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First-place Shock move to 4-0 at Kickoff Clash qualifiers

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Jan 25, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Fans cheer as Paris Legion defeats Los Angeles OpTic Gaming during the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend at The Armory. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Francisco Shock continued their torrid play Sunday by upping their record to 4-0 as Week 2 completed at Overwatch League Kickoff Clash qualifiers.

The Shock defeated the New York Excelsior 3-1 in one of three matches on the final day of Week 2. The Toronto Defiant swept the Paris Eternal 3-0 and the Houston Outlaws outlasted the Florida Mayhem 3-2.

San Francisco jumped on top early by taking the first two maps, winning 1-0 on New Queen Street and 3-1 on Dorado. New York stayed alive with a 5-4 win on King’s Row, only the second map the Shock had dropped in qualifiers thus far. But the Shock finished off the Excelsior with a 2-0 victory on Oasis.

Houston started with a 1-0 triumph on Colosseo before losing 2-1 on Route 66 to tie the match. The Outlaws won 3-2 on King’s Row but again were knotted after Florida took Lijiang Tower 2-0. The Outlaws earned the match win with a 1-0 win on New Queen Street.

Toronto’s sweep was hard-fought as the Defiant pulled off one-point victories on New Queen Street (1-0) and Route 66 (2-1). The Defiant took the third map easily, 3-0 on Eichenwalde.

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

Overwatch League Kickoff Clash standings, with win-loss record, map differential and league points:
West
1. San Francisco Shock, 4-0, +10, 4
2. Los Angeles Gladiators, 2-1, +3, 2
T3. Toronto Defiant, 2-1, +2, 2
T3. Atlanta Reign, 2-1, +2, 2
T3. London Spitfire, 2-1, +2, 2
T3. Washington Justice, 2-1, +2, 2
T3. Florida Mayhem, 2-2, +2, 2
8. Houston Outlaws, 2-2, +1, 2
9. Dallas Fuel, 2-1, +1, 2
10. Boston Uprising, 1-2, -3, 1
11. New York Excelsior, 1-3, -5, 1
12. Paris Eternal, 0-3, -8, 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