It’s felt like an eternity. Regardless, Overwatch League is returning next week for the beginning of stage three and Dallas Fuel has two games in week one to start off the stage. After making it to playoffs the Fuel have set standards that they must live up to. The Boys in Blue have set themselves as a slightly above average team with the potential to make upsets, or be upset themselves. This first week in particular will put them to the test.
Review: Stage 2 Playoffs
Well… to put it lightly Dallas got stomped on in the playoffs. To be fair they were going up against the best team in the league at the time, the Vancouver Titans. The Titans had not lost a single game at that point and definitely were not going to lose to a “middle of the pack” team like the Fuel.
As for the match itself, it was complete and utter dominance from the Titans. The Dallas roster got mentally boomed on, at no point was there any doubt that Vancouver would win. At certain points the Titans were “playing with their food” by intentionally staggering the Fuel roster and switching to DPS compositions because, why not?
Player Of The Game: Twilight
Consistent Transcendences built and used and amazing Antinades onto the Dallas Roster, all while Nanoboosting the right players at the right time. His play was better than Benjamin “uNKOE” Chevasson’s at every turn. There isn’t much else to say, amazing play from the Main Support.
Preview: Stage 3 Week 1
A busy week to start off that latter half of the season. Two matches, one against a consistently good team, the other against a consistently bad team. The Dallas roster is odd because they somehow have the potential to beat the Gladiators but also lose to the Justice, so this week should be interesting.
Dallas Fuel vs Los Angeles Gladiators
So far this season the Gladiators have been consistently top tier. They have not been quite up to par with the top dogs like Shock and Titans, but could upset NYXL and Seoul. It is feasible that Dallas beats the Gladiators, if the Boys in Blue have a really good game and the LA team has a weak game where they underestimate their opponent.
With maps still undecided it is hard to say what will happen. The only thing viewers can be sure of is GOATS, maybe some bunker and possibly some DPS compositions. Both the Fuel and Gladiators like to run DPS when they can. Sombra, Bastion and even Soldier: 76 have come out from Dallas; now on the Gladiators’ side they run a lot of different compositions so teams are never quite sure what to expect. Symmetra, Bastion, Genji and even Mei have come out from the LA team as they like to run different compositions just to see what will work on specific maps against specific teams.
Overall Gladiators have looked like a better team this season, so long as they don’t underestimate what Dallas can pull out they should take the win.
Prediction: Dallas Fuel lose 1-3
Dallas Fuel vs Washington Justice
So far the typical genius has not worked for the Justice team. Their unbelievable 2-12 record would make viewers think that Dallas would roll them, but never underestimate how hard Dallas can throw. The Fuel almost lost to Florida and Houston this season, seeing them boom against Justice is possible.
Washington has had signs of life this season with Corey “Corey” Nigra having great performances on Hanzo and Widowmaker. Perhaps Washington will predict that their GOATS will not be as strong as Dallas’, so for the last month they have been practicing anti-GOATS. Or it is possible that the buffer period has given them enough time to bring their GOATS play up to par with the rest of the league.
Assuming both teams stick to 3-3 for the majority of the match, Dallas should take the win. However the possibility that Justice put up a big fight is likely.
Prediction: Dallas Fuel win 3-2
Player To Watch: Note
The silent killer, backline assassin, hungry hungry hippo. Lucas “Note” Meissner has been a star in OWL and on the Fuel since he was picked up in stage two. His consistency has carried Dallas at times and his synergy with the rest of the team has been amazing, especially since he was a stage two pickup. The less players notice him the better, but viewers should watch his positioning and play making.
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