The second day of the 2020 Overwatch League playoffs is behind us, and it’s the end of the season for another four teams. The 2018 champions London Spitfire, Toronto Defiant, Boston Uprising and Dallas Fuel have all been knocked out. As such, Chengdu Hunters, Los Angeles Gladiators, Atlanta Reign and Washington Justice are all progressing to the next stage.

The Hunters were always likely to be competitive in a meta where shields aren’t favored. Main tank DingAmengMenghan is famed for his terrific Wrecking Ball play, and he won all three maps that he played during the 3-1 win.

As great as Ameng is, the match will probably be best remembered for the Spitfire’s terrible loss of focus while defending on King’s Row, which allowed Ameng to sneak the payload into the final checkpoint — even though he was napping after being hit by a sleep dart. It wouldn’t be the Overwatch League playoffs without a horrible C9, which, poetically enough, is named for the Spitfire’s parent organization Cloud9.

The second match of the day, between Toronto Defiant and Los Angeles Gladiators, was much closer (and more entertaining) as it went all the way to the third point of map five. Ji-hyeok “birdring” Kim was feeling sick and missed out on Illios, which Toronto won. But after he subbed in for ChrisMirroRTrịnh, birdring helped the Gladiators come roaring back to claim Hollywood and Temple of Anubis. The Defiant themselves bounced back to take Dorado.

We saw yet another player best known for playing in the damage role flexing over to tank duties in this match. Justice have been deploying Gui-unDecayJang on Zayra and here, BradyAgilitiesGirardi was on Roadhog for Toronto during the first four maps. Main tank SebnumlockedBarton subbed in for the deciding map, Lijang Tower, but the change didn’t quite pay off as the Gladiators won out.

After that slobberknocker, Friday’s second North American playoffs match saw Atlanta Reign take on Boston Uprising, who surprised many by beating Houston Outlaws on Thursday. If you tuned in at halftime and saw that the Reign were up 2-0, you might have thought they were running away with this one. Both maps were close though, and Boston rallied back to dominate on Volskaya Industries.

But they couldn’t keep the good times rolling, and lost out on Havana to exit the playoffs. The Uprising played well over their two playoffs matches, and after the torrid season they’ve had, they can go into the offseason with their heads held relatively high and start looking forward to 2021.

The final match of the day had a heck of a storyline going into it. Decay left the Fuel in somewhat acrimonious circumstances in August and joined the Justice a week later. I can’t say with complete certainty that he was out for blood when he took on his former teammates, but you can do the math.

This one wasn’t all that close. The Justice won 3-0, but the Fuel didn’t help themselves by opting for strange, firmly off-meta hero picks in Torbjörn on Lijiang Tower and Genji on their Numbani attack. Decay’s probably feeling pretty pleased after helping the Justice dump out the Fuel.

As for what’s next, Chengdu have to make it through one more knockout match on Saturday before they can enter the knockout stages, and it’ll be a tricky one against New York Excelsior. In the day’s other APAC match, Hangzhou Spark will battle Seoul Dynasty.

The North American sides who advanced will go into the double-elimination rounds tomorrow. There’s a stacked lineup of matches as Gladiators will play Philadelphia Fusion, while the resurgent Justice battle one of the Overwatch League’s juggernauts in the San Francisco Shock. Paris Eternal opted to take on the Reign, which means Los Angeles Valiant will revive their rivalry with Florida Mayhem. You can check out the full schedule for all of Saturday’s matches right here.

I cover all things Overwatch, including the Overwatch League, for Forbes. I also currently write about tech, games and entertainment for Engadget.

I cover all things Overwatch, including the Overwatch League, for Forbes. I also currently write about tech, games and entertainment for Engadget.

I’m a Scottish expat who lives in Canada with my partner and many, many plants. Email me tips (or just to say hi) at kris [at] and follow me on Twitter @krisholt


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