Stage 2 of the Overwatch League has begun. Following a week off, the Stage 2 picture is just beginning to take shape. Shacknews is making sure to keep up with the action as closely as possible, so let's take a look at the standings ahead of the second week of action. Remember that the top six teams will advance to the playoffs at the end of all stages of the regular season.
Standings After Stage 2, Week 1 (Win-Loss, Map Differential)
- 1. New York Excelsior (10-2, +22)
- 2. Houston Outlaws (9-3, +22)
- 3. Seoul Dynasty (9-3, +15)
- 4. London Spitfire (8-4, +15)
- 5. Los Angeles Valiant (8-4, +12)
- 6. Philadelphia Fusion (8-4, +4)
- 7. Boston Uprising (6-6, +2)
- 8. Los Angeles Gladiators (5-7, -8)
- 9. Dallas Fuel (5-7, -7)
- 10. San Francisco Shock (3-9, -14)
- 11. Florida Mayhem (1-11, -28)
- 12. Shanghai Dragons (0-12, -35)
Game of the Week
Are we really going to talk about the New York Excelsior and the London Spitfire again? You bet! The Overwatch League has its first real rivalry on its hands, with both of these squads continuing to battle to near stalemates. While the Stage 1 Finale was thrilling and all, it's really something else to see both of these teams continue to find new answers for one another. In particular, the Widowmaker duel between the Excelsior's Do-hyeon "Pine" Kim and the Spitfire's Ji-hyuk "Birdring" Kim on Gibraltar was some of the best sniper play that fans could ask for, with two of the best at that position going toe-to-toe.
This will be the last time these two teams see each other in Stage 2, unless they meet again in the Stage playoffs. They certainly put on a show.
Stage 2, Week 2 Schedule
This is the schedule for the second week of Stage 2:
- Seoul Dynasty v. Dallas Fuel - 2/28, 4PM PT
- Los Angeles Valiant v. San Francisco Shock - 2/28, 6PM PT
- Los Angeles Gladiators v. Shanghai Dragons - 2/28, 8PM PT
- Florida Mayhem v. London Spitfire - 3/1, 4PM PT
- Houston Outlaws v. Philadelphia Fusion - 3/1, 6PM PT
- New York Excelsior v. Boston Uprising - 3/1, 8PM PT
- Boston Uprising v. Florida Mayhem - 3/2, 4PM PT
- Los Angeles Gladiators v. Seoul Dynasty - 3/2, 6PM PT
- Dallas Fuel v. Los Angeles Valiant - 3/2, 8PM PT
- Philadelphia Fusion v. London Spitfire - 3/3, 1PM PT
- Houston Outlaws v. New York Excelsior - 3/3, 3PM PT
- Shanghai Dragons v. San Francisco Shock - 3/3, 5PM PT
All of the action can be seen on the Overwatch League Twitch channel or on the Overwatch League website. For more on the League, be sure to check out our recent interview with Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer.