After a week full of matches and new meta, there has been plenty of movement in the Overwatch League power rankings.
Many teams got off to a hot start and others found themselves in an early stage hole. Some spots remain filled with the same faces, but many found themselves in new homes just a week into the stage.
See how it all shook out below and where teams stand heading into the second week of the Overwatch League season’s final stage.
1. New York Excelsior (Previous ranking: 1)
No surprises at the top with New York Excelsior taking the top spot once again.
They won both their matches, and only lost a single map in the process. They did tie in one map against the Florida Mayhem, but it still remains to be seen if any team can overtake them at the top.
This team has not lost in over a month, and the teams who once held their own against the New York squad appear to be slipping away. This team is in cruise control as they move into week two. They should have more than enough to secure two more wins over Seoul and Shanghai.
2. Philadelphia Fusion (Previous ranking: 3)
Philadelphia Fusion started off the new stage with a couple of strong wins. The biggest of which came against Boston Uprising, who only managed to win a single map.
It looks like decisions to rest Overwatch MVP candidate Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee at the end of Stage 3 is paying off. There is still about a month to go in the stage and then the postseason will be underway, so hopefully the short week was enough for Carpe.
However, this week could almost be as close to another rest week as possible because of easy match-ups versus the Shanghai Dragons and Dallas Fuel. Anything less than four wins from four this week would be a disappointment for this team.
3. Houston Outlaws (Previous ranking: 9)
A new meta and new coach Kyly “KyKy” Souder, former Dallas Fuel coach, seem to have revived this team. Star DPS player, Jake ”Jake” Lyon is a huge fan of this new meta and has tweeted about some of his favorite heroes to play that he has had success with through two games.
The Houston Outlaws returned to form in the first week back from the intermission. Claiming two wins, already half as many as they had last stage with dominant performances, they only dropped one map to the Boston Uprising.
This team had the best quality wins of the week. Beating two teams who may be struggling at the moment, but still remain contenders this season.
Moving forward, this team gets to face the undefeated Los Angeles Gladiators and the San Francisco Shock who beat them in the final week of Stage 3.
4. Los Angeles Gladiators (Previous ranking: 8)
I choose to rank the Gladiators over their counterpart because they produced better wins this week.
Although they played Dallas Fuel who struggled last week, they did not lose a single map, so I value that win just a tad more than I would have had they lost even a single map. They also managed to defeat the San Francisco Shock, who they have struggled to beat in the past.
It is important for this team to be able to secure more wins against teams like San Francisco Shock, who had previously beaten Los Angeles Gladiators in their Stage 3 match.
This next week will be a real test for this team as they face a rebounding London Spitfire squad and a hot Houston team.
5. Los Angeles Valiant (Previous ranking: 5)
The Valiant are the lowest ranked of the teams that remain undefeated after a week of play.
The Valiant played well, but just do not dominate weaker teams like many of the other top teams. For example, they dropped a map to the Shanghai Dragons. Another team to do this was the Dallas Fuel, so it can be questioned how much difference is there between the Valiant and the Fuel.
It’s important to keep in mind that this team was swept by NYXL in their first stage playoff appearance, so this team needs to win the must-win match-ups and at least start to be competitive against the strongest sides.
This week is the perfect starting point as they face Boston Uprising, a team I would still consider in the upper tiers of the league despite their record.
6. San Francisco Shock (Previous ranking: 6)
The week ended on a good note for the Shock. They secured a win, and the emergence of Minho “Architect” Park as a star DPS player looks good moving forward.
Though their single loss may be what comes back to haunt them. This team had previously beaten the Los Angeles Gladiators in prior stage play, so another win would have been nice. Especially, since it can be hard to count on winning against Philadelphia Fusion or NYXL as the stage moves on.
This next week could be a rough one as neither match is a cakewalk, but these could be good momentum builders. I would anticipate this team to struggle and most likely finish the week with two losses on their record. They have beaten the Houston Outlaws before, but this week is a toss up that does not favour the Shock.
7. Boston Uprising (Previous ranking: 2)
It has been a long fall for the Boston Uprising, who failed to win a match in first week of the new stage. This team needs to get a win and fast, so they can get back to the level that they were playing at during the last stage, when they went undefeated.
A win should be on the cards as they get to open the week versus a Dallas Fuel team that, despite a win, remains one of the weaker teams in the league.
The Uprising need a win, preferably two, to get themselves right back into the thick of things. This week provides ample opportunity to do just that with a couple very winnable games.
8. London Spitfire (Previous ranking: 4)
They ended the last stage on quite a run, but failed to pick up where they left off at the start of a new stage. London Spitfire lost both of their matches in the first week and worst yet only won a single map.
This team was given no favors in the schedule as their first two games were against some high level competition. Despite taking two losses, the Spitfire got two of their toughest matches out of the way and can now turn their attention to digging themselves out of this early stage hole.
Next week presents more favorable matchups against the San Francisco and Seoul. This team should be able to secure at least a little more than a single map win. However, they will be hoping for at least one win in order to stop themselves from falling out of the stage playoff race.
9. Seoul Dynasty (Previous ranking: 7)
The decision made by Seoul Dynasty to bench Jin-Hyuk “Miro” Gong, and transition Je-Hong “Ryujehong” Ryu to main tank have failed to result in a win so far this stage. It remains to be seen how long this team will continue with this lineup if they fail to produce results.
They took the Valiant to a map five but failed to win and followed up the loss with another to close out the week.
After a rough week, Seoul’s schedule remains tough as they get to play NYXL, which will likely result in another defeat.
10. Dallas Fuel (Previous ranking: 11)
After a week of play, this stage is resembling the last. The Fuel managed to split this week, winning their first game and losing their second. The loss came in a humiliating fashion with the Los Angeles Gladiators sweeping the Fuel by four maps to none. While a single victory means that they have already matched their win total from the last stage, it still doesn’t look too well, as they failed to win a map again a team in the middle of the pack.
However, the team added new head coach Aaron “Aero” Atkins, so maybe after a full week of practice things could improve for this team.
The schedule for this team gets tougher this week. Boston Uprising are currently without a win. However, they may be the best of the teams without a win this stage, and the Philadelphia Fusion are streaking to start the stage.
This week could be a big one for the Dallas Fuel. If they win this week it would be a huge morale and momentum boost, but a couple of losses could signal that changes make no difference to this team.
11. Shanghai Dragons (Previous ranking:12)
After one map, it looked like the Dragons were on their way to a win by capitalizing on some early struggles by the Dallas Fuel. The narrative quickly shifted as Dallas Fuel’s Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangchod made his Brigitte debut. Then it was the same story for the Dragons as they lost the next three maps to lose the match.
Following up one loss with another like they have done all season, the Dragons ended the week without a win.
Despite watching their best chance of securing a win fall through their grasp, Shanghai Dragons do not take the bottom spot, as they were at least able to win a map this week.
Next week the Dragons get to play against two of the best teams in the OWL, so more losses are expected.
12. Florida Mayhem (Previous ranking: 10)
There are a couple ways to look at the rough start by the Mayhem. They played possibly the best two teams in the OWL. However, failing to win a single map does little to inspire a team to believe that it can really compete on this stage.
However, a tie was all the Boston Uprising could muster against NYXL in their last matchup, so is this team potentially as good as that lineup that recently put together a historic win streak?
Florida Mayhem gets to face both Los Angeles teams this week, so a win is definitely possible.
Teams are still figuring out the new meta and the changes that came with it.
Most of the teams are either undefeated or without a win, and will look to react accordingly in this next week.
Teams need to respond quickly to their situation before their stage playoff aspirations float away. Being back only two games in the standings just calls for a team to have a strong week, but once a team finds itself four games in, the hope starts to fade.
Looking at the schedule, this next week should provide us a better look at which teams are real contenders and which lucked into a hot start.