All three Stage Two playoff teams are in action tonight, as an improved Florida Mayhem team get a baptism by fire against NYXL, Philadelphia Fusion look to bounce back from their Stage Two Finals collapse against Boston Uprising and London Spitfire renew their rivalry with the Houston Outlaws.
If yesterday was an indication, there’s no telling what will happen, but look for a bit more stability from the top teams.
Stage Three Picks Record
Florida Mayhem (4-16, 0-0 S3) vs. New York Excelsior (18-2, 0-0 S3)
Ian: NYXL 3-1
I know we had a couple upsets yesterday and I’m very excited about Mayhem, but I’m not this excited. I think Mayhem can take a map, maybe even the first map, but NYXL have a second gear that is beyond anything we’ve seen from Florida up to this point.
Ollie: NYXL 4-0
Mayhem are definitely on the up, but Excelsior are still a few steps above, and while I think the team from Florida may cause a few problems, I don’t see them taking a map. I am very excited at the chance of Sayaplaya making an appearance, especially with the map pool favouring Widowmaker, a hero the Korean excels on.
Philadelphia Fusion (13-7, 0-0) vs. Boston Uprising (12-8, 0-0)
Ian: Fusion 3-1
I think that Fusion have a real shot at winning Stage Three and that starts with beating middle-tier teams like the Uprising. Losing EQO hurts, but they still have Carpe, Snillo and Shadowburn to cover basically every hero EQO plays. I think Fusion continue the hot stretch that got them one map away from a Stage Two Title.
Ollie: Uprising 3-2
Honestly, this depends on what Boston shows up. Do we see the team that started stage 2, or the one who ended it? With EQO out of the match through suspension, his communication and flexibility will be a real miss for Philly, and in dispatching LAG at the end of stage two shows that Boston knows how to handle aggressive dive teams.
London Spitfire (15-5, 0-0) vs. Houston Outlaws (12-8, 0-0)
Ian: Spitfire 3-1
I think this match will be close, but I don’t think we’ll see a repeat of their first match in Stage Two. Houston struggled mightily throughout the end of Stage Two and only managed to salvage it with a huge win over Seoul. Of course, I was very very wrong yesterday so Houston could come out and win, but I still think London’s quality is just a bit higher at the moment.
Ollie: Spitfire 4-0
This scoreline is more of a reflection of the maps that will be played today than the difference in quality between the two teams. With Route 66 as the escort map, where the Outlaws have a 0% win rate and have won only a quarter of team fights, and Anubis, with a 42% win rate, it’s hard to look past a Spitfire clean sweep.