New York Excelsior have claimed back-to-back victories in the last two stages after claiming a 3-0 victory over table-toppers Boston Rising in the Overwatch League Stage 3 final.
Boston Uprising went into the best of five as favourites to claim the $125,000 prize pool. The team became the first side to go an entire stage undefeated after claiming 10 consecutive victories throughout stage three.
However, after successfully navigating past Los Angeles Gladiators with ease, reigning champions New York Excelsior proved too much and they fell at the final hurdle.
New York Excelsior vs Boston Uprising: Stage 3 final
Boston struggled to defend during the early stages, allowing an attacking Excelsior side to push the payload past point A with ease on Route 66. Despite their best efforts to rectify their early mistakes, Excelsior were able to push the payload all the way. An unbreakable defence meant that Boston Uprising were unable to match their opponents, handling New York Excelsior the first game.
This put them in the driving seat to secure the victory. They extended their lead in game two, despite Boston’s best efforts to hold them off. Boston Uprising reached 99% twice in Nepal, but NYE came back from the brink twice to make it 2-0.
New York were on the verge, but Boston were unwilling to go down without a fight. Both sides showed their attacking prowess in the third game, assault on Volskaya. Neither team was able to hold off their opposition and all six points were captured, resulting in a 3-3 draw and pushing the final to a fourth game.
Game four was hybrid on Numbani and New York Excelsior set about ensuring that they would take the game and with it the stage with a very quick take of point A. Excelsior took all three points, leaving Boston with it all to do.
Despite capturing two points, Boston were unable to push the payload past the final pont and New York Excelsior were crowned champions in the Overwatch League stage 3 final.
Overwatch League stage 3 final: Starting lineups
Boston Uprising – Striker, Mistakes, Kellex, Neko, Gamsu, Note
New York Excelsior – Mano, Meko, Pine, Saebyeolbe, Ark, JJoNak