The Owatch League’s current tournament may be called the Summer Showdown, but fans have been seeing nothing but ice cold eliminations in the Great North. Day one was all about seeding and advancing brackets, while today’s games sent a few teams packing from the event, held live in Toronto, Canada.
Eight West Region teams originally entered the Summer Showdown, which boasts a $75,000 first-place prize as well as the irresistible draw of additional League Points, which will determine postseason eligibility and seeding. Two teams, though, are heading home with nothing but their Tim Hortons receipts. Here’s how day two went down.
Florida Mayhem vs. Vancouver Titans (3-0)
Many fans and analysts expected the Florida Mayhem to mentally check out of the Summer Showdown after a 0-3 defeat by the Houston Outlaws on day one, but the Mayhem were able to rally back and save their tournament lives.
This match was, at its core, a showdown between Florida’s two clutch DPS players–hitscan Hydron and flex Checkmate–and Aspire of the Vancouver Titans, who has built a name for himself as one of the best hitscan players in the league despite his team’s shaky record. On first map Lijiang Tower, Florida had a dominant first round, but were sent down to the depths by Aspire in round two. Despite that scare, the Mayhem bounced back to take the map.