The New York Excelsior closed out Stage 3 with a dominant performance, beating Boston Uprising 3-0 to claim the Stage 3 crown.
As the week intermission comes to a close, the last stage of the Overwatch League is almost underway.
Stage 4 will begin on Thursday, 17 May, with a match-up between Los Angeles Gladiators and San Francisco Shock. Here are your power ranking for each team ahead of Overwatch League Stage 4 week 1.
1. New York Excelsior
Stage 3 record: 9-1
The clear choice, New York Excelsior paved their way to another stage title with ease. After only dropping one match in a stage for the third consecutive time, they reached the Stage playoffs once again.
Though they finished with the second seed, the Excelsior looked as dominant as ever. They made their way through the playoffs, winning both games by sweeping their opponents.
Now back-to-back champions, this team has proved that its depth is unmatched in the Overwatch League. Stars like Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang and Hae-seong “Libero” Kim make strong cases for the inaugural Overwatch League MVP award, while stars like Jong-yeol “Saebyeolbe” Park and Do-hyeon “Pine” Kim continue to emerge.
2. Boston Uprising
Stage 3 record: 10-0
After a perfect stage, which clinched them the number one seed, Boston fell just short of clinching the stage title. They fell to New York Excelsior after failing to win a single map in the final game.
However, their improvement in the last stage was drastic after finishing the first two stages with six and five wins respectively. They became the first team in OWL history to complete a stage with ten wins and zero defeats.
Prior to defeat in the Stage 3 final, Boston Uprising hadn’t been defeated since early March, so seeing how the team moves into Stage 4 will be something to watch. Will Boston repeat some of the last stage’s magic, or will they struggle to get back on track after the disappointment of the Stage 3 finals?
3. Philadelphia Fusion
Stage 3 record: 5-5
Philadelphia Fusion just missed out on the Stage 3 playoffs. They needed a sweep in their final game to secure a spot. However, the team instead opted to rest star DPS Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee and turn their attention to the final stage, rather than reaching the playoffs.
Judging by these moves, it appears that the Fusion have high hopes for Stage 4 and beyond.
After losing once again to the New York Excelsior in the same reverse sweep fashion, the Fusion were unable to recover on a quick turnaround to play San Francisco the following day. Those two games, had they gone in the Fusion’s favor, would have been huge. However, they did not and all eyes now look to May 30th when these two teams meet next.
Philadelphia went to map five on numerous occasions in the last stage, so the experience should help them, but can they get over the hump that is New York Excelsior?
4. London Spitfire
Stage 3 record: 5-5
The Spitfire had a rough start to Stage 3, opening with four defeats in their first five games.
Losing to Houston and New York in the first week, then Philadelphia in the following week, the team found itself in a hole by the midpoint of the stage. However, they still managed to climb out of it, making a strong resurgence as the stage went on.
This team suffered its first defeats to the Houston Outlaws and Los Angeles Gladiators in Stage 3, which proved detrimental to the team’s stage playoff aspirations. However, this team is one of the only teams to have beaten New York Excelsior. In fact, they are the only side to have beaten them twice, so they remain one of the Overwatch League’s top teams.
They’re definitely one to watch out for moving into Stage 4.
5. Los Angeles Valiant
Stage 3 record: 7-3
The Valiant started hot in the last stage, winning their first five games. However, they struggled down the stretch, losing three of their final five games.
They did manage to secure themselves a place in the stage playoffs for the first time, but it was short-lived as they were quickly swept aside by eventual champions New York Excelsior.
The surprises from Los Angeles Valiant’s stage performance were in their defeats. They lost to both the Outlaws and the Spitfire, two teams that failed to win the majority of their games.
This team could have won another two games against teams that were struggling in Stage 3,but lost instead. There is no telling what impact those two wins could have had, but they need to stop letting these types of matches fall through their hands.
6. San Francisco Shock
Stage 3 record: 6-4
San Francisco Shock flew under the radar in the previous stage. They had some quality wins over Philadelphia Fusion and Houston Outlaws and showed improvements to finish with six wins. This left them just one spot off of the stage playoffs.
The Shock’s Stage 3 accomplishments were overshadowed by the success of Boston Uprising, who went undefeated throughout the stage.
If there is one sleeper team in the Overwatch League, then it’s probably the Shock, who land at the bottom of the playoff bubble. While the postseason may be a little out of reach, they’re still potential contenders for Stage 4.
7. Seoul Dynasty
Stage 3 record: 5-5
Stage 3 was the first time this season that Seoul Dynasty failed to secure seven wins in a stage. Had they kept up their form from the first two stages, seven wins would have punched a ticket to play on Championship Sunday.
Seoul was faced with many challenges this stage, including player health and team cooperation, but they chose to bench Jin-hyuk “Miro” Gong in their final games and found success with transitioning Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu to other roles.
If Seoul hopes to remain in contention for the Stage 4 playoffs, they will need to start winning games against the best teams. Simply winning once a week against the bottom tier teams will not be sufficient.
8. Los Angeles Gladiators
Stage 3 record: 6-4
Another team that was swept aside in their first stage playoff appearance, the Gladiators had a rough final week of Stage 3. They were beaten twice by the Boston Uprising, including a sweep in their second clash.
This team finished the stage with six wins, but all came against teams who finished with less victories than defeats. Also, the Gladiators may have squeezed out a win against Seoul Dynasty in part due to an illness that forced Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim to exit their match early after securing the first map.
Los Angeles Gladiators will start Stage 4 with a match against San Francisco Shock, who enter the game on a two win streak.
9. Houston Outlaws
Stage 3 record: 4-6
The Outlaws, who started the season looking like a top team, have continually fallen as the season has progressed. Their number of victories has dropped with each stage. They started with seven wins in Stage 1, falling to four in Stage 3.
However, the team remains proactive during the break, adding a new coach to help turn their season around.
Will the Outlaws continue their slow decline, or will their recent changes help to turn things around in Stage 4 and push for a postseason spot?
10. Florida Mayhem
Stage 3 record: 2-8
Florida Mayhem have been a constant at the bottom of the standings. They only managed two wins in Stage 4, overcoming Shanghai Dragons and Dallas Fuel, who between them managed just a single victory in Stage 3.
This team looks likely to have a rough opening week, with New York Excelsior and Philadelphia Fusion to come in their first couple of games. Two defeats are anticipated, but a win could provide huge momentum in Stage 4.
11. Dallas Fuel
Stage 3 record: 1-9
Following a forgettable stage, the Fuel are coming off of their worst stage of the season so far. They managed just a single win, which came against the worst team in the league over a month ago.
Dallas Fuel need a break. Another matchup against the Dragons could help to get them back on track and adding a new head coach could provide the shift in mentality that this team desperately needs.
Stage 3 records: 0-10
The only team without a win, Shanghai Dragons hold claim to a thirty loss streak heading into Stage 4. It seems unlikely, but a drastic turnaround could still put them in the Stage 4 playoffs.
They start the stage against Dallas Fuel, who has been equally as poor so far, so a win could be on the horizon for the Dragons as we head into the last leg of the Overwatch League.
This week’s matches are sure to provide some shifts in the power ranking for next week.
There are plenty of marquee matches to look forward to this week, such as Boston versus Philadelphia, London versus New York and even Dallas versus Shanghai.
Check back next week to see where your team lands in the power rankings.