I was planning to cover Envision vs. Renegades this week but sometimes real life gets in the way, you know? You don't? I'm typing this on a laptop by myself? Alright, bet.
Saturday we have FNRGFEWTFOFWGKTALOL going up against Rogue in a match-up that has been tightly contested almost every time it happens. Rogue has recently bounced back from a bad week one lost from Envision with a win against Renegades. FRNGFE has been looking like a shell of their former selves in the last two weeks and Overwatch is lesser for it.
Man, does it feel weird to watch Rogue or is it just me? They just seem off, like their hearts aren't in it anymore. I'm not much for conspiracy or anything like that it's just a feeling. Anyway on to the match.
Rogue obviously played a ton better than they did week one against Envision when they faced off against Renegades. Nicodgh was much more accurate, Soon wasn't moving like he was full of grease and switching Knoxxx over to Lucio looked to work better for them. Unkoe looked to be the most impressive of the bunch last weekend, especially with his Sombra play on Volskaya Industries. He was patient with his EMP but even when it was used he quickly built another for the next push, helping them hold the second point for over 6 minutes. His support partner Knoxx also did well, using the Sound Barrier at the most opportune moment to play around it. Check this Barrier here on the re-engage from Rogue.
AKM definitely struggled though, going 28 for 31 with his kill/death ratio. Doesn't mean he played horribly, just the we expect more from someone of his caliber. A game type where not getting kills is an anchor on the team is Control and they have lost both times in the game type during Contenders. Securing kills used to not be a problem for Rogue but it seems like winning duels by themselves is becoming a problem. This coming weekend vs FNRGFE is gonna be a test to see if we can get the cutthroat Rogue of earlier this year.
This season of Contenders has not been kind to the corndog boys. Going 0-2 thus far in the season and the schedule does not get any easier. The good news is FNRGFE has a wonderful squad who can play with anyone in NA. CoolMatt69 has been great at peeling for his supports, making sure that they aren't always the first to go, not an easy task in the dive meta. In fact, CoolMatt69 has been the bright spot this season, his D.Va and Zarya play being among the best in the NA season. His play has facilitated some of the highlights the team has produced this year. In this okay here he set up the entire FNRGFE squad to quickly wipe Kungarna.
Of course FNRGFE is having their struggles now. They couldn't spell "ult economy" with a stencil and a dictionary. I think it's because they have so many mechanically good players on the squad that they don't care if they use ultimates early, they believe they'll win the next fight regardless or what. Take a look at boink using his Sound Barrier in a fight Kungarna was already losing and running from. His team was down a member with Buds' death, but that's the price of the EMP sometimes.
While they do have other problems to handle, using their strongest abilities with reckless abandon does not help. Hopefully they pull it around Saturday.
Envyus vs kungarna
This is my personally most anticipated match of the week, two teams at the top of the standings going at each other. Kungarna has been one of the most surprising teams this season, alongside their competitors in Envision. They've also been some of the most entertaining teams outside the game on twitter, if you like trash talk (which I really, really do). Kungarna is everything an OWL team is looking for, flashy, approachable, and good at the game. This week, they will have their biggest test though.
One of Kungarna's strength's this season has been switching up their strategies mid-match to confuse their opponents, and give them new looks. They've not only used different heroes, they've used them in interesting ways, or even ways they haven't been used in a while like the Zarya/Reaper combo pictured above. Babybay managed to secure 70 kills, and the reason he was able to was because of the clean team play and strategy Kungarna showed. Just take a look at how fast Kungarna was able to engage, disengage and wrap around two different ways to confuse FNRGFE, they may have lost the fight after the video, but they managed to burn 2 minutes of the clock just by disorganizing the enemy team.
A weakness of Kungarna is that sometimes they forget that they ARE really good at using strategy and just decide that they don't need it if everyone is dead. This does not work very well for them. Just see game 1 of their set last week to see what happens when they freelance and don't win using their minds. Not being smarter than their opponent will not work Saturday against the strongest team in NA, Envyus. Kungarna better put on their thinking caps if they wanna be on top of the standings.
Envyus is currently gutchecking whoever is in their way, first turning Immortals inside out and then suplexing Faze through a salad bar. Even when everyone isn't playing at their best, other teams are still having trouble cracking Envyus. Envy were absolute monsters at almost every phase of the game last week, their offensive pushes being especially brutal and efficient. Effect is still an unstoppable force on Tracer and Doomfist, Chipshajen is Mr. Dependable in the backline, quietly making a case to be considered for top 3 support players in the world. Check out Chipshajen saving Taimou by the skin of his teeth.
Despite what his stats might say, Taimou had a mediocre week 2 by his standards. He was very inaccurate and his pick of Junkrat on the very wide open Hanamura is a big reason why they dropped the map. Also the too aggressive play of Mickie's D.Va continues to be a problem, HarryHook and Chiphajen have to be tired of being left to defend themselves against Tracer and Genji all the time because backup takes to long to come. While it can't all be on him plays like this are hard to look at when they can be prevented.
Envyus is very quick to adapt though so I'm sure we'll see some changes in their match-up with Kungarna.
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