Four weeks of Overwatch League action is in the books and the best players in the world are now heading into the final week of Stage 1. Shacknews is following along with the action as close as possible. Now it's time to take a look at the standings.
These are the six teams that would qualify for the Overwatch League playoffs, if the season were to end today. And things have gotten a little clogged at the top, so we've done some tiebreaker math:
- 1. (tie) London Spitfire (7-1, Atlantic Division co-leader)
- 1. (tie) New York Excelsior (7-1, Atlantic Division co-leader)
- 3. Seoul Dynasty (6-2, Pacific Division)
- 4. Boston Uprising (5-3, holds tiebreaker over Los Angeles Valiant)
- 5. Los Angeles Valiant (5-3, holds tiebreaker over Philadelphia Fusion)
- 6. Philadelphia Fusion (5-3, holds tiebreaker over Houston Outlaws)
And the rest of the pack, which isn't too much farther back:
- 7. Houston Outlaws (5-3)
- 8. (tie) San Francisco Shock (3-5)
- 8. (tie) Los Angeles Gladiators (3-5)
- 10. (tie) Dallas Fuel (1-7)
- 10. (tie) Florida Mayhem (1-7)
- 12. Shanghai Dragons (0-8)
Game of the Week
Shacknews chronicled the rising New York Excelsior and the sudden Seoul Dynasty tailspin last week. While New York kept its momentum going with wins over the lower-tier Shanghai Dragons and Dallas Fuel, the Dynasty responded by getting their doors completely blown off by the London Spitfire.
Facing a meteoric downfall, the Dynasty hoped to rebound against the short-handed Houston Outlaws (missing star player Jiri "LiNkzr" Masalin) and the two teams went toe-to-toe in the best game of the weekend.
Things didn't look for the Dynasty at the start, as the Outlaws continued to assert their dominance on Eichenwalde, which has proven to be one of the team's best maps. Seoul came back to take the next two, but Houston would force a tiebreaking fifth map, thanks in part to "JAKE" Lyon's clutch Junkrat play and a perfectly-timed RIP-Tire.
With the Dynasty's backs against the wall, Kim "Zunba" Joon-Hyuk made the switch to Zarya for the final map and the selection paid off. Houston couldn't keep up with the heavy-hitting tank and Zarya provided enough cover for Kim "Fleta" Byung-Sun's Junkrat to wreak havoc. It was a game of inches, but the Dynasty narrowly survived to maintain its hold on third place.
But as mentioned, Houston brought their A-game. Check it all out below.
Stage 1, Week 5 Schedule
This is the schedule for the final week of Stage 1, which will include the Stage 1 Title Matches for an additional $125,000 prize pool:
- Shanghai Dragons v. Dallas Fuel - 2/7, 4PM PT
- San Francisco Shock v. Los Angeles Gladiators - 2/7, 6PM PT
- Los Angeles Valiant v. Seoul Dynasty - 2/7, 8PM PT
- Philadelphia Fusion v. Boston Uprising - 2/8, 2PM PT
- Florida Mayhem v. New York Excelsior - 2/8, 4PM PT
- London Spitfire v. Houston Outlaws - 2/8, 6PM PT
- Los Angeles Gladiators v. Dallas Fuel - 2/9, 4PM PT
- Seoul Dynasty v. San Francisco Shock - 2/9, 6PM PT
- Los Angeles Valiant v. Shanghai Dragons - 2/9, 8PM PT
- New York Excelsior v. London Spitfire - 2/10, 11AM PT
- Houston Outlaws v. Boston Uprising - 2/10, 1PM PT
- Florida Mayhem v. Philadelphia Fusion - 2/10, 3PM PT
- Stage 1 Title Match #1 (2nd place team vs. 3rd place team) - 2/10, 5PM PT
- Stage 1 Title Match #2 (1st place team vs. Winner of 2nd/3rd place match) - 2/10, 7PM PT