Element Mystic becomes Overwatch champs
The squad took down the Overwatch Contenders Gauntlet this past weekend
The Overwatch Contenders Gauntlet finals wrapped up yesterday and the South Koreans once again led the way. Element Mystic emerged victorious from their eSports battle against Atlanta Academy, marking its second high-profile tournament win after taking down the Pacific Showdown earlier this year. The squad has finally come into its own, after finishing as the runner-up in three of its four Contenders seasons.
The tournament saw its last two matches yesterday and the results were surprising in both. RunAway, another South Korea squad, lost to Atlanta, which came as a shock after the team’s latest run. However, Atlanta was able to dominate and ultimately made history when it became the first team to win a series against its rivals without dropping a single map.
Atlanta wasn’t able to keep its momentum up when it took on Element, however. The squad faltered no more than one occasion, ultimately being defeated by three maps, four to one. Kim “SP9RK1E” Yeong-han for Element proved to be the driving force behind Element’s success, taking out everyone who got in his way. As an upcoming free agent, his value just shot through the roof and he’ll be able to command a high price for his talents.
Next year’s Contenders series is going to be a little different. It will be based on a biweekly match system that will see teams earn points to qualify for the postseason. The four leading teams each week automatically advance to their next biweekly match, while the bottom eight will square off in the Contenders Trials competitions. Dan McHugh, the global lead of Overwatch Contenders, says of the changes, “We felt like it was important for teams of the same caliber to be playing each other more frequently as opposed to the current round-robin format. This will ultimately get us to a point where the teams of similar skill are playing each other more often and that results in better development for them. We also think that this will make more exciting content for the broadcasts that we’re producing so that fans can enjoy better matches more frequently.”