Another stage, another spot in the Overwatch League Playoffs secured for our boys from the Bay. On Thursday, we played one of the most exciting matches of the stage against the Chengdu Hunters. We got to see a lot of Sinatraa’s Sombra as well as the fattest shatter bomb combo on Eichenwalde. It was a 5 map thriller of a match that the unconventional Hunters finally took in the end. But in impressive style, the Shock quickly put that loss behind them to prepare for a playoff clinching match against the defending champion London Spitfire on Sunday.
To celebrate this last match of the stage, fans gathered at the San Jose Improv theater for our South Bay Bash Watch Party paid ticketed event! London put up a good fight, but by map 3 we did what we came to do, clinched a spot in the playoffs, and then proceeded to get the 4-0 sweep! This was an especially big game for Rascal, who got to play against and beat his former teammates for the first time.
Next week we have a bye while the Atlanta Reign host their homestand, but we’ll be back and ready to roll the following week for Stage 3 Playoffs! In the meantime if you need your Shock fix, check out our newest YouTube uploads and look out for our Ballistix Banter series on Twitter! And congratulations to our very own NineK for being chosen as South Korea’s assistant coach for the Overwatch World Cup. Team KR is now in even better hands as he joins Head Coach Crusty on the Shock dominated coaching staff!
HookGangGod and Nairo competed at CEO in Florida last weekend. Hook started off with a double perfect in his first match- as he did not take a single hit of damage on any fighter! He breezed through Top 64 and made it into the Top 16 Winner’s Bracket. Facing a tough lineup of SonicFox and Kazunoko, Hook was unable to advance, ending his run in the Sunshine State.
Nairo started his run on Saturday by winning his pool then dropping to the loser’s bracket. He popped off later that day to earn his way through to Top 16. Then on Sunday he eliminated Wishes to get into Top 8 setting himself up for a CEO wrestling style walkout! His Top 8 fight was against Marss’s Zero Suit, a rival he has battled before. It seemed like Nairo would get the dub this time as it was an exciting fight that went to last stock of game 3. But Marss just barely got the better of our Smash Stud this time and Nairo finished Top 8. The Fighting Game Community takes a little bit of a break in the summer, but stay tuned to NRG Social for their upcoming schedules!
Big things happening org-wide! Congrats to our CSGO boys for reaching Top 5 in HLTV worldwide rankings! This week our new in-game leader Stanislaw joins the boys to play ESL Cologne and you have a chance to get tickets and get up close and personal with them July 13-14 at the Blast Pro Series in Los Angeles! Finally, on the social side, BenjyFishy got his silver play button for 100K YouTube subs! AND he reached number 1 in EU rankings, with Savage not far behind!