Yesterday, two West Region over watch League teams were sent home from the sprawling arena of the Toronto Defiant after losing their second games of the Summer Showdown tournament. Teams that survived the first onslaught moved on to today’s schedule, a figurative bloodbath that would send three more teams back across the border.
Toronto Defiant fans turned out in droves for their heroes, packing the seats and leading each other in rowdy cheers every timed their players so much as breathed. With that motivation behind them, the Defiant have seemingly upgraded every part of their strategy for the Summer Showdown. As a result, they managed to be the veritable Grim Reaper of Saturday’s events, sending two of their fellow teams packing.
Toronto Defiant vs Houston Outlaws (3-0)
The Houston Outlaws may have looked crisp during yesterday’s games, but something about the team’s usual level of DPS dominance and coordination was entirely thrown off in the lower bracket. On first map Busan, Houston looked barely awake against the Toronto Defiant as the latter team leaned heavily into well-paced aggression to win.
Houston looked a bit more together on their map pick, Hollywood, but didn’t fully click until the end of their attack push. After both teams completed the map, the Outlaws successfully held off Toronto’s attack to score one of the few draws of the 2022 season.
Circuit Royale held hope for Houston, but Toronto once again went for an aggressive, coordinated attack round and completed the map with nearly three minutes on the clock. Defiant’s dynamic DPS duo, Heesu and Although, proved that they were here to finally bring a win to the home team.