Welcome to the OWWC Retrospective, where we take an in depth look back on some of the games from this past World Cup. The third place match saw a tournament dark horse, the United Kingdom, square off with western powerhouse Canada. This match would go the distance with Canada eventually coming out the victor. Here is how they closed out the series on Lijiang Tower.
Canada initially rolled out with a Pharmercy combo, but the United Kingdom were clearly prepared for that strategy as they put Michael “MikeyA” Adams on McCree. In response, the Canadians returned to their spawn room to switch to a permutation of the GOATS composition (Winston, D.Va, Zarya, Zenyatta, Lucio and Brigitte). This highly-mobile lineup would be able to put immense pressure on MikeyA, suffocating him out of fights.
In the first team fight, Canada entered through the back door just as the point unlocked. Félix “xQc” Lengyel initiated for his team by jumping straight to the British back-line, while Lane “Surefour” Roberts’ Zarya bubbled him, mitigating a majority of the initial damage he met.
Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth responded by leaping onto the now retreating xQc, but this was an action he should have taken a few seconds earlier. His attempted counter-dive now left him in the middle of the Canadian front-line where he was quickly burst down.
However, because of the damage xQc took during his initial dive, he was forced to retreat behind his team for healing. This action allowed MikeyA to have free sightlines to fire into Canada’s front-line, resulting in the de-meching of Lucas “NotE” Meissner. Both down a tank, the two teams danced around the middle pillar of the point for a few seconds, looking for an opening to re-engage.
It would be Canada that found an opportunity first as MikeyA walked away from the protection of his team, opening himself up to a Canadian assault. William “Crimzo” Hernandez picked up the final blow onto the British DPS while xQc again executed a dive onto the UK supports.
Finley “Kyb” Adisi had an opportunity to shut down xQc, but he whiffed badly on his Shield Bash, which also positioned him outside of the point where Christopher “Bani” Benell’s Lucio was able to zone him away for the rest of the fight.
With the U.K. scattered and already a man down, Canada quickly cleaned up the fight and captured the point first.
Coming in for their second attack, the United Kingdom switched to the ZOATS (GOATS, but with Zenyatta substituted for Moira) composition and attempted to enter the point from the back door.
However, rather than allowing their opponents to walk onto the point and brawl, where they would have a significant advantage, Canada initiated onto them first with the combination of Brady “Agilities” Girardi’s Rally and Bani’s Speed Boost.
Agilities landed a well-timed Shield Bash onto Fusions, that allowed xQc and NotE to dive right past the UK tanks, bee lining for the discord orb-ed Harrison “Kruise” Pond. He died in the same manner as the rest of his team would as Canada systematically moved from one target to the next, following the discord orb of Crimzo.
The next fight again saw the Brits attempt to enter through the back door, but this time Canada was waiting for them in the white room.
Agilities’ Shield Bash allowed xQc and NotE to jump behind Fusions, dividing the main tank from the rest of his team. Despite his poor positioning, Fusions opted to use his Earthshatter, but only connected onto NotE. However, because he had to drop his shield to use his ultimate, Crimzo was able to sneak his discord orb onto Fusions, allowing the high-charged Surefour to burn down the Brit. Canada then unleashed all three of their tank ultimates to wipe the rest of the U.K., forcing them to reset.
The final team fight saw the United Kingdom finally able to make it to the point where they attempted to land a Graviton Surge-Self-Destruct combo. However, the Zarya ultimate only landed onto Crimzo who simply used Transcendence to survive and the D.Va bomb was easily avoided by the rest of Canada. With that having failed, the rest of the fight looked sloppy from the British side and Canada was able to close out the map with a clean 100-0 scoreline.
The beginning of this map was nearly the same as the last. Canada again started out on a Pharmercy, but the U.K. again had MikeyA on McCree, which caused the Canadians to go back to spawn and roll out on the same composition they played the previous map.
The United Kingdom took up residence on the point first and attempted to maintain their distance, allowing MikeyA room to work with. However, Canada aggressively engaged onto them, forcing the British side to retreat into the courtyard, off of the point.
Unfortunately for the U.K., Kyb’s Brigitte was killed in the process of retreating, giving Canada a big advantage in brawling. This death caused the United Kingdom to completely disengage and reset.
As they did on the last map, the Brits came into their second attack on ZOATS, entering the point from the main door.
Isaac “Boombox” Charles used his Transcendence early in the fight to prevent Kyb from dying, but Transcendence only works if you’re standing in it. Kyb left the aura for not two seconds, but Canada capitalized on the slight mistake, killing him first in the fight once again.
The U.K. then attempted to retreat, but Canada was hot on their heels, badly staggering MikeyA and Eoghan “Smex” O’Neill. Overall, it was a very sloppy fight from the Brits.
The final fight of the match saw both teams with a slew of ultimates at their disposal. As one would expect, it was the Canadian side that was better able to utilize them.
Canada came out to meet the U.K. as they attempted to enter through the front door, which forced out the Brits’ Sound Barrier. Next, Fusions attempted to land an Earthshatter, but xQc had placed a bubble around his main tank counterpart, rendering the ultimate useless.
A classic Graviton Surge-Self-Destruct combo from Canada claims the lives of Fusions and Kruise, effectively winning themselves the fight. The remainder of the match is simply cleanup duty for the Canadians and they are able to convincingly claim the bronze medal.
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