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Excelsior beat Defiant in OWL Countdown Cup qualifiers

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Excelsior beat Defiant in OWL Countdown Cup qualifiers


The New York Excelsior stormed back to beat the Toronto Defiant 3-2 on Friday in the Overwatch League’s Countdown Cup West Region qualifier.

Defiant took control of the first two maps before Excelsior took the final three in the first qualifier for both teams. In other Western matches on Friday, the London Spitfire defeated the Paris Eternal 3-1, while the Los Angeles Gladiators defeated the Florida Mayhem 3-1.

Toronto jumped out to an early lead with wins over Oasis 2-0 and King’s Row 3-2. New York then rallied to take down Dorado 2-1, Colosseo 1-0 and Nepal 2-0.

Spitfire beat Ilios 2-0 and Eichenwalde 2-1. Paris extended the match by winning 3-2 at the Dorado, but London won thanks to a 1-0 victory at New Queen Street.

The Gladiators started with a 2-1 win at Lijiang Tower and a 3-0 rout at Kings Row. After Florida won 3-2 at Route 66, Los Angeles sealed the streak with a 1-0 win at the Colosseo.

The six teams in the West Region that finish the regular season with the most points in the league will advance to the playoffs, while the top three teams in the East Region will do the same.

The remaining spots in each playoff group will be determined as part of the Countdown Cup games on October 14-15 in the East and October 21-22 in the West. The West’s two playoff bids will be handed out through the Countdown Cup, while one East bid will be up for grabs.

The double-elimination playoffs will begin on October 30. The playoffs will culminate in the first in-person Grand Final in three years at the Anaheim (California) Convention Center on November 4. The top prize is $1 million, and the runner-up team will earn $500,000.

Saturday’s qualification consists of six matches:

–Shanghai Dragons vs. Seoul Dynasty (East)

–Chengdu Hunters vs. Guangzhou Charge (East)

–Philadelphia Fusion vs. Los Angeles Valiant (East)

–Vancouver Titans vs. London Spitfire (West)

–San Francisco Shock vs. Washington Justice (West)

–Florida Pogrom vs. Boston Uprising (West)

Overwatch League – Countdown Cup standings with points, match record and map differential (playoff spot won)

West

T1. London Spitfire, 1 point, 1-0, plus-2

T1. Los Angeles Gladiators, 1 point, 1-0, plus-2

T1. Boston Uprising, 1 point, 1-0, plus-2

T1. Dallas Fuel, 1 point, 1-0, plus-2

T5. Atlanta Reign, 1 point, 1-0, plus-1

T5. New York Excelsior, 1 point, 1-0, plus-1

T7. Vancouver Titans, 0 points, 0-0, even

T7. San Francisco Shock, 0 points, 0-0, even

T9. Houston Outlaws, 0 points, 0-1, minus-2

T9. Paris Eternal, 0 points, 0-1, minus-2

T9. Washington Justice, 0 points, 0-1, minus-2

T9. Florida Mayhem, 0 points, 0-1, minus-2

T9. Toronto Defiant, 0 points, 0-2, minus-2

East

1. Seoul Dynasty, 1 point, 1-0, plus-3

2. Chengdu Hunters, 1 point, 1-0, plus-2

T3. Philadelphia Fusion, 0 points, 0-0, even

T3. Shanghai Dragons, 0 points, 0-0, even

T3. Guangzhou Charge, 0 points, 0-0, even

6. Hangzhou Spark, 0 points, 0-1, minus-2

7. Los Angeles Valiant, 0 points, 0-1, minus-3

–Field-level media

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