The London Spitfire and Toronto Defiant earned victories on Saturday to advance to the upper-bracket semifinals of play-in action in the Overwatch League’s West Region.
London defeated the San Francisco Shock 3-1, while the Defiant swept the Washington Justice 3-0. The Spitfire are set to face the Boston Uprising in the next round, where Toronto will take on the Vancouver Titans.
The fourth- through 10th-place teams from Summer Stage Qualifiers are competing in a double-elimination bracket, with the top two squads locking down a playoff berth. There is an upper and lower bracket, and all matches are best-of-five.
The ninth- and 10th-seeded teams opened play-ins with a knockout match on Saturday. Washington, which finished 10th in Summer Stage Qualifiers, beat the New York Excelsior 3-1 to advance to the upper-bracket quarterfinals, where it ultimately lost to the Defiant.
Toronto used victories on Illois (2-0), Eichenwalde (3-1) and Suravasa (3-0) to send the Justice to the lower-bracket quarterfinals. Washington will next face the loser of Sunday’s match between the Uprising and Spitfire.
San Francisco opened with a 2-1 win on Busan on Saturday, but the Spitfire dominated the rest of the way, prevailing 3-2 on Midtown, 3-0 on Suravasa and 1-0 on Esperanca. The Shock also find themselves in the lower-bracket quarterfinals and will face either Vancouver or Toronto on Sept. 16.
Play-in action in the West continues on Sunday:
–Boston Uprising vs. London Spitfire
–Vancouver Titans vs. Toronto Defiant
West Region play-in results:
1. TBD — qualifies to playoffs
2. TBD — qualifies to playoffs
7. New York Excelsior
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