Coming off a lukewarm Stage 1 performance, the London Spitfire enter Stage 2 with greater confidence than they showcased in their reentry into this season. With an established core roster and a fresh patch to work with, London has the potential to come out swinging in Stage 2.
Preview for this Week
Florida Mayhem (1-6)
Despite the hype coming into Season 2 with a revamped roster, Florida failed to impress during their first stage. Barring an upset victory over a weakened Philadelphia lineup, the Mayhem looked lackluster, ending the stage with the lowest map differential. Unless the new balance changes tip the scales dramatically in Florida’s favor, it should come as no surprise to see London take an easy win this week.
Prediction: London wins 4-0.
Atlanta Reign (4-3)
Atlanta’s surprisingly impressive first stage in the Overwatch League is commendable, and their roster has shown versatility that makes them difficult to counter. While they have lost fan favorite Daniel “dafran” Francesca, the remaining players on the roster have shown competence in their roles that makes them a formidable threat to the Spitfire.
Atlanta has shown proficiency in both passive and aggressive styles of play, while London has historically struggled against overly aggressive playstyles. If the Reign’s main tank Hyunjun “Pokpo” Park can force Jaehui “Gesture” Hong to match his level of aggression, the Spitfire might not come out victorious. However, it’s possible that in the downtime between stages both teams have developed new strategies the public hasn’t seen yet. This match has potential to be quite close; it’s a must-watch for Reign and Spitfire fans alike.
Prediction: Atlanta wins 3-2.
Player to Watch
Junyoung “Profit” Park
With so many DPS characters getting buffed coming into this stage, Profit might finally be free from Brigitte duty. While day one DPS play isn’t guaranteed as the new meta starts to take its shape, the buffs to Junkrat, Hanzo, and Orisa could enable bunker styles of play that Profit can capitalize on. With so many hero changes, it’s hard to tell how each character’s viability will evolve. But, in the hands of Profit, any DPS character becomes much more lethal.
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