BlossoM Secures the Top Spot at OWC Contenders 2018: Trials Korea with Win over WGS H2

The former management team behind the GC Busan organization back before they were members of the London Spitfire, seemed to have put together another up-and-coming squad. BlossoM will now get a chance to compete in Overwatch Contenders Korea and based on the talent from two main DPS-players, to Swoon and his impressive Zenyatta, this team could be dangerous.

Securing the undefeated trials record tonight came at the hands of strong team play, shutting down World Game Star H2, who’s also being promoted to challengers. The three other teams are MVP Space, who finished second overall, and GC Busan Wave, meaning Meta Athena will miss out on a promotion. Meta Athena, one of the more consistent organizations in Overwatch, lost out by one map win. The +8 map differential was one behind WGS H2’s +9.

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The surge of Blossom in trials has made it more difficult on teams like Meta Athena and other teams looking to qualify. Even after huge turnover of player and coaching staff this year: losing Gambler to Seoul Dynasty, and their former head coach Agape to the London Spitfire; The Blossom are improving at an impressive rate. On top of all that, Blossom was one of the teams involved in boosting, resulting in a few former players being released from the team.

The addition of Ans, who has arguably been their best player in Trials on Widowmaker, loosened the load for everyone. Also adding LIP as a late addition heading into Trials worked out tremendously for Blossom, as he slotted in nicely as the fill-in damage main aside Ans’s Widow. In reality, the two tanks are the ones responsible for such a dominating effort in Trials. Both SeeYa and Mineral did nothing but create space for that newly added backline. It was a culmination of the spacing, aiming, and execution that led to the 7-0 record.

It’s clear this team has taken massive jumps in coordination and skills since the few appearance we saw of them in April. The overall team record is only 8-4. Only 12 matches on record and this team is now looking like a real threat to make even more improvements heading into Contenders.

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Tweek the latest Bayonetta to win a 2GG Event

In Tweek’s most recent results, dating back to the latter half of 2017, there’s a distinct upshift in his overall placings. Since he first dabbled in the Bayo waters at The Big House 7, Tweek has gone on to win four major events with Bayonetta, including the supermajor this weekend: 2GG: Hyrule Saga.

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In fact, Tweek’s switch is almost directly in response to Salem’s winning streak over his Cloud. Salem’s Bayonetta eliminated Tweek four times last year and since that time Tweek’s gone 2-0 in the mirror match up and beat him solidly. At Hyrule Saga, Tweek put on quite the performance, handily beating a number of strong opponents throughout the weekend.

With MKLeo bowing out early losing once on Saturday to Japanese Dedede player Zaki, and after managing to reach to reach top eight through the losers bracket, falling to Captain Zack’s Bayonetta in losers quarterfinals. The players who made it through had a rough time dealing with Tweek’s precise Bayonetta spacing.

It’s Tweek’s fourth win of the year, moving into first in the 2GG standings. He continues to improve and more importantly, consistently show up and play a strong game. The number one of the world is still very much up for grabs, and Tweek could be the next player to step into the limelight

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Team Gates Comes From Behind on Day Three to Win the PGI NA Qualifier

When GhostGaming came out of the backstage after it was announced that they finished second overall, after carrying the lead for eleven straight rounds, they carried a look of pure despair. Team Gates, a middling team that doesn’t have any significant wins on the record, played solid PUBG all weekend which allowed them to steal a win away from the top-ranked GhostGaming.

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After GhostGaming barely survived the onslaught of day two, Team Gates seemed to slowly and methodically close the gap between the two.  It wasn’t a heroic kill effort that put Team Gates over the top, but their constant movement towards better positioning and using vehicles safely. TG never matched GhostGaming’s 42-kills one day-one, but no team came close in top-five finishes. TG ended up with six top-five placements and eight top-10.

Luckily, GhostGaming qualifies for the finals in Berlin regardless of losing out on the top prize. Along with those two teams, Honey Badger Nation, who had a very impressive showing, winning a few rounds along the way. Across the board, HBN showed up in a strong way. Five games HBN tallied double-digit kill totals and ended day one with the second highest kill total.

The Next Three Team

SlimeSquad, Cloud 9, Optic, and Tempo Storm, all esteemed teams in North America all missed out by a few hundred points. The problem was the inconsistency with these teams. Take Optic Gaming for example, who had an incredible weekend in terms of placing, but the lack of heavy-kill rounds significantly set them back.

Looking at Wildcard Gaming, they started in last place on day one, dropped the highest kill scores on day two, only to have a conservative total on day three and finish in eigtht. Same goes for The God Squad that dropped 43 total kills today, giving themselves a chance in the end. However, Team Gates was able to do it all and eventually surpass the juggernaut Ghost Gaming to win it all.

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