Only two days into Overwatch League, the big plays keep coming. In the first match of Thursday, the London Spitfire overcame a shaky start against the Florida Mayhem and won the next three maps on the back of some inspired DPS play from Ji-Kyeok “Birdring” Kim and Jun-Young “Profit” Park. The Philadelphia Fusion, in their first appearance on the Overwatch League stage, upset the Houston Outlaws in five rounds, silencing their critics. Finally, East Coast rivals NYXL and Boston Uprising went toe to toe, resulting in a big win for the team representing the Big Apple.
NYXL DPS Do-Hyeon “Pine” Kim made the deepest impression of the day despite playing only a single map, but there were plenty of big plays throughout all three matches.
Temple of Anubis was hotly contested on opening night, but London’s mastery of high-ground control led to a one-sided victory for the Spitfire, led by Birdring’s Widowmaker prowess on defense.
LIVE BY THE BLADE
With Florida quickly building up their capture meter on Anubis Point B, Profit busted out the Dragonblade, getting some crucial kills to send the Mayhem back to the drawing board.
DOWN TO EARTH
After London adapted to Florida’s anti-dive comp on Oasis, Jae-Hui “Gesture” Hong went to work on Reinhardt, sneaking this Earthshatter from around the corner to halt the Mayhem in their tracks.
THIS TIME IT’S REAL
With London trying to retake the point on Oasis Gardens, Birdring went to work. Although his initial kill on Florida’s mayhem-inducing McCree, Andreas “Logix” Berghmans, was reversed by Mercy’s Resurrect, Birdring was able to deflect Logix’s flashbang attempt, leading to an irreversible second kill.
POKO STICKS THE LANDING
Philadelphia Fusion tank Gael “Poko” Gouzerch had an impressive day on D.Va, securing multiple kills at crucial moments with clever Self-Destruct ults, including this one to prevent Houston from completing the escort on Dorado.
NOTHING BUT A TROUBLEMAKER
On Horizon Moon Colony, the Houston Outlaws executed their attack strategy brilliantly, as Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty’s Sombra pulled off a huge EMP triple-kill to secure Point A.
DEATH FROM ABOVE
Oasis is an ideal map for Pharmercy comps, and Philadelphia DPS star Georgii “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha came out on top in an aerial duel with Jake “Jake” Lyon, capping off the carnage with a massive Rocket Barrage.
REST IN PIECES
The Fusion and Outlaws pushed each other to the limit in the fourth map of their match, Eichenwalde. In the second phase, Jake showed off his renowned Junkrat, picking off the opposing Tracer before finding D.Va with his RIP-Tire.
SHE PROTECT BUT SHE ALSO ATTACK
With the score tied 2-2, Philadelphia and Houston would contest the week’s first tiebreaker map, Lijiang Tower. On Night Market, Philadelphia support Alberto “Neptuno” Molinillo helped cap off a clean 2-0 map win with a little Battle Mercy action.
Halt and hook—it’s one of the sleekest moves a team can pull off on Junkertown, and NYXL tanks Dong-Gyu “Mano” Kim and Tae-Hong “Meko” Kim executed it to perfection while cruising toward the first checkpoint against Boston.
WILL MADE REAL
With NYXL attacking on Horizon Moon Colony, newly age-eligible support Seong-Hyun “Jjonak” Bang put on a clinic on Moira. Quick tip: Tanks? Heal. Flanks? Kill.
DON’T PINE FOR HIM
For the control map, NYXL DPS Do-Hyeon “Pine” Kim subbed in for Hae-Seong “Libero” Kim, and he immediately led his team to a quick victory on Ilios with an aggressive, dead-on McCree performance.
Boston’s coffin is made of Pine.— MonteCristo (@MonteCristo) January 12, 2018
IT’S HIGH NOO…
Boston DPS Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez demonstrated the importance of instinct on this play, using Genji’s deflect to bounce the opposing McCree’s High Noon bullet right back into his face.