The MRO Overwatch: Open - Underdogs vs Euphoria Gaming Match Recap

In another day filled with lopsided victories, the match we look at today is not one that was very entertaining score-wise, but did provide a lot of great moments and provided a  showcase of why Underdogs managed to get a solid 3-1 match score throughout the evening. While getting shredded in their first series by Paradigm6 (which you can’t blame them for, as they are as of yet undefeated in the tournament!) they quickly bounced back and proceeded to win their next three series in a very similar way. Underdogs have a fairly solid all around lineup, with Vortex being one of the most consistent DPS players we’ve seen during the night and the deep champion pools of Bullz and Smokeyy. Their, albeit arguably, most prolific player is the Reinhardt player Savagebeast. Known for an incredibly aggressive, hit-or-miss play-style when he plays Reinhardt (or any other champion, for that matter), he counts on the rest of his team to follow through on his head-on charges. Which, generally, they do very well. This play-style of Underdogs immediately shows in their first game on King’s Row, where they death-ball up and charge straight into Euphoria Gaming through the hotel, easily capping the first point. In the streets leading up to the second point, Savagebeast pins Necron with a charge and proceeds to Earthshatter the entire team of Euphoria. A short pause due to a disconnect notwithstanding, the rest of the game was fairly straightforward as Underdogs outclassed Euphoria Gaming on all levels, only dropping the first point. The second game on Dorado saw the payload getting pushed a bit further with a really nice overtime play by Killylelee and Kalzerk, whose Nano-visor proved to be too hard to deal with. Ending up just past the second point, things were looking up for Euphoria. Unfortunately, in a fairly straightforward second half of the map, Underdogs pushed through and claimed a 2-0 victory.

The MRO Overwatch: Open - Project Eversio vs Paradigm6 Match Recap

The clash between the two Maltese powerhouses, Project Eversio and Paradigm6, was without a doubt a highly anticipated game. The first encounter of the match saw us heading to Eichenwalde which to everyone’s surprise had just been patched and adjusted as experienced in recent weeks on the PTR server, with changes having being made to the second checkpoint’s gate.On the first chokepoint, we finally saw the first Torbjorn of the tournament, with Zwei of Paradigm6 pulling it out and using it effectively to hold the point until only sixteen seconds were left. This left Project Eversio with little time to push the payload to the second checkpoint. Paradigm6 made them sweat for it, having a five man resurrection from their Mercy keep them up on the defending side to force Project Eversio back at the last minute. However, with a last second effort they got the payload through to the second checkpoint on overtime, pushing it a further 45.65m before dropping and switching to the defending side.After the switch to defence, Project Eversio weren’t planning on giving Paradigm6 an easy run, with the attacking side also taking up till the final thirty seconds to cap the first checkpoint. This however would mean the complete collapse of Project Eversio’s defense as Paradigm6 then bulldozed their way through the 2nd checkpoint and final range cap to win the first map and take a 1-0 lead.The next round saw us going into Lijang Tower, our second king of the hill map of the tournament so far.  Being two teams that are considered virtual equals in skill, we expected a heavily contested close encounter. However, Paradigm6 were determined to show up strong and show their dominance.The first round came down to the wire with a last percent finish for Paradigm6 to take it home. The next two rounds saw Project Eversio’s PKmlt switch to McRee as a counter to Paradigm6’s star player Got1ke’s Tracer. This however wasn’t enough, as they swept the next two rounds to take it to a 3-0 win and overall 2-0, to win the match and be currently placed first in the standings with four wins and no losses.

The MRO Overwatch: Open - Project Eversio vs EvH Match Recap

To provide additional coverage of The MRO Overwatch: Open, we will be releasing a recap of the most interesting matches we will be having! For the very first featured game, we will be looking at Project Eversio vs EvH. Although both rosters have undergone some changes since the last AOC MCS: Masters Overwatch Tournament, the match between the third and second place team respectively was one we were greatly looking forward to. Unfortunately, like most of the games that day, it turned out to be a rather one sided affair. Project Eversio had previously swept Entropy with a quick 2-0, and surprisingly enough they were able to repeat this versus EvH. On the first map, Dorado, EvH's offense proved to be unable to break through, especially the supports of Project Eversio. A plethora of heroes was used on the side of EvH (D.VA, Widowmaker and Reaper were all seen, in conjunction with the regular roster of Reinhardt, Soldier 76, Lucio and Ana) and they even employed some unconventional offensive plays. However, in the end all effort was halted by Cin on Ana and Serenity on Lucio, defending the payload extremely close near the second capture point for an extended time versus Z4mbu on Reaper and Soulkilla on D.VA. Lacking the time to cap the second point, EvH had to yield the first map to Project Eversio as they easily pushed the cart throughout Dorado in the second half, with some interesting Widow versus Widow sniper battles and a Pharmercy combo being used by Project Eversio.The second map, Numbani, turned out to be a pretty straightforward 3-1 for Project Eversio, where their standard play proved to be stronger than what EvH was able to bring. A personal highlight here was the flanking play made by Yumadrebel, where he spent a good amount of time crouched into a corner, before surprising EvH and hitting a 4 man Earthshatter. Regardless, while the score seems somewhat lopsided, the actual games had EvH show some real promise. Although Project Eversio will be the team to beat with an extremely strong showing on the first day, they did not seem invincible. Tune in on February 28th at 20:00 CET to see the second day of The MRO Overwatch: Open! 

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