Mail Esports’ Overwatch League Power Rankings are back after a brief hiatus!
Matt Porter may have been ill, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t watching all the action and casting his critical eye over all the teams.
A lot has changed in two weeks. We’ve got unlikely teams near the top of the standings, others have fallen from grace, and yet some teams are just as bad as always. Take a look at out updated Power Rankings below.
New York Excelsior have returned to #1 in Mail Esports’ Overwatch League Power Rankings
1. New York Excelsior +1
New York are back at the top in the Power Rankings, although they’re not quite at the top in the overall standings. We’ll give you the reason why in the section below.
They brushed off the San Francisco Shock with ease this week, as you’d expect, and the scoreline would suggest that they didn’t have too much of a trouble against Philadelphia Fusion either.
Those games were pretty close though, in fairness to Fusion, but New York simply outclassed them in the end. This is a scary squad, and they’ll probably be competing for the Stage title once again in a couple of weeks time.
Don’t be surprised if New York Excelsior are challenging for the Stage 2 title in two weeks time
2. Seoul Dynasty +2
Stage 2 has been a drastic return to form for Seoul Dynasty, and they’re the hottest team in the league right now.
They’re 6-0 in the Stage, top of the standings, and they’re on a seven game winning streak. So why aren’t they at the top of the power rankings?
Well, they haven’t exactly played anyone… good, yet. They’ve beaten both LA teams who have had their ups and downs this season, and a Fusion team who can hang with the best of them on their day. But everyone else they’ve been expected to beat easily.
They’re also still having trouble getting the 4-0s against the lesser teams which will help the all important map differential going into playoffs.
They stubbornly stuck to a dive comp against Shanghai and it cost them a map against the worst team in the league. Bunny ran riot on Tracer in that game, but he won’t be able to do that against better teams who have the skill to turn and deal with him.
Seoul Dynasty have found their form in Stage 2, but is it because they’ve played easier teams?
3. London Spitfire -2
The Stage 1 champions have returned to their roller coaster of results in the past few weeks.
They breezed past the Boston Uprising, who really aren’t having a good time of it right now, but they seriously struggled against Los Angeles Gladiators once again.
They didn’t play them in Stage 1, but Spitfire did lose to the Gladiators in the preseason.
Gesture was great against Boston, but London got out-tanked against LA. Are they regretting sending Fissure over there?
They started out with such a different roster to the one that was so successful in Stage 1. Hagopeun, Closer, Woohyal, and Hooreg were subbed out for the final two games in an attempt to salvage the series, but even that wasn’t enough.
Is all the roster chopping and changing, combined with the change of coaching staff, hurting London right now?
London Spitfire have fallen from the top after some shaky performances and a loss to LAG
4. Los Angeles Gladiators +5
And the award for the most improved team in the Overwatch League goes to…
Gladiators took revenge in the Battle for Los Angeles this week. Valiant weren’t expecting Hydration’s Doomfist, and Asher was doing great on McCree.
Plus, London’s loss of Fissure is the Gladiators’ gain. So far, he’s been the best signing of the transfer window.
Asher was amazing on Tracer again against Spitfire, and the entire team just seemed to outperform them all over the map.
They’re right up there in playoff contention now, and they’ve got matches against the Mayhem and the struggling Outlaws to look forward to next week.
Los Angeles Gladiators picked up one of their biggest wins of the season against the Spitfire
5. Philadelphia Fusion +1
Yeah, Fusion lost both of their matches this week, but when you have to play New York and Seoul a little over 24 hours apart, what do you expect?
They took maps off both of the best teams in the league right now, but they’re still yet to prove that they’re really a top tier team.
They had a great week one, and picked up an important win against Houston in week two.
Then they had a run of London, Seoul, and New York, and it doesn’t get any harder than that. So, it’s tough to gauge where they should be right now.
Making sure they pick up strong wins against the Dragons and Fuel next week is essential, with important tests against both LA teams coming up in week five.
Philadelphia Fusion are getting wins, but they are still an inconsistent team and could go down
6. Los Angeles Valiant -1
Los Angeles Valiant are still one of the best western teams in the league, but they’re being outperformed by a few of their rivals right now.
Losing 4-0 to their local rivals the Gladiators would’ve been devastating to moral, so they did well to come back the next day and sweep away the Outlaws.
Their tanks were superb against Houston, and Kariv was getting important picks constantly, but there just seemed to be some hesitation and some positioning problems that weren’t there in Stage 1.
They can still quite easily qualify for the Stage playoffs if other teams fall off, but they’ll need to put together a string of results to get there.
Los Angeles Valiant are still one of the top teams, but they’re not as good as they were before
7. Houston Outlaws -4
No one believed me when I said that maybe, just maybe, the Houston Outlaws aren’t as good as everyone was saying.
They lost 4-0 to the Los Angeles Valiant, who aren’t doing too great themselves right now, and then just about scraped past the Florida Mayhem, who have two wins all season.
Linkzr was very quiet in the loss against Valiant, and you could see the frustration on their faces on the player cams as they just kept dying to Kariv’s Widowmaker.
The week before they lost to the inconsistent Philadelphia Fusion, and got dominated by the New York Excelsior.
They did well to get into the Stage 1 playoffs, but their hopes of doing the same in Stage 2 are slowly slipping away.
Houston Outlaws are on a slump right now, losing lots and only just scraping a win vs Florida
8. Boston Uprising -1
Boston Uprising have just fallen away this Stage. They put together a heroic run of form in Stage 1 after their surprise win against London, but they’ve been pretty woeful so far in Stage 2.
They’ve got two wins against Florida Mayhem and Shanghai Dragons, which is what most teams should be doing. But they’ve lost the rest.
Every single game this Stage for Boston has been 4-0, and when you’re 2-4, that’s really damaging to your map differential.
The old accusations that perhaps the Boston roster isn’t as strong as the other western teams are coming back, and they need to prove themselves next week against Dallas and Los Angeles to try and turn their season around.
Boston Uprising have almost faded into obscurity in Stage 2, losing a lot of games very heavily
9. San Francisco Shock +1
San Francisco grabbed a nice win against Dallas Fuel this week, which lifts them above them in the Power Rankings.
They’re still not having the best of Stages, but they’ve had some pretty difficult match ups including both Los Angeles teams, Seoul, and New York.
They won’t qualify for the Stage playoffs, but they’re doing their best to stay in contention for the season playoffs.
San Francisco rise up the rankings thanks to a win over Dallas Fuel, but they’re still not great
10. Florida Mayhem +1
Florida Mayhem climb up one spot thanks to good performances and Dallas Fuel’s crisis.
‘Plucky’ is the word to describe this Florida roster. They’ve improved slightly since the start of the stage, but they’re still not bringing in the results they need to climb the standings.
A reverse sweep against Dallas Fuel will put a spring in their step going into next week’s matches against both LA teams, but they’ve still only recorded two wins this entire season.
Florida Mayhem have a plucky young team with potential, but they need to win more games
11. Dallas Fuel -3
The additions of Rascal and aKm looked great at the start of the Stage, but the Dallas Fuel are back to their losing ways.
They’ve now dumped xQc after a tumultuous relationship, and are a little short on tanks again until the arrival of OGE in Stage 3.
Taimou’s got a fine too, leaving Dallas Fuel in crisis both in game and out of it.
You simply can’t go up 2-0 against Florida Mayhem and throw it away, and not being able to take a map off San Francisco is pretty inexcusable too.
Dallas Fuel are having troubles both in game and out right now, and slip down the rankings
12. Shanghai Dragons =
The Dragons took a map off of Seoul for the second time this season. Hooray!
Other than that though, they’re still getting beaten in all areas, and their schedule isn’t particularly kind for the rest of the Stage.
They’ll probably go 0-20, but maybe their new signings will make the difference when they face Dallas at the start of Stage 3? We can hope.
Shanghai Dragons probably won’t win a game this stage, but we have fun watching them try
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