There’s only a few weeks to go until the inaugural Overwatch League season reaches its conclusion, but there’s still so much o be determined.
Many teams still find themselves in a tight race, trying to force their way into the postseason. However, with just four games left for each team, someone has to get cut.
Last week provided plenty of surprise, and it will only get crazier as we get closer to the end.
1. Los Angeles Valiant (previous ranking: 3)
After a huge win over the New York Excelsior to close out the week, the Valiant finished the week as the only undefeated team still in Stage 4.
They lay claim to the top spot in the Pacific division with a strong lead over Seoul Dynasty. With just a single win or a loss by Seoul, the Valiant can secure their playoff berth.
The Valiant had a wild week of wins. They begun by winning the Battle of Los Angeles against the previously undefeated Gladiators, and closed out by dethroning the top-ranked New York of their Stage 4 number one seed.
The win over New York is significant because every team New York has faced in the Stage Finals had previously beaten them prior in regular play, so we could see these two teams go head-to-head again before we get to the postseason.
2. New York Excelsior (previous ranking: 1)
Well it finally happened. The New York Excelsior lost a match.
It is more surprising that this team has actually lost a match in every stage up to this point. The single loss handed to them by the Valiant was the first loss this team received since losing to Boston when the team went on their historic Stage 3 win streak.
However, New York bounced back from that loss to claim the Stage 3 crown. This loss shouldn’t be anything for this team to worry too much about. They should use this loss as a reset to get everything in order as they make their final run to close out the stage and the season.
3. Los Angeles Gladiators (previous ranking: 2)
After taking their first loss of the stage, the Gladiators were able to land on their feet and recover quickly. They managed to make up for the loss by securing a victory versus the Philadelphia Fusion in their final match of the week.
The Gladiators still manage to hold onto the number three seed in the Stage 3 standings despite the loss. Though this week could be a real chance for the Gladiators to make a jump up the standings and give their team a morale boost as they face NYXL, who currently only sit on spot ahead of them.
It looks to be a tough week, and a win against the top team would be huge for this group of players.
4. San Francisco Shock (previous ranking: 6)
It was a strong showing from the Shock this week. They were able to win both of their maps, and only drop a single map in both of their matches.
They were able to hold their own against the reinvigorated Dallas Fuel team that has been strong in Stage 4 and hand another defeat to the still struggling Boston Uprising.
Though they got two wins and it seems like the Shock are trending the right way, it could almost all go to waste. This week the Shock face the Fusion and the Excelsior. If they can pull off two wins it would help to bolster their stage playoff hopes and boost team confidence.
This is the week for San Francisco Shock to prove that they deserve a place in the Stage 4 playoffs.
5. Dallas Fuel (previous ranking: 4)
The Fuel were able to squeeze out a win to keep hopes of a Stage 4 playoffs appearance alive.
They dropped in the power rankings this week as they lost to the Shock, who continue to surprise.
However, this team may still be in the running for the Stage 4 playoffs, but they need to finish strong to keep this dream alive.
This week is a pivotal one for the Fuel’s chances. They face the Outlaws and the Mayhem this week. The Fuel are capable of winning both and it is vital that they do as they can’t count on the teams above them losing this week. The match against the Outlaws is the most worrisome for the Fuel and threatens to undone their Stage 4 achievements.
6. Philadelphia Fusion (previous ranking: 5)
The Fusion may have lost both games last week, but they were at least facing some of the toughest opponents in the Overwatch League in the Excelsior and the Gladiators.
They hold a three and three record with all three losses coming against what can be considered strong teams, and all three wins coming against weaker teams. This could lead to some speculation about if this team is able to compete further down the road when they come up against the top teams.
This team still sits on the outside looking in at the playoffs. A loss to the Gladiators did nothing to help them in their chase.
This week the Fusion face the Shock, who have been a bit of a surprise in Stage 4. This could be a do-or-die matchup for the Fusion, as they do not have many games left to help improve their position in the standings.
7. Houston Outlaws (previous ranking: 7)
The roller coaster ride that is Stage 4 is in full effect for the Outlaws. After dropping both games last week, they were able to bounce back in easy matchups to keep their playoff dreams alive.
However, the road only gets tougher as the Outlaws head into games the Fuel and the Valiant, twofold Stage 4’s most formidable teams. The Outlaws need to come up big this week. A win over the Fuel would be huge as it would allow them to push ahead in the stage standings and potentially keep their playoff hopes alive, barring a defeat against the Valiant.
While the stage may not be going well for the Outlaws, they need to turn things around quickly to had any hope of climbing into the postseason.
8. London Spitfire (previous ranking: 8)
This week the Spitfire goes up against Los Angeles as they face both the Valiant and the Gladiators.
Though they have tough match-ups and a poor record in the current stage, the Spitfire still hold the number two seed overall, so there should be little worry for them regarding a place in the postseason. If this team can put together just a couple wins then that should be a certainty.
The last couple stages have been rough for this team as they have found themselves trying to dig themselves out of early stage holes. These recent struggles have been noticeable, but so long as the Spitfire can overcome their recent performances, they should be able to bounce back in some regard come playoff time.
9. Seoul Dynasty (previous ranking: 9)
A week that should have been a breeze had more drama than desired for the Seoul squad. Sweeping the Dragons came as expected in the first match, but it looked bleak as this team was only a map away from handing the Mayhem their first Stage 4 win.
It required a reverse sweep by Seoul Dynasty to get out of the week with two victories.
Though Seoul was able to finally put wins together, it won’t be enough if they are unable to maintain their success.
They remain in the playoff picture, but have no room for error. They only lead the Fusion by a single game.
This week Seoul needs to capitalise on Boston’s struggles. Likewise, a win version th Fusion would be a huge step towards the postseason.
This team is one to watch this week as they have to play out of their minds to stay in with a chance.
10. Boston Uprising (previous ranking: 10)
The stage continues to bring disappointment for Boston. They have still failed to win a single match after playing six of their ten matches already.
This week they lost to the Spitfire and the Shock. It is amazing how much things have changed for this team in such a short space of time.
If you are a Boston fan, then it is now time to worry, as they have failed to win a single match this stage and risk losing their spot in the playoffs.
They only sit one win ahead of the number six seed Los Angeles Gladiators, so the wins need to come soon if this team plans on holding onto its spot in the postseason.
This week Boston gets to face Seoul and Shanghai, so they should be able to bounce back.
11. Shanghai Dragons (previous ranking: 12)
Another week and yet more losses for the Dragons. They remain without a win, with only four matches left in their season.
This team is seriously in need of a victory. It would be terrible for Shanghai to go the entire season without a win, and the players who have contributed so much to receive nothing in return.
The struggle has been real for the Dragons, but they have two matches this week that could produce wins.
They play Florida Mayhem and Boston Uprising, both teams who have failed to show up in Stage 4 up to this point. These two matchups should at least provide the Dragons some chance of victory.
12. Florida Mayhem (previous ranking: 11)
They were only one map away from a win, but Seoul had other plans in mind. The Mayhem blew a huge halftime lead on route to getting reverse swept. Failure to comeback from such as loss lead to another defeat against the Outlaws.
This team is looking less and less capable of contending with ever the most average of teams.
Though they remain winless in Stage 4, the Mayhem still have a least one more match they should hope to win. They play the Dragons this week, which could have been circled as an easy win, but at this point there are no easy wins for this team.
They will also play the Fuel this week, who they beat in their Stage 3 matchup, so there’s potential for an upset there.
The end of the season is practically here and teams are still fighting tooth and nail for a spot in the playoffs.
These match-ups, along with the end of the season hype, has created some great drama for the Overwatch League. There are teams struggling to get wins and those who are still unable to get it together. This week’s matches are sure to impact the playoffs, so there should be plenty of thrills.
Check back next week to find out where your team has placed.