Overwatch League: Dallas Fuel are burning in Stage Four

 

Week two of Overwatch League is in the books and currently they are in Stage Four. It’s time to countdown the worst team in the league to the best, kind of like a reverse power ranking. Rankings will be based on overall record, performances during the past week, and stage record (we’re currently in Stage Four). Let’s get things started.

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Out of playoffs:

 12. Shanghai Dragons (0-34, 0-2 this week, no change)

Shanghai might not win a game for the rest of the season, but main tank, Eui-Seok “Fearless” Lee, is currently in first place for the Overwatch MVP fan vote with off tank Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon behind him in second place.

11. Florida Mayhem (6-28, 0-2 this week, -1)

Florida had to battle it out against both LA teams this week, coming up short both times. Their only shot at getting a win this stage may be against Shanghai.

10. Dallas Fuel (9-25, 2-0 this week, +1)

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Mickie of the Dallas Uprising. Photo credit to MGR Online.

Dallas first shocked the Overwatch League by beating Boston and then shocked them all over again by beating Philadalphia. While Dallas has no way of making the end of season playoffs, they are just outside of the cusp of playing for Stage Four playoffs. Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangchod has looked unstoppable so far on Brigitte, while Timo “Taimou” Kettunen looks to be recapturing his old form. If they can keep this up, they’ll be ranked way higher next week.

9. San Francisco Shock (14-20, 1-1 this week, no change)

Another 1-1 week for the Shock. They currently sit at sixth place for Stage Playoffs, meaning they could make it if other teams continue to struggle.

Playoff potential:

8. Seoul Dynasty (19-15, 0-2 this week, no change)

Seoul has officially fallen out of the playoffs currently sitting one spot below. Seoul was beaten by the two other Korean roster teams and looks absolutely defeated. Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu is now playing flex support once again instead of main tank, but Jin-mo “tobi” Yang is nowhere to be seen when it comes to playing main support.

7. Houston Outlaws (18-16, 0-2 this week, -4)

Houston looked to be in the driver seat of their own playoff destiny coming off a hot week one, but that all came crashing down to earth following two losses this past week. They currently sit in 8th place, two games shy of playoffs. Their chances of making end of season playoffs are starting to dwindle.

6. Boston Uprising (22-12, 0-2 this week, -1)

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The Boston Uprising. Photo credit to the Overwatch League.

Boston showed life against the Valiant after a striking loss to Dallas, but failed to find its first win. Some may wonder if the release of former head coach Da-hee “Crusty” Park has led to the failures of the team this stage. Boston now sits in fourth in the standings and could fall out of playoffs entirely if they cannot get themselves back together.

5. Philadelphia Fusion (21-13, 1-1 this week, -1)

Outside of New York, Philadelphia looked like the most consistent team in the Eastern division… until they lost to Dallas. They have a very difficult schedule next week, playing  Excelsior, followed by the red hot and currently undefeated in Stage Four LA Gladiators.

4. London Spitfire (22-12, 2-0 this week, +2)

The Spitfire barely got past Seoul and San Francisco, winning both matches in the fifth-round tiebreaker map. Despite these close calls, London now is in second place on map differential, besting both Boston and the LA Valiant, for now at least. A showdown with Boston could be the difference maker in standings, depending on if Boston can show up next week. One has to wonder if London’s announcement to take four members of their roster and list them as ‘inactive’ has helped create better synergy in the starting lineup.

3. Los Angeles Gladiators (20-14, 2-0 this week, +4)

The Gladiators are now 4-0 this stage, climbing into the sixth seed for the league playoffs and currently holding the second seed for Stage Four playoffs. While Houston had looked like the team to beat in the new meta, it may be the Gladiators (or Dallas).

2. Los Angeles Valiant (22-12, 2-0 this week, no change)

The Valiant stumbled a bit this week in close wins against a hapless Florida team and a struggling Uprising, but the better of the LA teams has taken sole possession of third place in the league based on a better map differential, leapfrogging Boston but losing out on second place to London. With Seoul going without a win this week, it looks like their main competition for the Western Division bye might be against the local Gladiators.

Secured playoff spot:

1. New York Excelsior (31-3, 2-0 this week, no change)

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Pine of NYXL. Photo credit to DBLtap.

NYXL dominated Shanghai and Seoul, refusing to lose any maps this week. Not much more can be said about the favorites to win Stage Four and the league.

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