The Overwatch League’s current tournament may be called the Summer Show, but fans have seen nothing but icy cold in the Great North. The first day was all about seeding and bracket advancement, with today’s games taking place live in Toronto, Canada, packing a few teams out of the event.
Eight West Region teams advance to the summer showdown, which offers a first-place prize of $75,000 as well as an irresistible bonus league points drawing. But two teams are heading home with nothing but Tim Hortons receipts. Here’s how day two went down.
Florida Mayhem vs. Vancouver Titans (3-0)
Many fans and pundits expected the Florida Mayhem to have a mentally-testing Summer Show after an 0-3 loss on Day 1 away from Houston, but the Mayhem rallied and saved their tournament life.
This matchup was primarily a showdown between Florida’s two clutch DPS players—Hitscan Hydron and Flex Checkmate—and the Vancouver Titans’ Springer, who has built a reputation as one of the best Hyscan players in the league despite playing for the team. Shaking record. He dominated the first round on the first map at Lijiang Tower, Florida, but was sent to the deep end by Espey in the second round. Despite that fear, Maim went back to pick up the map.
The rest of the match was relatively quick in the same fashion. Every time Florida’s numbers are shaved by Asper Analytics, especially on the accompanying map Paraiso, one of Mayhem’s best fights for mileage. While the Florida DPS stars, the tank is becoming a better Junker Queen than one might think at the beginning of the stage.
Toronto Defiant vs. Washington Justice (3-1)
The hometown heroes may have fallen to the London Spitfire on day one, but the roar of the Toronto crowd lifted the Defiant’s spirits and their game play.
In the early stages, Toronto was inconsistent and appeared a little chaotic; In time, something improved in their ranks. At Washington Justice, the opponent appeared to dominate most of the maps. Lijiang Tower was an absolute wreck on Toronto’s side, with the team’s DPS double-billing and even slicing through the back lane.
On Paraiso, a brilliant attack from the Defiant led to a quick finish, but a heavy skirmish from Washington’s Eternal Clutch Master Decay held Justice at the same time. As both teams raced for another round, Washington looked confused and Toronto steamrolled them.
Washington wakes up at Circuit Royale, denying Defiance a map finish and their attack thanks to Decay and Assasin, who finally appear as their usual selves. The celebration was short-lived: Toronto returned to action in the last map at the Colosseo and played justice and won 3-1.
The Vancouver Titans and Washington Justice have been sent packing, but the Toronto Defiant and Florida Mayhem will face new challenges tomorrow.
The third day of the summer show is a triple threat of lower bracket elimination matches. At 1pm CT, the Defiant take on the Houston Outlaws and at 2:30pm the Mayhem take on the London Spitfire. After those matches, two more teams will be sent to regionals.
We return to the winner’s bracket at 4 p.m., as the Dallas Fuel battle the San Francisco Shock. One team gets a fast-track ticket to Sunday’s grand final, but the loser of the lower bracket becomes the raiding boss. Another game at 5:30pm will decide their future opponents and eliminate another team from the competition.
Eliminations begin in the East Region bracket at 5am CT, with the Philadelphia Fusion and Guangzhou Charge battling for a spot in the lower semifinals.