KongDoo Panthera advance to OGN Overwatch Apex finals
Team EnVyUs was unable to best KongDoo Panthera in the OGN Overwatch Apex semifinals, and will fall to the third-place match.
The North American esports organization will now face Afreeca Freecs Blue on July 7 to determine the third place winner. KongDoo Panthera will face Lunatic-Hai a few weeks from now on July 29, and a South Korean champion will be named. KongDoo Panthera looked strong against EnVyUs in its July 4 match—taking a quick 4-0 over EnVyUs—but Lunatic-Hai will likely come in looking to defend its Season 2 Overwatch Apex title.
KongDoo Panthera took each map, Oasis, Numbani, Hanamura, and Route 66, in quick succession, though EnVyUs managed to rack up a few points here and there. Route 66, in particular, was especially devastating for EnVyUs: The team got full-held before the first point.
The South Korean team showed impeccable restraint paired with precise mechanical play to dismantle EnVyUs. EnVyUs struggled in keeping their support players alive. Both Jonathan "HarryHook" Tejedor Rua and Sebastian "chipshajen" Widlund had targets on their backs, continuously focused down by KongDoo Panthera's star DPS duo Kim "birdring" Ji Hyuk and Kim "Rascal" Dong Jun. Meanwhile, KongDoo Panthera tank players Kang "Void" Jun-woo and Baek "Fissure" Chang-hyung had it out for EnVyUs' DPS players, making it impossible for them to do enough damage to sustain the team.
KongDoo Panthera came out strong while EnVyUs faltered, unable to play to their usual standards. Whether the day was a fluke or if EnVyUs is struggling, that's yet to be determined. The team only has days to improve their form, however, before they come up against Afreeca Blue on July 7.
And if KongDoo Panthera themselves are able to play this well come July 29, Lunatic-Hai will have to fight hard to maintain their title.