Overwatch League Power Rankings and Matches To Watch
Get Ready For the Big Seoul vs. New York Showdown!
By Chris Ventra
With the second round of Stage 1 matches complete the Overwatch League is already starting to see a definitive theme of top team dominance. Expectations around the league were murky coming into this inaugural season of OWL as many players are working together for the first time. But certain outlooks were a lock, such as how the only three rosters fully comprised of Korean players would also be the three strongest teams in the league. There’s been a lot to like about the league thus far with all the pre/post-game antics, dabbing, player profile clips, and of course some very exciting matches. However, there’s one glaring issue: Overwatch League currently seems to be very top heavy with “The Big 3” of Dynasty, Excelsior, and Spitfire all dominating the competition. Just to give a statistical perspective, of the 24 total matches played, 13 resulted in shutouts, six of which were won by a “Big 3” team, and three of those were 4-0 victories by Seoul Dynasty.
Overwatch League Power Rankings and Week 2 Recap
Seoul Dynasty (4-0) Pacific Division
As everyone expected, Dynasty are rolling over the opposition in Overwatch League, winning their last 12 maps in a row, which produced three clean sweep victories. It’s no secret that Dynasty’s the team to beat, and with a prime time contest against Excelsior in Week 3 their seat atop the league will truly be in jeopardy for the first time.
Match 1 – Defeated Fuel 2-1 Match 2 – Defeated Gladiators 4-0
Match 3 – Defeated Mayhem 4-0 Match 4 – Defeated Uprising 4-0
*Currently Ruling the Meta: Byung-Sun “FLETA” Kim (DPS/Offense) & Jin Hyuk “Miro” Gong (Support)
New York Excelsior (4-0) Atlantic Division
As mentioned above, Excelsior will meet with Dynasty this Friday night for the biggest match of the year in Overwatch League to date. This will be the first time any of the “Big 3” meet and it’s very likely both Dynasty and Excelsior are the last two standing when OWL gets to championship week. This goliath matchup between New York and Seoul is one you can’t miss.
Match 1 – Defeated Uprising 3-1 Match 2 – Defeated Outlaws 3-1
Match 3 – Defeated Valiant 3-0 Match 4 – Defeated Gladiators 4-0
*Current Ruling the Meta: Seong-Hyun “Jjonak” Bang (Support) & Do-Hyeon “Pine” Kim (DPS Flex)
London Spitfire (4-0) Atlantic Division
London Spitfire, like their All-Korean team counterparts, have dominated out of the gate and remain the only other undefeated team in OWL. We still haven’t seen the Spitfire face off with one of the other “Big 3” teams. However, the L.A. Valiant gave them a run in their latest matchup that went to what I call the “Rubber Map”, or the tiebreaking fifth and final map, where Spitfire barely pulled out the victory.
Match 1 – Defeated Mayhem 3-1 Match 2 – Defeated Fusion 4-0
Match 3 – Defeated Fuel 3-1 Match 4 – Defeated Valiant 3-2
*Currently Ruling the Meta: Jun-Young “Profit” Park & Ji-Hyeok “birdring” Kim (DPS Duo)
We may have won the match tonight but we couldn't have done it without this awesome fan! He is the real MVP!
— London Spitfire (@Spitfire) January 20, 2018
Los Angeles Valiant (2-2) Pacific Division
The Valiant are one of the strongest teams in OWL, but don’t quite stand with the elite. Through their first three matches the Valiant didn’t have the opportunity to display a gap much between them and the rest of the league since they handily defeated two of the lower level teams before being shut out by Excelsior. But a very strong battle with Spitfire proves they can hang with the elites. Their next match will be very telling, as Valiant will take on their hometown rivals in not only a local battle for supremacy, but one that could prove who deserves to be in the top tier with the “Big 3”.
Match 1 – Defeated Shock 4-0 Match 2 – Defeated Fuel 3-0
Match 3 – Lost to Excelsior 3-0 Match 4 – Lost to Spitfire 3-2
*Currently Ruling the Meta: Unkoe (Support) & Soon (DPS)
Los Angeles Gladiators (2-2) Pacific Division
The Valiant and Gladiators seem to be evenly matched, which makes this upcoming “Battle for L.A.” very enticing. Both L.A. teams seem to be strong contenders, so it’s difficult to decipher between the two. The one notable difference is Valiant’s resilient effort against Spitfire, while the Gladiators were pummeled by Dynasty and Excelsior; they did grind out a good win versus Fusion, though.
Match 1 – Defeated Dragons 4-0 Match 2 – Lost to Dynasty 4-0
Match 3 – Defeated Fusion 3-2 Match 4 – Lost to Excelsior 4-0
*Currently Ruling the Meta: BigGoose (Support) & Surefour (DPS)
Middle of the Pack
Philadelphia Fusion (2-2) Atlantic Division
The Fusion have the potential to be a contender but like most it’s difficult to tell how good they really are this early in the season. There’s 36 more matches before the OWL Playoffs and Fusion didn’t get to scrimmage with any of these teams during the pre-season, so they may take longer than others to acclimate to the league. Despite their disadvantage, the Fusion are 2-2. They muscled their way to victory against decent competition in each matchup, but most recently Fusion took a tough loss to the Gladiators, making their league aspirations murky.
Match 1 – Defeated Outlaws 3-2 Match 2 – Lost to Spitfire 4-0
Match 3 – Defeated Shock 2-1 Match 4 – Lost to Gladiators 3-2
*Currently Ruling the Meta: Carpe (DPS) & Poko (Flex)
Houston Outlaws (2-2) Atlantic Division
The Outlaws started the season off on the wrong foot, dropping their first two matches to very talented teams. They displayed their true strength in Week 2 however, winning eight maps in a row. It’s hard not to like the Outlaws, they have personality, they’re unique, and they can play at an elevated level.
Match 1 – Lost to Fusion 3-2 Match 2 – Lost to Excelsior 3-1
Match 3 – Defeated Dragons 4-0 Match 4 – Defeated Fuel 4-0
*Currently Ruling the Meta: Jake & LiNkzr (DPS)
San Francisco Shock (2-2) Pacific Division
The Shock seem to have the makings of being an average club, they do enough to win games against similar or lesser competition, but they’ll never take down the likes of elite level teams.
Match 1 – Lost to Valiant 4-0 Match 2 – Defeated Dragons 3-1
Match 3 – Lost to Fusion 2-1 Match 4 – Defeated Uprising 3-2
*Currently Ruling the Meta: BABYBAY & Danteh (DPS Duo)
Boston Uprising (1-3) Atlantic Division
It’s hard to tell if Boston is underachieving or just another run of the mill team. Uprising can look like a powerhouse in spurts, but they’re very inconsistent and need to figure out their identity before they can make any progress.
Match 1 – Lost to Excelsior 3-1 Match 2 – Defeated Mayhem 4-0
Match 3 – Lost to Dynasty 4-0 Match 4 – Lost to Shock 3-2
*Currently Ruling the Meta: DreamKazper (DPS)
Dallas Fuel (0-4) Pacific Division
I don’t believe Dallas is a true cellar dweller, however they’re 0-4 and don’t deserve anything more until they can win. If you’ve watched the matches closely you’ll realize Fuel haven’t found the right hero comps and they’ve played good teams in each of their games. Fuel will have an easy schedule upcoming, starting with winnable matches against Shock and Uprising in Week 3.
Match 1 – Lost to Dynasty 2-1 Match 2 – Lost to Valiant 3-0
Match 3 – Lost to Outlaws 4-0 Match 4 – Lost to Spitfire 3-1
*Currently Ruling the Meta: EFFECT & Seagull (DPS)
Florida Mayhem (1-3) Atlantic Division
Two of Mayhem’s first four matchups were versus “Big 3” opponents, but a 4-0 loss to Uprising doesn’t help their standing. Mayhem’s only victory was in their last contest, where they beat up on the Dragons, clearly the worst team in OWL. Still, I don’t believe this Mayhem club is as bad as they’ve let on thus far, they do have a disadvantage with their six-man roster, though
Match 1 – Lost to Spitfire 3-1 Match 2 – Lost to Uprising 4-0
Match 3 – Lost to Dynasty 4-0 Match 4 – Defeated Dragons 4-0
*Currently Ruling the Meta: Logix (DPS) & CWoosH (Tank)
Shanghai Dragons (0-4) Pacific Division
The Dragons have won just one map the entire season and they haven’t even faced a “Big 3” team yet. This is a team that clearly belongs in the cellar and it doesn’t look like they’ll get out of this spot any time soon.
Match 1 – Lost to Gladiators 4-0 Match 2 – Lost to Shock 3-1
Match 3 – Lost to Outlaws 4-0 Match 4 – Lost to Mayhem 4-0
*Currently Ruling the Meta: Diya (DPS) & Freefeel (Support)
Key Matchups to Watch in Week 3
L.A. Gladiators vs. L.A. Valiant (Wednesday 11 PM ET)
The first big match of the week, the Battle for Los Angeles should be a true dogfight to the very finish. Not only are these natural rivals 2-2, both Los Angeles teams are also very well-matched. The Battle for L.A. can truly go either way, the Gladiators and Valiant each have top-notch talent, each fell victim to two Big 3 teams, and each took care of business in their other matches.
Houston Outlaws vs. L.A. Gladiators (Saturday 6 PM ET)
The Outlaws started the season 0-2 but have since been resurgent, blanking both the Dragons and Fuel. Expect a back-and-forth brawl between the Outlaws and Gladiators, a terrific way to end Week 3 with a bang.
Seoul Dynasty vs. New York Excelsior (Friday 7 PM ET)
The first match of the year that features two of the Big 3 juggernauts, Dynasty and Excelsior face off for the top spot in Overwatch League. Although Excelsior are dynamic and have one of OWL’s most dangerous players in Do-Hyeon “Pine” Kim, Seoul Dynasty have a deep roster of stars across the board and are the grand masters of the current Overwatch meta.
More; Overwatch: A comprehensive breakdown at the best matchups of the previous week.
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