Another week in the books for the inaugural Overwatch League season and there’s plenty to discuss after an action-packed week.
Teams who looked to have turned over a new leaf in the first week quickly showed their old selves. While top teams continued to prove that this is where they belong.
1. New York Excelsior (previous ranking: 1)
Another week just means more wins for NYXL. This team continues to be the most consistent team in the OWL week in, week out.
Securing two wins this week might not have been the biggest accomplishment because of the form of their opponents. However, it is hard not to be impressed when a team goes an entire week without so much as dropping a map.
If this team can complete next week with the same level of success, everyone other team should be worried.
This week will be the first time for NYXL that they will play a team with more than a single win at this stage. However, this team is used to beating the best of the best, so more wins are expected.
2. Los Angeles Gladiators (previous ranking: 4)
Only two weeks into a new stage and the Gladiators are only two wins away from tying their win total from Stage 3.
This team is arguably the hottest team in the OWL at the moment. This group looks to be the most likely contenders to give NYXL a run for their money in the stage playoffs and possibly beyond.
This team falls on the edge of the playoff bubble, but it is hard to picture this team slipping out of the spot with their current level of play. However, Los Angeles Gladiators are about to face their toughest week yet, with Valiant and Philadelphia Fusion, who have a combined record of seven wins and only one loss, to come.
3. Los Angeles Valiant (previous ranking: 5)
Los Angeles Valiant are the last of the teams that remain undefeated in Stage 4. The Valiant managed to see out of last week with a close win over Boston, despite the game going to map five. This has helped the team to move up the standings, taking the top spot in their division and padding their lead as well.
The red flag surrounding this team has to be the fact that they have gone to a map five twice already during this stage. Likewise, both of these came against teams that are currently without a win.
This week will be the toughest yet for the Valiant, as they play their Los Angeles rivals and the reigning champions NYXL.
4. Dallas Fuel (previous ranking: 10)
Fans of Dallas Fuel probably reached peak excitement when their team beat Boston Uprising. This was he first win that the team had secured against any team other than the Shanghai Dragons since Stage 2. The team followed up a big win with an even bigger one by beating Philadelphia Fusion to end the week.
Although they are already mathematically out of the postseason, they remain playing at a high level.
This was a big week full of wins for the Fuel. They move into the next week where they will face two opponents with two wins and two losses. Still, this team needs to keep securing victories and avoid making mistakes in matches that seems to be a cakewalk.
5. Philadelphia Fusion (previous ranking: 3)
The Fusion were the latest to fall to Stage 4’s surprise act Dallas Fuel. That loss ended their win streak and took them out of the playoff picture for Stage 4 for the moment.
A victory over Dallas Fuel would have been a great help going into a week that will see them face the top two teams.
While Philadelphia Fusion have three wins and only a single loss, it isn’t difficult to see them ending the week without a couple more defeats. They have a tough schedule, with games against NYXL and the LA Gladiators, both of which are undefeated in Stage 4, to come.
6. San Francisco Shock (previous ranking: 6)
San Francisco Shock started the week with a heartbreaking defeat against London Spitfire, in a match that went to a map five. However, the Shock bounced back and managed to put on a dominating performance in a win over the Outlaws to close out the week.
While it was a good week for the side, they need more like it if they hope to make it to the stage playoffs.
Looking at their schedule, they will face Dallas Fuel and Boston Uprising this week. I would anticipate another good week. The San Francisco vs Dallas match will undoubtedly be interesting as both teams look to end the season strong and make Stage 4 their own.
7. Houston Outlaws (previous ranking: 3)
After such a great start to Stage 4, the Outlaws did a complete one-eighty last week. They lost both of their games against the Los Angeles Gladiators and San Francisco Shock, winning just one map throughout the week. It certainly provided more questions than answers about this team.
This could be a very turbulent stage for the Houston Outlaws if this pattern continues. The wins need to come now more than ever as they slip out of the playoff places. The defeat against the Gladiators did nothing to help their chances. If this team cannot put together two wins this week in their games against the Dragons and the Mayhem, then they probably have no business in the postseason anyway.
8. London Spitfire (previous ranking: 8)
It was a bounce back week for London Spitfire. They were able to win both matches and tie their record up. These were two must-win games or they faced a repeat of Stage 3, which began with the team dropping four out of their first five matches.
Two victories saw them pass Boston in the season standings and move into the second spot in the overall table.
The Spitfire have a chance to cement their place this week. They face two teams with two different narratives — The Fuel, who have been reborn in the new stage, and the Uprising, who have had a hard fall after finishing second in Stage 3.
9. Seoul Dynasty (previous ranking: 9)
It was another week of disappointment for Seoul Dynasty, as they lost both matches for the second week in a row. That was despite the return of main tank Jin-Hyuk “Miro” Gong. This stage has been rough for Seoul. Four defeat have seen them lose their division crown and fall out of the playoff spots.
They still have time to make one final postseason push, but wins need to come soon.
This week is a great chance for this team to turn it around as they face the bottom two teams in Shanghai Dragons and Florida Mayhem.
10. Boston Uprising (previous ranking: 7)
Starting with four consecutive losses is not how any team would have imagined starting the stage. Much less a team who finished the previous stage as runners-up.
The Uprising have failed to get a win and find themselves in a hole that continues to get deeper and deeper. They need to find a fix quickly, or risk losing their spot in the postseason. Going undefeated in Stage 3 might not prove to be enough if this team doesn’t find another win soon.
Both of their matches this week are against teams that sit in the middle of the standings. However, nothing is easy for this squad at the moment.
11. Florida Mayhem (previous ranking: 12)
Most teams need wins to have a good week, but others need much less. After a week without a single map win, Florida finally managed to get one against the Valiant. It all starts with winning a map, but it can’t be easy for Florida fans to watch as their team looks more like Shanghai than Dallas in Stage 4.
The new meta has impacted many teams, but the Mayhem look the most damaged by the change.
This week could be the turning point that they need. They have a good chance of winning matches against a Seoul side without a win and the inconsistent Houston. Still, they might have to wait until next week for a win.
12. Shanghai Dragons (previous ranking: 11)
There are just six games left in the season, so now is the time to start winning games. However, Shanghai Dragons fail to win even a single map in most of their matches. This past week is a good example of that, as they failed to take a map against both Philadelphia Fusion and New York Excelsior. They have only won two maps in their four Stage 4 matches so far.
If they’re going to take anything from this week, their best chance will come against Seoul Dynasty, a team that has been struggling in this stage.
While the only thing they seem to do consistently is lose, the Dragons still manage to get tons of support from fans that are still hoping to see them win their first game.
Now almost at the halfway point of the final stage, it is time for teams to begin their last-ditch efforts to improve their place in the standings.
Many teams started strong, while others stalled in the second week. There’s much to look forward to as we enter the third week, with matches between undefeated teams and others between those without wins.
The schedule is sure to cause some shakeup ahead of next week’s rankings. Check back then to find out where your team places.