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Philly’s esports team hopes to bring home another championship

The Philadelphia Fusion will play three games against the London Spitfire in a bid to become the Overwatch League's inaugural champion.

The Philadelphia Fusion, Philly's official Overwatch team. (Courtesy photo)

First the Eagles, now the Fusion?

Over the weekend, the city’s first professional esports team trounced the New York Excelsior to earn its ticket to the Grand Finals of the Overwatch League, which will take place Friday and Saturday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (tickets ain’t cheap). There, the team will play three games against the London Spitfire in a bid to become the esports league’s first champion.

“It’s going to be a huge change,” Fusion coach Yann Luu told NBC Sports Philadelphia. “It’s going to be about which team can stick and adapt their routine to that location. The next few days, we’ll practice a bit when we have time. But it’s about relying on what we already built and make sure we’re ready for London.”

The team is owned by Comcast Spectacor, the division of Comcast that owns the Wells Fargo Center and the Philadelphia Flyers.

“We are extremely excited,” said Philadelphia Fusion COO Joe Marsh. “The team has been resilient in the face of adversity all season long and our scrappy Philadelphia-inspired playing style will be on full display this weekend. Our fans are a loyal and passionate group and we are ready to bring another championship home to our city.”

Here’s a recap of the team’s final match before the finals:

Companies: Philadelphia Fusion / Philadelphia Eagles

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