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San Francisco Shock Sweep Vancouver Titans to Become 2019 Overwatch League Champions

September 29, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
San Francischo Shock Overwatch League Grand Finals

It was a battle of the two best teams in the Overwatch League Grand Finals on Sunday, and the San Francisco Shock won in dominant fashion. The Shock defeated the Vancouver Titans 4-0 to become the second season champions, capping off their run with a decisive win over their toughest rivals. The finals took place at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Going into the Grand Finals, the Shock and Titans had a perfectly even record in head-to-head. They were 2-2 in match record and 11-11 in map record. However, things looked good for the Shock, who came back from a shocking quarterfinals loss to the Reign to sweep the entirety of the lower bracket of the double-elimination tournament in matches against the London Spitfire, Los Angeles Gladiators, Hangzhou Spark and New York Excelsior. Meanwhile, the Titans had a harder road as they beat the Reign 4-2 in the semifinals and were taken to seven maps by the Excelsior in the upper bracket finals.

That set the Shock up to continue their momentum. After a 2-0 win in Lijiang Tower to hand the Titans their first Control map loss of the playoffs, they had a bloodthirsty run on Eichenwalde for the second map with 42 eliminations to the Titans’ three on the Shock’s attack. The Titans would come back to nearly match the Shock’s timebank, but the Shock full held Vancouver in the second round and then picked up the win to go up two maps to zero. Next up was Temple of Anubis, where the Titans showed signs of life with a strong performance. But San Francisco came out on top of the scrappy fight with a 4-3 win.

Finally, Vancouver picked Watchpoint: Gibraltar for the last map. The Shock took the first attack with almost two minutes to go, and while the Titans had a strong run up to the last point the Shock decided to hold further back on the final point, with Architect’s Bastion play making it impossible for the Titans to take it. That made it a 4-0 win for the Shock, capping off a redemption run after failing to make the playoffs in the first season.

After their win, Shock off-tank player Hyo-bin “Choihyobin” Choi was named the Grand Finals MVP off the strength of his Sigma play. In the playoffs, Choihyobin dominated on the new hero with 22.55 eliminations and only 5.59 deaths per tem minutes.

The Grand Finals streamed on Twitch and the ESPN and Overwatch League Apps, and aired live on ABC. Twitch viewership was strong, coming in at over 256,000 at several points during the broadcast. The next season will kick off in February and will see the teams travelling to home cities full-time for the first time, leaving the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles behind.

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