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Thailand edges out Japan in a nail-biting 7-game series to win Blizzard's SEA Invitational

By Koh Wanzi - on 22 Sep 2019, 6:43pm

Thailand edges out Japan in a nail-biting 7-game series to win Blizzard's SEA Invitational

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Thailand has established themselves as the top team in Blizzard's SEA Invitational after edging out Japan in a tight 7-game series to clinch first place. The team wins round-trip flights to Anaheim, California to play in the Overwatch World Cup next month, beating out six other teams from around the region. 

The grand finals saw Japan nearly complete a reverse sweep after being down 3-0, but Thailand showed that they were the better and more adaptable team on the final map of Watchpoint: Gibraltar, ultimately taking the series 4-2. 

Both teams pushed the cart to the end in overtime, which meant they each got 1 minute to spare on the second go around. Thailand held Japan at bay with a successful Mei, Bastion, Orisa, and Baptise composition, with the cart barely moving past the first bend in the road. When it came to Thailand's turn to attack, the team cleverly wrapped around the building at the side, forcing Japan to reposition themselves further back. 

While Japan seemed to gain the upper hand in the initial engagement, a late pick on Tenta "ten" Asai's Bastion meant that the Japanese were down a key damage dealer as Thailand's respawns came in. Ten was one of the stars for Japan throughout the series, showing off stellar Doomfist play that cracked the map wide open for his team in several instances. 

Thailand's Ubon "oPuTo" Dara kept the Japanese on their toes too, forcing them to keep track of where his Reaper was at all times. He pulled off several high-impact Death Blossoms, including a massive 4-kill ultimate off the back of Teetawat "Teetawat" Teerayosyotin's damage-boosting Supercharger as the cart approached the final point on Gibraltar.

Japan proved themselves remarkably resilient and capable of bouncing back after huge deficits, but it ultimately wasn't enough. 

This isn't the end of the road for everyone else though and they'll be playing for a spot in the playoffs at the Overwatch World Cup in late October in Anaheim. 

In the meantime, you can check out today's matches in the stream below if you missed it.

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