Stage 3 of the Overwatch League continues. And it's been a busy week for the League as a whole, not just with a full weekend of action in the books, but also with some of the extracurriculars that have gone down in the past couple of days.
For those who haven't heard, the Dallas Fuel were busy in the late Sunday evening hours. According to Dot Esports, the struggling Dallas team fired coach Kyle "Kyky" Souder and released Kim "Rascal" Dong-jun. Assistant coach Emanuel Uzoni will serve as the team's interim coach, but this is the latest move in what's been a tumltuous couple of months for Dallas. So far, Dallas has endured Timo "Taimou" Kettunen's disciplinary issues, Felix "xQc" Lengyel's release following his multitude of problems, and the recent suspension of Son "OGE" Min-seok. The Fuel rolled the dice with Rascal, picking him up from the London Spitfire in late February, but the gamble is set to be a resounding failure, since the Overwatch League's player signing window is now closed.
Beyond the week's news, Shacknews is continuing to keep up with all of the Overwatch League action as closely as possible. Let's look at the overall standings after this first week. As we rapidly approach the halfway point of the regular season, remember that the top six teams advance to the Overwatch League playoffs.
Overwatch League Standings After Stage 3, Week 2 (Win-Loss, Map Differential)
- 1. New York Excelsior (21-3, +54)
- 2. London Spitfire (16-8, +32)
- 3. Seoul Dynasty (16-8, +18)
- 4. Boston Uprising (16-8, +16)
- 5. Philadelphia Fusion (16-8, +11)
- 6. Los Angeles Valiant (13-9, +21)
- 7. Houston Outlaws (13-11, +12)
- 8. Los Angeles Gladiators (13-11, +4)
- 9. San Francisco Shock (8-16, -19)
- 10. Dallas Fuel (6-18, -28)
- 11. Florida Mayhem (4-20, -44)
- 12. Shanghai Dragons (0-24, -77)
Game of the Week
Be honest. Most casual Overwatch League observers saw the chaos starting to unfold around the Boston Uprising and wrote them off. After all, how does a team rebound from one of its best players getting kicked off the team following an alleged sex scandal with a minor? The answer? Go out and beat the best team in the League.
To put it mildly the Uprising went into the game with the New York Excelsior as underdogs. But the Uprising came out firing right away, with Gwon "STRIKER" Nam-Ju's Tracer giving the Excelsior fits by catching Hong "ArK" Yeon-joon off-guard with a Pulse Bomb. From there, it was Dreamkazper fill-in Stanislov "Mistakes" Danilov who helped propel the Uprising to an opening victory with a well-timed Dragon Blade from his Genji.
New York fought back, showing some extra toughness after Kim "Pine" Do-hyeon subbed in and went to work with Widowmaker. But the Uprising responded on Junkertown, with Striker's Junkrat helping Boston tie the series. It all came down to Oasis, where Mistakes switched off to Sombra and dashed any hopes of an Excelsior comeback with a perfectly-timed EMP to hand a rare loss to the League's best team.
It was a wild series and proved that even in the face of a rough week, the Overwatch League should underestimate the Boston Uprising at their peril.
Stage 3, Week 3 Schedule
This is the schedule for the first week of Stage 3:
- Los Angeles Gladiators v. Los Angeles Valiant - 4/18, 4PM PT
- Dallas Fuel v. San Francisco Shock - 4/18, 6PM PT
- Shanghai Dragons v. Seoul Dynasty - 4/18, 8PM PT
- Houston Outlaws v. Florida Mayhem - 4/19, 4PM PT
- Boston Uprising v. London Spitfire - 4/19, 6PM PT
- Philadelphia Fusion v. New York Excelsior - 4/19, 8PM PT
- Philadelphia Fusion v. San Francisco Shock - 4/20, 4PM PT
- Florida Mayhem v. Shanghai Dragons - 4/20, 6PM PT
- Boston Uprising v. Seoul Dynasty - 4/20, 8PM PT
- London Spitfire v. Los Angeles Valiant - 4/21, 1PM PT
- New York Excelsior v. Los Angeles Gladiators - 4/21, 3PM PT
- Houston Outlaws v. Dallas Fuel - 4/21, 5PM PT