Overwatch League Power Rankings: Week 2
After week one of the Overwatch League, so many questions about the newly added teams this year have been answered, but there’s still so much more left to debate as great playoff teams from last season seem left behind by the changing meta. High risers like Hangzhou Spark and Atlanta Reign have impressed, but there’s still more intangibles to be shaken out before we can definitively declare one organization better than the other.
With 26 games still left to play in the regular season, this Overwatch League Power Rankings is still a primitive one, but observations can still be made about just which OWL teams will rise to be the cream of the crop.
20. Washington Justice
Key Player: Song “Janus” Jun-hwa (39)
At the bottom of our Top 20 Overwatch League Power Rankings we have Washington Justice that just seems like a team that is still searching for an identity within their player group.
While Janus can still prove to be vital as an anchor for this team, the rest of the players need to provide more if they ever want to claw their way to a playoff spot.
The bright spot for this team comes from several of their players still being extremely green to the league, and the exposure over the course of the season will prove vital to their growth.
Time will tell if that experience pays off in time to reap the benefits.
19. Houston Outlaws
Key Player: Austin “Muma” Wilmot
The Outlaws faced some steep criticism at the end of Week One, and their backs are against the wall for the rest of the stage play. At the moment, it seems like Houston haven’t found the right groove within their team comp to optimize success.
The level of play within OWL has risen considerably since last year, and the confidence that Houston had in their players may be changing now that teams are being exposed to new standards.
If one thing’s for sure, changes need to be made in order for this team to function at the highest clip, because even the most low budget OWL have talented rookies that can pop off at any given moment.
18. Shanghai Dragons
Key Player: Son “CoMa” Kyung-woo
Although Shanghai have yet to secure a win, they’ve shown a new grit to their teeth in the first week of action that simply wasn’t there before.
The base talent level on Shanghai is still high for a bottom feeder team, and as the stage wears on you can guarantee the chemistry between players on the team will improve based on their willingness to win.
Winless for now, but there’s a strong suspicion that Shanghai will start to turn that narrative sooner rather than later.
17. Florida Mayhem
Key Player: Ha “Sayaplayer” Jeong-woo (4)
If it wasn’t for their recent win against London Spitfire this week, Florida Mayhem would be at number 20 of our OWL power rankings for their abysmal outing in Week One.
It’s obvious that the team some alterations since last week’s outing, and the communication was on display in the post-game show as Mayhem were shotcalling in both English and Korean to secure kills and eventually win the set.
London will prove to be a valuable win down the stretch, but there is still work to be done if Florida Mayhem want to crawl out of the bottom five.
16. Chengdu Hunters
Key Player: Ma “LateYoung” Tianbin (64)
The Chengdu Hunters displayed valuable teamwork in their victory over Guangzhou Charge last week.
With their first win in the books, the pressure has been taken off for now, but the team still lacks that star player potential across the team to really be taken seriously as a playoff threat. While we can rank them high for now due to their Week One exploits, there is a very real chance Chengdu can fall if they are not privy to their weekly matchups.
Their strength of schedule can help them in the following weeks as they face Florida and Shanghai to establish positioning on the table.
15. Los Angeles Valiant
Key Player: Scott “Custa” Kennedy (10)
The Los Angeles Valiant’s low ranking on this Overwatch League Power Rankings is completely temporary as they start to get their full roster in swing.
The disappearance of Custa from their lineup in Week One was a weird one, but there is faith that the Valiant will band together and pull through this lapse of unfortunate results to once again challenge for a top spot.
14. Dallas Fuel
Key Player: Son “OGE” Min-seok (2)
Dallas Fuel are such a high octane team with everything that doesn’t have to do with the game of Overwatch.
Their outspoken coach Jayne has been in the headlines for his comments, but his team really hasn’t lived up to potential once again.
Going forward, the only thing that will do the talking for Fuel’s chances in the league is results, and those will be hard to come by in Stage One with their strength of schedule.
13. Boston Uprising
Key Player: Lucas “NotE” Meissner
Boston Uprising face an uphill battle this season, but there’s no doubting the success of their scouting team yet again as they lucked out on some key players for the future.
This year is all about the rebuild for Boston, and if they just so happen to end up in the playoffs again this year, they will do so in even more impressive fashion than 2018 given their seemingly weaker lineup.
12. London Spitfire
Key Player: Park “Profit” Jun-young
London Spitfire could easily be 18th or 19th on this Overwatch League Power Rankings, but out of respect to the champions we will give them a benefit of the doubt for this lackluster run of games.
The defending champions have looked mediocre at best in their recent GOATS compositions and many fans are questioning Birdring’s consistency since last season.
Still, this is the same roster that pulled it together and ran through playoffs, so we can’t write them off as a team just yet.
11. Toronto Defiant
Key Player: Lee “envy” Kang-jae (10)
Toronto Defiant have the potential to become one of those diamond in the rough teams with their low profile roster. While they only just beat a struggling Houston Outlaws roster, there is serious potential for synergy with this roster given the makeup of their team.
Envy and Neko are providing significant help to the new breed of OWL players being introduced on this team. The next few weeks will be challenging for this team as they face NYXL, LA Valiant and Hangzhou Spark all in the matter of weeks.
10. Atlanta Reign
Key Player: Daniel “dafran” Francesca (99)
Atlanta Reign have been such a fun team to watch so far, but that doesn’t mean their playstyle has been perfect either.
While Dafran and Dogman showed great performances this weekend, there were clear lapses of communication in their loss to Philadelphia that can show up in the future against better competition.
Reign should have no problem dumpstering teams significantly weaker than them, but it’s going to take some time before we start doubling down on them upsetting the Gladiators or Excelsior anytime soon
9. Seoul Dynasty
Key Player: Baek “Fissure” Chan-hyung (22)
Seoul Dynasty are an extremely hard team to gauge just purely based on their Week One results. While their roster has definitely upgraded since last season, there is nothing about this team that definitively puts them in a top five conversation until they start getting some consistency under their belts.
Fissure has the potential to play amazing and give his team the platform to win, but he’s also been a high variance player in this new surrounding. We’ll have to watch Seoul closely in the coming weeks to determine just how potent their strengths are.
8. Guangzhou Charge
Key Player: Choi “HOTBA” Hong-joon (7)
Guangzhou Charge have impressed immensely so far this season. This is one of those teams where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Once their team gets even the slightest advantage, they don’t hesitate to take their lead into overdrive and really stick it to their opponents. Their series against Dallas was a perfect example of how dominant their high tempo style can be.
Eighth place may be a little higher than most analysts would rank, but the potential moving forward is definitely there.
7. San Francisco Shock
Key Player: Kwon “Striker” Nam-joo (7)
San Francisco Shock are rather low for our Overwatch League Power Rankings compared to their community hype. Their close series against Los Angeles Gladiators was a great preview of their versatility across all roles.
There is still plenty of room for this roster to grow, and if the meta deviates from GOATS in the future, Shock may very well have the best team in the league when it comes to adaptability.
Look for SF Shock to make waves in the coming months. Seventh place is a moderate placeholder for what they could be in the near future.
6. Philadelphia Fusion
Key Player: Lee “Carpe” Jae-hyeok (18)
Philadelphia Fusion were knocked down a few pegs with their recent loss to Florida Mayhem in Week Two.
Their proficiency on GOATS hasn’t been stellar as of late, but Carpe has shown his ability to will his team to victory, and over time this Fusion team can adapt itself to any meta.
As long as their star DPS is leading the charge, anything is possible for this roster.
5. Los Angeles Gladiators
Key Player: Lane “Surefour” Roberts (4)
The Los Angeles Gladiators didn’t get off to a rampaging start like we expected, but there’s still a lot left on the table for such a promising team. rOar has wasted little time getting his talents shown on the big stage, and once their backup DPS Decay becomes of age this LAG roster can really start to take shape.
They may suffer some bumps and bruises along the way, but Gladiators will remain a strong team throughout the year with this current setup.
4. Paris Eternal
Key Player: Terence “SoOn” Tarlier
Paris Eternal talked a big game about their GOATS team compositions before the season and their results have held up thus far.
If all goes according to plan, Paris may be the next big European team to make a splash on the OWL stage given their pedigree in Stage One.
Still, much is left to be desired from a squad that has a few question marks in the DPS department. But there’s no denying their tenacity in this meta and that’s why they have risen above the pack.
3. Vancouver Titans
Key Player: Park “BUMPER” Sang-beom (4)
While some fans have argued about Vancouver Titans possibly being overrated coming into OWL, their first week performance left little to the imagination about where their mentality is at.
On a team level, the Titans are one of the most well adjusted Korean teams that can play versatile styles on top of GOATS.
The first couple weeks were going to be slow considering their transition, but there is still a real case to be made for this team to stay grounded as a top five threat of our Overwatch League Power Rankings.
2. Hangzhou Spark
Key Player: Xu “Guxue” Qiulin (8)
Hangzhou Spark have carried the torch for China with authority this year.
After just one week of competition there’s no denying the immense potential players like guxue and NoSmite bring to the table. There is a case to be made for the tank duo to be the best combination of Main Tanks in the entire Overwatch League.
Behind those two players the rest of the Sparks can rally for success, and they’re only continuing to improve with each challenge.
1. New York Excelsior
Key Player: Hwang “Fl0w3R” Yeon-oh (8)
New York Excelsior remain at the top of our Overwatch League Power Rankings ever so slightly.
Even though they seemed on the brink of an upset against Boston last week, NYXL continue to prove the doubters wrong and pull out of really bad situations with seemingly even outcomes.
The star power on this team is palpable at every level, and once they figure out a definitive starting lineup, New York may finally flourish to be that ultra dominant force we knew them to be in Season One.