing tonight. Source: Fissure was unhappy with players on the team not trying hard enough in scrims as preparation for the playoffs and stopped communicating in the scrims. Gladiators chose to play iRemiix instead.

— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) July 12, 2018

A later tweet from Slasher also claimed that Fissure was looking to move to an all Korean roster.

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

Let Me Explain

Following the match, Fissure took to his Twitch stream to clear the air around his benching. He explained that iRemiix is a more “team-oriented” main tank player, which is beneficial in the current meta. He also clarified rumors that he wished to leave the Gladiators for another, all Korean team, calling them “not 100% wrong.” The Gladiators asked Fissure if he would prefer they communicate in Korean, which Fissure saw as a problem.

2018-05-16 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

“I responded that it would be better for the [organization] to just replace me with an English using player rather than switching all other players to Korean.” Fissure explained that the Gladiators wanted to support their main tank player, but that he saw this language change as a detriment to the team. He also cited the current coaching staff (comprised largely of non-Koreans) as another thing that would have to change if the team was to truly be all Korean, which “would be way too much to change.” 

Fissure was hesitant to publicize his concerns for fear of stirring the rumor mill. While he has reportedly been working with the Gladiators to address the issue since he joined the team, Slasher’s tweet was “so bs” to him that he felt that he had to explain the situation more clearly.

Fissure also stated that iRemiix is likely to continue playing throughout the playoffs, with Fissure taking a break for the remainder of the season regardless of the Gladiators results. Even on the bench, he seemed confident that the Gladiators would do well. After the Gladiators’ dominant 3-0 win against the Spitfire on Wednesday, his confidence doesn’t seem to be misplaced.

What Comes Next?

What do you think about all this? Is Fissure right to worry about the language barrier on his team, or is there more he could do? Were the Gladiators right to bench their star front-liner? And will such a risky gamble playoff as they continue their playoff push? Send us a tweet and let us know!

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LA Gladiator’s main tank Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek has spoken out on stream about the rumors behind his benching in today’s quarter-final match against the London Spitfire.

The Gladiators shocked fans across the world when they announced their star front-liner would be riding the bench. The actual reasoning was never officially released, though we’ve since heard a couple different stories from a couple different sources.

Esports consultant Rod “Slasher” Breslau tweeted that Fissure was “unhappy” with how his team had practiced in scrims, and was replaced with fellow main tank iRemiix as punishment for not communicating with his team.

LA Gladiators Fissure is not playing tonight. Source: Fissure was unhappy with players on the team not trying hard enough in scrims as preparation for the playoffs and stopped communicating in the scrims. Gladiators chose to play iRemiix instead.

— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) July 12, 2018

A later tweet from Slasher also claimed that Fissure was looking to move to an all Korean roster.

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

Let Me Explain

Following the match, Fissure took to his Twitch stream to clear the air around his benching. He explained that iRemiix is a more “team-oriented” main tank player, which is beneficial in the current meta. He also clarified rumors that he wished to leave the Gladiators for another, all Korean team, calling them “not 100% wrong.” The Gladiators asked Fissure if he would prefer they communicate in Korean, which Fissure saw as a problem.

2018-05-16 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

“I responded that it would be better for the [organization] to just replace me with an English using player rather than switching all other players to Korean.” Fissure explained that the Gladiators wanted to support their main tank player, but that he saw this language change as a detriment to the team. He also cited the current coaching staff (comprised largely of non-Koreans) as another thing that would have to change if the team was to truly be all Korean, which “would be way too much to change.” 

Fissure was hesitant to publicize his concerns for fear of stirring the rumor mill. While he has reportedly been working with the Gladiators to address the issue since he joined the team, Slasher’s tweet was “so bs” to him that he felt that he had to explain the situation more clearly.

Fissure also stated that iRemiix is likely to continue playing throughout the playoffs, with Fissure taking a break for the remainder of the season regardless of the Gladiators results. Even on the bench, he seemed confident that the Gladiators would do well. After the Gladiators’ dominant 3-0 win against the Spitfire on Wednesday, his confidence doesn’t seem to be misplaced.

What Comes Next?

What do you think about all this? Is Fissure right to worry about the language barrier on his team, or is there more he could do? Were the Gladiators right to bench their star front-liner? And will such a risky gamble playoff as they continue their playoff push? Send us a tweet and let us know!

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Game 2 of the Overwatch League Quarterfinals began before either team stepped on stage. The rivalry between the London Spitfire and the Los Angeles Gladiators is steeped in history – a history that centers on Gladiators main tank Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek. After trading Fissure to LA after Stage 1, the Spitfire have never won a match against their former teammate. That record was on pace to continue, until the Gladiators released an explosive statement right before the match.

pic.twitter.com/Swc8FsAgi1

— Los Angeles Gladiators (@LAGladiators) July 12, 2018

With Fissure out, a Gladiators victory seemed decidedly less likely. Casters flipped their predictions and fan morale tanked. After the first two maps in the series, though, the Gladiators proved there’s an ‘i’ in Fissure – but no ‘i’ in team.

Shoulder to Shoulder

Every Gladiator fired on all cylinders for this game. Jonas “Shaz” Suovaara’ off-meta Bastion pick on Junkertown melted shields and defense matrices alike. Lane “Surefour” Roberts, in one of the most brilliant plays seen in the League’s history so far, waited in the spawn room as Brigitte to bait a positional change from the Spitfire before switching to Widowmaker to click heads. It was ridiculous. It was amazing. 

Meanwhile, Luis “iRemiix” Galarza Figueroa put to bed any rumors that his presence in the main tank role would be the Gladiator’s downfall. 

Even without their (arguably) best player, the Gladiators made this look easy. There was nary a protest from London, and smart team compositions that can adapt to situations on the fly carried the day for LA. The Gladiators demonstrated this skill time and time again, while London struggled to keep up. That said, all is not lost for the Spitfire. They have two more chances to reverse their fortunes, but those are their last. If Fissure returns for these next two games, the Gladiators will likely remain the victors for this series. If iRemiix stays in, it could go either way. 

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Blizzard has announced the winner of the Overwatch League’s Inagural Season MVP. Congratulations to Jjonak of the New York Excelsior.

2018-05-25 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

Hello,

Seong-Hyun “Jjonak” Bang, support player for the New York Excelsior, is the Overwatch League’s inaugural season MVP, presented by T-Mobile. Jjonak was selected by a combination of an online fan vote, as well  as a poll of Overwatch League head coaches, casters, analysts and media.

New York’s star support player earned 30 first-place votes and 117 points from polling. Los Angeles Gladiators tank Chan-Hyung “Fissure” Baek finished in second place with six first-place votes and 58 overall points, and Philadelphia Fusion offense player Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee finished third with six first-place votes and 36 overall points.

The Excelsior finished the regular season with the league’s best overall record, and Jjonak was a big reason why. Jjonak revolutionized the way Zenyatta – a support hero with a powerful team healing ultimate ability – is played, leading all Zenyatta players in hero damage, final blows and eliminations per 10 minutes of gameplay. Jjonak also had the second-fewest deaths per 10 minutes amongst Zenyatta players.

Jjonak’s New York Excelsior have a first-round bye in the playoffs and will face their first postseason opponent next week. You can watch Carpe, Fissure and some of the other top players in the league in this week’s quarterfinals. The full schedule is available at https://overwatchleague.com/en-us/schedule.

Keep up to date with all of the latest Overwatch League news and content on the Overwatch League website, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Don't even utter the word "justice" around @JJoNakLove! #OWL2018

Live: https://t.co/U6dIipgQGs pic.twitter.com/q9QJXdGen7

— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) April 8, 2018

Jjonak is looking FROSTY. @JJoNakLove #OWL2018

Live: https://t.co/U6dIipgQGs pic.twitter.com/7D4uwXyh1W

— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) April 27, 2018

Absolutely FILTHY. @JJoNakLove #OWL2018

Live: https://t.co/U6dIioZfOU pic.twitter.com/DoUxVNEIWH

— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) June 16, 2018

The Press Release finally answers both the question of “Who’s better than Fissure”, and gives the dynamic, 1/2 support 1/2 unofficial DPS JJonak his deserves.

In a world of sport that is dominated by awards going to the attackers, it’s nice to see a Support focused player earning the top individual award in the OWL.

So for all the Support mains out there, remember two things;

  1.  When your DPS isn’t putting out enough dmg. to pressure the enemy back-line, don’t be afraid to do it yourself.
  2. When your DPS is screaming at you that “They need healing”, kindly remind them that they don’t need healing…if you’ve already killed the enemy team.
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The familiar lights and sounds radiate throughout the Blizzard Arena. The familiar voice of Puckett welcomes us at the desk alongside Bren and Sideshow. Before we know it the players appear in the tunnel and are seated on stage. Finally, after what has felt like an eternity of a month, we are welcomed back to the Overwatch League. That’s right, Overwatch League fans – it’s playoff time.

Philadelphia shows up against the Uprising

The match began on Dorado, the only map in the series in which each time shared the same record going in (6-4). Behind the shield of SADO and the headclicks of Carpe, the Fusion started off with a very strong first push capping all three points with time to spare. After that, the underdog Fusion never looked back and held the Uprising to just the first point.

On Oasis, the Uprising looked revitalized and took City Center and Gardens with ease to tie the series up 1-1. After looking cold on Dorado, winning this map prevented Boston from a series sweep and allowed them to catch their breath at halftime.

2018-04-25 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

Coming out of halftime was the breaking point for Philly. Considering Boston’s considerable map advantage and the momentum of having won Oasis, the Fusion needed to grab a win on Eichenwalde to stay in the match.

They did just that – and more.

2018-05-17 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

With Eqo popping off on Hanzo with 40 eliminations (and a Dragonstrike nearly every fight!) the Fusion #pjdominated Eichenwalde and took a 2-1 lead in the series. After that, it seemed that the Fusion could not be stopped and took Volskaya Industries with an unorthodox triple DPS lineup. Their defense matched their stellar offense and the Fusion officially handed Boston their first ever loss on Volskaya.

Final Score: Fusion 3 – Uprising 1

Although Boston looked dominant on Oasis, they just couldn’t get payload maps figured out. With Kellex often dying early and the DPS of the Fusion looking well-acquainted with the new playoff meta, this sets the stage for a very interesting series. We will have to wait and see how the Uprising respond on Friday with their playoff hopes on the line. You can see the full playoff schedule here.

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In a tweet from the L.A. Gladiators they are replacing Fissure, their top tank with iRemiix in their starting line up. Here are the details.

Fissure will be sitting out tonight’s match against the London Spitfire. It seems like L.A. will be going with iRemiix instead.

Here is the tweet:

Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Gladiators

We will have to wait and see how this plays out in tonight’s match up. Fissure is a major part of the team and hopefully we see him in action on Saturday.

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Overwatch League has signed a deal with Disney to host the playoffs on ESPN, Disney XD, and ABC networks. Here are the details.

Announced by ESPN today. Tonight’s play off matches between the Boston Uprising and Philadelphia Fusion, as well as the London Spitfire and Los Angeles Gladiators will finally break into prime time.

This is a huge leap for esports as OWL maintains one of the top ecosystems for the market. They just pushed forward into the mainstream. The league still hosts thousands of viewers on Twitch and their own network. However, the idea that esports will hit everyone’s televisions tonight is a major win for Blizzard.

Here is the schedule of coverage from ESPN:

Overwatch League Playoffs And Grand Finals Telecast Schedule
DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NETWORK(S)
Wed., July 11 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. Day 1 of Quarterfinals Disney XD, ESPN3
Fri., July 13 8 p.m. Day 2 of Quarterfinals Disney XD, ESPN3
Sat., July 14 4 p.m. Day 3 of Quarterfinals Disney XD, ESPN3
Wed., July 18 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. Day 1 of Semifinals Disney XD, ESPN3
Fri., July 20 7 p.m. Day 2 of Semifinals ESPNEWS
Sat., July 21 7 p.m. Day 3 of Semifinals ESPN2
Fri., July 27 7 p.m. Day 1 of Finals ESPN
Sat., July 28 4:30 p.m. Day 2 of Finals Disney XD, ESPN3
Sat., July 28 9 p.m. Day 2 of Finals ESPN2 (re-air)
Sun., July 29 3 p.m. Highlights Recap ABC, ESPN3

So tonight when you sit down to cheer for your favorite teams, it is likely that thousands will be introduced to esports first hand.

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