Overwatch League Week 3 Recap | Part 2: Excelsior and Titans dominate
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Here are the rest of the Overwatch League teams results for week three. For people who haven’t gotten to reading part one, I still haven’t named my team of the week yet. With the couple of weeks remaining in stage one, the makeup of the stage playoffs is starting to come into focus. Let’s continue with…

Toronto Defiant

This was a tough week for the Defiant, but they showed resilience. Their first match of the week was against first place New York Excelsior, where they lost 3-1. But they bounced back in a dominant 3-1 win over the Boston Uprising. I’m pretty sure everyone knew New York was going to win over Toronto, and the one map Toronto won was relatively close. But the Boston game was important, because both of them were eyeing the stage playoffs. In the New York game, Se-hyeon “Neko” Park made his debut after being banned and didn’t impress against Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang, but the Boston game was the opposite. Neko completely dominated Min-seok “AimGod” Kwon and got Player of the Match for that game. The other two very impressive players were Kang-jae “envy” Lee and Seung-hyun “Ivy” Lee, both doing well in the Boston match to get them a win this week.

They’re still in the playoff race. I’m giving them a 6.5/10.

New York Excelsior

This feels just like last season. Another week, another dominant week for New York. Their first match of the week was against new expansion team Toronto Defiant, and they played the last game of the week against the Seoul Dynasty. They dominated both games, ending both games with scores of 3-1. Dong-gyu “Mano” Kim continued his dominance on Reinhardt and Winston, while Yeon-kwan “Nenne” Jeong is arguably the best rookie in the league right now on Zarya. The only question is — can New York get a perfect stage in the first stage of season two? That must be their goal now, as they are the first team to clinch stage playoffs.

A very productive and clean week for New York. I’m giving them an 8.5/10 and calling them my team of the week.

Vancouver Titans

The only team that looks as dominant as New York is continuing its run as well. The Titans only had one game this week, against a poorly performing Los Angeles Valiant. They completely owned the Valiant in a 3-1 win. They are the only other team in the league right now that isn’t missing a beat other than the Excelsior. Sang-beom “Bumper” Park seems to be playing Reinhardt so aggressively and uniquely, but his team supports him so well that they just run over enemy players. Another underrated player is Sung-jun “SLIME” Kim, playing great on Lucio in every game so far.

Another week, another win for the Titans. I’m giving them a 7/10.

Los Angeles Valiant

These results are nothing people expected out of this team. Even with the loss of star players, this team just is underperforming. They played against two tough opponents this week, first the Vancouver Titans and then the Guangzhou Charge. They ended up losing both matches 3-1. This team is a key example of how nobody can predict who can win anymore. They had good coaching staff, good players, and a successful past. They lost some pieces, but they really didn’t feel important. Turns out that was wrong.

A very disappointing week for the lowest-ranked team in the league right now. I’m giving them a 1/10.

Shanghai Dragons

High off their first win, the Dragons are starting to catch fire, but they didn’t get both wins this week. The Shanghai Dragons had two games, against a weird but poor Chengdu Hunters squad and a weird but good Dallas Fuel team. They got their second win of their team’s history with their first ever 4-0 sweep victory, but they also lost a close 3-2 match to the Fuel. One of the high points was Jin-hyeok “DDing” Yang, one of the best Sombras and Pharahs in the league. Young-jin “Gamsu” Noh seems to be integrating into the lineup well, and they are clearly good enough of a team to solve Chengdu. But that loss to the Fuel was tough to watch.

A great sweep win, but a tough five-map loss. I’m giving them a 6.5/10.

Chengdu Hunters

The problem that the Hunters have is that they only have one strategy. This might be nice to see, but that makes you easy to prepare against. They also only had one match this week, against the Shanghai Dragons, but they got swept 4-0. I’m honestly worried for the Hunters, because if they don’t make any changes I can’t see them winning a single game anymore. They caught some people by surprise, but they only run one composition. Their clear best players have been Pharah player Yi “JinMu” Hu and Wrecking Ball player Ding “Ameng” Menghan. Even with their skill, they are just getting out-planned in these recent games.

A poor week, short and swept. I’m giving them a 1/10.

Paris Eternal

The experienced new expansion team from Europe also only had one game this week, but they couldn’t deliver the win. They faced an on-fire Atlanta Reign squad and got dominated in a 4-0 sweep. This loss brings them lower in the standings, but this win does put some speculation on a team plenty of people considered top tier. I don’t think this shows Paris as a bad team, but rather Atlanta as a better team than people had expected. There weren’t too many highlights from the match this week, as most of Paris played poorly.

An unfortunate loss, bringing this team back to Earth. I’m giving them a 2/10.

Atlanta Reign

People expected this team to be okay at best, but this week has proved this team to be surprisingly good. Another team with only one game, but this match was important to tell if they were truly good or just streaky. This match was against the previously mentioned Paris Eternal, a very highly rated team in this stage. They ended up sweeping them in a 4-0 win. With all the hype for this team, this game delivered and the Reign players did so well to handle that pressure. One of the best players was newly added player Dusttin “Dogman” Bowerman, and there are also came creative strategies out of Daniel “dafran” Francesca and Petja “Masaa” Kantanen.

This hype train stops at nothing, but as we saw against the Fusion earlier in the stage, they are beatable. I’m giving them an 8/10.

Houston Outlaws

The first Texas-based team in this recap also only had one game for the week. The Houston Outlaws faced the Florida Mayhem in their only match of the week, doing well in a 3-1 win. They looked a lot improved over the last couple weeks, considering Mayhem is doing well despite its poor standing right now. One of the key players in their improved form is a player who was heavily criticized last season, Jake “JAKE” Lyon. But their best player is still Dante “Danteh” Cruz. He seems to be giving a purpose to an inconsistent roster, helping them win against tough rosters.

A good bounce back week for the Outlaws. I’m giving them a 7/10.

Dallas Fuel

The last team in this recap for week three also had one game for this week. Their match of the week was against a redeemed Shanghai Dragons squad, and the Fuel won it in a close map five series. That 3-2 win ended up improving their record and keeping them in the playoff race. The standout player for them, just like in all of their map wins, has been Dylan “AKM” Bignet.

A nice win, albeit a close one. I’m giving them a 7.5/10.

And that is all for this week of Overwatch League! Catch up on Part 1 if you missed it, and make sure to tune into Twitch Thursdays through Sundays to watch the games live. 

Polish-Canadian game enthusiast. I've been entrenched in gaming for as long as I can remember, with my first game being Pokemon Yellow and my most played games being Borderlands 2 and Overwatch. I have a degree in Film Studies, but writing about esports just makes my job all the better.