By: Ian McCafferty
We’re through an entire week of Overwatch League and the first week of the season can be described in one word: Goats (or 3-3 if you’re a caster). We saw very little variety outside of the three tank, three support comps that have become pervasive throughout Overwatch the past few months and that’s not going to change in Week 2. Still, the drama and action of the games was still good, particularly the play of some of the league’s newer teams.
So heading into Week 2, some of those new teams are must watches. We’re probably going to watch all 16 games again, but if you can only catch a few matches these are the ones you shouldn’t miss.
Atlanta Reign vs. Toronto Defiant (Friday, 7 p.m. EST)
Speaking of expansion teams, we have two of the better Atlantic teams in a fun matchup on Friday. Atlanta absolutely crushed Florida Mayhem in their first match before falling just short against Philadelphia in a Map 5. Dafran has been even better than advertised and is quickly becoming must watch just on his own. Toronto reverse swept Houston Week 1 and looked shaky at times but have enough talent that this should be a close one.
Shanghai Dragons vs. Boston Uprising (Friday, 10 p.m. EST)
It might finally happen. The 0-42 Shanghai Dragons might finally get a victory and that alone is enough to make this a must watch match. Boston looked a lot better than many thought they’d be Week 1, but they still fell to NYXL. They beat Houston in a Map 5 to secure a win but they were shaky for a lot of that match. Shanghai only won one map last week, but as Gamsu begins to synergize with the rest of the team their quality will improve.
Los Angeles Gladiators vs. Paris Eternal (Saturday, 3 p.m. EST)
Paris looked way better than anyone could have guessed in their victory over London and reminded us that Europeans love their tanks. Los Angeles Gladiators lost to Seoul but then took down San Francisco to complete a very weird week for the Pacific division. Both of these teams have playoff aspirations and the quality of play should be crisp.
Hangzhou Spark vs. London Spitfire (Sunday, 3 p.m. EST)
Spark looked like a title contender week one and they’ll have a chance to prove it against the Season 1 champs. London is struggling right now, but we’ll have to wait and see if it was just new meta jitters or something a bit more serious. Either way this match features some of the league’s best players and hopefully many more Ria bombs.
Vancouver Titans vs. San Francisco Shock (7:30 p.m. EST)
Vancouver impressed in their 4-0 dismantling of Shanghai last week as did Shock in their 4-0 victory over Fuel. Shock came back down to Earth a bit against Gladiators, but these are still two of the top teams in the Pacific. This match will tell us if Titans can separate themselves from the rest of the division or if the Pacific really is just going to be a bloodbath all season.