'Overwatch' Open grand finals recap: Misfits defeat Team EnVyUs

After weeks of matches in qualifiers, group play and playoffs, North America’s Team EnVyUs and Europe’s Misfits went head-to-head in the Overwatch Open grand finals.

Misfits won on Friday night, becoming the first champions in ELeague’s Overwatch Open and taking home the biggest piece of the $300,000 prize pool. Team EnVyUs played well but couldn’t hang on all the way to the end, losing 1-3 in the best-of-five series.

Here’s how the grand finals unfolded.

Map 1: King’s Row

Misfits started the first map on offense and kicked off the grand finals with ruthless aggression. Misfits took the first two team fights and got the payload moving quickly, ripping through wave after wave of EnVyUs’s defense. 

Misfits pushed all the way to the final checkpoint without any trouble, finishing the round at over four minutes. 

Starting the second round of King’s Row, Misfits put up a strong defense on the first checkpoint, taking out most of EnVyUs’s roster. As one of the last two alive, Chipshajen as Mercy performed a perfect ultimate, resurrecting everyone and allowing Talespin on Pharah to rein justice from above and wipe out Misfits with the help of Cocco’s Reinhardt.

The payload moved steadily forward, barely making it to the final checkpoint and send the teams into overtime rounds. Misfits had a huge time advantage but EnVyUs came in with a strong defense, winning team fight after team fight and putting Misfits down to the wire. A nano-boosted Reinhardt played by Misfits’ substitute Ryb swung EnVyUs away, allowing Misfits to take the point and win map one.

Map 2: Nepal

To start on Nepal, the two teams were playing pretty evenly with EnVyUs taking first control and trading control of the point. The team managed to take the point back though, holding the high ground and taking it to 99 percent before losing it back to Misfits, which won the next couple team fights and took round one.

EnVyUs took first control again in the second round, taking it all the way to 95 percent until being contested and turned over to Misfits for a moment. EnVyUs took it right back, through, with a great gravitron surge and tied up the map 1-1.

In round three, Misfits took first control and held on to 86 percent until losing it to EnVy. Misfits grabbed it briefly and took it to 99 percent but EnVyUs brought it back, taking the round with help of a nano-boosted Mcree played by Taimou.

With the game point, EnVy came out strong in the fourth round bringing the point to 99 percent before losing it to Misfits. Misfits couldn’t hang on though, getting wiped in the first team fight after taking the point. Team EnVyUs tied the series up 1-1.

Map 3: Watchpoint: Gibraltar

Team EnVyUs started Watchpoint: Gibraltar on offense, taking the first checkpoint very quickly with some aggressive attacks. Misfits stopped their push in the hangar, getting a devastating team wipe against EnVy thanks to a blizzard from Nevix’s Mei.

Misfits held EnVyUs back from the second checkpoint, only letting the team get to 77.17 meters past the first point.

Misfits came out just as strong in round two, only needing to push the payload to the second checkpoint to take the map and the lead in the series. Moving toward the second checkpoint with most of their ultimates, Misfits were shut down and stalled as the clock ran down.

Misfits regrouped, taking down EnVyUs with a nano-boosted Reaper played by Nevix. EnVy threw themselves at the payload to slow it down but it wasn’t enough and Misfits took the second point, taking the series lead over EnVyUs 2-1.

Map 4: Lijiang Tower

On map four, Misfits took the point quickly, but EnVy put on a lot of pressure and took control quickly. The teams traded control back and forth but EnVyUs couldn’t hang on, losing the final team fight and losing the first round to Misfits.

EnVyUs took control of the second round point first, winning multiple team points and dominating  the round. EnVy’s Cocco on Zarya laid down a perfect gravitron surge to set up Misfits while the team knocked them down.

Misfits took the point and nearly won but EnVyUs took it back, having it challenged and retaken by Misfits, only to lose it when Misfits’ Soon didn’t stay on the point, giving the round to EnVyUs for a 1-1 score.

In the third round, Misfits dominated and took the lead 2-1, setting themselves up with a match point for the fourth round.

Misfits won the first team fight in round four, taking first control of the point. EnVyUs regrouped and brought the pain, taking the point away quickly, only to have it ripped away a minute later with Misfits managing to hang onto their ultimates. EnVyUs couldn’t get the point back, losing to Misfits, losing the map and losing the Overwatch Open grand finals.

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