eSports Betting: Runaway vs Lunatic-Hai Overwatch Show Match
Nostalgia. The reminiscing of the good old days, when things were simpler and better is something that ties communities together. World of Warcraft community got to experience that feeling with the release of WoW Classic servers last August, while the Call of Duty fans got delivered with the refurbished Modern Warfare title in October.
But if there is one gaming community that is buzzing with excitement now, it’s the Overwatch community, who are counting down the days to Sunday, May 31, when they will get to re-experience one of the most iconic Overwatch fixtures in history: the 2017 OGN Overwatch APEX Season 2 finals RunAway vs Lunatic-Hai. Let’s take a closer look at this show match and their Overwatch odds.
Runaway vs Lunatic-Hai Show Match
Lunatic-Hai and RunAway are two Korean Overwatch teams that have a very rich and unique history between them that blossomed into a friendly-rivalry of sorts. However, as time went by, both teams started to slowly fall apart with the departure of their core members and with that lost the identity they once had. The old RunAway members left for Vancouver Titans, while Lunatic-Hai watched their core members leave for Seoul Dynasty to compete in the Overwatch League forever ending not only one of the most iconic rivalries of Overwatch APEX League but the excitement APEX League once had as well.
It’s easy to see why the Asian Overwatch fans see the upcoming show match as one of the biggest and most exciting events of the year, and while Lunatic-Hai and RunAway won’t be entering the match with their original rosters, the upcoming match will come as close to the original 2017 OGN Overwatch APEX Season 2 finals as we can get.
Lunatic-Hai looking to renew their friendly-rivalry with RunAway
Lunatic-Hai will be entering this match with a slightly changed lineup compared to their original APEX squad. While Taejun “Leetaejun” Lee, Gi-do “Gido” Moon, Jinmo “Tobi” Yang, Joon-hyuk “zunba” Kim, Seung-jun “WhoRU” Lee and Jin-hyuk “Miro” Gong have all confirmed their attendance, the fans were left disheartened when it was announced Jehong “ryujehong” Ryu and Injae “Esca” Kim won’t be appearing.
Earlier this month, ryujehong has publicly announced he will be taking a break from the competitive Overwatch scene, while Esca is currently serving his military duties and cannot partake in the show match.
Having said that, the rosters are not finalised and the fans might be in for a surprise. Ryujehong has recently stated during one of his Twitch streams that he is considering to attend the show match, while Esca has reportedly asked to take a short leave from the military, meaning it’s likely Lunatic-Hai will be entering the match in full strength.
RunAway welcome back Dae-hoon “Runner” Yoon to the roster
RunAway are not only one of the most recognisable Overwatch teams in the Asian scene, they’re much more than that. This team operates as a family that kept their ties with their old members who left for Vancouver Titans in October 2018 and will now give them a chance to fight under their old banner once more.
As it’s already known, Vancouver Titans disbanded their roster at the start of May, due to ongoing struggles caused by COVID-19 pandemic. This was a rather huge blow to the organisation as they had to let go of a roster that led Titans to the finals of 2019 Overwatch league, however, this also means most of the old RunAway roster has returned to Korea and will now compete in the show match.
RunAway announced Hyojong “Haksal” Kim, Chunghee “Stitch” Lee, Sang-hoon “Kaiser” Ryu, Hyojong “Haksal” Kim, Sang-beom “Bumper” Park, Chung-hee “Stitch” Lee and RunAway founder Dae-hoon “Runner” Yoon will all be attending the event. Runner has previously played for RunAway, but decided to step away, as he came to a conclusion that he is not the best fit for the roster.
If this roster is confirmed, RunAway will field all players who participated at the 2017 OGN Overwatch APEX Season 2 finals, apart from Min-soo “KoX” Kim, who has retired in February 2018.
When RunAway and Lunatic-Hai met in the OGN Overwatch APEX Season 2 grand finals, they produced one of the most exciting and iconic Overwatch fixtures to date and while Lunatic-Hai came away with the spoils on that day (4-3) that result can’t be taken into account for this spectacle.
Since the majority of RunAway’s roster made it to the grand finals of Overwatch League last season, they’re objectively the stronger side compared to Lunatic-Hai whose Seoul Dynasty roster made it only to the quarter-finals. Nevertheless, we cannot expect RunAway to go all out on Sunday and show their supremacy. This is a show match which does not count for anything besides giving the fans something to watch and enjoy.
We will likely see an entertaining match with unorthodox team compositions, flashy plays, funny moments and other elements that will not be focusing on winning the game, but instead entertaining fans. And what better way to do so than recreating their last meeting and play out all five maps? Expect a match that won’t have an obvious winner, but instead, one that will stretch the series into five maps.
Prediction: Over 4.5 maps