2020 Overwatch League Grand Finals Match-Ups Finalized
The 2020 Overwatch League grand finals match-ups are finally set! There’s a lot of money on the line (not to mention fame and glory), and the four teams that are left standing after many months of twists and turns are the following: San Francisco Shock, Philadelphia Fusion, Shanghai Dragons, and Seoul Dynasty. The first two will represent the North American region, with the latter doing the same for Asia.
Conclusion to a Rough Year
2020 hasn’t been particularly kind to Blizzard. After years of planning, Blizzard was finally prepared to transition over to a franchised city-based model. The odds were stacked against them and yet they found a fair bit of success in spite of the many challenges. Once the whole pandemic happened, however, Blizzard was forced to scramble without any backup plan in sight. Fortunately, they were able to weather the storm, and fans didn’t miss out on a lot of competitive OWL action either.
There was a problem, though, and it wasn’t easily solvable: all teams had to be divided into two different regions for safety reasons. This meant that the best Asian and American teams could never meet in a game of Overwatch. There was no way of providing stable ping and an even competitive setting for teams spread across multiple continents. As a result, seven teams fought against each other ad nauseam in Asia, and thirteen in North America. Now, after many months, we’ll get to see the best teams from both regions compete against each other.
The 2020 Overwatch League grand finals weekend is slated to begin on October 8th. Seoul Dynasty will face off against the San Francisco Shock, with Philadelphia Fusion going up against the Shanghai Dragons. Three of the four teams have all dominated throughout the year, with the Shock and Shanghai winning almost everything that was up for grabs. The Fusion often came close but failed to deliver when it mattered the most; this leaves us with Seoul Dynasty — the only dark horse in the final Top 4. Their 12W-12L regular season record tells you all you need to know. They’re very talented, but they struggled mightily throughout the season and often came up short. Shanghai, on the other hand, is looking like the most frightening team of them all, with a staggering 27W-2L regular season record. They’ve dominated in every sense of the word (in no small part because of their incredible MVP) and will be coming into the finals weekend as the biggest favorites.
Four of the best Overwatch teams in the world are scheduled to close the year out in grand fashion, so mark your calendars! Regardless of the final outcome, it’s going to be a weekend worthy of the history books.