The second week of Overwatch contenders start this weekend and today we're looking at two more of the most interesting matches happening.
Team Envyus vs faze clan
Both teams coming off deleting their opponents, Team Envyus and Faze clan are facing off this weekend for potentially first in the regular season. Let's dig into it shall we?
Envy is currently looking like they haven't lost a step since their exit from APEX. In fact they look almost better, more time with their new teammate definitely helping. Effect looked damn near unstoppable last week, killing flankers and D.Va with brutal efficiency, his Doomfist getting 3 ultimates in one round of control, two of which got kills and the third indirectly giving him the lonely Zenyatta you see above. His bash brother Taimou also went on a killing spree, +18 with his kill/death ratio. Envy also seemed to use a modified version of the anti-dive composition made popular by the team Miraculous Youngster, keeping their less mobile DPS and support far behind a Renhardt shield where it's harder for the diving flankers from Immortals to get out once they're in.
One weak point for the team I saw was one they've been having a lot recently, which is Mickie's play. Defense Matrix almost seems wasted on a player like Mickie because of how aggressive he plays, which is a very high risk/high reward game. It works when when you have comps like his support teammate HarryHook flexing onto the Soldier 76, giving the other support peel and protection. Other times it leaves his teammates dead much earlier then they should be and him without any backup. Faze will definitely be looking to exploit this and we'll see how it works out Sunday.
On the other side we have Faze Clan, fresh off beating FNRGFE to death with their own corndog logo. This was a different Faze than what we are used to seeing, this Faze looks like it could live up to the promise that they have. New addition Carpe had a 74/37 kill/death ratio, literally doubling himself, which you know, cool. Support player Rawkus was on point with the healing, keeping players like FCTFCTN alive when they got deep into the enemy backline. When they had a plan for their ultimate usage it was absolutely beautiful, making FNRGFE look goofy.
I say "had a plan" because a lot of the time Faze did not look they had one. When FNRGFE managed to put some resistance up Faze looked like they just went scatterbrained and forgot what game they were playing. Faze looks to be using their talent at the game to compensate for not running a play or when a play is sniffed out. This cannot happen against a team of Envy's caliber if they want to take a hold of the top of the regular season. Look for Envyus to pressure them early to get them scrambling and fighting for their lives.
eunited vs cloud 9
Let's be honest, both of these teams got curb stomped. Misfits vs Cloud 9 looked like Jon Jones fighting an infant. Team Gigantti made eUnited pass out at the keyboard, in other words, week one wasn't kind to these to teams. There are legit excuses here for both eUnited and C9, both having multiple players in the World Cup and not as much time to practice, but it doesn't cover for stat lines like Crems being the closest to having a positive kill/death ratio on Cloud 9. Speaking of kills, the duo of Kyb and Nevix of C9 did not get many of them, with Kyb only managing 14 kills and Nevix only 29, with only 25 and 15 ultimates used respectively. A bright spot was the play of Crems, not being too under the negative line for kill/death and getting many entry kills on defensive stands.
Cloud 9 again made some big roster moves after week one, picking up Sinatraa, Fischer, Neptuno, Space, Silkthread and Zombs to the roster. They also look to have cut Kyb, Crems, and Crusade, but looking good coming out of it, week two should show us if they can pull it together quickly. Sinatraa is probably the second, if not the first best Tracer in Contenders, behind Effect, so he is definitely a great pick up for the team. Space is a good flex player to give them a game or two on a third DPS if necessary. This new look will be tested immediately though, as eUnited should be bouncing back after their own drubbing.
eUnited got hit over the head with a shovel last week, by a heavily prepared Team Gigantti. They have the small pass of a good amount of their team not having time to practice because of the World Cup, but they acted like they've never played together before at some points last week. eUnited, as we all know, is better than this, with players like Kruise trying to stop the Titanic from sinking with awesome solo plays, ending with a 0 on his kill/death ratio.
eUnited is going to bounce back, that's for sure, but how well is yet to be seen. eUnited has their fare share of problems to sort out first. They are struggling with dealing with entry kills, if you kill one of them first, the rest go right after them or they retreat without seeing if they pull it back to their favor. This leads to them feeding ultimate charge without taking any of the enemy team with them, which then leads to more bad team fights with ultimates now. With the new lineup of C9 including opportunistic players like Sinatraa, this cannot be a persistent issue as it will lead to a Tracer Pulse Bombing them every time they come out of spawn. I'm looking forward to this match-up as both of these teams are gonna be looking for a handhold to climb back up out of the hole they dug themselves into.
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Stats sourced from Winsonslab.com