The initial ever Overwatch League is wholly underway, and we’ve already had 12 matches of esports action.
The joining valid to be intensely popular, generally on a initial day, gaining hundreds of thousands of indicate views on Twitch.
Those who’ve tuned in haven’t been unhappy either, as we’ve already seen some tip spin Overwatch play, utterly from a tip teams in a league.
Seoul Dynasty are positively a tip group right now, nonetheless others aren’t too distant behind them
The 12 teams have all played dual games each, so we now have some-more of an thought of how they’re starting to smoke-stack up.
Some teams tender while others under-performed. Mail Esports’ Matt Porter watched all of a action, and has updated a Overwatch League Power Rankings accordingly.
1. Seoul Dynasty =
Seoul Dynasty won both their games, nonetheless their opponents have found a integrate of weaknesses
Everyone knew Seoul Dynasty would be a group to kick going into a start of a unchanging season, and they lived adult to a hype.
Byung-Sun ‘Fleta’ Kim has been unstoppable on Widowmaker, mostly holding a limelight divided from his associate DPS players, and divided from support master Je-Hong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu.
They mislaid their initial map on Junkertown to Dallas Fuel, that was a multiple of Fuel being unequivocally good during escort, and substantially some early deteriorate nerves. A pull on Numbani was a tiny startling too, nonetheless a pull was all they indispensable to secure a win in a series.
As for their compare opposite Los Angeles Gladiators, there was a transparent cove in class, utterly on a conflict and control maps.
2. London Spitfire +1
London Spitfire arise one indicate this week interjection to their widespread opening opposite Fusion
There was some regard over a London Spitfire after they mislaid a initial map in their compare opposite a Florida Mayhem. They mislaid opposite a Gladiators in a preseason too, so was their register overhyped?
Apparently not, as from that indicate on they were totally dominant, shutting out Mayhem on Oasis and Numbani, and putting adult a clever invulnerability on Temple of Anubis.
Perhaps they were customarily perplexing to benefit some some-more British fans in a initial map by following a tradition of carrying a softened group nonetheless losing anyway.
Spitfire came out banishment in their subsequent compare opposite Philadelphia Fusion. The American group looked good opposite Houston Outlaws a prior day, nonetheless London wiped a building with them.
After Fusion got a cargo to indicate B on Junkertown, Spitfire stopped them gaining a singular indicate for a rest of a match.
Tank actor Jae-Hui ‘Gesture’ Hong utterly tender for Spitfire, as did Ji-Kyeok ‘Birdring’ Kim and Mercy conductor Jong-Seok ‘NUS’ Kim.
3. New York Excelsior -1
New York Excelsior have an implausible roster, nonetheless they unequivocally have another rigging to go up
New York Excelsior spin out a tip 3 teams, and they customarily so occur to have a third wholly South Korean register on a list. Funny how that works out.
They’re still looking unequivocally clever after winning both of their matches, nonetheless Spitfire have climbed above them in a rankings due to a demeanour of their wins.
If this were a energy ranking list of DPS players alone, NYXL competence be during a top, as Jong-Ryeol ‘Saebyeolbe’ Park, Hae-Seong ‘Libero’ Kim, and De-Hyeon ‘Pine’ Kim are severely putting a work in.
I’ve called Pine a one-man-highlight-reel before, nonetheless it’s value mentioning again because, utterly simply, there is no opposite to his McCree play.
Pine was substantially a biggest articulate indicate of week one, and it’s easy to forget a control indicate dilettante played customarily dual of a 8 maps.
NYXL have an glorious register and are sitting flattering on dual wins, and nonetheless they’re in third place on this list, it feels as nonetheless they have another rigging to step adult to.
We haven’t seen any of a tip 3 take any other on yet. When we finally do in a integrate of weeks time, it’ll make for some unequivocally engaging viewing.
4. Los Angeles Valiant +2
Los Angeles were a warn performers in week one, and haven’t mislaid an OWL compare yet
For me, a Los Angeles Valiant were a many considerable group in week one, not customarily since they were a customarily group not to remove a singular map, nonetheless since they weren’t unequivocally approaching to do this well.
They won a initial conflict for Los Angeles, and they scraped past San Francisco Shock behind in a preseason. In week one, Valiant achieved better, conflict past Shock again in a 4-0 sweep.
Then, opposite Dallas Fuel, who put adult a decent quarrel opposite Seoul Dynasty on day one, they put in an even softened performance, and valid one thing.
Los Angeles Valiant are clutch.
Winning a absurd 8-7 map on Junkertown where they pushed a cargo by a whole map flattering many wholly on overtime, and afterwards eking out a pull on Horizon Lunar Colony, it looked like they totally wore Fuel out.
From afterwards on, Dallas crumbled, and Valiant are looking intensely good. They haven’t come adult opposite New York, London, or Seoul nonetheless though, and that will be their biggest test.
5. Dallas Fuel -1
Dallas Fuel are still high adult a rankings notwithstanding their losses, nonetheless they need to perform better
It’s startling to see a Dallas Fuel so distant down a rankings after week one, nonetheless here we are.
They’re alongside Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, and Shanghai Dragons as carrying no wins yet, nonetheless everybody knows they’re softened than this.
This is a former Team EnVyUs squad, that has won trophies and cowed some of a best teams in a world. They came adult opposite aged foes Seoul Dynasty and mislaid narrowly, and were afterwards repelled by a Los Angeles Valiant, who now stand above them in a rankings.
In destiny weeks, Dallas Fuel should stand behind adult a ranks. At slightest hopefully they will, as it will be a contrition to see a once good group tumble from grace.
6. Los Angeles Gladiators =
The Los Angeles Gladiators keep their mark as a many normal group in a league, going 1-1
Los Angeles Gladiators are about as center of a highway as we can get in a Overwatch League right now.
They went 1-1 in preseason, and they’re now during 1-1 in a unchanging season. They put in a warn opening opposite London Spitfire, nonetheless mislaid opposite LA rivals Valiant.
In week one, they came adult opposite a misfortune group in a joining and won easily, and afterwards came adult opposite a best group in a joining and got stomped. It’s tough to put them anywhere else other than sixth right now.
There’s a lot of talent on a team. Pretty many a whole register is finished adult of informed Overwatch names, so we could see them perform softened opposite other teams around their ability level.
The customarily assertive Jonas ‘Shaz’ Samuel Suovaara was close down by a Widowmaker of Fleta, nonetheless his associate support Benjamin ‘BigGoose’ Ville Aapeli Isohanni put in a few good performances opposite a Dragons.
7. Boston Uprising +2
Boston Uprising softened over their opening in a preseason, nonetheless still need to do better
Boston Uprising didn’t demeanour good in a preseason, nonetheless they’ve softened rather in a month or so in a meantime.
They indispensable a tiebreaker to get past a Shanghai Dragons in preseason, nonetheless they degraded Florida Mayhem in a purify brush in week one.
They struggled some-more opposite a unequivocally gifted New York Excelsior roster, nonetheless they did during slightest conduct to take a map off them.
They’re doing okay, nonetheless will need to do some-more to live adult to a lofty expectations of their owners Robert Kraft, who also owns a tiny Boston internal NFL group called a New England Patriots.
8. Philadelphia Fusion +4
Philadelphia Fusion picking adult a win was heartening after their hilly start, nonetheless also mislaid badly
It’s enlivening to see a Philadelphia Fusion do good in a early stages of a deteriorate after a hilly start to life.
When we contend they didn’t spin adult to a preseason, we don’t meant they badly, we meant they simply didn’t spin up. They were bottom of a preseason energy rankings, that competence have been unfair, nonetheless it was tough to put them anywhere else though saying them in action.
However, now a unchanging deteriorate is underway, we’ve seen that they can perform flattering good when given a opportunity.
Sadly for a Fusion, a London Spitfire didn’t give them a opportunity.
But, they put on one of a best matches of a initial week opposite a Houston Outlaws, forcing a initial and customarily determining map so far.
Jae-Hyeok ‘Carpe’ Lee was doing good on Tracer in week one, nonetheless there’s one actor in sold who’s hidden a uncover for Fusion right now.
Gael ‘Poko’ Gouzerch is presumably a best actor in a universe during regulating D.Va’s ultimate during a moment, removing an doubtful series of kills with it opposite some of a best players in a league.
9. Houston Outlaws -2
OpTic fans aren’t used to their teams doing badly in initial chairman shooters, nonetheless here we are
OpTic Gaming are used to doing good in initial chairman shooters, so their fans competence be unhappy by a Houston Outlaws opening so far.
They’re win-less, and nonetheless they were substantially approaching to remove opposite a New York Excelsior, they should’ve substantially finished softened opposite a Philadelphia Fusion.
They mislaid both matches in a preseason as well, despite opposite a integrate of tip tier teams.
They should collect adult their initial win opposite a Shanghai Dragons subsequent week, nonetheless if they don’t, some critical questions will have to be asked.
10. San Francisco Shock -2
Shock aren’t doing well, and will be looking brazen to star players apropos authorised to play
San Francisco Shock fans will be counting down a days until their dual star players, Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won and Matthew ‘super’ DeLisi are authorised to play in a Overwatch League.
Until that day comes, they’re looking flattering flat. Although they were means to squeeze a win, it was opposite a diseased Shanghai Dragons team, and nonetheless they put adult a decent quarrel during times opposite Los Angeles Valiant, they still mislaid a compare 4-0.
They’ll need to urge as time goes on, and nonetheless they’re blank tip players right now, they still have a lot of talent on a roster.
Their matches subsequent week opposite Philadelphia Fusion and Boston Uprising will be large indicators of things to come. Shock will need to kick teams like this to have a possibility during creation a playoffs during a finish of a season.
11. Florida Mayhem -1
Florida Mayhem have a smallest roster, and a miss of coherence is opposition them right now
The miss of surrogate players for a Florida Mayhem has been talked about to genocide already, nonetheless it appears to be customarily as large a stumbling retard as people feared.
Spirits competence have been buoyed by holding a map off a London Spitfire, nonetheless for a rest of that compare they looked weak.
Then opposite a Boston Uprising, they customarily weren’t means to defend, eventually losing a compare 4-0. Uprising are flattering good, nonetheless many teams should be means to take during slightest one map off them.
Things are substantially going to get worse before they get better, as a Mayhem have Seoul Dynasty adult next. As for their second compare in week two, removing a win opposite Shanghai Dragons is positively essential.
12. Shanghai Dragons -1
Shanghai Dragons have a weakest group on paper, and in use they competence be even worse
The miss of knowledge in a Shanghai Dragons group has reared a ugly, fire-breathing conduct already.
Los Angeles Gladiators are an glorious defensive unit, nonetheless a Dragons’ malnutritioned conflict was flattering annoying in their 4-0 loss.
They did conduct to win a map opposite a San Francisco Shock, nonetheless they’re not accurately behaving during a tip of their diversion right now.
The register still needs time to rise and work together as a team. Unfortunately for a Dragons, many of a other teams will be improving over time as well. Right now, it’s tough to see where they’re going to collect adult a win this season.