After a one-week break, the Overwatch League returns this Wednesday for the fourth and final stage of the regular season. That means things are about to get more intense, as teams jockey for position and look to cement their place in the playoffs. There's big money on the line, as well as a chance to play for the first Overwatch League championship in Brooklyn.
But before going any further, let's look at how Stage 4 will be contested. Earlier on Tuesday, Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer answered which version of the game teams would be playing for this final leg of the regular season.
An update on Overwatch League Stage 4 pic.twitter.com/CREJEA13Vq— Nate Nanzer (@natenanzer) May 15, 2018
What this means it that due to a bug in version 1.23, Stage 4 will be contested under version 1.22. That means Brigitte will be playable, but not the recently-nerfed version of the character. It also means that the new Hanzo abilities will not be playable, but it will also mean that the Tracer Pulse Bomb nerf will not be in effect. So the Tracer mains throughout the League can breathe a brief sigh of relief.
With all of that out of the way, let's look at the standings after three stages of play. This is it. The regular season is in the home stretch and the top six teams will make the playoffs. Let's see the current standings.
Overwatch League Standings After Stage 3 (Win-Loss, Map Differential)
- 1. New York Excelsior (27-3, +68)
- 2. Boston Uprising (22-8, +27)
- 3. London Spitfire (20-10, +38)
- 4. Seoul Dynasty (19-11, +19)
- 5. Los Angeles Valiant (18-12, +21)
- 6. Philadelphia Fusion (18-12, +9)
- 7. Houston Outlaws (16-14, +13)
- 8. Los Angeles Gladiators (16-14, +5)
- 9. San Francisco Shock (12-18, -14)
- 10. Dallas Fuel (6-24, -47)
- 11. Florida Mayhem (6-24, -51)
- 12. Shanghai Dragons (0-30, -88)
Game of the Week
It's a good time to look back at what was an eventful Stage 3 Finals. The surging Boston Uprising, who went unbeaten for Stage 3, met with the top overall team New York Excelsior in a rematch from earlier in the stage.
New York was ready for Boston this time, thoroughly crushing the Uprising behind Jong-Ryeol "Saebyeolbe" Park's outstanding Tracer play. There were no answers for New York's stalwart defense and unstoppable offense. Even when it looked like Boston might be able to pull something out on Volskaya, New York was able to force a draw on that map and sap the rest of Boston's morale in the process.
Need an example of why New York is still the team to beat? Relive the full match below.
Stage 4, Week 1 Schedule
This is the schedule for the first week of Stage 4:
- Los Angeles Gladiators v. San Francisco Shock - 5/16, 4PM PT
- Seoul Dynasty v. Los Angeles Valiant - 5/16, 6PM PT
- Dallas Fuel v. Shanghai Dragons - 5/16, 8PM PT
- Boston Uprising v. Philadelphia Fusion - 5/17, 4PM PT
- New York Excelsior v. Florida Mayhem - 5/17, 6PM PT
- Houston Outlaws v. London Spitfire - 5/17, 8PM PT
- Dallas Fuel v. Los Angeles Gladiators - 5/18, 4PM PT
- Boston Uprising v. Houston Outlaws - 5/18, 6PM PT
- San Francisco Shock v. Seoul Dynasty - 5/18, 8PM PT
- Philadelphia Fusion v. Florida Mayhem - 5/19, 1PM PT
- Shanghai Dragons v. Los Angeles Valiant - 5/19, 3PM PT
- London Spitfire v. New York Excelsior - 5/19, 5PM PT