‘Overeager’ Fusion punished for mistakes in Game 1 loss to London Spitfire in Overwatch League Grand Finals – NBCSports.com

NEW YORK — Small mistakes had big consequences for the Fusion.

Only able to take one of two possible points on map four of the Overwatch League Grand Finals on Friday, the underdog Fusion, trailing 2-1 in the match, were seconds away from claiming the rare full defensive hold on Volskaya Industries.

It would have tied the series, sending it to a deciding fifth map.

Instead, tank player Jun-Ho “Fury” Kim struck, capitalizing on an overextension by the Fusion and ultimately helping the London Spitfire take Game 1, 3-1, at a sold-out Barclays Center (see observations).

“We were a bit overeager tonight,” said Fusion coach Yann Luu, who spoke for most of his downtrodden team in the postgame press conference. “It was a big crowd to play in front of. There were a few times where we went too far, got overextended and they punished us.”

With 30 seconds left in the map, and victory all be assured for the Fusion, Fury’s last chance D.Va bomb ultimate punished the Fusion’s Alberto “Neptuno” Gonzalez and de-meched Gael “Poko” Gouzerch, to open the first point for the Spitfire

“People see the flashy plays of (Jun-Young “Profit” Park) and (Ji-Hyeok “Birdring” Kim),” said Fusion DPS Josue “Eqo” Corona, who was impressed by “Fury’s” play. “But they don’t realize all the space and pressure their tanks create.”

It was a costly mistake for the Fusion, who then watched as “Profit,” one of the league’s best DPS players, dismantled them on point two, ending the map, 2-1, to put the Spitfire up 1-0 in the best-of-three series.

“We don’t specifically target anyone in those situations,” “Profit” said through a translator, when asked how he communicates with his team in chaotic moments. “I just shoot and characters die.”

Being punished for those type of aggressive mistakes was a common theme throughout the night. On maps like Oasis, Eichenwald and Volskaya, in which the Fusion went 0-3, the club thought it had buckled the Spitfire with multiple kills, only to see the competition absorb the punishment and hit back with ferocity. 

The Fusion couldn’t put the Spitfire down, and it cost them Game 1.

“We did make mistakes in dire moments,” said Fusion assistant coach Se-Hwi Go, whose team plays Game 2 on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Barclays Center. “But if we can focus on fixing our mistakes and playing as usual, I think we still have a chance.”