OWL Season 2 Play-in: Spitfire and Dynasty Survive

Ryan Hoskins  | 
OWL Play-in

The Seoul Dynasty will advance from the OWL Play-in to the playoffs.

The Overwatch League Season 2 post-season kicked off on Friday with four action-packed play-in matches. Both rounds of play-ins took place over the weekend, setting the stage for next week’s playoffs.

Season 2 Cinderella story Shanghai Dragons took down Season 1 titan Philadelphia Fusion, which took some by surprise. Despite last season’s Overwatch League Finals appearance, the Philadelphia Fusion haven’t been at their A-game this stage by comparison. While Philadelphia had done well to make it into the play-in stage, their rather mediocre performance against the Shanghai Dragons left fans and analysts wanting. The Fusion finished off their second season with a negative map differential.

Aside from Shanghai versus Philadelphia, the play-ins proceeded mostly as expected. Chengdu Hunters were eliminated by the favored Guangzhou Charge, giving the Charge a shot against the Seoul Dynasty. Unfortunately for Charge fans, Seoul Dynasty have plans to redeem themselves after failing to meet expectations last season. The Dynasty’s convincing 4-1 rout of the Charge give them a strong start to the post-season and a much-needed confidence boost.

The most exciting match of the weekend had to be the marathon match that was Shanghai Dragons versus London Spitfire. Shanghai have made a habit of grabbing headlines this season, and they have maintained that reputation all the way to their final match on Saturday. The Dragons faced a 0-2 deficit early on, but managed to end up even at 3-3 after seven maps (the teams tied on King’s Row). As the match went on, London’s objective became clear: shut down Shanghai’s star DPS player, Yang “Dding” Jin-Hyeok. After eight maps (an Overwatch League record!) the Spitfire emerged victorious. They are sure to be hungry for a repeat of last year’s Grand Finals triumph.

With the Seoul Dynasty and London Spitfire surviving the Play-in this weekend, the stage is set for the double-elimination playoffs next week. The tournament will commence this Thursday with a heavyweight bout between the Vancouver Titans and Seoul Dynasty at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Disney XD and Twitch.

Ryan Hoskins
Ryan Hoskins
Ryan is an esports journalist and coach. When he's not coaching or writing, he enjoys shoutcasting and playing League of Legends and Overwatch. Outside of esports and gaming, Ryan enjoys playing soccer and reading classic literature.