Write what you are looking for and press enter to begin your search!


Live News

Destiny 2 The Final Shape Gets Launch Trailer With Billie Eilish Song: In an intense match, the Lone Wolves came out victorious. Read all about the big night here // Call Of Duty Black Ops 6 Live-Action Trailer Confirms Xbox Game Pass On Day One: In an intense match, the Lone Wolves came out victorious. Read all about the big night here // Post-Apocalyptic Survival Game City 20 Unveils Demo Ahead of Steam Next Fest: In an intense match, the Lone Wolves came out victorious. Read all about the big night here
post-16 post-13

Overwatch League Season 1 Finale: Grand Finals Preview

It is finally here.

After eight months of competition, 240 regular season matches, ten stage final matches and twelve exhilarating playoff contests, we are down to two teams competing for the big prize in the inaugural Overwatch League season’s Grand Finals.

In one corner, we have the Philadelphia Fusion; a rag-tag team consisting a bunch of established players without title success to their names along with several unknowns; a team whose journey to the season’s biggest stage started in the worst case possible, by missing out on pre-season and had one of their expected tank starters suspended.

On the other end, we have the London Spitfire. They are a superteam of sorts which combined a group of proven winners who just prior to the Overwatch League stamped their mark in the Korean Overwatch scene.

Since day one of OWL competition, both teams faced their own ups and downs as they charted their own unique path towards immortality. Both faced slumps in the season but somehow dug deep enough to find ways to book their tickets and with that, a shot at the cool US$1million prize money. Regardless of which team that walks out of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as winners this weekend, it would be a story of redemption and triumph when the odds were stacked against them.

This is a preview of the Overwatch League Grand Finals, which will be airing on Twitch this weekend, 27th and 28th July.

Quick Recap: Past Meets – Tied 2-2 for regular season, Fusion leads 3-2 overall


Philadelphia Fusion

No one would have predicted to see the Philadelphia Fusion hit big time this season, let alone reach the Grand Finals. Having missed out on the pre-season due to the team’s inability to field a complete squad, their preparation was disrupted even more with the 30-game suspension of main tank, Su-Min ‘Sado’ Kim for account boosting.  That left them with only one main tank – Fragi who was normally seen sharing tanking duties with flex-tank and D.Va Bomb expert, Poko.

No one gave them much hope and even predicted them to finish amongst the bottom third of the final league standings. Boy, were we proven wrong.


Expected Starters: Boombox, Neptuno, Sado, Poko, Carpe, Eqo


The Philadelphia Fusion are easily one of the most fun teams to watch in the Overwatch League thanks to their super aggro playstyle which focuses a lot on using their dive to disrupt their opponents’ backline. They are one of the teams who practice the mantra ‘go big or go home’ and just like another (fictional) Philly native, Rocky Balboa, are a hard team to beat.

They’ve unearthed some diamonds in the rough throughout the season as well, with the likes of Snillo and Eqo dislodging ShaDowBurn off the second DPS role. The return of Sado in Stage 4 gave the Fusion a new lease of life in their hunt for the playoff spot and the shift to sniper-heavy meta allowed the team to flourish even more.


Their ability to prolong teamfights even when the odds are against them makes them one of the neutrals’ favorite to watch throughout the season. But that’s not to say they are always on the defensive. In Fusion we have one of the most potent DPS corps which has grown from strength to strength. Led by Jae-Hyeok ‘Carpe’ Lee who is a monster on Widowmaker, McCree and Genji, the Fusion has got a huge array of DPS talent at the disposal such as ShaDowBurn, EQO and Snillo.

[wpvideo K0Wyi6xu]

One of if not the deadliest when it comes to hitscan heroes, Carpe’s superhuman ability to hit unreal shots is even scarier when paired with ShaDowBurn’s wide range of heroes, Snillo’s Tracer or EQO’s Genji plays.

Keys to Victory

  • Carpe winning his Widowmaker duels
  • Eqo surviving long enough to inflict significant damage and disruption to Spitfire’s backline
  • Silencing opposition tanks early
  • Not choking in the big stage

London Spitfire

While their opponents were pretty much the story of nobodies skyrocketing to stardom, the story of London Spitfire was the complete opposite. It was almost a half-season-long turmoil for the all-Korean team and the fact that they overcame it to reach the Grand Finals is astounding. Formed consisting of two of the most storied Overwatch squads in OGN Apex’s history – KongDoo Panthera and GC Busan, many expected the London Spitfire to be among the frontrunners once the Overwatch League gets underway. And many were right considering the Spitfire’s 7-3 finish in Stage 1 coupled with their epic comeback win in the Stage Finals against NYXL.

However, since then, the team’s fortune went the opposite direction -not only they parted ways with their coach, they also made some questionable roster movements, mostly which involved dismantling of the super team with the departure of ex-KongDoo players in Rascal to Dallas and Fissure to Gladiators. As part of their streamlining their team and a bid to correct their course following abysmal showings in Stage 3, they’ve also parted ways with almost half of the remaining roster leaving only seven players left in the squad.


Expected Starters: NUS, Bdosin, Gesture, Fury, Profit, birdring


True to their name, the London Spitfire is one of the deadliest teams when attacking. They spew hot lead like it’s running out of style and once they click, not even the best defensive teams in the league such as Seoul Dynasty, LA Valiant & NYXL are able to cope with their firepower. The team is decisive and very coordinated in their attacks and once the floodgates open, you rarely see any of the opposing team players standing alive. Similar to the Fusion, they are a dive-heavy team but with much less reliance on their DPS despite having a more potent duo in Birdring and Profit.


The Spitfire is one of the most cohesive units in the league with heavy reliance on tanks to open up space for their DPS players to wreck havoc. Many questioned the Spitfire when they traded away Fissure who was regarded by many to be the best tank in the league. But these people always forgot the player who outshone him in the Spitfire. Gesture has been one of the best players to be often overlooked but has been immense in paving the way for his teammates. Selfless and not the sort who’d go for glory, his team-oriented approach has brought his team to the Grand Finals.

[wpvideo ZH94RfC2]

The rest of the Spitfire crew ain’t that bad either. Collectively more talented than their opponents, the Spitfire also possess a better adaptability and chemistry with each other having played alongside for a longer period. In support, NUS and Bdosin have a knack of not only keeping their tanks and DPS players alive longer, they also have higher survival rate thanks to their effective partnership in the backline.

Keys to Victory

  • Profit effectively disrupting Fusion’s backlines (Support & Carpe’s Widowmaker)
  • Effective diving – Gesture allowed to do his work
  • Nullifying Sado early in team fights
  • Capitalizing on Neptuno’s high-risk Mercy plays

Our Prediction

It has to be the London Spitfire.

Now before you shout “Korean bias!”, hear us out.

The team is on a roll and appears to have grasped the current meta comfortably. Unlike Fusion whose win condition mostly relying on Carpe popping off, the Spitfire have plenty in their arsenal to shift the match to their favor. If Birdring is able to silence Carpe for long periods of time, rest assured that the rest of the Spitfire would not have much issues cleaning house.

The Spitfire are more adaptable as well and with Fury’s ability to flex to either tank or DPS on a fly, should catch the Fusion off-guard. Many would point out Profit to be the star player in the finals but we’d keep a close eye to Gesture whose dives would be pivotal in shifting the momentum to London.

Final Score: 2-0 to the London Spitfire 

You can catch the Overwatch League Grand Finals featuring the London Spitfire vs Philadelphia Fusion live on Twitch at Overwatch League’s official channel starting 7am Malaysia/ SG/ HK or 6am for Jakarta on Saturday, 28th July 2018 and on the same channel starting 4am (3am for Jakarta) on Sunday.

It will be a best-of-three maps format, with the first team to win two maps being crowned winner, and the first ever Overwatch League Grand Final Champion.

Which team do you think would win? Sound off in the comments section below.

Related News

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Post-Credits & Ending Explained

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 is now showing in Malaysian cinemas and it’s the second movie in Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) af...

The Magic Rain's Top 5 Indie Games Of 2020

Post originally from The Magic Rain. Check out their anime content on their website. It seemed like only yesterday when Among Us was the only thing...

Demon Turf Platforming Guide: How To Conquer The Underworld

Demon Turf is out right now, and it's the de facto indie-made platformer of choice for 3D and retro connoisseurs. It's also a pretty tough game that r...

Write a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Overwatch League: London Spitfire Are Grand Final Champs After Lopsided Win Over Fusion – KAKUCHOPUREI.COM

    July 29, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    […] discussed earlier how the Spitfire’s win conditions relied heavily on nullifying Fusion’s backline and […]

Tournament Tool Kit

Kakuchopurei Community

Popular Posts

XDefiant: The Best Guns To Dominate Pubs
Street Fighter 6: How To Find Akuma In World Tour Mode
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 Review: An Odyssey Like Any Other?
Diablo 4 Season 4: The Best Builds Per Class To Get To Level 100 Fast!
Diablo 4 Season 4: Tempering & Masterworks Guide
V Rising Everything You Need To Know About Stygian Shards
Summer Of Gaming 2024 Schedule: Video Game Live Streams & Showcases
Vampire Survivors: Operation Guns Contra DLC – All New Evolutions & Unlocks
Vampire Survivors: The Best Builds For Each Stage
Hades 2 Guide: All Incantations And Effects At Hecate’s Cauldron
Hades 2: All Boons List & The Best Ones
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes – 11 Tips To Get Ahead In This JRPG
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Review – Rally Forth
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Queen’s Blood Guide: The Best Cards & Decks
Introducing The Kakuchopurei YouTube Membership Program!
Palworld: All The Guides You Need For 2024’s Surprise Survival Game Hit
Prince Of Persia: The Lost Crown Walkthrough & Guide
Delicious In Dungeon Starts The New Year Tastefully
The Games Of 2024: Our Picks & Highlights
Main Game: How To Watch Malaysia’s Best Video Game Show Created By Kakuchopurei & RTM
Marvel’s What If…? Crew Explains Why They Went 3D Over 2D & A Scrapped Episode That Was Too Close To GOTG 3
Hawkeye Episode 6 Finale Easter Eggs & Breakdown
We Talk To Hayden Christensen About Star Wars, Sequels, & Prequels
Sea Of Stars Might Get DLC Post-Launch
The Book Of Boba Fett Episode 7 Breakdown & Easter Eggs Explained