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2018’s Worst Overwatch Team Just Turned It All Around To Win Big

by : Ewan Moore on : 16 Jul 2019 14:11
2018's Worst Overwatch Team Just Turned It All Around To Win Big2018's Worst Overwatch Team Just Turned It All Around To Win BigBlizzard

One of the most important lessons I ever learned from Cartoon Network’s inimitable Adventure Time is that sucking at something is the first step to being kind of good at something. It’s a lesson that one of the worst Overwatch teams of 2018 has clearly taken to heart. 

The Shanghai Dragons were formerly the worst team in the Overwatch League, with a Season 1 record of 0-40. Obviously, being the worst players in a professional league still means they’re pretty damn good players, but they had to carry the title of “worst” nonetheless.

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On Sunday night, that same team conquered the Stage 3 playoffs, taking out the three best teams in the League; the New York Excelsior, the Vancouver Titans, and the San Francisco Shock. Now that is what you call a comeback.

Kotaku reports that following the difficult first season, Shanghai scrapped most of its roster and recruited a bunch of talented players, most notably several members of the 2018 roster from Korean team Kongdoo Panthera.

Despite this, the new incarnation of the team had a slow start. In stage one they lost more matches than they won, and just barely made it into the finals after a slightly improved stage two. Stage three seems to be where it all clicked for the team, and new strategies began to pay off handsomely.

In a post-match interview, tank player and team leader Young-jin “Gamsu” Noh said:

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I’ve been a pro gamer for the past five years, and this is the only time I’ve actually won a big tournament or a big win in my career. It means a lot to me. I want to thank all the fans, all the people supporting Shanghai Dragons, all the coaching staff, and also of course, all the teammates on Shanghai Dragons. Thank you so much.

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The moral of the story here is to never give up on your dreams, even if they seem ridiculous. Take, for example, the recent story of a young man who’s been pulled out of school by his father to pursue his goal of becoming an eSports star.

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Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn't gotten out of his mid 00's emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.

Topics: Gaming, Activision, blizzard, esports, overwatch, PC