One of the more interesting Overwatch events to go on in the game’s short history, OGN’s Overwatch APEX Season 1, is halfway through it’s Playoffs, with the Quarterfinals having been completed just hours ago. The eight teams who made it there, REUNITED, Afreeca Freecs, BK Stars, LW Blue, Rogue, Team EnVyUs, Lunatic-Hai, and KongDoo Uncia had a long way to go at the beginning of their respective best of 5 series. In the end, only four out of the eight teams remained. The ones who managed to get there were surprising, very surprising in some cases.
The first match of the Quarterfinals was played between REUNITED and Afreeca Freecs Blue. It took five maps, but after winning Lijiang Tower, Temple of Anubis, and Hollywood, AF.Blue managed to win. REUNITED did take some bites out of their opponents however, winning Numbani and Route 66. The interesting thing was that no team won two maps in a row in this match, it was a constant emotional roller-coaster.
Up next, BK Stars weren’t in the mood to go through what AF.Blue had to go through in their own match against LW Blue. Instead, they just took 2 points on Nepal, not giving up any, brought the payload to the end on King’s Row, didn’t manage to stop their opponents from doing the same and successfully attacked the point in the tiebreaker, and then rolled their opponents over on Volskaya Industries, taking both points with 4m18s left on the clock, giving up only one point to their opponents.
That is when craziness started. Team EnVyUs, one of the, if not THE, best teams in the world against Rogue. A match fit for the Finals of any Overwatch event in the world. It happened so early because Rogue picked EnVyUs as their opponents, probably because of the fact that one of the cornerstones of the team, Ronnie “Talespin” DuPree, left the team, making the org bring in a substitute, Pangphap “Mickie” Rattanasangohod, who played for Thailand in the Overwatch World Cup.
Due to the need for a new player and short notice of the whole thing, the EnVyUs players had to shuffle some things around. Their Lucio, Jonathan “HarryHook” Tejedor Rua had to play DPS, for example. Timo “Taimou” Kettunen also used Roadhog more than once, to great effect, which Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka played Lucio.
Rogue’s plan to play a weakened Team EnVyUs instead of the very strong KongDoo Uncia, turned against them. While the series was very intense, going to two Sudden Deaths, nV actually managed to win. Yes, they got their usual wins on Assault maps, however, EnVyUs proved to be a little bit better overall, winning the last map of the series, Eichenwalde with 2 out of the 3 objectives vs. Rogue’s 1.
The final Quarterfinals match was between one of the tournament’s favorites, Lunatic-Hai and KongDoo Uncia. Most people were expecting LH to win the series, however, KDU managed to surprise by sweeping their opponents 3-0 on Lijiang Tower, Numbani, and Temple of Anubis.
In the Semifinals, played on the 23rd and 25th of November, AF.Blue will face BK Stars and Team EnVyUs will try to make a miracle happen once again, this time against KongDoo Uncia. Hopefully, the matches will be more like the one between Rogue and nV, and not like the ones between Lunatic-Hai and KongDoo Uncia. Who doesn’t like exciting fights where one team barely comes out ahead and celebrates a hard-won victory?