San Francisco Shock Win the 2020 Overwatch League Championship
The San Francisco Shock has just been crowned as the 2020 Overwatch League champions! This means they’ve not only solidified their spot at the top but also that they’ve successfully defended their throne, therefore becoming the very first two-time back-to-back Overwatch League champions in history. How’s that for a resume? This, in short, shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given their absolute and utter dominance throughout the year. However, it’s still an incredible accomplishment worthy of the highest praise and commendation. Most of us expected the San Francisco Shock to face off in the finals with Shanghai Dragons — the only team that seemed to have what it took to compete on even footing.
Fate, however, had other plans.
Leading Up to the Victory
Because of how the Grand Finals were set up, San Francisco Shock and Shanghai Dragons had to square off in the semifinals, with Seoul Dynasty taking on Philadelphia Fusion, the second seed from North America. What followed were two insanely entertaining clashes that left no one indifferent. San Francisco Shock went blow-for-blow with the Dragons, eventually eking out a win in 3-2 fashion. They started strong but lost a bit of steam around halftime. That’s when Shanghai Dragon’s incredible DPS duo capitalized and tied the series 2-2. A nerve-wracking clash on Busan sealed the deal, with Kwon “Striker” Nam-joo giving us a vintage Tracer performance that pushed San Francisco Shock over the finish line. Seoul Dynasty, on the other hand, made quick work of Philadelphia. It wasn’t entirely one-sided, but the Dynasty prevailed when it mattered most.
This set us up for quite an unexpected finals match-up. Shanghai Dragons dominated beyond measure throughout the year. Not seeing them fight for the trophy at the very tail-end of the tournament was pretty darn strange given their track record.
Still, a clash between San Francisco Shock and Seoul Dynasty was far from underwhelming, and the six-map brawl that ensued was worth watching! It was a closely fought series, but they simply couldn’t beat what is now universally considered the most talented team in Overwatch history despite Seoul Dynasty’s best efforts.
In the end, the San Francisco Shock prevailed and took home $1.5 million for their efforts in the 2020 Overwatch League championship, with Seoul Dynasty getting a much more modest (albeit still fantastic) $750,000. While things eventually resolved in the way most of us expected, the path towards that point was anything but dull and uneventful. Finally, Blizzard deserves a bit of praise because they could salvage their entire season even though no one thought they stood a chance. We hope their plans for 2021 are a bit more flexible as forcing their localized model yet again doesn’t seem like the right course of action — and that’s only partly because of the uncertain times we’re still in.