The Overwatch League has a running joke about how disappointing Grand Finals games are for the past four years. The Shanghai Dragons crushed the Vancouver Titans in the 2021 finals, and the San Francisco Shock thrashed them two years earlier. Even with competitive teams that want to go the distance, the season always ended in a whimper.

This year, in a pleasant change, the primarily senior Dallas Fuel team took on the rookie sensations of the reconstructed San Francisco Shock, and the result was a match that will live in infamy for fans.

The Dallas team defeated the Shock’s hopes of completing a “threepeat” victory by winning 4-3 after extending the series to the absolute maximum number of maps permitted.

The Fuel had dominated the West Region for the second half of the season, winning the Summer Showdown event and making qualifying extremely difficult for the other teams. Dallas, headed by seasoned tank Lee “Fearless” Eui-seok, quickly adapted to the Sojourn-centric Grand Finals meta and maintained its superiority into the upper round of the playoffs.

But the San Francisco Shock entered the Grand Finals with newfound vigour and fierce rage. The Houston Outlaws sent the Shock to the lower bracket early in the finals, but the Shock won five games over the next four days to get to the season-ending showdown.

All eyes were on the Sojourn battle between Kim “Edison” Taehun of the Fuel and Kim “Proper” Dong-hyun of the Shock as they entered the opening map, Lijiang Tower. Many fans might have anticipated Proper, who had just been named the Overwatch League’s Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player, to defeat Dallas’ seasoned damage dealer.

Dallas easily won the opening map thanks to some big shots from Edison and an excruciating trip off the point from the Shock. On King’s Row, Edison continued to terrorise San Francisco’s backline, but Proper’s squad won the second map by delivering railgun blasts to the heads of the Fuel with increasing ferocity and speed.

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