On August 20th, the second set of matches of Overwatch Contenders Season One began. After an extremely eventful and entertaining first day of play. The remainder of the eligible teams faced off against one another to secure early leads in their respective regions. In the European division, Singularity challenged Season Zero’s second-place squad in 1-2-3, while Bazooka Puppiez squared off with Gamers Origin. Meanwhile, in North America, Kungarna and the Five Hour Energy © Detroit Renegades battled, followed up by FaZe Clan and FNRGFE. While this second day of games wasn’t as star-studded as the first, viewers were able to witness matches of more evenly-placed teams. And it caused for some incredibly enjoyable Overwatch.
The first match
Up first were the teams of Singularity and 1-2-3. Singularity, despite hosting one of the top DPS players at the moment in Kragie, succumbed to the sheer overall talent of the opposing roster. On the side of 1-2-3, Snillo was able to outmatch his DPS counterparts. While the team’s other DPS, Finnsi, was able to clear the waste left in his partner’s wake. Although Singularity suffered a rather disappointing defeat, one particular player who was able to showcase his skills was Nerfdd. He proved to be more than capable of engaging his opponents when he was on Winston. It seems that we’ll have to wait to see if the rest of Singularity will be able to redeem themselves next week. While it wasn’t necessarily a close game, those who watched the game were able to catch a glimpse of the individual prowess possessed by each member of the winning side. The final score saw 1-2-3 earning 4 map wins, with Singularity earning none.
The second match
The second match of the night involved Bazooka Puppiez going up against Gamers Origin. It seems that the loss of their brethren, Laser Kittenz, has had a profound effect of Bazooka Puppiez, as the team seemed overwhelmed by their foes. Leaf on the side of GO was able to put both Genji and, to an extent, Doomfist, to good use. While the DPS for BP were simply nonexistent. All in all, the match could be seen as a litmus test for the addition of Rubikon to the BP lineup. An addition which has not paid off just yet. The final score of this relatively uneventful match was 3-1 in favor of Gamers Origin.
The third match
The third match, and the first of the day for North America, saw Kungarna face off against the 5-Hour Energy © Detroit Renegades. While the two were expected to be evenly matched, it was Kungarna securing the victory after some sketchy antics by Renegades on Volskaya. With only 6 seconds left in the round, Renegades hesitated to move towards the point on Attack. Instead he decided to wait for their Lucio. This gambit proved to be useless, as they were unable to even step foot on the objective. It was a surprising 4-0 for Kungarna at the end of the match.
The final match
The fourth and final match of the day, which perhaps could have been viewed as the main event, had FaZe test their beefed-up squad against FNRGFE. With the addition of Carpe to the starting roster, FaZe was heavily favored to win the match. This is what they ended up doing. Carpe seemed almost untouchable as Tracer, landing pulse bombs one after another, and ultimately carrying the FaZe team to a 3-1 victory.
Despite the lack of major contenders for the role of “next EnVyUs”, these matches certainly proved to be more than worthwhile in regards to entertainment. Next week will bear witness to various standoffs, including underdogs Envision against reigning champions Immortals. Viewers can tune in to the stream at 1:00 P.M. EST on August 26th to watch the first match of the day, being Bazooka Puppiez versus 1-2-3.