Stage 1 has been defined by inconsistency in almost everyone.

As a result, very few teams actually look good. A team could seem unstoppable one week and then show an excess of weakness in the next. The only teams that have shown any semblance of consistency have been the Excelsior and the Titans, and even the Titans could be questioned after last week.

On the bright side, very few teams will be leaving Stage 1 in dire straits. With eight matches left in the stage, nine teams are guaranteed to finish the stage within one game of .500. That number can still grow: only six teams are guaranteed to finish with a record at least multiple games detached from an even split in the win and loss columns.

While I held onto the hope that the teams would become easier to rank as the weeks progress, Stage 1 has confounded me at every turn and it has in fact only gotten harder.

Still, I put in my best attempt to make sense of the results so far with the newest edition of Scrub's power rankings.

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1. (+1) New York Excelsior (7-0)

After securing an undefeated Stage 1, the New York Excelsior New York Excelsior OWL Rank #3 JJoNak Bang Sung-hyeon (방성현) flex support HOTBA Choi Hong-joon off tank Libero Kim Hye-sung (김혜성) dps Saebyeolbe Park Jong Ryeol dps Mano Kim Dong-gyu (김동규) tank ANAMO Jeong Tae-seong (정태성) support have proven to be the most consistent team in the league and perhaps the only team getting more consistent with time. After starting the season with three matches that were closer than they likely should have been, the Excelsior have lost only two maps in their last four matches. This includes last week's 4-0 over a Shock team that consistently made maps close. That match was a statement win -- the Excelsior are out to prove they should be just as feared as they were last season.

2. (-1) Vancouver Titans (6-0)

After three maps against the Chengdu Hunters, the Vancouver Titans Vancouver Titans OWL Rank #16 Roolf Randal Stark flex support KSAA Alhumaidi Alruwaili off tank Tsuna Samir Ikram dps Dalton Dalton Bennyhoff dps sHockWave dps ShRedLock Abtin Shirvani tank CarCar Carson First support were down 2-1. They managed to win the final two maps to close out the series but the fear of losing to a Hunters team that has been routinely routed by stronger opponents was certainly there.

3. (+1) San Francisco Shock (4-3)

Despite a 4-3 start, the San Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock OWL Rank #1 ChoiHyoBin Choi Hyo-Bin (최효빈) off tank Viol2t Park Min-ki flex support Rascal Kim Dong-jun (김동준) dps Striker Kwon Nam-joo (권남주) dps smurf Yoo Myeong-Hwan tank Moth Grant Espe support have met the expectations placed on them in the preseason as one of the best teams in the league. Their three losses have been to the league's two undefeated teams plus a close loss to a Gladiators team that has looked strong when at their best. The Shock are pretty solid.

4. (+1) Philadelphia Fusion (4-2)

The Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #4 Fury Kim Jun-ho (김준호) off tank Alarm Kim Kyeong-bo (김경보) flex support Carpe Lee Jae-hyeok (이재혁) dps Ivy Lee Seung-Hyun dps SADO Kim Su-Min (뜨용) tank FunnyAstro Daniel Hathaway support 's only quality win this stage was a Week 1 victory over the Atlanta Reign. In fact, they've probably had the easiest schedule of all of the league's top teams. Nonetheless, the Fusion are 4-0 when Boombox is in the lineup. That counts for something, right?

5. (+4) Toronto Defiant (5-2)

When the Toronto Defiant Toronto Defiant OWL Rank #18 KariV Park Young-seo (박영서) flex support Nevix Andreas Karlsson off tank Agilities Brady Girardi dps Surefour Lane Roberts dps zYKK Thomas Hosono dps Beast Adam Denton tank Kruise Harrison Pond support first secured their 5-2 Stage 1 record, I began making excuses to dismiss them. However, they've done their job and consistently beat weaker teams. That's more than what most of the league can say. So I'm sorry to the Defiant. They've done well and deserve their spot in the stage playoffs.

6. (-3) Atlanta Reign (3-2)

While the Atlanta Reign Atlanta Reign OWL Rank #11 Dogman Dusttin Bowerman flex support frd Nathan Goebel off tank BABYBAY Andrej Francisty dps Edison Kim Tae-hoon (김태훈) dps Gator Blake Scott tank Masaa Petja Kantanen support are victims of a Gladiators team that transformed into a totally different team last week, the team previously ranked third shouldn't have let themselves be swept. The Reign are one of only three teams that play two matches next week, meaning a finish outside of the stage playoffs is still a very real possibility despite the strong start.

7. (+6) Los Angeles Gladiators (3-4)

Did I mention the Los Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators OWL Rank #10 Shaz Jonas Suovaara flex support SPACE Indy Halpern off tank birdring Kim Ji-hyuk (김지혁) dps MirroR Chris Trịnh dps OGE Son Min-seok (손민석) tank BigGoose Benjamin Isohanni support looked like a totally different team last week? If they played like that one week earlier than there's a chance we could be talking about them as a threat in the stage playoffs. Alas, the Gladiators will be on the outside looking in. On the bright side, the next stage looks like it will be considerably easier for the Gladiators, so they should be in pretty good shape by the halfway point of the season.

8. (+2) Dallas Fuel (4-2)

The Dallas Fuel Dallas Fuel OWL Rank #15 NotE Lucas Meissner off tank Crimzo William Hernandez flex support Decay Jang Gui-un (장귀운) dps Doha Kim Dong-Ha (김동하) dps Gamsu Noh Yeong-jin (노영진) tank Closer Jung Won-sik (정원식) support didn't need anyone to step off of the payload to beat the Shanghai Dragons last week. Instead, they cruised to an easy 4-0 victory. They seem to have found their stride with aKm becoming a permanent fixture in the lineup as the team's Zarya player. They may even leave Stage 1 with a 5-2 record if they can beat the Boston Uprising this week.

9. (+5) Shanghai Dragons (3-4)

Ranking teams from 9-13 was like throwing darts on a board. I redid these rankings several times and I'm still unsatisfied with it even in finalizing it. No team in this range feels like they're good enough for ninth, however none of them feel quite like a 13th ranked team either. The Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #2 Izayaki Kim Min-chul (김민철) flex support Void Kang Jun-woo (강준우) off tank Fleta Kim Byung-sun (김병선) dps LIP Lee Jae-won (이재원) dps Stand1 Seo Ji-Won (서지원) tank LeeJaeGon Lee Jae-gon (이재곤) support get the ninth spot for now because they beat the Spitfire. It is unlikely they hold the spot during their off week.

10. (-3) London Spitfire (3-3)

The London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #14 BERNAR Shin Se-won (신세원) off tank Highly Lee Sung-hyeok (이성혁) flex support Glister Lim Gil-seong (임길성) dps Although Jung Hyun-wook dps JMac Choi Dae-han (최대한) tank SanGuiNar Lym Kyu-min support lost in a close match to the Dragons in their only match of the week. Despite the loss, they're still in the stage playoff picture and play another bubble team this week in the Seoul Dynasty. The winner of the match will at least leapfrog the Dragons in rankings if not also secure a playoff spot.

11. (-) Seoul Dynasty (3-3)

The Seoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty OWL Rank #7 Bdosin Choi Seung-tae (최승태) flex support FITS Kim Dong-eon (김동언) dps Profit Park Joon-yeong (박준영) dps Marve1 Hwang Min-seo (황민서) tank Gesture Hong Jae-hee (홍재희) tank tobi Yang Jin-mo (양진모) support SLIME Kim Sung-jun (김성준) support are probably the biggest reason why this group of teams is so hard to rank this week. They played their bench against the Justice in a 3-1 win. It's hard to rate how a team looks when they don't put forth their normal lineup -- a normal lineup that has shown great levels of inconsistency so far. At least we know their bench is better than the Justice by a considerable margin.

12. (-) Guangzhou Charge (3-3)

The Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #5 Shu Kim Jin-seo flex support Cr0ng Nam Ki-cheol (남기철) off tank nero Charlie Zwarg dps Happy Lee Jung-woo (이정우) dps Rio Oh Seung-pyo (오승표) tank Chara Kim Jung-yeon (김정연) support were another victim of the resurgent Gladiators and loss in a 3-1 match. As disappointing a defeat that was, the Charge didn't look terrible. They currently sit in the eighth and final playoff spot for Stage 1, but their odds of holding onto it aren't great. They play the Titans next week.

13. (+2) Boston Uprising (3-3)

After cleanly putting away the Mayhem, the Boston Uprising Boston Uprising OWL Rank #20 Myunbong Seo Sang-min (서상민) flex support punk Leyton Gilchrist off tank Colourhex Kelsey Birse dps Jerry Min Tae-Hui (민태희) dps Fusions Cameron Bosworth tank mikeyy Michael Konicki tank Halo Kobe Hamand support are in pretty good shape for a team that has gone through a stage of wild roster ups-and-downs. In fact, if they can beat the Dallas Fuel this week, they might sneak into the stage playoffs.

14. (-8) Paris Eternal (2-3)

The Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #12 hanbin Choi Han-bin (최한빈) off tank Fielder Kwon Joon (권준) flex support SoOn Terence Tarlier dps BenBest Benjamin Dieulafait tank NiCOgdh Nicolas Moret flex FDGoD Brice Monscavoir support have won one of their last 12 maps since starting 2-0. It's not a good look for a team that showed so much promise at the start of the season. They should end their losing streak when they play the Washington Justice first next week. Then they'll have their most defining match of Stage 1 when they enter a showdown with the Philadelphia Fusion.

15. (-7) Hangzhou Spark (3-4)

After starting the season 2-0, the Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #9 Ria Park Seong-wook (박성욱) off tank BeBe Yoon Hui-Chang (윤희창) flex support Adora Kang Jae-Hwan (강재환) dps GodsB Kim Kyeon-Bo (김경보) dps Architect Park Min-ho (박민호) dps guxue Xu Qiulin (徐秋林) tank iDK Park Ho-jin (박호진) support have looked consistently less than stellar. Fortunately, they are still within a game of .500 and thus are just one good meta away from a reversal of fortune. They can also take comfort in the fact none of their four losses were 4-0s, although the Defiant came close by 3-0ing the Spark.

16. (+1) Chengdu Hunters (2-4)

The Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #13 Elsa Luo Wenjie (罗文杰) off tank Molly He Chengzhi (何诚智) flex support Jinmu Yi Hu (易虎) dps Leave Huang Xin (黄馨) dps Ameng Ding Menghan (丁蒙涵) tank Yveltal Li Xianyao (李先曜) support almost beat the Vancouver Titans. That's by far their best result of the season, even better than their two wins. That match has also propelled Ameng into the spotlight and has made him the talk of the league for the past week. Hopefully they can take the momentum from this match into next week and then the next stage.

17. (+1) Houston Outlaws (3-3)

A very forgiving Stage 1 schedule has the Houston Outlaws Houston Outlaws OWL Rank #17 MekO Kim Tae Hong off tank rapel Kim Jun-geun (김준근) flex support Danteh Dante Cruz dps blasé Jeffrey Tsang dps Muma Austin Wilmot tank Jecse Lee Seong-soo (이승수) support somehow in reach of a stage playoffs spot. If they can manage to upset the Reign, they may actually sneak into the playoffs. That is unlikely to happen, however, if the abysmal match between the Outlaws and the Valiant was any indication of how good the Outlaws are.

18. (+1) Florida Mayhem (1-5)

The Florida Mayhem Florida Mayhem OWL Rank #6 Gargoyle Lee Beom-jun (이범준) off tank GangNamJin Gang Nam-jin (강남진) flex support BQB Lee Sang-bum (이상범) dps Yaki Kim Jun-gi (김준기) dps Karayan Choi San-ha (최산하) tank Kris Choi Jun-soo (최준수) support have won a match this stage, and may even win two. They play the Justice in their final match of Stage 1. We could be in for a match even worse than the one between the Outlaws and Valiant last week.

19. (-3) Los Angeles Valiant (0-7)

The Los Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant OWL Rank #8 McGravy Caleb McGarvey off tank Lastro Moon Jung-won (문정원) flex support Shax Johannes Nielsen dps ksp Kai Collins dps Dreamer Song Sang-lok tank RAin Park Jae-ho (박재호) support have let go of their head coach in the short time since they ended Stage 1 winless. They have nearly a month before their next match, and thus have time to adjust, restructure, find a new head coach, and do anything else necessary to play closer to their preseason expectations. The season isn't over yet for the Valiant -- they just need to finish 12th or higher to make it to the play-in tournament for the final two playoff spots -- but they don't have a lot of room for error. They will need to improve quickly to recover from this dismal Stage 1.

20. (-) Washington Justice (0-5)

One of the Washington Justice Washington Justice OWL Rank #19 AimGod Min-seok Kwon flex support JJANU Choi Hyeon-woo (최현우) off tank TTuba Lee Ho-sung (이호성) dps Stitch Lee Chung-hee (이충희) dps rOar Gye Chang-hoon tank ArK Hong Yeon-joon support 's Week 5 matches will be against the Florida Mayhem. Just as the match will be an opportunity for the Mayhem to get their second win, it will also be an opportunity for the Justice to get their first. The penalty for the loss is the worst one imaginable: last in the rankings for the near-month before the Overwatch League begins regular season play again.

Weekly Wrap-up

A rollercoaster Stage 1 comes to an end this week in eight matches all played on Saturday and Sunday. Expect a fun set of matches as teams jockey for spots in the stage playoffs.

After the stage playoffs, there should be even more unpredictability going forward. A new patch should hit sometime between Stage 1 and Stage 2. Will GOATs continue to dominate the meta or will the most dreaded team composition be killed for good? How will Baptiste work into team strategies, if at all?

Stay on the lookout for teams who can best adapt to the changes Stage 2 may bring.