20 August 2016 - 18:52

The drive for the prize: Overwatch Atlantic Showdown Day 1 Recap

Here's what happened on day one of the Overwatch Atlantic Showdown presented by ESL at gamescom.
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Team EnVyUs, REUNITED, FNATIC, Misfits, Rogue and compLexity will move on to the second day of ESL's Overwatch Atlantic Showdown at gamescom in Cologne, Germany to play in the final elimination matches and playoffs.

As gamescom winds down, the Overwatch Atlantic Showdown is here to end the five day event with Team EnVyUs and REUNITED moving on to the playoffs. FNATIC, Misfits, Rogue and compLexity will start tomorrow off with the last two elimination matches of the tournament. Team Dignitas and Cloud9 were eliminated.

Throughout the day, teams seemed to be playing their hearts out as there were many intense matches. Even though some series ended 2-0, it doesn't mean that it was easy. Here is a quick breakdown of the matches:

Group A

  • FNATIC won 2-0 over Misfits
  • EnVyUs won 2-0 over Team Dignitas
  • EnVyUs won 2-0 over FNATIC
  • Misfits won 2-0 over Team Dignitas

Group B

  • REUNITED won 2-0 over compLexity
  • Rogue won 2-1 over Cloud9
  • REUNITED won 2-1 over Rogue
  • compLexity won 2-1 over Cloud9

One of the most intense matches of the day was between REUNITED and Rogue. Both teams are considered top European teams, so it was bound to be an intense match. 

Rogue took the first map, Dorado, and was able to hold off REUNITED after their opponents took the first point. This was key, as REUNITED held Rogue off at the second point. 

Numbani was REUNITED's map pick. The team was able to push the payload to score three points on attack and hold off Rogue to only allow two points from their opponents. REUNITED was able to even up the match score 1-1 heading into the final map.

As the match between Rogue and REUNITED came to the last map, the teams entered Hanamura. Mei was a key character, especially on the first point for both teams while they defended. In the end, the teams ended in a tie that pushed the match into Ilios where REUNITED stole the series from Rogue.

The biggest upset of the day was compLexity defeating Cloud9 in the Group B elimination stage. This is huge, because Cloud9 was a top-three pick for the entire tournament.

In the first map, coL held of Cloud9 before the fountain on Dorado. This allowed their attack to be easy-going and the underdogs took better ultimate ability opportunities.

Cloud9 took the second map by having an intense hold and stalling coL on King's Row. Group B's favored team had a much faster time, winning the map and forcing a final game.

On Watchpoint: Gibraltar, Cloud9 set a decent time with six minutes and 30 seconds, but that didn't phase coL. The team took the map faster and won the map to take the series and knock out Cloud9 in groups.

Clearly, this tournament is giving spectators intense matches. Tomorrow, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top for the largest Overwatch tournament to date with a $100,000 prize pool.

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