With three teams just a single win outside the top eight and several more well within striking distance, the stakes are getting high, and every map will count. Now that the hype has been adequately prepared let’s see who’s playing this week.
A Tale of Two Fusions
With the exception of their stage one playoff loss to the Seoul Dynasty the New York Excelsior’s 2019 season is thus far unblemished. Philadelphia Fusion on the other hand, can make no such claim. Up to this point in the season the Fusion have been one of the most unpredictable teams in the league. One week they will perform like they can take on any team in the league, the next, they can’t seem to get out of their own way. I’m looking forward to seeing which Philadelphia shows up this week against the Excelsior.
If the Fusion do hope to take down the Excelsior they are going to need to see a greatly improved performance by Sado this week. Too many teams fights last week opened with Sado being sent back to spawn, and that is something that Philadelphia will not be able to afford in this match up. They will also need carpe to step up and play to the level everyone familiar with the league knows he is capable of playing.
Something Old, Something New
The Vancouver Titans are considered by many to be the best team in the Overwatch League. Their unbeaten record thus far goes a long way to support those claims, and they’ve shown on more than one occasion a lot of their standing is due to their unrivaled mastery of the GOATS composition.But what happens if their opponent isn’t willing to play their game? In the one map during their match against the Houston Outlaws where their opponent refused to play their game they lost. Some analysts have said that, Ben if the map being played traditionally demands you run GOATS you don’t when playing against the Titans. Well, guess which team has shown its more than willing to play unconventional compositions, and play them well.. That’s right, Dallas.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Titans must be considered the odds on favorites in this match to be sure, however, if the Fuel can play with the skill, and variety they showed this past week, and if the Titans come into this game with too many assumptions about its outcome we might just have an upset on our hands. And, whether the Fuel can pull it off or not, I have a feeling it’s gonna be a ton of fun watching them try.
Just Out of Reach
Both the Boston Uprising and the London Spitfire have had up and down seasons so far. Both teams are currently at six and four overall, and London holds a one game advantage in the stage standings. And while The Spitfire look to extend the momentum off of their victory over the Fusion last week, the Uprising are hoping to bounce back after a lose that came by the closest of margins at the hands of the Hangzhou Spark.
While the Spitfire will undoubtably be looking to their star play makers like Profit, BIRDRING, and Gesture to deliver the big plays when they need them, the Uprising will be looking to overcome their foes with what can be argued as a broader range of team compositions available to them, as the Spitfire are known to struggle with GOATS, plus the unique play making style that is becoming synonymous with the Uprising. Unless the Spitfire can leverage their star power properly, they could find themselves about to crash and burn.
Race to the Bottom
Both the Washington Justice and the Los Angeles Valiant are sitting at only one win for the season, and both would love to change that. And with the Valiant having just gotten their first win last week, and gave a strong showing against their rival Los Angeles team the Gladiators as well, the Valiant look like they could be primed to get their second win of the season.
And while the Justice have been struggling lately it isn’t all bad news. They’ve been getting great play out of star DPS player Corey whenever they can get him on a hit scan character, with Widowmaker being particularly effective for him. They’ve also seen some improvement in their back line as both ArK and Gido have been improving lately. If they can just get all the pieces to click together they might just leave this week with that highly sought after second win.
These are the matches that I’m looking forward to this week in the Overwatch League . I hope you get to enjoy the games, and that you will join me again next week as we take a look back and see how this all shakes out.