OWL Summer Showdown - HAN vs SEO, CHE vs GUA, & NYE vs LAV

Summer Showdown • Week 1

East Region Day 2 • Match 1


Seoul Dynasty
Seoul Dynasty
LP: 6 (6-3 +11)
LP: 7 (7-2 +13)

East Region Day 2 • Match 2


Chengdu Hunter
Guangzhou Charge
LP: 4 (4-5 +0)
LP: 3 (3-6 -11)

East Region Day 2 • Match 3


New York Excelsior
Los Angeles Valiant
LP: 3 (0-6 -7)
LP: 0 (0-9 -25)

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I think I may have learned three new words from the first 2 Round of 16 matches at EURO2020…all of them unsuitable for this forum, of course, as well as unsuitable for ESPN broadcast…

On to the matches at hand. I believe Hangzhou vs. Seoul will end 3-2 in favor of Seoul (1st map notwithstanding), 3-2 Chengdu over Guangzhou, and finally 3-0 NYXL over the Valiant.

Well, that was a quick one…

FINAL (Match 1)

Nepal (Control): Seoul Dynasty 2, Hangzhou Spark 1.

King’s Row (Hybrid): Seoul Dynasty 4, Hangzhou Spark 3.

Junkertown (Escort): Seoul Dynasty 3, Hangzhou Spark 2.

FINAL SCORE: Seoul Dynasty 3, Hangzhou Spark 0


The Seoul Dynasty go 2-0 on the week and will have the top spot on the leaderboard entering next week. For the Spark, some inconsistencies is showing, and that could threaten their chances of taking one of the 2 instant playoff spots at the end of the season.

Next up, we have the Chengdu Hunters taking on the Guangzhou Charge. Let’s rock and roll!

Vikki’s casting is… not great.
Like she’s super excited and animated, but not particularly insightful about actual plays and strats?

Yeah, I remember her first cast in the Overwatch League was downright legendary, to the point where Vikki outright stole the show. Since then, the quality of her casts has been in steady decline. I know she has what it takes to be a staple on the talent staff for the next few seasons…she wouldn’t be called up from Contenders casting without doing something right…but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned.

As to the match at hand, we have a Charlie Niner on the ground, folks. Repeat, a snowman’s head has been seen flying over Guangzhou. Chengdu take the match!

FINAL (Match 2)

Busan (Control): Chengdu Hunters 2, Guangzhou Charge 1.

Eichenwalde (Hybrid): Chengdu Hunters 3, Guangzhou Charge 0.

Route 66 (Escort): Chengdu Hunters 3, Guangzhou Charge 2.

FINAL SCORE: Chengdu Hunters 3, Guangzhou Charge 0


The Chengdu Hunters go 1 for 2 on the week and get a +1 map differential to boot, which will put them in the Top 3 entering Week 2. The Guangzhou Charge also go 1-1 on the week, but with a -2 map differential they potentially could find themselves on the wrong side of the Summer Showdown cutoff line entering Week 2 depending on how the final match for this morning goes.

Speaking of said final match, it is time for East Coast USA versus Golden Coast USA in APAC, as the New York Excelsior will go against the L.A. Valiant, which some unkind folk might refer to as “APAC’s Toilet Bowl”. Regardless, one team has to win, so time to move this payload!


It’s weird, like every other host and caster is super knowledgeable about the game, but Vikki just sounds like she’s literally just saying what’s happening with zero actual analysis.
Plus she gets v focused on the mindset of the players and things like “momentum” which I don’t like, but that’s probably an American thing that doesn’t translate to the British mindset :joy:

The NYXL pitch a near perfect game, only giving up one point on Gibraltar before taking the series in a very convincing fashion.

FINAL (Match 3)

Ilios (Control): New York Excelsior 2, Los Angeles Valiant 0.

Hollywood (Hybrid): New York Excelsior 3, Los Angeles Valiant 0.

Watchpoint: Gibraltar (Escort): New York Excelsior 3, Los Angeles Valiant 1.

FINAL SCORE: New York Excelsior 3, Los Angeles Valiant 0


The NYXL pick up a crucial win and find themselves with a Top 2 spot heading into Week 2. For the Valiant, I’m afraid, it is getting increasingly likely they will be out of both the playoffs and the play-in tournament, and ownership is looking almost certain to be facing a deluge of criticism from Valiant fans in both China and the U.S.

Here’s how the APAC Summer Showdown standings look after Week 1:

Seoul Dynasty 2-0 (2 League Points) (+5)
New York Excelsior 1-1 (1 League Points) (+2)
Chengdu Hunters 1-1 (1 League Points) (+1)
Hangzhou Spark 1-1 (1 League Points) (+0)


Guangzhou Charge 1-1 (1 League Points) (-2)
Philadelphia Fusion 0-0 (0 League Points) (+0)
Shanghai Dragons 0-0 (0 League Points) (+0)
Los Angeles Valiant 0-2 (0 League Points) (-6)

As we can see, the Charge find themselves on the wrong side of the Summer Showdown cutoff line, so they’ll need to make up some ground next week against both the Fusion and the Dynasty if they want to have a chance of making that Top 4 and playing in the Knockouts in front of a Shanghai crowd. The Dynasty meanwhile pitch a near perfect week and just need a decent week next week to lock up a spot in the Summer Showdown Knockouts, one week ahead of schedule.

And that’s all she wrote for this morning, folks. Live matches resume at high noon Pacific (3pm Eastern) with the final day of Week 1 Summer Showdown NA qualifier matches. We’ll see you then. Thanks again to our wonderful Forum MVP WyomingMyst for providing us with these sanctuary threads. For now, enjoy the rest of your morning, folks.

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