SAN FRANCISCO SHOCK
Wow. Truly, wow! Most Esports organizations never accomplish what we accomplished last weekend. Two days highlighted by two championships, including the SF Shock’s first Stage Championship in the Overwatch League!
The Shock’s journey began last year, when we assembled a team, built not just for season 1, but for the long haul. That team was centered around two young studs; Sinatraa and Super, now the face of the Overwatch League, who were not age eligible to play until the mid point of the inaugural season. Over time we have added new stand out players and hands down the best coaching staff in the game. And it all came together on Sunday. Not only did we complete an undefeated regular stage, dropping zero maps; we broke records and powered through Shanghai and Hangzhou for a chance at $200,000 and Grand Finals revenge on the Vancouver Titans who beat us in a thrilling 7 map match to win the Stage 1 Championship.
All eyes were on our players, our team, and our org as the boys battled in front of the live audience, Twitch stream, and viewers on ABC network television (for the second time that weekend and the third time in a week!). We started strong on Lijiang, finishing the map 2 rounds to 0. Things got tight after the boys dropped the next two maps, but the team was not phased. After character defining come back wins on Gibraltar and Oasis, the Shock were one win away from the title. With amazing plays from all our guys, including Rookie of the Year candidate Viol2t, we closed out Blizzard world by shutting the Titans out of point 2 to become Stage 2 Overwatch League Champions!!!! The raw emotion was visible on the faces of everyone involved and for good reason. This was a long time coming, with a lot of planning and grinding along the way. The Shock are now the #1 ranked Overwatch team in the world, but we are not done yet.
Now we set our sights on the Stage 3 Championship and then, hopefully, the Overwatch League Grand Finals in Philadelphia! The OWL will be on break until June 6th, but don’t miss our boys Sinatraa, Super, and Viol2t in the All-Star games this coming Thursday! And if you’re in the area, stop by the Oakland Esports Arena for our championship celebration, watch party, and community game night sponsored by GameStop that will include a live AMA with our CEO Andy Miller and GM Chris Chung! RSVP here: bit.ly/sfallstar
But NRG was not done. Not even close. Our Rocket League team also went undefeated through the season and they too played for a championship last weekend. GarrettG, Fireburner, and Jstn went 7-0 in RLCS Season 7 AND swept every major stat category! Oh, and did we mention Jstn got MVP? And as the #1 seed in the playoffs, the team started their run in semifinals, meaning they needed to get two wins in a row to win it all. Our ridiculously talented trio started strong by sweeping Rogue 4-0 and went on to play NRG nemisis Cloud 9 in the finals. At first it looked like we were going to shut them out easily, but in game 3 Cloud 9 put up one last fight, taking us into the longest overtime in Rocket League history! It lasted 11 minutes 12 seconds, beating the previous OT record by three full minutes?!?! After Garrett finally got the winning goal in game 3, we rolled them in game 4 to win the championship, a #1 World Ranking and complete a perfect season that will go down in the Rocket League record books!
To cap off the memorable weekend, the Fortnite Qualifier Finals featured our top talent, Zayt, Symfuhny, and Mr. Savage, who all looked to clinch a spot in the World Cup! With a finish in the top spot in EU standings on the line, Savage won a spot in solos, making history with Benjy as the first duo in the world to double qualify for NYC World Cup as both a a solo and a duo! Zayt also came up big and won a spot in the NA East server, making NRG the first Organization to double qualify 3 players in the Fortnite World Cup. Stay tuned to NRG social for more World Cup action this week as we look to qualify more players and further distance ourselves from the field!
NRG never sleeps, and neither does our amazing org who keep social media burning, pumps out our videos and manages and coach our teams. This historic week was truly a team effort. One in which the org, our sponsors, our players, our investors and the fans can be very proud of!