Spark win sea­son de­feat by knocking off Hun­ters

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

HANGZHOU: The Hangzhou Spark kicked off their sea­son with a bang, com­ing back to take a 3-2 re­verse sweep against the Chengdu Hun­ters on Satur­day. This was the first se­ries of the year for both teams, whose de­buts had been de­layed due to the coro­n­avirus out­break.

The Hun­ters (0-1) came out strong, win­ning Ilios 2-1. Chengdu ran dive com­po­si­tions for the open­ing rounds of Ilios be­fore DPS Hu “JinMu” Yi broke out his sig­na­ture Pharah and laid waste to the Spark. Though Chengdu only picked up two points on Do­rado, JinMu’s Pharah car­ried the Hun­ters to a 2-0 shutout win to put Chengdu up 2-0 go­ing into the break.

Af­ter the break, the Spark (1-0) would bounce

back. Strong play from DPS Kyeong-bo “GodsB” Kim and main tank Xu “guxue” Qi­ulin would lead the Spark to a 3-2 win on Num­bani and a 3-2 win on Paris.

In the tiebreaker map on Oa­sis, de­spite good per­for­mances from JinMu and Chengdu main tank Ding “Ameng” Meng­han, who was a con­sis­tent me­nace on Wreck­ing Ball, Hangzhou held firm and took a 2-1 map to wrap up a 3-2 se­ries win.

Mean­while, The Los An­ge­les Glad­i­a­tors picked up their first win of the year by post­ing a 3-1 vic­tory over the de­fend­ing Over­watch League cham­pi­onSan Fran­cisco Shock. San Fran­cisco (1-1) ran a va­ri­ety of line­ups in this se­ries, uti­liz­ing its deep bench to vary­ing suc­cess. Los An­ge­les ran fairly con­sis­tent line­ups, swap­ping DPS play­ers in and out de­pend­ing on the map.

For the Glad­i­a­tors (1-1), the tank duo of Min-seok “OGE” Son and Indy “SPACE” Halpern were the big­gest con­trib­u­tors to the win. OGE and SPACE led Los An­ge­les to a 2-0 win on Ilios and a re­sound­ing 1-0 full-hold win on Route 66 to go up 2-0 into the break. San Fran­cisco would come back some­what, tak­ing Num­bani 3-2 and ty­ing Vol­skaya In­dus­tries 33,

but the Glad­i­a­tors would come roar­ing back on Con­trol, tak­ing Oa­sis 2-0 and se­cur­ing the se­ries win. The win moves Los An­ge­les Glad­i­a­tors into 10th place while it drops San Fran­cisco to 11th.

In other Chi­nese team ac­tion, the Shang­hai Dragons (1-0) de­mol­ished the Guangzhou Charge 3-0. Led by the de­but­ing DPS Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim, who came over from the Seoul Dy­nasty, Shang­hai took a 2-1 win on Nepal, 3-2 win on Route 66, and 21 on Eichen­walde. Fleta’s Mei was on point; us­ing her Ice Wall abil­ity to split up the Charge (0-1) and win fights be­fore they could truly even be­gin.

Mean­while, the Seoul Dy­nasty (1-0) picked up a clean 3-0 win over the Los An­ge­les Valiant (1-2). Led by new ac­qui­si­tions Joon-yeong “Profit” Park on DPS, Jae-hee “Ges­ture” Hong on tank and on sup­port, Seoul soared to a con­vinc­ing win. The Dy­nasty took Nepal 2-0, Do­rado 2-1, and capped things off with a 3-2 win on Eichen­walde.

Fi­nally, the Toronto Defiant (2-4) picked up a 3-1 win over the Bos­ton Up­ris­ing (1-5) in a bat­tle of teams near the bot­tom of the stand­ings. Toronto took Bu­san 2-0, Rialto 1-0, and, af­ter los­ing Hol­ly­wood 3-0, took Hana­mura 2-1 to se­cure the win. — Reuters

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