After the roller coaster of upsets and victories in week two, the pack has finally stabilized for week three of league play and given us a better picture of what teams belong where.
However, some teams that do not have a positive win-loss record will be ranked higher than some other teams that do. This is based on the strength of their opponents that they faced, and their performance in said matches. As we enter the final two weeks (and for some teams, their final week) of stage one, all teams will have to be on their game to ensure they can obtain the best seeding possible for the stage playoffs.
Here are Hudsen's power rankings for the third week of the 2019 Overwatch League season.
1. (+1) Vancouver Titans (4-0)
I have the Vancouver Titans Vancouver Titans OWL Rank #2 finally sitting atop the league standings despite the Excelsior showing similar dominance of their opponents and sitting at the top of the standings. Regardless, they look damn near unstoppable (despite giving up a map to the Valiant) and I don't expect them to slow down even approaching the stage playoffs.
2. (-1) New York Excelsior (6-0)
Allowing maps to be taken by the Dynasty and the Defiant may show upcoming opponents that the New York Excelsior New York Excelsior OWL Rank #3 are still in fact beatable. However, the Shock are not going to be an easy team to walk over. I expect the Excelsior to come out on all cylinders and ready to rumble because that match is going to be one of the best to premiere all week.
3. (+1) San Francisco Shock (3-2)
After a great turn around in Week 3 with good showings against the Justice and Spark, the San Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock OWL Rank #1 are back in the top three of this week's power rankings. I am very excited to see how they fare against the Excelsior, despite them looking nearly unstoppable. Still, they must carry that momentum into their next game against the Eternal, who are also looking very strong, despite suffering a defeat at the hands of the Reign.
4. (+5) Atlanta Reign (3-1)
A dominant showing over the Eternal has certainly given doubters of the Atlanta Reign Atlanta Reign OWL Rank #10 something to consider, especially since they had an easier first few weeks than other teams. I expect them to continue to play well against the Gladiators this upcoming week, which in turn can net them a top three spot in next week's rankings if the Shock falter in their matches.
5. (-) London Spitfire (3-2)
With the London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #5 drawing a map and giving up another to the Gladiators in their 2-1 victory, I don't see any reason to move them when looking at last week's standings. However, they will have to be on their game against the Dragons, who some consider a dark horse team in the back half of this stage.
6. (-3) Paris Eternal (2-1)
After their match against the Reign, the Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #17 are starting to look like they can be easily predicted and scouted against. I'm not doubting their strength as a team, but I want the Eternal to show some adaptability so they aren't as likely to be defeated like against the Reign.
7. (-) Hangzhou Spark (3-3)
The Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #4 managed to find their rhythm against a struggling Gladiators squad after another loss to the Shock. If they can find another win against the Defiant this upcoming week, they will likely be contenders to return to the top five in week four's power rankings.
8. (-) Philadelphia Fusion (3-2)
A win over the Justice and Boombox back in the lineup after an illness is great for Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #6 fans. However, there wasn't much that justified me ranking them any higher after the previous week they had. They play the Valiant next, and a dominant showing can have them contending for the top five once again in next week's rankings.
9. (+2) Dallas Fuel (3-2)
The Dallas Fuel Dallas Fuel OWL Rank #9 look to be finally stabilizing and getting into their groove. A 3-2 win over the Dragons and another match against them will keep the Fuel on their toes. If they can repeat their victory but not go to another map five, they will continue to climb in the standings for next week.
10. (+1) Shanghai Dragons (2-3)
Watching the replay of YoungJIN walking off of the payload in their series against the Fuel was painful enough and gave them the edge they needed to beat the Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #16 . I expect this situation to not happen again and for the Dragons to come fully prepared for this week with plenty of scouting done for their rematch against the Fuel.
11. (-5) Los Angeles Gladiators (1-4)
Like their crosstown rivals, the Los Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators OWL Rank #8 have struggled in the past few weeks with losses against the Spark and Spitfire. They have another tough match scheduled against the Reign, and I don't expect them to show any mercy to teams that are showing any weaknesses. After the Reign, they play the Charge to round out their stage. If the Gladiators don't pick up their slack, we might see them at the bottom of the standings at the end of the stage with a 1-6 record.
12. (-2) Seoul Dynasty (2-3)
Taking a map off of the Excelsior in their loss to them but losing to the Uprising makes me question how consistent the Seoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty OWL Rank #7 roster can produce consistently good results going into the upcoming week and Week 5. They play the Justice as their only match this week, and lost maps to the Justice will give fans and critics alike more doubt to question if this team can make a deep run in the stage playoffs.
13. (+2) Toronto Defiant (3-2)
The Toronto Defiant Toronto Defiant OWL Rank #12 have had a rather up and down first few weeks, and they've proven themselves to be one of the better mid-table teams. That being said, to finish the stage in the top ten will require good showings against the Hunters and Spark, who are very beatable opponents for them. I've been impressed by how this squad has turned out, but can't rate them much higher than a mid-table team at this point.
14. (+3) Guangzhou Charge (3-2)
Getting two wins against the Mayhem and Valiant are good stepping stones to set the Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #13 up for a positive end to the first stage. They play the Gladiators as their only match this week, and if they can continue their momentum into Week 5, it's entirely possible this team can finish the stage ranked in the upper half of the rankings.
15. (+1) Boston Uprising (2-3)
Having Fusions back full time for the Boston Uprising Boston Uprising OWL Rank #11 is certainly a sigh of relief considering the roller coaster that occurred with Fusions being suspended, but because we are past that, their recent results must be taken into consideration. A 3-1 win over the Dynasty but 3-1 loss to the Defiant has me hopeful that the Uprising are still on an upward path.
16. (-4) Los Angeles Valiant (0-5)
The Los Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant OWL Rank #14 really needed wins against the Defiant in Week 2 and the Charge last week, yet. the Valiant once again failed to net a win. I'm unsure what's really going on behind the scenes with this team, but if they go winless in this stage, we are likely going to see some In-N-Out trips being made for some players.
17. (+1) Houston Outlaws (2-3)
With the Houston Outlaws Houston Outlaws OWL Rank #18 management reporting that having Bani "accidentally played" in their match against the Mayhem was...interesting to say the least. But their 3-1 victory over the Mayhem kept them from descending further into the rankings. Whether or not they can rise again in next week's rankings will be determined if they can find a good footing against a struggling Valiant roster.
18. (-1) Chengdu Hunters (2-2)
The Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #15 have looked like they aren't able to get much into motion as of late. A 4-0 loss to the Dragons and a Defiant roster that's on the rise doesn't appear to show much promise for the Chinese roster that continues to deviate from the league standard 3-3 compositions.
19. (-) Florida Mayhem (1-4)
Two losses to the Charge and Outlaws in Week 3 indicate that the Florida Mayhem Florida Mayhem OWL Rank #20 's victory over the Fusion in Week 2 was a bit of a wash. But as a consolation prize for them, they've kept up with their competition enough to not fall to the very bottom of the rankings.
20. (-) Washington Justice (0-4)
The Washington Justice Washington Justice OWL Rank #19 have shown signs of improvement, and it's great for more competition in the league. But with each passing week, all other teams are getting better as well. And once again the Justice haven't shown any signs that they are capable of leaving the bottom spot in the power rankings.
There are going to be a lot of good matches to watch this upcoming week. The Eternal - Titans match is one that I think should absolutely not be missed, as well as the Excelsior - Shock game. Those are the two marquee matches to not miss in my opinion.
The first match of Week 4 will see the Reign take on the Gladiators.