Shanghai Dragons win the Overwatch League Summer Showdown

Shanghai Dragons are one step closer to building a dynasty after winning against Chengdu Hunters in Overwatch League Summer Showdown tournament. With the final score 4-1, the Dragons got their second championship in the 2021 season.

Last month, the Dragons completed a series of wild comebacks to beat Dallas Fuel in Jous June. This time, Shanghai faces chaotic and adaptable Chengdu Hunters who force the Dragons to think outside the box in both hero selection and composition.

With this win, the Shanghai Dragons join the 2018 New York Excelsior, currently the only two teams to win an arena championship or head-to-head tournament in league history.

The Wild Summer Grand Showdown Finals kicked off with back-and-forth maps and both teams proving they’re here to win. The control map of Ilios benefits Chengdu Hunters thanks to his flexible support Zhou “Mmonk” Xiang, who surprised with Zenyatta and Ana’s playstyle.

However, Anubis was a different experience for Hunters. They took point A with impressive speed, but the Shanghai Dragons held on to point B long enough to prevent the completion of the entire map and ultimately win. The third map Eichenwalde was a similar scene, with the Hunters making impressive strides only to be stopped by Shanghai’s stellar DPS players.

Chengdu’s lineup is often seen as the arbiter of chaos, and nowhere is that more obvious than the team’s choice of the Escort map, Route 66. Instead of going for the “typical” composition for the East Region , they go in a hurry for the offensive round, borrowing North America’s favorite meta. Unfortunately, they once again hit Shanghai’s solid wall of damage before completing the map, and the Dragons took a 3-1 lead.

For the final formation, which is Nepal, the Hunters brought in expert clearance Ding “Ameng” Menghan to eliminate Shanghai’s solid attacks. The first round was a fierce head-to-head with both teams giving their all, but the map – and series – ended with a surprising twist. Just as they had a chance to reclaim Nepal Village, the Chengdu Hunters finished in extra time, and the Shanghai Dragons were awarded a second championship on a silver plate.

Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun, DPS star of Shanghai and 2020 Overwatch League MVP, awarded Player of the Match for his dominance and versatility on multiple heroes like Reaper and Echo.

As the winner of the Summer Showdown, the Shanghai Dragons will take home $100,000. They also earned three “league points,” which will count toward the post-season standings. The Chengdu Hunters won two tournament points and $70,000 as the tournament’s runner-up.

Let the players and staff rest, no Overwatch Tournament games will be played next weekend. The final round of this season, the Countdown Cup, begins on July 30.

Shanghai Dragons win the Overwatch League Summer Showdown


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