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MATCH OF THE WEEK

San Francisco Shock (1-2) at Hangzhou Spark (2-2)

Thursday, February 28, at 8:30 p.m. PST at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles

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Maps: Ilios, Hollywood, Anubis, Route 66, and Busan, Numbani (tiebreaker, if needed)


We asked our team of Overwatch League analysts and experts to provide their picks for this matchup:

SFS

Chris “Puckett” Puckett
Despite a 1-2 start to the season, the Shock have looked like one of the strongest competitors in the league. Their match against the Titans featured some of the highest-level gameplay we’ve seen. The Spark come in as underdogs after disappointing in Week 2. With the Stage 1 Playoffs just a few weeks away, this is a must-win match for both squads.

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Mica Burton
This is a tough decision, but I’ll have to side with San Francisco in this showdown. As of right now, statistically, the Spark are the better team. But I see more fight in the Shock and the team has told me they’re training harder each day. 

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Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat
My winner is the Shock. Now, I know that everyone, myself included, had the Spark as a top-tier team going into the season. But after watching both teams compete last week—with the Spark suffering an embarrassing loss against the Outlaws and the Shock taking a close loss at the hands of the Titans (a team that has shown its elite capabilities)—I would choose the Shock to have a higher level going into this match. The Spark will still be reeling after last week's loss. 

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Mitch “Uber” Leslie
Despite falling late last week to the Titans, the Shock are in good stead to take this match and move closer to the playoffs. The Spark complained of nerves in their two-loss performance in Week 2, but there is likely more to it than that. The Shock performed admirably against the raw aggression and cohesion of the Titans, and Hangzhou will need more than flashy play to rattle the Shock’s disciplined style. Hyo-Bin “Choihyobin” Choi and Sung-Wook “Ria” Park will be competing to outdo each other and with Jae-Hwan “Adora” Kang underwhelming in his debut, the Spark will need to bring a very solid teamfight structure against San Francisco. The Shock have demonstrated a strong sense of composure in the 3-3 composition and Min-Ki “Viol2t” Park has emerged as one of the hottest prospects of Stage 1.

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Danny Lim
I would say the Shock in this one. Although they may have suffered a loss against the Titans last week, they have been playing extremely well. With their current roster and how the Spark have been playing lately, I believe San Francisco has the upper hand. 

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WATCH PARTY

Get caught up on all of the Shock’s and Spark’s matches before their showdown:

DATE MATCHUP WINNER VOD
Feb. 14 Dragons vs. Spark Spark 3-1 Full Match | Highlights
Feb. 15 Fuel vs. Shock Shock 4-0 Full Match | Highlights
Feb. 16 Valiant vs. Spark Spark 3-2 Full Match | Highlights
Feb. 17 Shock vs. Gladiators Gladiators 3-2 Full Match | Highlights
Feb. 22 Outlaws vs. Spark Outlaws 3-1 Full Match | Highlights
Feb. 24 Spark vs. Spitfire Spitfire 3-1 Full Match | Highlights
Feb. 24 Titans vs. Shock Titans 3-1 Full Match | Highlights

POLL OF THE WEEK

DEFINED: GOATS

This season we’re going to help everyone get on the same page when it comes to the lingo you hear watching Overwatch League matches and playing the game on your own. Now up, Goats!

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: THE RUNING MAN

On Friday, NFL free agent running back CJ Anderson joined Malik Forté in front of the fans at Blizzard Arena.

GAME/SET: MICKIE

Dallas Fuel’s Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangchod offers up his ideal settings for playing D.Va and talks about when to use Matrix and how to get the most out of a Self-Destruct.

FAVORED FAN PHOTO: CHARGE CARD

Guangzhou Charge fans were bathed in the blue light of the Blizzard Arena stage as they watched their team face the Vancouver Titans on Saturday. The Charge lost the match but are proving they’re a competitive force in the league.

The Overwatch League returns to the big stage on Thursday, February 28, at 4 p.m. PST, as the Washington Justice (0-2) takes on the Philadelphia Fusion (2-2). Watch all 2019 season matches live and on demand on overwatchleague.com, the Overwatch League app, our Twitch channel, MLG.com, and the MLG app.