It has been a long six and a half months since we've seen matches that matter in the Overwatch League. Now, the first matches of the regular season are rapidly closing in on us.
With a new season comes a new series of power rankings. Teams will be ranked on a week-by-week basis in which their recent performance and available roster is analyzed.
For the preseason edition of these rankings, teams are ranked based on their current roster. Suspensions and how they may affect the opening week of games are also considered, as are injuries and absences from the teams.
It has been an offseason full of speculation as analysts and fans alike have tried to predict how teams will look in the upcoming season. The time for speculation will soon be over and results will begin to do the talking. Still, there's time for one last attempt to rank the teams before they begin their season. Introducing the Scrub Power Rankings!
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1. London Spitfire
The London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #5 cut the fat near the end of last season and went onto finally live up to their potential and win the inaugural Overwatch League title. The starting lineup is still stacked, and there should be no playing time conflicts assuming offseason additions Guard and Krillin don't expect to start. This team should look more like playoff Spitfire than the Spitfire from Stages 2 through 4.
2. New York Excelsior
The New York Excelsior New York Excelsior OWL Rank #3 lineup remains just as strong as last season even before factoring in the additions of DPS stars Nenne and Fl0w3R . While the starting six should still be near the top of the table this season, it will be interesting to see how the team deals with injury and illness. Perhaps the roster's five DPS players will be forced to show their ability to flex onto other roles.
3. Philadelphia Fusion
All of the Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #6 's core postseason roster—minus HOTBA—remain on the team. That roster proved its worth as one of the best in the league after defeating the New York Excelsior and advancing into the grand final. Yet, the team looked far less impressive during the regular season. If they play like the postseason Fusion, they should be a top five team. If they play more like the regular season Fusion, the season could look a little rougher..
4. San Francisco Shock
The San Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock OWL Rank #1 were a top five team before finishing their busy offseason with the acquisition of Striker . However, the team will be hampered in the first week by the absence of Viol2t , who will be serving a two match suspension for boosting. Once all their players are present and the new roster has time to build chemistry, expect this squad to compete for a championship.
5. Vancouver Titans
After finally taking the title in Korea's premier Overwatch tournament, RunAway RunAway Contenders KR Rank #2 will now take on the Overwatch League as the Vancouver Titans Vancouver Titans OWL Rank #2 . Their roster is talented and has plenty of history together, meaning they should be able to hit the ground running in the Overwatch League. Even if they need to take time to get used to playing on soil far from home, they have it. They only have one match in the opening week and it's against a Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #16 team that has only had a few days of experience with their main tank.
6. Los Angeles Gladiators
Despite a hot ending to the season, the Los Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators OWL Rank #8 were eliminated in the quarterfinal by a London Spitfire team that got even hotter. Since then, the team parted ways with main tank and MVP candidate Fissure. Still, the team doesn't look like it will be significantly worse for it. rOar and Panker are definitely not Fissure but are still talented main tank players in their own rights and Decay is a huge boost to the DPS line.
7. Los Angeles Valiant
Considering much of the core is the same on a team that went 16-4 in the second half of last season, maybe seventh is too low of a placing for the Los Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant OWL Rank #14 . Their low ranking, however, is moreso a testament to the strength of the teams entering the Overwatch League this season. If Izayaki proves to be a top flex support and KariV 's DPS play is strong enough, the Valiant may be able to move higher as the season goes on.
8. Seoul Dynasty
The Seoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty OWL Rank #7 solved their number one issue over the offseason by bringing in Fissure to play main tank. Additionally, the team rebuilt their coaching staff and will now be guided by KDG . Everyone who has worked with him has said good things about him and now he has the opportunity to prove he's worth the praise.
9. Hangzhou Spark
The Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #4 could potentially have star-power in their two Chinese players: flex DPS Krystal and main tank guxue . It will likely be on the rest of the team, made up of X-6 Gaming and Seven players that failed to make noise in Contenders Korea during the latter half of 2018, to step up. Krystal will miss one game to serve a suspension for account boosting. That game, against the Shanghai Dragons, could prove to be a good barometer for how well the squad's Korean players can perform.
10. Dallas Fuel
The additions of rCk at off-tank and Closer at main support alone are enough to give Dallas Fuel Dallas Fuel OWL Rank #9 fans hope they may see a better season than the last. There are, however, still questions to be answered before the team can enter the playoff conversation. Can ZachaREEE be the flex DPS the team needs? Can EFFECT become the star the team needs him to be? Unfortunately for the Fuel, their season starts out just as tough as it did last season. They play the Shock and Dynasty in the first week.
11. Atlanta Reign
The Atlanta Reign Atlanta Reign OWL Rank #10 have the potential to compete for a playoff spot if their roster plays to their peak. Dafran 's return to professional Overwatch cannot be ignored when analyzing the Reign. The question is, how will he look after not having played a match of top tier Overwatch in a year and a half?
12. Guangzhou Charge
The most promising aspect of the Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #13 roster is their DPS core— Eileen , Kyb , Happy and nero —and flex support Shu . Whether or not the team can turn that DPS core into a formidable rotation will be key. After that, how far the Charge will go will depend on the ability of the rest of the team to keep pace with the league.
13. Paris Eternal
The Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #17 start the season with a match against the London Spitfire and followed by a match in the second week against the Los Angeles Gladiators. The start of the season may be rough for the Eternal. The team's most exciting signings were arguably in the coaching staff, which could be a boon or a bust. Regardless, their success won't be determined until the end of the season after the staff has had time to develop the players.
14. Shanghai Dragons
The Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #16 have wildly moved up and down in the rankings the past week. Were this released a week ago, the Dragons would definitely be higher. If this was released a few days ago, they would be lower. This is the result of the team's announcement that its only main tank, FEARLESS , will be absent at the beginning of the season to take care of his personal health. Since then, the Dragons have traded for Uprising main tank Gamsu . Despite the save, the team hasn't had long with their new tank. Expect growing pains before they begin looking in form.
15. Houston Outlaws
The Houston Outlaws Houston Outlaws OWL Rank #18 dropped a few players who saw little to no playing time and made a new addition in the form of Danteh . While Danteh is a much needed upgrade at DPS for the Outlaws, it may not be enough in a league that looks fiercely more competitive than it did last season. The Outlaws start the season with opening week matches against the Defiant and Uprising; anything less than a 2-0 could be cause for concern.
16. Toronto Defiant
The two greatest bright spots on the Toronto Defiant Toronto Defiant OWL Rank #12 are flex support Neko and off-tank envy . However, Neko will miss the first three matches of the season to serve a suspension for account boosting. It's hard to imagine the Defiant will look good to start the season without Neko in the backline.
17. Boston Uprising
The Boston Uprising Boston Uprising OWL Rank #11 will have only one DPS in the opening week of the season because Colourhex will be serving a two game suspension for account boosting. While it is possible for a team to exist without one or both DPS players when running GOATs compositions, missing one will limit their options should they choose they need to swap to something else. Starting off on the right foot may be difficult.
18. Chengdu Hunters
The Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #15 face a similar issue as last year's Dragons: their all-Chinese roster doesn't include China's best players. Leave and shy are still too young while Eileen, Krystal and guxue all signed with other teams. The Hunters will need Baconjack and YangXiaoLong to shake off the rust and play like it's 2017 if they even want a chance to finish outside of the bottom five.
19. Florida Mayhem
The Florida Mayhem Florida Mayhem OWL Rank #20 deserve credit for undergoing a full rebuild after a disastrous first season. The new roster, however, doesn't inspire much more confidence than the first roster did. Analysts have not been kind to the Mayhem's new roster this offseason and thus the Mayhem scouts hope they will prove everyone wrong. Confidence in their ability to do so isn't high.
20. Washington Justice
Not only does the Washington Justice Washington Justice OWL Rank #19 look less than promising, but they also begin the season with matches against each of the top four teams in these rankings. A single win in those games would propel the Justice upward in the rankings, regardless of how any of the other three matches looked.
The teams near the bottom of the first Scrubasaurus Power Rankings of the season can take comfort in the fact that the playoffs won't be determined by preseason rankings. The time for speculation will finally be over and teams can start playing for actual positions in the standings. The new Overwatch League season will finally debut with a grand final rematch between the London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion.