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The Boston Uprising and Houston Outlaws wasted little time setting up the final four of the Overwatch League Season 6 playoffs on Saturday, each breezing through decider matches in Toronto to advance to the grand finals.
With the wins, the Uprising and Outlaws will play in the season's final day, as the semifinals, third-place match and grand final all will be played Sunday. The Outlaws will play the Hangzhou Spark in the first semifinal, followed by the Uprising vs. the Florida Mayhem.
Eight teams reached the playoff stage via their performances in the regular season and play-ins, with the teams split into two groups of four for double-elimination group play.
The final four teams will play for the $1 million grand prize in a single-elimination bracket on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Uprising got things going against the London Spitfire with a 2-0 win Lijiang Tower. The Spitfire answered 3-2 on Blizzard World, only to fall behind again with a 3-1 loss on Suravasa. There was no answer for the Spitfire after that, as the Uprising took Esperanca to win the match.
Houston was even more dominant in its match against the Dallas Fuel, sweeping its in-state rival with 2-0 wins on both Lijiang Tower and King's Row and a 3-2 win on Suravasa to clinch the match.
--Houston Outlaws vs. Hangzhou Spark (semifinal 1)
--Boston Uprising vs. Florida Mayhem (seminal 2)
--Third-place match (semifinal losers)
--Grand final (semifinal winners)
Overwatch League prize pool:
1. $1 million
5-6. $50,000 (London Spitfire, Dallas Fuel)
7-8. no money (Atlanta Reign, Seoul Infernal)
--Field Level Media