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Spitfire, Shock, Mayhem win advances in Countdown Cup qualifiers

July 21, 2019;  Miami Beach, FL, USA;  A general view of game controllers on display during the Call of Duty League Finals esports event at the Miami Beach Convention Center.  Mandatory credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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The London Spitfire, San Francisco Shock and Florida Mayhem all won 3-0 matches on Friday to kick off the final week of the West Region qualifiers for the Overwatch League Countdown Cup.

The Spitfire swept the New York Excelsior, the Shock knocked off the last-place Paris Eternal, and the Mayhem defeated the Toronto Defiant, who are competing remotely due to the COVID-19 outbreak within the team.

London beat New York 2-0 at Busan-UAT, 5-4 at Paraiso and 3-2 at Route 66.

San Francisco defeated Paris 2-0 at Ilios, 3-2 at Eichenwalde and 3-2 again at Route 66. Eternal fell to 0-5 and remained the last team without a win in Countdown Cup qualifying.

Florida took care of Toronto 2-0 at Ilios, 3-2 at Eichenwalde and 2-0 at Junkertown for the sweep.

The three teams in the East that finish the regular season with the most league points will advance to the playoffs, while the top six in the West will do the same.

The other placements in each playoff will be determined through the playoffs, which take place from October 14-15 in the East and from October 21-22 in the West. Selection for the Countdown Cup is based on results in the ongoing qualifying matches.

Two playoff bids for the West will be awarded through the Countdown Cup, while one playoff bid for the East will be up for grabs.

The double-elimination playoffs will begin on October 30. The playoffs will culminate in the first live Grand Finals in three years at the Anaheim (California) Convention Center on November 4. The grand prize is $1 million, while the runner-up team will earn $500,000.

The action continues on Saturday with two qualifying games in the East region and three qualifying games in the West:
–Chengdu Hunters vs. Guangzhou Charge (East)
– TBD vs. Hangzhou Spark (East)
–San Francisco Shock vs. London Spitfire
–New York Excelsior vs. Boston Uprising
– Florida Mayhem vs. Houston Outlaws

Overwatch League — Countdown Cup standings, with points, match record and map differential (*playoff berth won)
West
1. *Los Angeles Gladiators, 6 points, 6-0, +13
2. *Dallas Fuel, 5 points, 5-1, +11
3. *Atlanta Reign, 4 points, 4-2, +5
4. *Houston Outlaws, 3 points, 3-1, +5
5. London Spitfire, 3 points, 3-2, +1
6. Washington Justice, 3 points, 3-3, -3
7. Boston Uprising, 2 points, 2-2, +2
8. *San Francisco Shock, 2 points, 2-3, -1
9. Florida Mayhem, 2 points, 2-3, -2
10. Vancouver Titans, 2 points, 2-4, -6
11. Toronto Defiant, 1 point, 1-4, -5
12. New York Excelsior, 1 point, 1-4, -8
13. Paris Eternal, 0 points, 0-5, -12
East
1. *Seoul Dynasty, 5 points, 5-1, +11
2. Guangzhou Charge, 4 points, 4-2, +3
3. *Philadelphia Fusion, 3 points, 3-3, +3
4. *Shanghai Dragons, 3 points, 3-3, +1
5. Los Angeles Valiant, 3 points, 3-3, -5
6. Chengdu Hunters, 2 points, 2-4, -5
7. Hangzhou Spark, 1 point, 1-5, -8

– Media in the field

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