Overwatch 2019 All-Star Game: Atlantic's Top Plays, Prize Money

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2019

FILE - In this July 28, 2018, file photo, fans watch the competition between Philadelphia Fusion and London Spitfire during the Overwatch League Grand Finals competition at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. With eight new franchises and plans to take its regular season on the road for the first time, the Overwatch League is opening its second year a few steps closer to its goal of becoming a truly global, city-based esports league. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
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A number of the top esports players in the world met at Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California, on Thursday for the Overwatch League 2019 All-Star Game.

Teams from the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions put their skills to the test as they battled to see who would prevail in this showcase event. Every player on the rosters was required to play in at least one map.

The first team to win on four maps would be crowned the champion—and there was little doubt as to who was the superior squad.

Guxue provided an early highlight for the Pacific in the first match:

Hangzhou Spark @Hangzhou_Spark

@Guxue5 comes for @JJoNakLove as he promised ψ(`∇´)ψ #owl2019 #owlallstar #bang 😜 https://t.co/dk5NvshGaV

That would be one of the few bright spots for the Pacific on the day, though. The Atlantic Division overcame that Guxue highlight to take the first match, and that would just be the start of things to come.

The Atlantic Division carried that momentum over into the second match:

Overwatch League @overwatchleague

STOP SLEEPIN' ON THE JOB @sinatraa! 😉 The Atlantic division is up in our All-Star game right now! Think they can pull off the win? LIVE: https://t.co/U6dIipgQGs https://t.co/cQuP5SEe6B

By taking the first two games of the day, the Atlantic Division took a commanding 2-0 lead into halftime. And unfortunately for the Pacific Division, there wouldn't be much of a difference after the intermission.

The Atlantic Division struck again coming out of the break, pulling within one victory of the All-Star crown with a win on Map 3.

Facing a do-or-die situation, the Pacific Division managed to avoid the sweep and finally got on the board on the fourth map:

Overwatch League @overwatchleague

CLASSIC. @JJoNakLove #OWL2019 The Atlantic division are looking to take that fourth and final point from the Pacific. Can they do it!? LIVE: https://t.co/U6dIipgQGs https://t.co/33t3POy1pJ

Ultimately, that would not do much to affect the outcome of the All-Star series. The Atlantic Division responded to close out matchup on the fifth map. With that, they pulled out a gentlemen's sweep.

Also of note, Gesture and Bren went head-to-head in the Widowmaker:

Overwatch League @overwatchleague

Welcome to #OWL2019 @Brencasts. The Widowmaker 1v1 has begun! LIVE: https://t.co/U6dIipgQGs https://t.co/FK8c9uVGLt

Overwatch League @overwatchleague

One shot. #OWL2019 @BrenCasts takes a whopping two points off of @gesture's Widowmaker! https://t.co/U6dIipgQGs https://t.co/j8uI2EuOLs

It appears as though that showdown wasn't enough for either competitor:

Gesture @gesture

It was so fun @BrenCasts !! Next time battle again! What hero you want? 🤔

Gesture @gesture

@BrenCasts I got it buddy!

Nothing but respect.

According to Variety's Stefanie Fogel, the 2019 Overwatch League season features a prize pool of $5 million.