Stage 3 said a lot about who we are. With the meta shifting, the Shock lost a couple of matches earlier in the stage and everyone began to doubt the Stage 2 champs. In fact, by the time Stage 3 playoffs rolled around we were inexplicably touted as “underdogs”. But the squad built off of our stage 1 runner-up and stage 2 championship experiences, stayed together as a unit, worked with the coaching staff and easily took down Seoul Dynasty in the opening round of the playoffs! Next up was the LA Valiant in the semis as we destroyed our in-state rivals with a 4-0 sweep to advance to a record-tying third straight Stage finals and another victory to hold on to the Cal Cup. So it was onto the stage finals where we met the Shanghai Dragons, a squad that had downed all the other top seeds in the tournament with their unpredictable strats and DPS comps.
After gambling with a brand new starting line up the boys quickly found themselves down 0-3 in the best of seven series. With no answer and a series sweep at hand, our boys dug down deep. An impressive hold on Havana highlighted a hard fought comeback that saw us roll map after map back on the Dragons and tie the score at 3 games a piece. With a national tv audience on espn2 glued to their screen, word spread of the game 7 on twitch and the streaming audience spiked 50% in the last 30 minutes of the match. For the second time this season, Game 7 would decide the Stage champs for the Shock! It was a close affair, but Shanghai took Dorado (the map they chose) and they now hold the title of Stage 3 champions.
Even with a loss, the Shock did indeed show the world exactly who we are; the most consistent team in Overwatch and clearly the best team throughout the first three stages. No doubts. The league is shaking things up and changing the way the game will be played in Stage 4 so our team has a lot of work ahead, but we are confident and prepping every day to be ready to show the world we are #heretostay and reach the Grand Finals in September in Philly. See u there!
While the Overwatch League Stage 3 playoffs were happening in Burbank, the CSGO boys were going hard at the invite only Blast Pro Series down the road in LA. Tarik even took some time to show his support for the Shock! It was a long weekend of competing nonstop that began with four best of one matches soon Day 1. The boys had a few back and forth affairs but placed second when the dust settled and qualified for the semis on Sunday. Our semifinals game was against Faze, and it was close, but our squad didn’t get it done and ended up getting knocked out. The semifinals curse continues, but we have no doubt that once Stanislaw gets firmly in the mix (Blast was only their 2nd tourney together) our boys will break free of it soon! Our path to the MAJOR starts this week with the American Minors qualifier. Stay tuned...
Big weekend as BenjyFishy, Savage, and Zayt competed in the cash cup trios. On Saturday Benjy and Savage took home 5th alongside Mongraal. Zayt shot to the top of the leaderboard with Saf and Bizzle and later remained at the top Sunday winning North American bragging rights. We are also just getting back from a terrific shoot with BenjyFishy and his mom in their hometown of England. We look forward to sharing that story socially soon!
On July 8th we welcomed the newest member of the NRG fam into the world! Congrats to our art director Gomey on becoming a dad to baby Leighton. #NRGFam. And, if you are in the area, make sure you catch our very own Nairo, GarrettG, and Nevix at the Cal State Fair this weekend! For more information, see the event site. They will also be heading to the Giants vs. Cubs game on Monday to help promote their upcoming gaming night, NRG and tickets for Shock home matches in 2020! We know Tiesto is ready...