Season 3 of Overwatch League begins here. This one is proving to be its most challenging one ever, with home and away games for every team. With all trades and signings finally done, every roster has been revealed. So, before the league starts, we’re examining each team’s new roster and ranking them. Rankings are determined by several factors, from possible team cohesion to previous results both individually and as a team. New coaching staff is another key factor.
20th: Dallas Fuel
This is likely to be our most controversial take. I think their inconsistency will plague the Dallas Fuel this Overwatch League season.
Good: Keeping Overwatch World Cup winning coach Aaron “Aero” Atkins, signing William “Crimzo” Hernandez and Young-jin “Gamsu” Noh
Bad: Losing longtime teammates and veterans Timo “Taimou” Kettunen and Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangchod. Backup players haven’t proven themselves at the Overwatch League level.
19th: Paris Eternal
Paris was supposed to be one of the dark horse picks last year, but nobody is thinking such for season 3. Their only changes have been to try to integrate Korean players, one of whom can’t play until June.
Good: Acquiring new head coach Hee-won “RUSH” Yun from Element Mystic, getting Yeong-han “Sp9rk1e” Kim signed
Bad: Relying on an entirely Korean coaching staff to coach a mostly European team. Sp9rk1e can’t play until June.
18th: Florida Mayhem
As much as my heart wants them to be better than bottom three, my mind is sure they’ll be here again. The acquisitions they’ve made are improvements over last year, but I don’t see them ranking higher on this list despite massive upsets.
Good: Signing RunAway players Nam-jin “Gangnamjin” Gang and Jun-ki “Yaki” Kim
Bad: Inconsistent DPS and support players from last year
17th: Houston Outlaws
This team, much like the other Texas team in the league, has shown potential, but it hasn’t been realized. They’ll do better than previous teams due to flexibility, but not by much.
Good: Signing Tae-hong “MekO” Kim, Jung-geun “Rapel” Kim, and João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles
Bad: 4 DPS players, brand new off-tank needing to fit in fast
16th: Boston Uprising
They’re an extremely likeable team of underdogs; stop me if you heard this one before. I expect this team to do well as the season progresses, but not good enough to sniff playoffs.
Good: Signing Gabriel “Swimmer” Levy, Walid “Mouffin” Bassal, and Thomas “brussen” Brussen
Bad: Another brand new roster, questionable head coach
15th: Washington Justice
The Justice have a very intriguing lineup, like the Uprising, but with more cohesion than in previous years. I see them taking big strides but still falling back of better teams.
Good: Signing Minseok “AimGod” Kwon, Chang-hoon “rOar” Gye, and coach Seetoh “JohnGalt” Jian Qing
Bad: Not much depth, language barriers, consistency
14th: Hangzhou Spark
The same team with some extra additions, they stayed the same while other teams in the Overwatch League didn’t. It is a bold strategy; let’s see if it pays off. I don’t think it will.
Good: Keeping their roster intact, signing Chinese players from their Contenders team
Bad: Not trying to upgrade through the massive free agency
13th: Philadelphia Fusion
Adding a lot of high-risk, high-reward players to their roster might be what’s needed for them to succeed. However, having multiple of them on one roster can risk the whole team collapsing. I think that’s likely to occur.
Good: Promoting Kyungbo “Alarm” Kim, signing Jun-ho “Fury” Kim, and Daniel “FunnyAstro” Hathaway
Bad: Relying on Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee too much, risking team cohesion
12th: Chengdu Hunters
My personal dark horse candidate of the Overwatch League, they only improved this off-season. Getting more depth is what they needed, and they got it while staying true to their roots.
Good: Signing Huang “leave” Xin, Chen “ATing” Shao-Hua
Bad: Inconsistency in positions
11th: Los Angeles Valiant
Even though they got rid of all their staple players, Valiant will surprise plenty this season. With lots of star power, they just need to see if the pieces fit together.
Good: Signing Rick “GiG” Salazar, Damon “Apply” Conti, and Sanglok “Dreamer” Song
Bad: Losing captain Scott “Custa” Kennedy and other teammates
10th: Guangzhou Charge
This team’s DPS and support players are extremely underrated. Their new tank line is questionable, but I expect to be surprised by them in Overwatch League season 3.
Good: Signing Alberto “neptuNo” González, Ki-cheol “Cr0ng” Nam
Bad: Not much change in an adapting league, same coaching staff
9th: London Spitfire
A pure talent team of Korean Contenders players, with some experience mixed in. Very risky, but very good coaches behind it all.
Good: Signing Dong-jae “Schwi” Lee, Se-won “BERNAR” Shin
Bad: Unknowns from the depths of Contenders, inexperience
8th: Toronto Defiant
A Canadian dream team with secret weapons. Good, but good enough? Tough to tell.
Good: Signing Brady “Agilities” Girardi, Lane “Surefour” Roberts, Young-seo “KariV” Park
Bad: Team cohesion with non-Canadians, questionable coaching pickups
7th: Shanghai Dragons
A redemption story looking to live up to expectations. Some great signings, but not enough to keep up to the top.
Good: Signing Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim, Jae-gon “LeeJaeGon” Lee, and re-signing Eui-Seok “Fearless” Lee
6th: Atlanta Reign
One of the best surprises of last year looks to build. Good signing and promotions will lead them to fighting alongside the best in Overwatch League season 3.
Good: Calling up Blake “Gator” Scott, signing Hugo “SharP” Sahlberg
Bad: Language barrier for new teammates
5th: Los Angeles Gladiators
One of the best tank duos on paper, along with one of the best support duos in the league. DPS is a question mark, but it could be great as well.
Good: Signing Indy “SPACE” Halpern, Min-seok “OGE” Son
Bad: Ji-hyeok “birdring” Kim is a very risky signing, especially as the star DPS player
4th: New York Excelsior
A great team on paper loses a key piece but gets some amazing talent to make up for it. Still a top-tier team, but it took some risks to try to get back to the top.
Good: Signing Seung-jun “WhoRU” Lee, Hong-joon “HOTBA” Choi
Bad: Risking team cohesion and playing style
3rd: Vancouver Titans
Just take the same thing from the New York one and paste it here. It’s just this team fits and plays better than the Excelsior do.
Good: Still the same great team and coaching
Bad: Signing Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek and Jehong “ryujehong” Ryu might risk the cohesion
2nd: Seoul Dynasty
My other main controversial take: The additions made to Seoul have put them over the top. They finally got structure and star players who have proven themselves in the league.
Good: Signing Joon-yeong “Profit” Park, Jae-hee “Gesture” Hong, Seung-tae “Bdosin” Choi
Bad: Same coaching staff, possible regression or stagnation
1st: San Francisco Shock
Who else would it be? Still the same insanely deep, talented, and successful roster. No reason for it to change for this next season.
Bad: Losing Andreas “Nevix” Karlsson, team morale (I’m stretching here.)
And that’s it for the Overwatch League season 3 power rankings. We can’t wait to be proven wrong in one week! Make sure to stay here on Daily Esports for more Overwatch League content.