Overwatch League Power Rankings: Season 2 Week 1
The moment all Overwatch League fans had been anxiously awaiting finally came, as a Valentine’s present no less. There were four action packed day full of GOATS, but surprises were sprinkled in as well. A Chinese team finally won a game and a Chinese team sits at the bottom of the league, but standings don’t tell the whole story. Here’s how The Game Haus rankings stand after the Overwatch League Season 2 Week 1 matches.
(MPD= Map Differential, High is the highest an individual ranked the team, Low is the lowest an individual ranked them, and LW= Last Week’s Power Ranking Position)
1. Philadelphia Fusion – Record: 2-0 MPD: +3 (High: 1. Low: 6. LW: 3rd)
The Philadelphia Fusion had a fantastic first week. The Fusion are now 2-0 with victories over the London Spitfire and Atlanta Reign. Philadelphia managed to take their revenge on London with a solid 3-1 victory in the first game of the week. Things got tougher with their battle against the Atlanta Reign. The Reign are arguably one of the strongest expansion teams so far in the league. They managed to take the Philadelphia Fusion to a Map 5, but the Fusion managed to secure the victory in the end. The Fusion are looking solid and have proven that they are still one of the top teams in the league.
– Kate Shepard
2. New York Excelsior – Record 2-0 MPD: +3 (High: 2. Low: 5. LW: 1st)
When such a strong team comes back and has so much trouble against teams that they normally wouldn’t have had issues with, it’s not hard to get nervous as a fan. The high expectations that fans had for the Excelsior going into their Season 2 debut were shaken after having such a tight match with the Boston Uprising on opening night. The group seemed to really struggle against the Uprising’s vicious tank line, and while they came out on top, it certainly took a lot for them to get there. The NYXL having this much trouble against a tank-heavy team composition going into a season that’s looking to be filled with teams doing the exact same thing definitely is worrying. It’s looking like the Excelsior will have to spend more time concentrating on how to counteract that than trying to play into it. As soon as the team switched to a composition that combated the typical 3-3 team makeup, the NYXL that fans know and love began to show their faces.
– Miranda Rodriguez
T3. Vancouver Titans – Record: 1-0 MPD: +4 (High: 1. Low: 7. LW:6th)
The Titans did everything in their power to make their case as one of the league’s top team. Their 4-0 dismantling of the Shanghai Dragons left Vancouver as the only team sporting a perfect map record after the opening week. The Titans relied on GOATs compositions and their superior teamwork to take down an opponent that was integrating a new main tank. They flashed some of their trademark flexibility and clutch factor during the match, especially on Dorado where Choong-hui “Stitch” Lee put in a carry performance on McCree. The level of competition increases next week with games against Guangzhou and San Francisco, but after an emphatic opening statement, Vancouver are a force to be reckoned with.
– Bradley Long
T3. Hangzhou Spark – Record: 2-0 MPD: +3 (High: 1. Low: 9. LW: 11th)
The Hanhzhou Spark couldn’t have asked for a better opening week. After a decisive victory over the Shanghai Dragons, they fought hard against the Los Angeles Valiant, matching them in skill and energy, ultimately pulling out a 3-2 victory. Proving that they can meet a team like the Valiant head-on is massive for their reputation, and all eyes are on them. Hangzhou will need to keep working hard if they hope to bring down the league’s top teams, but they’re headed into Week 2 poised to be a major competitor for the season ahead.
5. San Francisco Shock – Record: 1-1 MPD: +3 (High: 3. Low: 10. LW: 8th)
The Shock had a decent showing in their first week, shellacking the Fuel before being taken down by the Gladiators. The Shock utilized their flexibility as much as they could, as they swapped in and out players constantly. This had a decent impact against the Fuel, although it arguably lost them the Gladiator’s game. Key veterans had some consistency issues, and a few new players had some problems adjusting, but overall the Shock looked strong. This team is a Swiss Army knife of threats, and the rest of the league should be on high alert.
– Sam Putney
6. Paris Eternal – Record: 1-0 MPD: +2 (High: 3. Low: 11. LW: 15th)
Paris came out looking strong on their 3-3 GOATs composition. With so many EU players on that team comfortable in their roles when it comes to playing these tank heavy compositions it’s only a matter of time before they shake off the rust and really kick it into high gear. Their support line is looking to become one of the best in the league with Harrison “Kruise” Pond and the slow emergence of Damien “HyP” Souville.
– Eren “Kenobi” Erkey
7. Atlanta Reign- Record: 1-1 MPD: +3 (High: 3. Low: 11. LW: 14th)
The Atlanta Reign proved in their opening week that they are not to be underestimated. With complete dominance over the Florida Mayhem, and a nail-biting map five loss to the Philadelphia Fusion, the Reign showed that they deserve to be ranked among the best in the league. If Atlanta continues to perform as they did against Philadelphia, expect to see them in the stage finals.
– Garrett “Norcetto” Golden
8. Los Angeles Gladiators – Record: 1-1 MPD: -1 (High: 3. Low: 14. LW: 4th)
The Los Angeles Gladiators barely lost to one of the best looking teams, the Seoul Dynasty, for their first game, and pulled a hard fought victory against another highly ranked team in the San Francisco Shock. While they were missing their off tank player Hyung-seok “Bischu” Kim, Jun-woo “Void” Kang filled in very handily. His multitude of D.Va bombs helped push the Gladiators to victory. At times their GOATS comp did not look as strong as expected, but by the second game they were able to band together and play as a unit. New main tank player Chang-hoon “rOar” Gye showed great potential, and played very well, especially in the second match.
– Zach Stenzel
9. Seoul Dynasty – Record: 1-1 MPD: 0 (High: 3. Low: 16. LW: 7th)
The Seoul Dynasty and main-tank Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek got their redemption when they defeated the Los Angeles Gladiators. Unfortunately, they would carry that into a loss against the Dallas Fuel. From one high, to another low, it appears the Dynasty may be repeating their mistakes from last season. Next week, they’ll face the Chengdu Hunters which should help the team to regroup, refocus and get back into the win column.
10. Los Angeles Valiant – Record 0-1 MPD: -1 (High: 5. Low: 12. LW: 5th)
The Los Angeles Valiant may not have won their debut match, but it was against one of the strongest teams in the league so far. The Valiant also put up an amazing fight and brought the Hangzhou Spark to a very close map 5. This team still has plenty of potential, they just need to find their groove.
– Aaron Gerr
11. London Spitfire – Record 0-2 MPD: -4 (High: 6. Low: 15. LW: 2nd)
The London Spitfire dropped both matches they had in week 1, and now sit alongside Shanghai and Houston at the bottom of the League. One week in and the Spitfire seem to be experiencing some of their inconsistency from last year. They dropped a hard fought match against the Fusion, and then handed the Paris Eternal their first win in the Overwatch League. The talent on this team is still undeniable but the other teams are simply outperforming them. Week 2 offers them a chance to regroup as they play the Washington Justice, but the Justice showed NYXL what happens when you count them out.
12. Dallas Fuel – Record: 1-1 MPD: -2 (High: 7. Low: 13. LW: 9th)
Dallas has shown that they are a force to be reckoned with after their match with Seoul Dynasty. Dallas managed to force Seoul to play their game, and they may have decided on their starting roster. If the Fuel stick to their guns and remain confident in themselves they could end up being one of the most versatile teams in the league. The Fuel lacked confidence in their match against the Shock and that is why they lost, perhaps first game jitters. The coaching staff prepared for their match and is expected to be preparing for the next. With this leadership and confidence, expect Dallas in the Stage finals.
– Ethan Cowan-Kazmi
13. Boston Uprising – Record: 1-1 MPD: 0 (High: 9. Low: 17. LW: 16th)
The Boston Uprising did what they do best in their opening week of the Overwatch League—they proved everyone wrong. Though they lost to the NYXL, this new team pushed the best of the best to their limits, taking a map and forcing a tie in the process. All of this was in large part due to the excellent play of Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth. They took on Houston as well, and managed to succeed in a 5 map victory that sealed the deal. From here, the Uprising can only grow.
– Mallory McMahon
14. Toronto Defiant – Record: 1-0 MPD: +1 (High: 8. Low: 16. LW: 13th)
To be fair to the Toronto Defiant, they were victorious after their matchup with the Houston Outlaws. However, even though the Defiant displayed great skill and potential overall, several blunders occurred. There was their C9 on Numbani that particularly stung. Toronto’s schedule has them slotted against the Atlanta Reign and the Los Angeles Valiant in Week 2. Given the skill displayed by both teams in Week 1, fans can expect difficult matchups from both opponents.
– Dave Grove
15. Chengdu Hunters – Record: 1-0 MPD: +1 (High: 9. Low: 18. LW: 20th)
The Chengdu Hunters played a back and forth match against what many saw as a superior team in the Guangzhou Charge. They showed a ton of resilience, really finding their groove as the match went on. Their DPS struggled at times, and occasionally the team looked out of sync, but the Hunters are clearly not the worst team in the Overwatch League.
– Dalton Jewell
16. Guangzhou Charge – Record: 0-1 MPD: -1 (High: 14. Low: 18. LW: 17th)
Unfortunately for the Guangzhou Charge, losing against a team that many considered to be in the bottom three is not a great look for their Overwatch League debut. While Hong-Jun “Hotba” Choi had many clutch plays coming in, much of the rest of the team seemed to lack his confidence on the stage. If the Charge want to start being seen as a legitimate contender in the season, they’ll need to learn how to calm their nerves and not lose their wits under pressure, and they’ll need to learn fast
– Ethan Seftor
17. Shanghai Dragons – Record: 0-2 MPD: -6 (High: 12. Low: 19. LW: 12th)
No doubt that the Shanghai Dragons struggled at times with their new maintank, Young-jin “Gamsu” Noh, but all hope is not lost. Several moments fared well for the Dragons, including big plays from Min-seong “diem” Bae and the team’s Hammond play. With just a little more chemistry, this team could climb back up into the upper half of the league.
18. Houston Outlaws – Record: 0-2 MPD: -2 (High: 12. Low: 19. LW: 10th)
It’s not looking too great for the Houston Outlaws right now. After losing close matches against Toronto and Boston, it’s clear that Houston’s play style and players do not suit the current GOATS Meta. Every single map the Outlaws have lost on are maps where they play the infamous triple support, triple tank team comp. While, the maps they find the most success are maps where they can shine with flex picks. On a good note, Dante “Danteh” Cruz has been exactly as advertised for the Outlaws with great plays and a dominating Sombra. Houston either needs to adapt quickly or stick with playing flex picks. If things don’t change for the Outlaws they’ll quickly become the back of the pack.
– Steven Zamora
19. Washington Justice – Record: 0-1 MPD: -2 (High: 17. Low: 20. LW: 18th)
The Justice have a challenging schedule ahead of them. They were able to grab a map win against NYXL and played bravely for their first match. With time, they will improve and grow to prove themselves. They could put up a good showing against London in Week 2 considering London’s lackluster performance in Week 1.
– Rachael Yeak
20. Florida Mayhem – Record: 0-1 MPD: -4 (High: 19. Low: 20. LW: 19th)
The Florida Mayhem did not have a strong showing Week 1. In a matchup against newcomers the Atlanta Reign, they allowed Daniel “dafran” Francesca to play Torbjorn for Atlanta’s first 99% of the map, a map the Mayhem would lose. The problems that plagued the Mayhem last season appear to still be with the team, and they’ll need to work on it if they hope to avoid the bottom of the Overwatch League.
– Dalton Jewell
Our voters for OWL Power Rankings: Preseason- Bradley Long, Kate Shepard, Eren “Kenobi” Erkey, Darby Joyce, Robert Hanes, Katie Gripne, Ethan Cowan-Kazmi, Mallory McMahon, Dalton Jewell, Zach Stenzel, Garrett “Norcetto” Golden, Ethan Seftor, Miranda Rodriguez, Dave Grove, Sam Putney, Aaron Gerr, Steven Bower, Rachael Yeak, Connor Knudsen, Jake Renie, Steven Zamora, Brandon Padilla