The San Francisco Shock beat the Shanghai Dragons 3-1 last night in what many were dubbing their "revenge match." San Francisco, the defending stage 2 champions, lost to a red-hot Shanghai Dragons team in the stage 3 finals, forever becoming part of one of the greatest turnaround stories in eSport history. Going into this match, the Shock were hoping to exploit the current weaknesses of the Dragons and continue on their path as one of the best, if not the best, teams in the entire Overwatch League.
One of the most surprising things about the Shock is their willingness to try out new rosters. Gone (at least for now) are the superstars of the 3-3 meta and in are the damage-dealing stars that seem to elevate this team even higher. San Francisco chose not to play either of their MVP finalists - Sinaatra and Super - while still winning the match decisively.
The Shanghai Dragons were one of the most exciting teams in the league. They beat the three best overall teams on their way to a stage 3 championship largely on the play of their triple DPS duo of diem, Dding, and Youngjin. The Dragons have been struggling with the 2-2-2 role lock so far though and their flexibility is being questioned. If teams can take away the impact Dding and Youngjin can have on their top heroes, they have a good chance of beating the Dragons.
The San Francisco Shock are in a prime position to make a deep run into the season playoffs. They have consistently been one of the top 3 teams in the entire league and will look to use their momentum to carry them forward. They are serious title contenders at the moment.
Shanghai needs to figure out how to better use the 2-2-2 role lock to their advantage. If their typical hero picks aren't producing the results they need, the players need to be able to flex onto different heroes to break the stagnant results they have been getting. The Dragons will likely make it into the season play-ins coming up, but if they really want to make another amazing run, they need to adapt and do it quickly.
There are a few games left for both teams and the Shock have to be feeling good about this win over the Dragons. It's a weight off their shoulders and now they can focus on continuing their solid play as they begin to look towards the season playoffs. The only question that remains is with regards to how much impact their MVP candidates will make going forward, but the answer to that question can afford a delay.