Team EnVyUs continues their reign: OG Invitational Day 2 Recap
In the final day of the OG Invitational, the final four teams battled it out in best-of-five semifinal and third place matches, with a final best-of-seven match. Team EnVyUs dominated their competition to take the $15,000 prize. Here is a quick rundown of scores:
- Cloud9 2-3 Northern Gaming Red
- Luminosity Gaming 0-4 Team EnVyUs
Luminosity Gaming and Northern Gaming Red were supposed to be the first semifinal today, but NGR was unable to get ahold of the sixth player or substitute. This caused them to forfeit the match. Luminosity was pushed to the finals.
Next was the first semifinal between Cloud9 and Team EnVyUs. Through the last few weeks, Cloud9 has shown a plateau as a team while EnVyUs has held control onto the top spot with 117 wins and 12 losses, with 23 wins in a row. EnVyUs ended up strong-arming Cloud9 to take the series 3-0 to move onto the finals.
The OG Invitational had a short break in gameplay to allow Andrew “Wolf” Avola of Northern Gaming Red to be able to play. He stated on his Twitter that he was not able to play due to circumstances he couldn’t control.
Sorry for the absence, circumstances arose I couldn't control. I'm okay though!"— Andrew Avola (@NG_WolfOW) June 26, 2016
In the match for third place and $3,000, Cloud9 had to take on Northern Gaming Red. The teams went toe-to-toe to take it to all five maps.
Cloud9 showed dominance in king-of-the-hill maps, like Ilios and Nepal, but Northern Gaming Red showed they could hold off their opponents and set times in payload maps. The teams traded back and forth, but it was Northern Gaming Red who took the third place prize with a score of 3-2.
The finals was a best-of-seven, so only two maps would not be played. Assault maps were removed for the tournament.
The first two maps were king-of-the-hill style with Lijiang Tower, Nepal. EnVyUs took both with the help of Ronnie “Talespin” Dupree Jr. with his Pharah and Tracer plays.
On Dorado, a map Luminosity is known to to have a strong defense on, Team EnVyUs’s aggression payed off to set a fast time. Luminosity was unable to make it to the second point by the time EnVyUs set.
Luminosity had to pick up three maps back-to-back to catch up to EnVyUs, so the team had a hard task at hand, and they couldn't do it.
EnVyUs took the final 4-0 to continue the team’s undisputed reign as the best in Overwatch.
The JoshOG OG Invitational had the largest prize-pool to date, so a lot of money was at stake for Overwatch professionals. Here is the prize breakdown:
- 1st: Team EnVyUs - $15,000
- 2nd: Luminosity Gaming - $7,000
- 3rd: Northern Gaming Red - $3,000
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