For the third time in as many stages, the San Francisco Shock will play in the grand final. For the first time, however, they won't be facing the Vancouver Titans.
The fourth-seeded Shock had little trouble advancing to another final, sweeping past the sixth-seeded Los Angeles Valiant 4-0 on Saturday in the second semifinal of the Overwatch League Stage 3 playoffs in Burbank, Calif. The No. 2 seed Titans, however, were dominated by the eighth-seeded Shanghai Dragons in the first semifinal, losing 4-1 to miss out on what would have been a title game rubber match.
The Shock, who won the Stage 2 championship after finishing runner-up in Stage 1, will go for their second consecutive title, facing the Dragons on Sunday.
Two days after taking down the New York Excelsior, the stage's top seed, the Dragons on Saturday took the first map against the Titans 2-0 on Ilios. But Vancouver responded with a 4-3 win on Numbani to square the match. The next three maps were all tight battles, but the Dragons came out on top each time -- 4-3 on Volskaya Industries, 1-0 on Havana and 2-1 on Oasis.
In the nightcap, the Shock jumped out to a 2-0 win on Oasis before edging their in-state foe 3-2 on Eichenwalde and 2-1 on Volskaya Industries. From there, they closed it out with an easy 3-0 win on Havana.
The winner of Sunday's best-of-seven final will get $200,000. Second place gets $100,000.
The Shock and Dragons faced each other twice before this season, both in early May in Stage 2. The Shock won 4-0 in Week 5 to close out the stage, then 3-1 in the Stage 2 playoffs just four days later.
--Field Level Media