It’s that time again! A new week means more games, more teams battling it out to see who can come out on top. But who we do expect to win and who do we expect to flounder? Welcome to ESTNN’s Overwatch League Power Rankings, let’s get into it!
#1. Vancouver Titans
Vancouver has not budged one bit since the inception of the power rankings. The Titans stranglehold on the league has been suffocating to other teams, but with games against a new and improved Dallas and a miracle-working Boston, this may be the biggest chance they’ve had for a loss yet. Look for Bumper to play a little out of character and passively, because his typical aggression will get him killed.
#2. San Francisco Shock
This team is not even recognizable from last year’s Californian embarrassment. With the sudden improvement of main tank Super still fresh in our minds, the success of the team also comes from two other key players. Firstly, Viol2t, one of the new players this season, has played an incredible season so far, putting up some of the best numbers in the league on his Zenyatta. Second, Sinatraa has never looked better. Perhaps he was always a Zarya main, but his statistics, specifically damage done and damage blocked with bubbles, rivals that of legitimate off tank players. With games this week against the Defiant and the Spark, we do not expect the Shock to lose a map quite yet.
#3. New York Excelsior
New York had a pretty easy week last week. The Excelsior easily 4-0’d both the Justice and the Mayhem, and rightfully so, as these teams are not even on the same level as the top three so far. Nenne seems to have improved greatly, however. His inability to be aggressive without being uncertain looks completely different against lower level teams and his mechanical skill takes over. Hopefully, he starts to do this against higher level teams as this kind of play can definitely pay off for him. With only one game against a weakened Reign, however, we will have to wait to see it.
#4. Los Angeles Gladiators
We are still on that hype train! With two more victories under the belt of the Gladiators, the stage is looking like a smooth sail into playoffs. Games against Mayhem and Chengdu should be more of a buffer for their map score and game score. Should. As long as the Gladiators do not put Surefour on Mei and the Chengdu Hunters do not upset them with crazy strategies, the Gladiators should look to move even further up the rankings.
#5. Dallas Fuel
The Team Envy-owned organization seems to have finally found its way on how it wants to manage the Dallas Fuel effectively. With a revamped roster, new coaching staff, and a new way of management, the Dallas Fuel have started to become a real contender for taking down some of the top teams. Zachareee and OGE are two of my picks for most improved and most impactful this season as well. Games against the Titans and the Dynasty are sure to put them to the test, so it will be exciting to see if they will be able to shine or burn out.
#6. Philadelphia Fusion
Honestly, there is not a lot to say here. The Fusion have performed as expected so far. The only surprise is that Carpe has not shone as much as we expected, but that will most likely be just due to time as he needs to readjust to actually playing DPS again. With an opener against the Excelsior and then a game against Houston, we project a 1-1 week, with a loss and a win. However, the Fusion is one of the few teams that can upset the Excelsior, so that will be an exciting match either way.
#7. Boston Uprising
Boston’s miracle days of reverse sweeps seem to be over. Unfortunately, it looks like rCk was not the pickup they were hoping for, specifically his Sombra has not been up to par in this new meta. To stay in the top spot, Boston needs a new strategy. Fast.
#8. Seoul Dynasty
Fissure has been questionable up until now, and that is no secret. Many doubted his ability to continue to perform after such a poor playoff performance, but he is back. With only a game against Dallas to prove himself this week, he needs to show he’s ready to take back the crown of most handsome main tank.
#9. Toronto Defiant
Im37 has speed run his team down the rankings from a top contender to a middling team. Honestly, subbing him out may be an option, but with who? Until they figure it out, The Defiant will continue to fall.
#10 London Spitfire
London did not play last week, so we decided to keep it where it is and move teams around them.
#11. Shanghai Dragons
With a win over the Hunters, Shanghai has established themselves as the best Chinese franchise team in the league. While not retaining the full-Chinese roster they started with, Dragons fans are surely content with putting up W’s on the board no matter who is wearing their tag. Games against Florida and the Mayhem should solidify that title, and maybe even bump them up into the top half of the rankings.
#12. Chengdu Hunters
Well, cheese does not always work, Ameng. Not a disappointing series by any means, but the loss to the Dragons fully halted the hype train for many that was the Hunters. Unfortunately, this is usually how it goes. Surprise tactics can only work so long, as their effectiveness is not in the usefulness of the strategy, but in the surprise of it. We will have to see if Chengdu can play standard, it may be their last hope.
#13. Houston Outlaws
The Outlaws series against the Titans was what a typical series looks like against them, wipes on their losses and a close fought victory on their wins. A 3-1 scoreline does not tell the whole story, however, as the Titans had to sweat out each and every map this time. The Houston Outlaws are improving rapidly, and their games this week should be even more exciting.
#14. Hangzhou Spark
Defeating Boston on Map 5 was an achievement as many have not done it recently. But with two polarizing games against the Charge and the Shock, there’s not a lot to say. 1-1 series, we’ll get ‘em next week.
#15. Paris Eternal
Soon has been playing pretty well in the last few weeks and does not show any signs of stopping that improvement. With a win over the Mayhem and a close loss to Dallas, we will have to wait until next week to see them play again, but it should be more exciting to watch than many think.
#16. Atlanta Reign
My, how the mighty have fallen. Babybay has been one of the most disappointing pickups of the whole season and a ghost trying to fill Dafran’s shoes. Atlanta looks like one of the weakest teams in the league now, and need to find a new player to fill Babybay’s spot before it is too late for them.
#17. L.A. Valiant
With their first victory against the Reign and a closer series than many were expecting against the Gladiators, the Valiant are picking up steam. A game against the Justice may be the final momentum buster they need to make it into a winning attitude and team
#18. Washington Justice
The Justice usually have one plan. Can Corey carry? If the answer is no, they will lose. If the answer is yes, then they might win! This week should prove… interesting.
#19. Florida Mayhem
Is this full Korean experiment working yet? This looks like six solo queue players trying to beat an OWL level team. Hagopuen needs to step it up, or his team will never make it out of the lowlight.
#20. Guangzhou Charge
They have not won a single map in 20 maps. What the heck is going on over there? The games this week do not look like it will be any different, but we can hope, right? Right?
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