This week will see two of the Overwatch League’s early contenders battle it out to maintain their place at the top of the standings.
Seoul Dynasty, who up until last week were undefeated in the competition, will face London Spitfire, who have so far matched Seoul’s record.
These two teams have been the most dominant in the league so far, but who will come out on top in Thursday’s clash?
The Overwatch League might be in full swing, but this is still early days.
Both teams have done well to make it this far with their records largely intact. However, going forward we can expect to see teams like London and Seoul lose their superior status.
I don’t make this claim baselessly. When looking at Seoul’s past games, up until their undefeated streak was ended by the New England Excelsior, they had played almost exclusively teams that have struggled to find their rhythm in the early weeks of the Overwatch League.
Dallas Fuel, Florida Mayhem, Shanghai Dragons and Los Angeles Gladiators — four of the scalps claimed by Seoul — all currently sit near the foot of the table. The first high-ranking team that Seoul played in New York Excelsior resulted in their first defeat of the stage. It’s a similar case for London Spitfire.
That isn’t to say that these two teams aren’t deserving of their place in the standings, only that these early results mean very little unless they can continue to perform consistently until the end of the stage.
The season is still in its infancy and we should expect the playing field to level out as certain teams lose form and others find their feet.
Seoul Dynasty vs London Spitfire: head-to-head
Seoul Dynasty boasts some of the best known players in the league. Between Miro, Ryujehong and Fleta, Seoul has a top level player in each role.
Jehong is considered to be the best Ana player in the world, which will be a major help for Seoul in shutting down London’s pushes.
London, on the other hand, doesn’t possess the same level of quality throughout their squad. Going off of their recent game against Boston Uprising, London lacks that standout player that can single-handedly turn the tide in their favour.
However, their strongest link comes in the form of Bdosin, a strong Zenyatta player. His ability to consistently go toe-to-toe with the DPS players in terms of damage output and important eliminations will make him an integral part of any London push on Thursday.
If Seoul run Ana and Mercy, then they will have more support power than their opposition, but Bdosin essentially acts as a third DPS, which might be enough to overpower Seoul in team fights.
Seoul has certainly made a splash in the early weeks. Fans have been quick to label them as the best side in the league.
However, London has been playing against the stronger opponents. Their victories over Los Angeles Valiant and Philadelphia Fusion, both teams in the upper end of the rankings, were impressive and suggested that the team can hold their own against top opponents. Seoul, on the other hand, have yet to prove that.
If London Spitfire can hold solid against Seoul Dynasty’s power players, and bring their A-game in terms of DPS, they have a strong chance of handing Seoul their second consecutive defeat on Thursday and strengthening their position at the top end of the table.