Hello again, old friend. I am Mitch Leslie. Tonight, you are going to hear
a story of youthful promise and potential realized. It’s a coming-of-age tale about patience
and humble beginnings, about a slow rise
from the doldrums of normality to the precipice of greatness. And if we’re lucky, you may just feel the flutter of joy in your cold, lifeless heart. This is the journey
of the San Francisco Shock. Our story begins in the ancient annals of the Overwatch League’s
inaugural season, when a young Shock team
patiently awaited the birthdays of two of its biggest stars. But super and sinatraa’s accession
into the team had little impact in 2018, and they putted along to a sub-500 record. For whatever reason,
when push comes to shove, the Shock tend to collapse. Never underestimate the power
of San Francisco Shock to lose a game. But then a new season was born, and with it came a fresh wave of optimism for the boys from San Fran. You can’t say “San Fran.” People from
there get mad about it for some reason. -What about Frisco?
-Even worse. -SF?
-Just say San Francisco. I have to say the whole thing every time? OK. Anyway, San Francisco’s hopes for success
were through the roof as the 2019 season began. San Francisco, man, if you’re not a fan,
get on board for Season 2, because this team gets better and better. I am stunned. The only thing better than dreaming
big dreams is realizing those dreams. After an inconspicuous first stage, the Shock reached the Stage 1 finals to face the powerful Vancouver Titans. Who’s going to do it tomorrow, hex?
This is going to be so big. An unstoppable force
versus an unstoppable force. This may be the Pacific Division rivalry that we all should be looking towards
as this season goes on. What would ensue between the Shock
and Titans will long be touted as one of the greatest matches
the League has ever seen. Just one more map. Just finish it. In the end, though, the Shock fell short, and headed back to
the drawing board for Stage 2. When they revealed their masterpiece, it was perfection. The San Francisco Shock looking
about as dominant as you can. That’s just a stomp. -What do you say about that?
-Yeah. San Francisco lost not 1 single map en route to a golden perfect stage, and avenged their loss to Vancouver to claim the Stage 2 crown. And the Shock have done it! They are your Stage 2 champions! The sweet moves of their MVP sinatraa and the boastful – but still distinctly
boyish – voice of their main tank super led the team to win 19 of their final 21
regular-season matches. Even with the birth
of a new meta in Stage 4, like moths to a flame, the Shock continued to swarm
every opponent, mercilessly beating them to a pulp. Dormant star players re-emerged
from their ingeniously crafted bench, and the Shock stood tall as the only top team not to struggle when the roles became locked. They enter the postseason
as the third seed, but only cosmetically, as these young men are currently
the most feared team in the land. Will the Shock’s versatility and composure
catapult them to Grand Finals champions? Or will they **** the bed somehow? The throne awaits,
young kings of San Francisco, but you must claim it for yourself.