Why Profit is the Overwatch League Finals MVP

What makes an MVP? They’ve gotta be flexible – able to play whatever hero their team comp needs. They need excellent gamesense to identify and make big impact plays. But most of all, an MVP’s gotta be CLUTCH: performing at the highest level under the most pressure they’ve ever felt before. In the Overwatch League Finals between the Philadelphia Fusion and London Spitfire—the biggest stage the game has ever had—one player proved themselves worthy of that Playoffs MVP honor: Profit. After being left off of the South Korean World Cup team and falling way short in the Regular Season MVP voting, Profit put the Overwatch community on notice with one of the greatest DPS performances in the game’s young history.

But on a team of heavy hitters also featuring Birdring and Gesture, what made Profit stand out? Let’s break down a few moments that show WHY he was truly London’s most valuable player in slot machine games. It would be one thing if Profit was this good on one or two heroes.

But what makes him really stand out from the pack is that he can do this across one of the league’s biggest hero pools. Over both Finals matches, Profit pulled in the highest combined +/- over nine heroes, tied with Birdring for the most. Picks like Zarya and Sombra were only used for a minute or so, but he still put in major performances on Hanzo, Tracer, Pharah, Genji, Junkrat, Brigitte, and even Mei. But while it’s cool to frag out over top tier talent on a bunch of heroes, true MVPs have the gamesense and knowledge to match. Let’s see how pro awareness led to Profit’s Dragonstrike on Junkertown, one of the most memorable we’ve seen in Overwatch. But wait a second, is this really Profit’s play?

Gesture’s Halt is what pulls them all in for the kill, right? Well, if you take a look at the situations surrounding it, you’ll see that this play was really set up and cashed in by Profit himself. With 2:36 left in the round, Philly are making a good push at Point C. A Poko bomb scatters the Spitfire long enough for Sado to pick Gesture, giving them advantage in the fight.

BUT, Profit comes in with a kill on Boombox to equalize, and Birdring drops EQO immediately after. This forces out Neptuno’s rez, and though the fight is back to a 5v5, Profit has milked a critical resource out of Philly. The Fusion are able to keep moving the cart as Gesture and Boombox race back from point, and Profit squares up against EQO on the high ground. It’s a good demonstration of gamesense: Profit knows the importance of that high ground position on Point C, and that leaving EQO uncontested would be a disaster for the defense. With Birdring handling Carpe, this is Profit’s highest-impact play. Gesture gets back first and is able to pick Carpe, putting the ball in Philly’s court to equalize.

EQO is about to take aim when BAM— Profit gives him an arrow to the face, winning the duel and sending the Fusion back to spawn. Now here’s the turning point: Philly escape with 2 minutes left on the clock, enough for two or three solid pushes. However, they make the bold choice to go full dive, giving them a new strategy but resetting their ult meters. If they don’t get a clean first push, they’ll have few resources built up for a brutal Point C fight. It’s almost too easy. Profit shoots a Sonic Arrow to give everyone vision of Philly’s approach, and he gets into position with Dragonstrike.

Once he sees 4 silhouettes at once, he knows it’s game on. He lets his ult rip, and Gesture throws out a god-tier halt to pull in and wipe out their opponents. But even if the assist hadn’t come in, Profit’s Dragonstrike only left the Fusion with two options: die in the hallway, or bail out into the corridor—and the waiting arms of the Spitfire. Either way, that’s a dead push.

With only a minute left after respawns, Philly flies into a panic. They mount two futile pushes before they cede another map to the eventual champions, thanks to a brilliant, high IQ play from Profit. So we’ve seen Profit’s wide hero pool and deep game knowledge, but what about clutch factor? Profit checked this one off the list with one of the best moments of the finals. Let’s go back to the first match.

London are up 2-1 over Philly, but they’re one failed push on Volskaya away from being dragged to a game 5 by the Fusion. Even scarier is that the tiebreaker would be a payload map, and Philly opened the day with a win on Dorado. If the Spitfire want to break through here, it has to happen now—Philly have only one support hero and one ult, while London has both Primal Rage and Transcendence up to maintain momentum. If they can cap, they’ll take the first match and deal a huge blow to Philly’s morale going into day two.

Enter Profit… from the floating platform. After cruising in behind enemy lines, Profit takes a brief duel with Carpe, but then spots a juicier mark: Neptuno’s Mercy. While he waits for his team to engage with Trance, Carpe shoots him from behind, forcing him to act. London attacks, he hits the gas pedal, and from there, the carnage begins.

Profit double-blinks over the gap past EQO to drop Neptuno with a stunning one-clip. Mercy has one of the trickiest hitboxes in the game, and Profit is close to missing the assassination, but a quick flurry of extremely clutch headshots confirms the kill as he recalls to safety. But once he’s back where he started, Profit quickly realizes that his Tracer duel isn’t over.

Carpe is still hunting him, and without recall, Profit is in trouble and unable to sustain through a 1v1. Luckily, the recall gives him the drop on Carpe, and a single clip is all he needs. Carpe falls before he knows what hit him. With one of his toughest checks taken care of, Profit turns his attention to a now very vulnerable Fusion tank line. Unfortunately for Hotba’s Roadhog, Profit spots the very end of Take a Breather. He jumps in, charges the last couple percent of his ult, and throws a picture-perfect pulse bomb right in Hotba’s path as he moves to target Gesture.

With no armor or damage reduction available, Hog goes down hard. From there, Profit turns his attention to Sado and shows how to absolutely dismantle an Orisa. He blinks inside Sado’s shield, forcing him to dance out to the other side. This saves Sado from the immediate damage, but also leaves him exposed, and Bdosin is able to tag a Discord Orb onto him from way downtown. With the damage amp on, not even Fortify can save Sado.

It’s just about wrapped up for Philly, but they have one chance left: Poko is about to get back into mech, and just maybe he can stall out long enough for a miracle. Yeah, never mind. That’s 5 kills in one clutch play from Profit, and the Spitfire walk out of day one with a big, BIG win. The Inaugural Season of the Overwatch League is behind us, but it went out with a bang and an all-time performance by an all-time DPS player.

Though we may not see him in the World Cup or All-Star Game, Profit ended the season by proving that—without a doubt—he is a true MVP.