The Overwatch League's second season is into its second stage of competition. All of last year's teams are back, along with new expansion teams. And while things look to have changed at the start of the league's sophomore outing, things appear to have changed even more with the start of Stage 2. The second season has proven to be a challenge for many teams, but the final destination remains the same. It's to be the best in the world.
Now that the Overwatch League is back and fully underway, Shacknews is here to help fans, be they old, new, or curious, keep up with the state of the league all season long.
Let's take a look at the standings heading into Stage 2, Week 3.
Standings after Stage 2, Week 2 (Win-Loss, Map Differential)
- 1. New York Excelsior (11-0, +31)
- 2. Vancouver Titans (10-0, +26)
- 3. San Francisco Shock (7-3, +17)
- 4. Los Angeles Gladiators (7-4, +9)
- 5. Dallas Fuel (6-3, +5)
- 6. Philadelphia Fusion (7-4, +4)
- 7. Boston Uprising (6-4, +4)
- 8. London Spitfire (6-4, +1)
- 9. Toronto Defiant (6-5, 0)
- 10. Chengdu Hunters (5-5, -4)
- 11 (tie). Atlanta Reign (5-6, +2)
- 11 (tie). Seoul Dynasty (4-5, +2)
- 13 (tie). Hangzhou Spark (4-5, -7)
- 13 (tie). Paris Eternal (5-6, -7)
- 15. Houston Outlaws (3-5, -5)
- 16. Shanghai Dragons (4-6, -7)
- 17. Guangzhou Charge (3-8, -17)
- 18. Los Angeles Valiant (1-9, -13)
- 19. Washington Justice (1-10, -21)
- 20. Florida Mayhem (1-10, -21)
Stage 2, Week 3 schedule
Thursday, April 18
- New York Excelsior vs. Philadelphia Fusion - 4PM PT (Disney XD)
- San Francisco Shock vs. Toronto Defiant - 5:45PM PT
- Florida Mayhem vs. Los Angeles Gladiators - 7:30PM PT
- Vancouver Titans vs. Dallas Fuel - 9:15PM PT
Friday, April 19
- New York Excelsior vs. Atlanta Reign - 4PM PT
- Philadelphia Fusion vs. Houston Outlaws - 5:45PM PT
- Los Angeles Valiant vs. Washington Justice - 7:30PM PT
- Hangzhou Spark vs. Guangzhou Charge - 9:15PM PT
Saturday, April 20
- London Spitfire vs. Boston Uprising - 12PM PT
- Shanghai Dragons vs. Florida Mayhem - 1:45PM PT
- Dallas Fuel vs. Seoul Dynasty - 3:30PM PT
- Los Angeles Gladiators vs. Chengdu Hunters - 5:15PM PT
Sunday, April 14
- Vancouver Titans vs. Boston Uprising - 12PM PT (Disney XD)
- Houston Outlaws vs. Shanghai Dragons - 1:45PM PT (Disney XD)
- Hangzhou Spark vs. San Francisco Shock - 3:30PM PT
- Atlanta Reign vs. Guangzhou Charge - 5:15PM PT
Game to watch
The Dallas Fuel has been on a resurgence following a slow start. Some of that can be attributed to a changing meta and more of that can be attributed to the recent trade for top D.Va player Lucas "NotE" Meissner. Regardless, the team is now fifth in the overall standings, but the new-look Fuel will face their biggest test to date. They're facing the undefeated Vancouver Titans.
Teams have yet to find an answer for MinSoo "SeoMinSoo" Seo and HyunWoo "JJANU" Choi, who both lead the league in eliminations. While the GOATS meta isn't what it was before, the Titans are still rolling behind their Zarya and D.Va. The surging Fuel represent a major challenge to the Titans and their GOATS compilation. Can the Titans continue their winning ways or will the Fuel, behind NotE and wild cards Zachary "ZachaREEE" Lombardo and Wonsik "Closer" Jung, who are getting acquainted with combat medic Baptiste, give the Titans their first loss of the season?
Find out, as this matchup closes a Thursday full of Overwatch League action.