Courtesy of their respective victories over former leaders Seoul Dynasty, New York Excelsior and London Spitfire head into the final week of Stage 1 as the top two teams in the Overwatch League standings.
Should they keep up their good form this week, they stand to be two of the main contenders in the Stage 1 finals.
They have been inseparable so far. They both currently sit top of the standings with seven wins and one defeat apiece.
However, that is certain to change this week. as the Overwatch League’s two best sides lock horns to determine their final place ahead of the playoffs.
First New York and London must come through games against Florida Mayhem and Houston Outlaws respectively on Friday.
However, Saturday’s game between London Spitfire vs New York Excelsior will be the showpiece match to finish off what has been an incredible opening stage.
London Spitfire vs New York Excelsior: how do the two teams compare?
London has done well to build a roster that is well balanced in all areas. This diverse specialisation allows London to be prepared for every map with players that excel in that particular environment.
New York doesn’t have quite such a deep squad to call upon, meaning that they have to rely on the same players to be able to do every job. Obviously that hasn’t been a problem so far, as they have the best win percentage and strength so far this season.
However, if London Spitfire is able to utilise their extensive roster effectively and use its players in the right way, they have a strong chance of giving New York a game on Saturday.
They have done it so far and should be able to do it again against New York.
If you look at London’s game against Seoul last week, which ended in a 4-0 sweep for London, you will see just how effective they can be when they utilise their roster well. In that match, London fielded almost two separate teams, with eleven of the club’s 12 players playing a part. Seoul, on the other hand, played the same six throughout.
Can New York Excelsior give London Spitfire a game?
New York has its fair share of advantages too though.
Excelsior have a deadly secret weapon in the form of Pine, who is the best performing DPS on their roster so far. His impressive performances so far have made him the star of the show among the club’s rising fan base.
Pine is utilised by New York as a clutch player because of his reputation for not dropping a single map.
At the time of writing, Pine has only lost a single map throughout the first month of the season. Essentially, if New York plays Pine, they will almost certainly win the map.
According to Overwatch statistics website Winston’s Lab, London is at a disadvantage in terms of strength this season. However, much like their game against Seoul, London has the adaptability to overcome the New York roster and put themselves top heading into the playoffs.
If London can do what it did against Seoul, then even the hitscan prowess of Pine will not be enough to overpower them.
I could see this match going to a game five. It shouldn’t be a sweep for either team. However, London will just edge it in the race for first place.