Season Three of the OGN Overwatch Apex is coming to an end, and there is only one match left to be played. This weekend, KongDoo Panthera and Lunatic-Hai will be fighting for the most prestigious title in Overwatch competitions in the Asian region. So far, both teams have had an excellent season, and their place in the final is just another proof of their good form.
This kind of performance has been expected from Lunatic-Hai as they are currently the best Overwatch team in the world and their opponents very rarely have the opportunity to defeat them. Because of that, Lunatic-Hai will be a big favorite for winning yet another trophy. That said, KongDoo Panthera will not be without its chances.
This season, KongDoo Panthera and Lunatic-Hai have already played two matches in this competition. In the first match, Lunatic-Hai proved why many people consider them to be the best Overwatch team in the world. Since then, Lunatic-Hai has had some very good performances as well as some not quite so impressive. The fact is, Lunatic-Hai is losing the advantage that they had in comparison to the other teams from this competition.
Other teams are getting better and better and on several occasions during this season, the play that Lunatic-Hai displayed was read like an open book. That is exactly what happened in the second match that these two teams played this season. KongDoo Panthera came strong in that match with a clear game plan in their heads. They knew what Lunatic-Hai will try to do and they had the response already prepared. Because of that, Lunatic-Hai will have to find a new game plan for the final match.
Even though KongDoo Panthera managed to read Lunatic-Hai’s game, Lunatic-Hai will have a big advantage in the final match. Last year, Lunatic-Hai won the title, but it took them several hours to do that. Last year’s final was one of the best Overwatch matches ever played, and after the first four games, it seemed that RunAway would win the title because of their 1-3 advantage.
However, Lunatic-Hai put on a comeback rarely seen in the eSports tournaments by winning the next three rounds and securing the title for themselves. It took amazing mental strength to pull that kind of comeback, and that is why Lunatic-Hai will have the advantage in this game. On the other hand, for KongDoo Panthera this is absolutely the best result that they have had in OGN Overwatch APEX competitions.
With the lack of big matches, it is possible for KongDoo Panthera to fall under pressure and not to be able to perform as well as they might be able to under different circumstances. Lunatic-Hai will not be forgiving in that situation, and that is why KongDoo Panthera needs to forget that they are playing in the final of such big competition.
In the end, it seems that the ability to handle pressure might be crucial for deciding the winner of the match and that is exactly what Lunatic-Hai is counting on this Saturday when the final match will be played.