After weeks of intense playoff competition, the inaugural season of Contenders 2018 has officially concluded.
Season One introduced two new regions to the global fray, in addition to the returning five. We saw familiar names from Contenders 2017, and the Overwatch World Cup, along with new faces from the Overwatch Open Division.
Let’s take a final moment to celebrate this season’s top performing teams before we get into Season Two.
Contenders Australia: Sydney Drop Bears
The Sydney Drop Bears cleaned house in the Contenders Australia Finals, thrashing Mastermind GC 4-0. Mastermind GC spent the first three maps struggling to muster much resistance, but did manage to come alive on Junkertown, despite the loss. Sydney Drop Bears faced much stiffer competition in the semifinals against Dark Sided.
Contenders China: Lucky Zenith Gaming
Lucky Zenith Gaming and LGD Gaming both entered the postseason with perfect records, on opposite sides of the bracket. It seemed all but fated that they would meet, and that their series would go to seven maps. In the end, Lucky Zenith Gaming took the series by a razor thin margin, meaning that it was ultimately a Korean roster that won the first season of Contenders China.
Contenders Europe: British Hurricane
London Spitfire’s academy team came into Season One with a clear message: they were going to win out. They faced stiff competition in the defending champions Team Gigantti, but after a brutal seven game series, the British Hurricane managed to eke out a win, and take the tournament. After, the lads found time to inscribe their names in Atlantic Showdown history, taking down their Contenders North America opponent.
Contenders Korea: X6-Gaming
The Contenders Korea playoffs were an incredible spectacle to behold, with favorites being upset left and right. Enter X-6 Gaming. While no one could deny their ability, they seemed like just another face amidst of sea of talented teams. Their dominant 4-0 dismantling of 02 Ardeont in the Grand Finals has set the stage for what promises to be an exciting Season Two.
Contenders North America: Fusion University
Fusion University put on a show in Poland, and even though at times it felt more like a combination of dominant individual performances rather than a cohesive team strategy, no one can deny it was highly entertaining to watch. The stacked roster took down three other Overwatch League academy teams before eventually claiming the bracket.
Contenders Pacific: Detonator KR
Both Detonator KR and Blank Esports looked a cut above the opposition in the regular season, and it came as no surprise when the Korean and Australian teams squared off in the Contenders Pacific Grand Finals. Blank Esports managed to make it interesting, but ultimately Detonator KR won out. If you’re keeping score, Korean teams won top honors in three different Contenders regions.
South America: Brasil Gaming House
After favorite and household name Pain Gaming fell early in the bracket, the Contenders South America Playoffs broke wide open, and a collection of 4-1 teams were left to battle for the top spot. In the end, Brasil Gaming House separated themselves from the pack, and took a convincing 4-1 series against Isurus Gaming. They’ll look to enter season two as the Contenders South America favorites.
Congratulations to our winners all around the globe!
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