Overwatch League: Stage Four, Week One Power Rankings

Overwatch League is an electronic sports league where there are 12 teams competing to be the sole champion. Each week, currently they are in Stage Four, we will be counting down the worst team in the league to the best, kind of like a reverse power ranking. This will happen all the way up until the start of playoffs. Rankings will be based on overall record, performances during the past week, and stage record. Let’s get things started.

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Out of playoffs:

12. Shanghai Dragons (0-32, 0-2 this week)

Shanghai has looked way better since Stage Three, when they overhauled their entire roster from having exclusively Chinese nationals to an influx of Korean players, like the league’s first female player, Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon. Despite this improvement, Shanghai probably won’t win a game at all this season, with their best chance coming and going this past week against Dallas without their star damage-per-a-second (DPS) player Hyeon “EFFECT” Hwang.

11. Dallas Fuel (7-25, 1-1 this week)

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Photo credit to USA Today.

No team has been more disappointing than the Fuel this season. As previously mentioned, EFFECT has flown back to South Korea with no indication of when he will return to the team. While he’s gone, the team will have plenty of opportunity to see what Timo “Taimou” Kettunuen and Brandon “Seagull” Larned can do on DPS in his place. Their only win of this entire stage may have come against Shanghai this week.

10. Florida Mayhem (6-26, 0-2 this week)

While Florida may have a worse record than Dallas, right now, expect them to finish higher at season’s end. Tough matches against the Fusion and the league’s best team, the Excelsior, proved to be too much for them.

9. San Francisco Shock (13-19, 1-1 this week)

The Shock are consistently inconsistent, showing moments of brilliance, but generally failing to win the big games. While a win against Seoul and the play of Min-ho “Architect” Park had given them a slimmer of hope of making league playoffs, it is basically impossible for them statistically. The best they can play for is a Stage Four playoff appearance, which seems possible at this point in the stage.

Playoff potential:

8. Seoul Dynasty (19-13, 0-2 this week)

Even though the team formally known as Lunatic Hai is in a tight race with the Valiant for a bye in Overwatch League’s Western Division, they’re also just fighting to stay in the playoff picture. They’re currently the sixth seed out of six teams. While moving Jehong “Ryujehong” Ryu from flex support to main tank seems like the right decision, it has yet to lead to any wins this stage. Can Seoul finally make a stage playoff? Only time will tell.

7. Los Angeles Gladiators (18-14, 2-0 this week)

The Gladiators, as well as the Outlaws, sit outside of the playoffs by one game. Los Angeles defeated both Dallas and San Francisco, both bottom of the table teams. They will have to continue their winning streak to have a shot of advancing, including facing a red-hot Outlaws team next week.

6. London Spitfire (20-12, 0-2 this week)

After winning the Stage One playoffs, London has never had the same edge. The return of DPS Ji-hyeok “birdring” Kim could change that, who has been in and out of the lineup since injuring his wrist back at the beginning of Stage Three. Besides NYXL, the remaining two all Korean roster teams (London and Seoul) have both struggled greatly as of late.

5. Boston Uprising (22-10, 0-2 this week)

Boston looks exactly like it did in Stage Two, struggling to adapt to a new meta. The worst might be their stubbornness to adopt to the said meta. They have been running the same dive strategy that had worked out so well in the previous stage. While it was nice to see the debut of Min-Seok “AimGod” Kwon, one must wonder if it was the best idea to debut a new player after being with the team for less than a week. Boston has been through a lot of scandal and should probably bounce back with an easy game against Dallas in week two.

4. Philadelphia Fusion (20-12, 2-0 this week)

The return of main tank Su-min “SADO” Kim, after his 30-match ban for account boosting, has been highly noticeable. The Fusion have looked more consistent in two matches so far in Stage Four as they struggled in all of Stage Three. It will take more than a staggering Boston team and a down and out Florida squad to prove that Philly is legit.

P.S. We miss Genji star George “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha being in the lineup.

3. Houston Outlaws (18-14, 2-0 this week)

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Houston Outlaws during a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Santa Fe shooting. Photo credit to USA Today.

Outlaws support player Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty recently said in an interview that since Stage One the Outlaws have only looked ahead to the league playoffs instead of the different stage playoffs, and boy does it look true. Houston dominated both London and Boston this week, looking like there is no stopping them in the new Brigitte meta. They sit in seventh place, just one spot shy of being playoff bound. The moment of silence to honor the victims of the Santa Fe was very touching and classy.

2. Los Angeles Valiant (20-12, 2-0 this week)

The Valiant may have lost in the semifinals of the Stage Three playoffs to eventual winner NYXL, but they have shown they are legit contenders all season, despite the internal mess they were in before making roster changes. Trading Benjamin “uNKOE” Chevasson for former Dallas support Scott “Custa” Kennedy was definitely the turning point in the season. It doesn’t hurt that Indy “SPACE” Halpern has probably been the best off-tank since turning 18 and being allowed to play in the league.

Secured playoff spot:

1. New York Excelsior (29-3, 2-0 this week)

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Photo credit to OverwatchScore.com

Not much more can be said about NYXL besides how they are, by far, the best team in the league. Winning two Stage playoffs in a row, it seems nothing can stop them. They are way ahead of the pack when it comes to who is the best team in the league. Can anyone possibly upset them in the playoffs?

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