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Upsets Abound: Paris Eternal, Guangzhou Charge win Overwatch League’s Summer Showdown tournaments

In a weekend full of upsets, it was the Paris Eternal and the Guangzhou Charge left standing in the Overwatch League’s Summer Showdown tournaments. Paris won the North American tournament Sunday night by taking down the Philadelphia Fusion in a back-and-forth seven-map match. In the Asian tournament, the No. 2 Guangzhou Charge unseated the heavily favoured Shanghai Dragons early Sunday morning to win the region.

Paris entered the North America bracket as the eighth seed but defeated No. 9 Dallas and No. 4 Vancouver in the tournament’s first two rounds. In the semifinals, the Eternal upset San Francisco, North America’s undisputed top team heading into the weekend, in a thrilling five-map set. Led by dynamic rookie Yeong-han “SP9R1E” Kim’s Genji play, the Eternal’s aggressive style proved too much for Philadelphia to overcome.

Earlier on Sunday, the Guangzhou Charge beat top-seeded Shanghai Dragons 4-2 to win the Summer Showdown Asia bracket. The Charge went up 3-0 before Shanghai staged a furious comeback, winning two straight maps before Guangzhou halted the Dragons’ momentum on the Blizzard World map. The Charge are a young but immensely talented team with players hailing from Korea, China, Spain, and the United States.

Visit overwatchleague.com to see all results in both brackets from this weekend.

The Overwatch League returns Friday, July 17 with qualifiers for its final regular season tournament, the Countdown Cup. For details on how that tournament is structured, click here. The rest of the 2020 regular season schedule is available here.

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