The Overwatch League (OWL) held its May Melee tournaments over the weekend, and they were full of exciting plays and surprises. There were two tournament brackets, the North American bracket and the Asian bracket, and the San Francisco Shock and Shanghai Dragons came out on top. Here’s how it went down.
The North America May Melee bracket had more teams than the Asia bracket, and it had one big surprise in the second round. The first round went pretty much as expected though, with the Paris Eternal beating the Boston Uprising, the Atlanta Reign knocking out the Toronto Defiant, the Los Angeles Gladiators winning against the Washington Justice, and the Dallas Fuel winning the battle for Texas.
The big surprise came in the second round of the May Melee when the Florida Mayhem beat the Atlanta Reign 3-1. The Mayhem then proceeded to really shock everyone with a 3-1 victory over the top team in the OWL standings, the Philadelphia Fusion, and make it to the final game.
The San Francisco Shock dominated the top half of the bracket. They took out Dallas and then the Los Angeles Valiant to make it to the finals against Florida. Florida put up a good fight, starting by taking Blizzard World and Junkertown off the reigning OWL champions, but ended up losing 4-2 in the best-of-seven. The Shock continue to prove to everyone that they don’t need former OWL MVP Jay “Sinatraa” Won to succeed as a team.
The Asia bracket only had seven teams, but four of them look like serious contenders in the league. The three weaker teams were knocked out in the first round. The Hangzhou Spark lost 3-0 to the Seoul Dynasty, the Chengdu Hunters lost 3-2 to the New York Excelsior, and the London Spitfire lost 3-2 to the Shanghai Dragons.
Seoul and Shanghai won in the second round to face off in a fantastic final series. It looked like Seoul had the series in the bag after going up 3-0 from the first three maps. Shanghai managed to make a brilliant hold on Watchpoint Gibraltar and begin to turn the series around. They took Busan convincingly and then pulled off an incredible reverse sweep by winning close games on King’s Row and Junkertown.
If you didn’t get to catch the Overwatch May Melee games over the weekend, be sure to go back and check out the videos, especially the series between Seoul and Shanghai!