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Seoul Dynasty dominates, San Francisco Shock impress in day 1 of Overwatch Leauge Preseason

Day 1 of the Overwatch League Preseason has just ended, and while it remains to be seen if Blizzard’s big esports league lives up to the hype, what’s sure is that the first set of matches provided great Overwatch action for fans. At the end of day 1, San Francisco Shock and the Los Angeles Valiant impressed, while Seoul Dynasty dominated in their series as expected.

The first series of the day was supposed to be Florida Mayhem against Philadelphia Fusion. Though the Philly squad announced before the preseason that they will not be able to participate in the show matches. Because of this Florida Mayhem were matched up against San Francisco Shock.

Florida Mayhem vs. San Francisco Shock

Shock dominated the first two games on Dorado and Temple of Anubis, thanks to excellent plays by their DPS player Andrej “babybay” Francisty. Mayhem put up more of a fight in Game 3 on Oasis, but it was Shock that still pulled out the win in the end to take the series. Though the fourth game on Eichenwalde was still played, and Mayhem at least got a point in the board.

Los Angeles Valiant vs. San Francisco Shock

After winning the first series of the day, Shock was matched up against another California-based team in the Los Angeles Valiant. Unlike their previous opponents, Valiant put up more of a fight against Shock; the LA team won a close first game on Junkertown thanks to an epic Dragonblade by their DPS player Ted “silkthread” Wang.

Shock answered with two close wins on Horizon and Illios, and the team looked to take the series in Game 4 on Numbani. While Valiant was down 1-2, the team was still able to regroup and claim Numbani led by former Rogue player Terence “SoOn” Tarlier.

While the series so far had very close and exciting rounds, the fifth and deciding game on Lijiang Tower was a more one-sided affair. Playing two series in quick succession seems to have taken a toll on Shock, as Valiant dominated the San Francisco team en route to a 2-0 victory. With their win, Valiant took the series 3-2

Seoul Dynasty vs Shanghai Dragons

The last series of the day was Seoul Dynasty against Shanghai Dragons. Dynasty are one of the favorites to win it all in Season 1 (as the team consists of Lunatic-Hai/LW Red players), and they showed why in their preseason show match. They dominated their Chinese opponents with a 4-0 victory, thanks to excellent plays by Jin-hyuk “Miro” Gong and Seok-woo “Wekeed” Choi.

While Dragons put up respectable attack rounds in Games 1 and 2 on Dorado and Anubis, Dynasty was still one step ahead throughout. Games 3 and 4 on Oasis and Eichenwalde meanwhile, were stomps in favor of the Korean team.

There are still a lot more games to come in the Overwatch Leauge preseason, three of which will be played tomorrow, December 8, starting at 6:00am PHT. The first of the three series will be LA Gladiators vs London Spitfire. The other matches are fan-favorites Dallas Fuel vs. Houston Outlaws, and New York Excelsior against Boston Uprising.

You can watch the games tomorrow live on the Overwatch League website, or on Major League Gaming.