After three weeks of Overwatch League action, teams are—in some ways—beginning to distinguish themselves and find their places in the field.
In other ways, however, it is only getting hard to pick out where teams should be ranked. There are currently 13 teams within one game of .500. Of those teams, one team has played six matches, 10 have played five matches, one has played four matches and one team has played just three times.
The map scores for the teams in this range do not always match their record. The Seoul Dynasty are 10-10 in maps despite a 2-3 record while the Dallas Fuel are 9-12 in maps with a 3-2 record. In a more extreme example, the Chengdu Hunters have a 6-12 map score on a 2-2 overall record.
This next week will be critical in determining the stage playoffs and where the teams rank in the overall standings entering Stage 2. For several teams, this will be their final week of regular season play this stage.
Other teams, like the Paris Eternal, have two more matches this stage following Week 4. The variance in schedules—both in the number of games played each week and the strength of schedule—make the prospect of placing teams in their rightful spots week-by-week both challenging and exciting.
Here are Scrub's Overwatch League power rankings following three weeks of league play.
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1. (-) Vancouver Titans (4-0)
The Vancouver Titans Vancouver Titans OWL Rank #2 ripped apart the Los Angeles Valiant before slowing down on Rialto and giving up the last map. It doesn't look like the Titans will miss a beat this stage and there is no reason as of now to move them down any places.
2. (-) New York Excelsior (6-0)
Even after dominating the regular season last year, the New York Excelsior New York Excelsior OWL Rank #3 have yet to go undefeated in a stage. If they are able to beat the San Francisco Shock next week, they will finish Stage 1 7-0. That's no easy task as the Shock look like formidable opponents thus far. Regardless of the result, the Excelsior will be in the stage playoffs. They became the first team to clinch a spot this past week.
3. (+3) Atlanta Reign (3-1)
The Atlanta Reign Atlanta Reign OWL Rank #10 didn't just look good in their victory over one of the league's three remaining unbeaten teams in the Paris Eternal, they looked great. The Reign swept the series, becoming the first team to sweep two opponents this season. Despite looking miles ahead of the rest of the league thus far, neither the Excelsior nor the Titans have swept two opponents thus far.
4. (+1) San Francisco Shock (3-2)
The San Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock OWL Rank #1 followed their 0-2 week with a 2-0 roll over their two opponents by a combined map score of 7-1. The Shock secured their place as the second team with two sweeps just two matches after the Reign became the first. They play tougher competition this week with matches against the Excelsior and Eternal. They'll have earned their place in the playoffs if they can beat both teams.
5. (-1) Philadelphia Fusion (3-2)
The only match the Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #6 played this week was a 3-1 victory against the last place Washington Justice. Despite a concerning first map, the Fusion closed out the series without dropping another map. While a team shouldn't be penalized for a win, the Fusion didn't look as good as the Shock did this week and thus the Shock have leaped over the Fusion. They play the league's other winless team this week.
6. (-3) Paris Eternal (2-1)
The Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #17 may be the hardest team to place each week because of their scarcity of matches thus far. That changes in the final two weeks of Stage 1 as they play twice both weeks. They will need to bounce back from a pretty lopsided loss if they hope to make the stage playoffs. Three of their final four matches in Stage 1 are against teams ranked higher than them in these power rankings.
7. (+3) London Spitfire (3-2)
The London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #5 defeated a free-falling Gladiators squad this week to put themselves over .500. While the Spitfire look improved with Guard starting over birdring , a bigger factor to their rise in the rankings was the fall of some of their competitors. Of course, the Spitfire partly contributed to that by beating the Gladiators.
8. (+1) Hangzhou Spark (3-3)
It's hard to place the Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #4 . They started the week with their third consecutive 3-1 loss in a match with the San Francisco Shock where they looked outclassed. However, they rebounded with a 3-1 victory of their own over the Los Angeles Gladiators. While there are still concerns about the form of the Spark, it's tough to pick out teams that should be above them. Their match against the Defiant in Week 4 should help place them.
9. (+3) Toronto Defiant (3-2)
The Toronto Defiant Toronto Defiant OWL Rank #12 lost, as expected, to the Excelsior but then beat the Uprising—also as expected. In fact, looking back on their five matches so far, the Defiant may be one of the more predictable teams in the league. Their two losses are to top teams and their three victories are over teams at the lower end of the league standings. They don't lose to bad teams and have yet to earn any huge upsets. On top of that, they have yet to be involved in any sweeps one way or another.
10. (+1) Dallas Fuel (3-2)
It's hard to say whether or not the Dallas Fuel Dallas Fuel OWL Rank #9 would have still beat the Shanghai Dragons if Youngjin did not walk off the payload on Dorado. Regardless, they deserve credit for seizing the opportunity the Dragons gave them by not only winning the map, but winning the next map to take the series. They won't have long to relish their victory over the Dragons—their very next match is a rematch. This will be the season's first rematch and could go a long way to the Fuel establishing a track record of consistency.
11. (-4) Seoul Dynasty (2-3)
The up-and-down nature of the Seoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty OWL Rank #7 's season thus far is cause for concern. While a loss to the New York Excelsior isn't a knock against the Dynasty, a loss to the Uprising is. The Dynasty will hope that the additions of Highly and ILLICIT can keep them playing better on a more consistent basis.
12. (+3) Guangzhou Charge (3-2)
The Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #13 added to their win column this week by narrowly beating the Florida Mayhem and defeating a Los Angeles Valiant squad that can't crack the win column. If the Charge can defeat the other struggling Los Angeles team, the Gladiators, they can secure a winning record for Stage 1.
13. (-5) Los Angeles Gladiators (1-4)
The Stage 1 schedule for the Los Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators OWL Rank #8 has been rough, and it looks like it has taken a toll on the team. With their two losses this week, they've locked in a losing record for Stage 1 and may still lose one or both of their final games to end it. They play a surging Atlanta Reign team and a promising Guangzhou Charge squad. If they can't win either game next week, it may be time for panic.
14. (-) Shanghai Dragons (2-3)
The Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #16 remain in the 14th spot for the third straight week. A 4-0 over the Chengdu Hunters shows the Dragons are clearly better than the bottom of the league, but a close loss to the Fuel hints that they may not be at the level of the league's upper echelon. They have an opportunity tor redeem a heartbreaking loss this week as they play the Fuel once again. For those keeping track at home, the Dragons are now 2-43 all time.
15. (+4) Boston Uprising (2-3)
The Boston Uprising Boston Uprising OWL Rank #11 were penalized hard last week when it was believed Fusions would sit out the remainder of Stage 1. However, that quickly changed and Fusions was back on stage in Week 3. They showed their promise when led by their main tank star with a win against the Dynasty, but their flaws and limits were on full display against the Defiant.
16. (-3) Los Angeles Valiant (0-5)
In order to avoid a winless Stage 1, the Los Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant OWL Rank #14 need to beat either the Philadelphia Fusion or the Houston Outlaws next week. Between those matches, their chances of winning are higher against the Outlaws. Regardless, they haven't looked good so far and ending the stage 0-7 is a very real possibility. If there is one positive thing to say about the Valiant thus far, it's that they've yet to be swept, even when against the league's two undefeated teams. Regardless, they are at the bottom of the league table right now and the schedule doesn't get any easier to start Stage 2. The Valiant need wins and they need them quickly.
17. (-1) Chengdu Hunters (2-2)
In the Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #15 's two wins, they needed five maps to come out on top. In their two losses, they were swept without so much as a whimper. That leaves the Hunters with a 6-12 map record. It's not a good sign for how they will perform as the season progresses.
18. (-) Houston Outlaws (2-3)
The Houston Outlaws Houston Outlaws OWL Rank #18 proved they're better than the Mayhem by beating them three maps to one. More notable than their match victory, however, was that they accidentally played Bani and won the map. How that happens is baffling, but at least they overcame the mistake.
19. (-2) Florida Mayhem (1-4)
My brief confidence in the Florida Mayhem Florida Mayhem OWL Rank #20 appears to have been misplaced after they went 0-2 in Week 3 against two beatable opponents. The Mayhem have gone 0-3 in matches against the Hunters, the Charge and the Outlaws since starting the season 1-1. With matches against the Uprising and the Justice remaining this stage, it will be disappointing if the Mayhem manage only one win.
20. (-) Washington Justice (0-4)
After earning map wins in each of their first three matches, the Washington Justice Washington Justice OWL Rank #19 finally succumbed to a series sweep when they were rolled by the Shock in Week 3. They can at least take comfort in the fact that they don't have the worst record in the league. The Valiant currently hold that title with a 0-5 record.
Week 4 will be the final week of regular season play in Stage 1 for some teams. As a result, it should help distinguish where teams rank among each other. Almost every match will have an impact on teams' chances at the stage playoffs, and thus fireworks are to be expected.