Shanghai Dragons Wins Overwatch League 2021
Shanghai Dragons completed its redemption story with a win at the Overwatch League 2021 Grand Finals. The team’s entry into the Overwatch League was ridden with failure with the team losing 40 games in its first season of competing in the league and it holds the record for the longest losing streak in professional sports history at 42 losses. The team has pulled off a complete turnaround and has become the 2021 Overwatch League champions. The team secured a clean 4-0 win at the grand finals to take home $1,500,000 in prize money from this year’s OWL main event.
Overwatch League Grand Finals Recap
Match 1: Illios (Shanghai won 2-0)
The first map was Illios and Shanghai’s dive comp worked great in the Control matchup. The team took the first rounds, securing its first win at the Grand Finals.
Match 2: Hanamura (Shanghai won 3:2)
The 2CP matchup on Hanamura had both teams going toe-to-toe with Shanghai edging past Atlanta with a 3:2 victory. Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun on Pharah meant that Atlanta could not break through Shanghai’s defences.
King’s Row (Shanghai won 6:5)
King’s Row was the longest match of the night with both teams getting to attack twice after the first set of rounds saw Shanghai and Atlanta both make it to the final destination of the map. Shanghai managed to escort the payload all the way to the finish line a second time but Atlanta was stopped right in its tracks and only managed to secure 5 out of 6 points it needed to draw.
Havana (Shanghai won 3-2)
In the second Escort game of the night, Shanghai managed to push the payload on Havana all the way through in the first-half. Atlanta was unable to break through Shanghai’s defences in the second-half, and ended up losing this year’s championship.
As the Overwatch League 2021 champions, the Shanghai Dragons has won $1,500,000 in prize money along with the championship trophy. The Atlanta Reign will take home $750,000 as the second-place reward. Shanghai Dragons’ Jae-won "LIP" Lee will be taking home the 2021 Grand Finals MVP award while Chengdu Hunters’ Xin "Leave" Huang will be taking home the seasonal MVP award.