SAN FRANCISCO SHOCK
On Sunday, fans gathered at UC Berkeley to watch the San Francisco Shock go for Overwatch League history in Burbank. In the last match of Stage 2, the Shock had a chance to do what no other team has done and what may never be done again; finish the stage perfect…undefeated and with ZERO map losses. With a playoff spot already secured and the #1 seed in the tournament on the line, the stage was set vs. the Shanghai Dragons as we entered the match with a 6-0 record and 24-0 on maps. One match and 4 maps stood in the way of what has now been dubbed the #goldenstage for the Shock.
Shanghai proved to be our toughest opponent thus far in Stage 2 making the boys sweat on King’s Row by pushing us to Round 4 overtime. Time and again the Dragons gave us their best and forced us into a do-or-die scenario where the Shock came through with flawless (and record-breaking) execution! We set the record for fastest round ever completed on Paris…. and then, in overtime, broke our own record to secure the map. In the end, the six Shock starters who held those positions all stage, came through and achieved what no other team has ever done in the history of the Overwatch League; a perfect stage…a Golden Stage!
Now it’s time for the stage 2 playoffs and our journey will begin with a rematch vs Shanghai in the playoffs on Thursday at 6p PT. We must win 3 matches, including a potential rematch vs Vancouver in the finals to capture the $200,000 prize and the Stage 2 Championship so stay tuned to Shock Social throughout the week and #ridethewave with us as we look to complete the greatest stage in OWL history!!!!
Speaking of perfection…
NRG Rocket League went into the final week of the regular season as the last NA team with an undefeated record. With 2 games on Saturday, their perfect season was on the line as they faced rivals Cloud 9 and Rogue. To add even more flavor, a perfect Season 7 in RLCS would mean NRG would be the only team to complete 2 perfect seasons in Rocket League history! Garrett, Fireburner, and JSTN got the job done with a 3-1 victory on Cloud 9 and a 3-2 victory over Rogue in a nail biter series! Oh, and did we mention all three players swept the season ending awards with Justin, Garrett, and Fireburner taking the golden strike, clutch playmaker and savior of the season awards? Amazing! Regional Championships begin this weekend as our RL trio continue their quest to not only win, but to solidify themselves as the clear GOATs in Rocket League history!
Our CSGO boys faced 3 powerhouse opponents at IEM Sydney in Australia last week. First was Fazeclan, who we took out with a dominant 2-0 victory, to earn a spot in the playoffs. Then it was MIBR, who we also swept in 2 rounds to take us to the semifinals. Unfortunately, that is where our journey at IEM Sydney came to an end, in an exciting 3 map series semi-final matchup against Fnatic. We are incredibly proud of what this team continues to accomplish as they have now moved to #8 in the world rankings and will keep grinding until they are #1!
In Fortnite news, Zayt and Saf both qualified for the World Cup in duos earning the #1 spot for North America for New York later this year! This duo was on fire all weekend, and we are pumped to see their hard work pay off with this prestigious LAN! And congrats to BenjyFishy for hitting 50k followers on twitter! This is a huge milestone that shows once again just how much the community loves our Fortnite crew.
Finally, we are extremely excited to announce our partnership with Sneak In-Game Energy! Use code NRG to get a discount for a limited time!