By: Ollie Powell and Ian McCafferty
We’re close to halfway through the first Stage of the Overwatch League season and we still have no real idea who the best teams in the league are. Still the games have been great and that’s not going to change in Week 3.
Here are the games you have to catch in Week 3.
Los Angeles Gladiators vs London Spitfire – Friday, March 1st, 4 p.m. PST
Even though we’ve watched 32 matches, there’s still an unknown quantity about this game. The Spitfire got back to their winning ways against the Justice and Spark, but neither team played well, so judging London’s strength based on those two games should come with a big asterisk. On the Gladiators side, Decay has just turned 18, and it’ll be interesting to see if he comes straight in. His Zarya play was exceptional in Contenders last year for Kongdoo Panthera, and his existing synergy with rOar could be very beneficial for the L.A. side. The question is though, does this move Surefour to the Brigette role? There’s plenty of questions still hanging around this game.
Vancouver Titans vs Los Angeles Valiant – Friday, March 1st, 7 p.m. PST
This is partially a personal choice as we’ve both been pretty blatant about our love for the former RunAway boys, but this game does have a couple of intriguing storylines. First Vancouver has looked like one of the top teams, but can they continue to pull off insane clutches to win maps. Or will they look more solid and dominant LAV. Valiant on the other hand has gone from unlucky to poor over the beginning of the season and if they lose this match they’ll be alone at 0-4 at the bottom of the standings. Not only is that start bad enough to easily eliminate them from Stage Playoff contention, but it might also be bad enough to torpedo Season Playoffs as well. It’s not an easy game for LA but they need to clutch if they can.
Shanghai Dragons vs Chengdu Hunters – Friday, March 1st, 8:30 p.m. PST
Any game involving Chengdu this season will be entertaining thanks to their absolutely mental playstyle, but this game has a little extra spice as they go up against the original Chinese Overwatch League team. While the Dragons have replaced nearly the entirety of their Season One squad, and it would be a big statement win for the Hunters if they took the win, proving that maybe Shanghai was wrong to abandon their full Chinese roster. Keep a close eye on the Ameng vs Dding match-up. The Korean DPS player has a strong Sombra and will be vital in shutting down Chengdu’s Wrecking Ball compositions.
Paris Eternal vs Atlanta Reign – Saturday, March 2nd, 12 p.m. PST
Paris has looked like a Top 4 team so far but they’ve only played two matches. Atlanta has also looked like a top Atlantic squad and any game with Dafran is a fun watch. This match won’t prove whether or not Paris is top tier, but it might confirm the quality of Atlanta. If Atlanta can pull off this win then they may very well take Paris’ spot in the Top 4 of the power rankings. Also, there might be Torb play.
New York Excelsior vs Seoul Dynasty – Sunday, March 3rd, 4:30 p.m. PST
Out of all New York’s stage one games, this is one of the most potential for them to slip up. Seoul has all the tools to beat NYXL, it just depends if they show up on the day. Fissure has proved an excellent carry main tank so far in this meta, and Michelle is a very capable Sombra to match Meko. A lot will come down to the shotcalling of the Dynasty; one mistake and New York will punish them, so they’ll have to be on their toes to outwit and outplay the Excelsior.