New Kings are the champions of Overwatch Contenders Season 1: Europe

Today New Kings take on Shu’s Money Crew in the Overwatch Contenders Season 1: Europe Grand Finals.

Overwatch Contenders is a major level tournament series for Pro Players paving the way to the highest tier event, the Overwatch League. There are 5 contenders regions: North America, Europe, China, Australia, and Korea. The combined prize pool from all regions for the year is $1,300,000 USD. Today is the European regional finals. The match format is First to 4.

Shu’s Money Crew is an old team founded back in 2018. In March of this year, their lineup went through a major revamp and 4 new players joined the core team. This strengthened the team as they were quarterfinalists in the Overwatch Contenders 2020: The Gauntlet Europe before the transfers and 2nd runner’s up in Contenders 2021 EU Season – March.

New Kings are a new team formed at the end of this year. Despite being a brand new team and the roster going through changes in February, they are proving themselves a worthy adversary. They were the champions in Contenders 2021 Season 1 Trial: Europe and runner’s up in the Flash Ops Card Tournament EMEA.

Mapwise scores

Lijang tower
New Kings 2-0 Shu’s Money Crew
Eichenwalde
New Kings 1-2 Shu’s Money Crew
Hanamura
New Kings 2-1 Shu’s Money Crew
Rialto
New Kings 3-2 Shu’s Money Crew
Busan
New Kings 2-1 Shu’s Money Crew

The first map was Lijang Tower which is a control point map. New Kings scored two consecutive points and took the map. In Eichenwalde, New Kings pushed the payload almost to the 2nd point but Shu’s Money Crew pulled off an amazing bridge defense and managed to stop it 1.58metres before reaching the 2nd point.

In Hanamura NK took both points with SMC only managing one. In Rialto NK completed but SMC fell short of a point. the fifth map was Busan where both teams scored a point. In the final location, SMC took the point up to 99% but NK retook it at Overtime and held the point taking the map and the series.

Thus with this first victory, New Kings are the new kings of Contenders Europe.

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