The Shanghai Dragons win Overwatch League Stage 3

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The Shanghai Dragons win Overwatch League stage 3

The San Francisco Shock lose 4-3 to the almost completely Korean roster

The Shanghai Dragons have won their first stage championship, becoming the Overwatch League stage three champions following a hard fought battle. They defeated the San Francisco Shock after playing seven maps to achieve a score of 4-3, earning them $200,000 in prize money.

To think that the Dragons barely secured the last spot in the stage three playoffs, only to defeat all three of the league's best teams. They broke the New York Excelsior's stage three undefeated streak in the quarterfinals, took out stage one champions the Vancouver Titans and the San Francisco Shock were the third top team. 

A surprise roster swap from the Shock in round one map Oasis couldn't deny the Dragons' win thanks to Bae “Diem” Min-seong’s Widowmaker. Returning to their regular roster and picking Numbani as the second map, the Shock failed to take all three points, giving the Dragons their second win. The Shock went on to lose their control map, Horizon Lunar Colony. 

Things turned around after the Shock chose Havana, preventing the Dragons from taking a single point due to great coordination. They followed this up with another win against the Dragons' DPS composition on control map Ilios. Choosing Eichenwalde, the Dragons lost a very close match even though both teams had pushed through three points. 

Things were tied at 3-3, with the Shock expecting a reverse weep while the Dragons fought to deny them. Picking Dorado, the Dragons gained control of the map's long sightlines thanks to Jinhyeok "DDing" Yang's Pharah and Minseong "Diem" Bae's Widowmaker. The Shock barely pushed past point A while the Dragons bypassed it during their attack phase, earning them their 4-3 victory. 

I’ve been a pro gamer for the past five years and this is the only time that I’ve actually won a big tournament… in my career,” said the Dragons main tank, Noh “Gamsu” Yeong-jin in a post-game interview.

Stage four, the last in OWL's current season will begin on July 20 when we expect to see new comps and strategies, thanks to the 2-2-2 role lock that will be taking effect then. 


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