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Excelsior earn first win at Kickoff Clash qualifiers

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Sep 29, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; General view during the Overwatch League Grand Finals e-sports event at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Excelsior earned their first victory Saturday during Week 2 of the Overwatch League Kickoff Clash qualifiers.

The Dallas Fuel and London Spitfire also recorded victories.

The Excelsior lost the opening map to the Vancouver Titans on New Queen Street, 1-0. But the Excelsior took the next three, winning Watchpoint: Gibraltor and Eichenwalde 1-0 before clinching 2-1 on Lijiang Tower. The Excelsior improved to 1-2 while the Titans (0-4) remain winless.

The Fuel dropped the first two maps to Los Angeles Gladiators, 1-0 on Colossed and 4-3 on Watchpoint: Gibraltor. But the Fuel clawed back, 3-1 on Eichenwalde, 2-1 on Ilios before clinching 1-0 on New Queen Street.

The Spitfire also dropped their opening map to Boston Uprising, 1-0 on Colossed. But the Spitfire rebounded on Route 66, 5-3 before taking Midtown 3-1. The Spitfire finished off the win, 2-0 on Lijiang Tower.

Qualifying for the Kickoff Clash continues through May 29, with double-elimination bracket play to follow from June 2-5.

Three matches are scheduled for Sunday:
Houston Outlaws vs. Florida Mayhem
San Francisco Shock vs. New York Excelsior
Paris Eternal vs. Toronto Defiant

Overwatch League Kickoff Clash standings, with win-loss record, map differential and league points:
West
1. San Francisco Shock, 3-0, +8, 3
T2. Los Angeles Gladiators, 2-1, +3, 2
T2. Florida Mayhem, 2-1, +3, 2
T4. Washington Justice, 2-1, +2, 2
T4. Atlanta Reign, 2-1, +2, 2
T4. London Spitfire, 2-1, +2, 2
7. Dallas Fuel, 2-1, +1, 2
8. Houston Outlaws, 1-2, 0, 1
9. Toronto Defiant, 1-1, -1, 1
T10. Boston Uprising, 1-2, -1, 1
T10. New York Excelsior, 1-2, -3, 1
12. Paris Eternal, 0-2, -5, 0
13. Vancouver Titans, 0-4, -9, 0
East
T1. Philadelphia Fusion, 0-0, 0, 0
T1. Shanghai Dragons, 0-0, 0, 0
T1. Hangzhou Spark, 0-0, 0, 0
T1. Los Angeles Valiant, 0-0, 0, 0
T1. Seoul Dynasty, 0-0, 0, 0
T1. Guangzhou Charge, 0-0, 0, 0
T1. Chengdu Hunters, 0-0, 0, 0

–Field Level Media