A short week in the Overwatch League means a shortening of The Game Haus weekly top 10 list. Even though there may have been fewer games this weekend, the games were no less exciting and impactful, especially with Stage 1 Playoff hopes on the line.
The stakes were high in Stage 1, Week 5 and teams were fighting tooth and nail for potential Stage 1 Playoff glory. While only the top five plays make it into this list, just about every main tank is somehow featured in one way or another. This, for better or worse, was definitely the week of the main tank in the OWL.
5: Gesture Can’t Find His Footing
While this play may not be the most flashy or overtly mechanical, it is, at the very least, extremely meme-worthy. Seoul’s Seung-soo “Jecse” Lee boops Jae-hee “Gesture” Hong three straight times as London tries to loop around Route 66 to make an attack. This not only results in Gesture’s eventual death, it also stalls London for nearly a minute with zero ultimates used. In a meta where ultimates and time banks are absolute premiums, this is an important play.
4: Colourhex With a Sneaky Double
As the casters note, Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse makes a switch to Widowmaker to give Boston a better defense considering his low percentage Zarya charge. On top of that being a smart and quickly executed change, it also pays off immediately. The Kiwi nets two quick headshots which sends the Dallas defense running. This quick decision-making and ability to effectively switch from a tracking hero (Zarya) to more of a flick-style hitscan hero (Widow) makes this a top play.
3: Fusions Ignites the Uprising Comeback
Quickly gaining a reputation for plays like this, Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth turned a Dallas offensive push into a massive Earthshatter play for Boston and a quick fight win. A lot of this play comes from Boston investing resources in the British main tank and his ability to get Min-seok “OGE” Son out of position to set up the shatter. All in all, this was a top play that also acted as a catalyst for the Uprising in the series.
2: King Muma’s Row
Trapped in a Graviton Surge, Austin “Muma” Wilmot suddenly remembered what map he and the Outlaws were on: King’s Row. In that split second, the Overwatch gods blessed Muma with this incredible Earthshatter in order to keep the Outlaws dominance of King’s Row in tact. This shatter amidst a fight that looked to go Atlanta’s way, added to the fact that this led to the Outlaws winning the map, makes this a top play in Week 5.
1: Pokpo Survives, Reign Win Series
After seeing all of the fun Muma was having on King’s Row, Hyun-jun “Pokpo” Park and the Reign decided it was their turn on Rialto. After getting decimated by several Outlaw ultimates, the supports of the Reign manage to keep Pokpo alive to set him up for a massive amount of damage on the Outlaws. This fight sealed the series for the Reign, closing the door on the Outlaws playoff hopes. Performing in the clutch, with the stakes so high, this play nets the Reign with their second top play of the Stage.
Miss Week 4? You can catch the top 10 plays from that week here! Be sure to catch all of the Stage 1 Playoff action through our coverage here at The Game Haus and check back in next Monday to see which plays make the top 10!
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