Stage 2 has brought about more clear divisions than last stage, a stage in which teams were all over the place and most finished within one game of .500.
The first two weeks of this stage, however, seem to suggest that Stage 2 will end with more teams clearly at the top, more teams clearly at the bottom and fewer teams jockeying for spots within the middle.
While that shouldn't be surprising considering the major patch change made before the start of Stage 2, GOATs composition variants are still the most popular in the game. With that in mind, one would expect Stage 1's trends to continue.
However, that's not a problem. Parity is fun to watch but can be difficult to follow. More importantly, parity makes it hard to rank.
So far, ranking the teams in Stage 2 has been a much easier task than it was in Stage 1; this week's OWL power rankings included.
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1. (-) Vancouver Titans (10-0)
As said in the introduction, GOATs compositions are still the favorites of Overwatch League teams and the Vancouver Titans Vancouver Titans OWL Rank #20 happen to be the best GOATs team in the world. The Titans should have another good stage to put them in a great position by the season's halfway point.
2. (-) San Francisco Shock (7-3)
The San Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock OWL Rank #2 are the only team in the league to have won every map so far in Stage 2. Their opponents haven't been particularly hard -- they've played the (then) winless Valiant once and the free-falling Charge twice -- but it's an accomplishment nonetheless.
3. (-) New York Excelsior (11-0)
The New York Excelsior New York Excelsior OWL Rank #18 have also yet to lose a map in Stage 2, although they did end one map with the Dragons in a draw. This week, the Excelsior swept two of the league's worst teams in the Justice and Mayhem. They took the opportunity to finally give Fl0w3R some playing time -- marking his first appearance on the OWL stage.
4. (-) Los Angeles Gladiators (7-4)
Now on a six match winning streak, the Los Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators OWL Rank #1 have looked clearly better than most other teams in the league. However, they haven't been as dominant as the league's top three teams. If these rankings were divided by tiers, the Gladiators would likely be in their own tier below the Titans, Shock and Excelsior but a tier above everyone else.
5. (+5) Dallas Fuel (6-3)
The Dallas Fuel Dallas Fuel OWL Rank #8 looked pretty good in their first week playing alongside NotE . The team is looking much different from how they looked at the beginning of the season, however they have had a history of looking up and down. The Fuel will have to keep their momentum going in harder matchups this week against the Titans and Dynasty.
6. (+5) London Spitfire (6-4)
The London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #12 haven't had any particularly difficult opponents in this stage thus far and it's unlikely that will really change at any point this stage. Both the Boston Uprising and the Chengdu Hunters appear to be positioning themselves for qualification into the stage playoffs, but it's likely both teams will be seeded in the lower half of the playoffs bracket. Unless the Spitfire fall apart, they should be able to coast into the Stage 2 playoffs pretty comfortably.
7. (-) Seoul Dynasty (4-5)
It's hard to justify penalizing any team for a loss to the Titans. Unfortunately for the Dynasty, last week wasn't the last time they play the Titans this stage. They play them a second time in Stage 2's final week.
8. (-3) Boston Uprising (6-4)
The game five magic for the Boston Uprising Boston Uprising OWL Rank #17 ran out last week with a loss to the Spark. While the Uprising have proven to be a good team thus far, they need to start winning matches before map five again -- otherwise matches like the one with the Spark may start to become more common.
9. (-) Philadelphia Fusion (7-4)
After a 2-2 start to Stage 2, the Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #6 now need an upset over the Excelsior or the Shock to finish the stage with a winning record (assuming they beat the Outlaws). Even if they fail to do so and end Stage 2 3-4, they will at least be over .500 on the season with an 8-6 record.
10. (-2) Chengdu Hunters (5-5)
The hype train for the Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #9 should be slowing its pace somewhat after a loss to the Dragons. They have a tough task in trying to recover this week against a strong Gladiators squad.
11. (-5) Toronto Defiant (6-5)
The Toronto Defiant Toronto Defiant OWL Rank #13 have now lost the last three matches, each consecutive one by a worse margin, after starting 6-3. Their schedule doesn't get any easier this stage as their next two matches are against the Shock and the Titans.
12. (+1) Shanghai Dragons (4-6)
13. (+3) Hangzhou Spark (4-5)
Krystal finally made his Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #7 debut and he looked fantastic. He, guxue and iDK look far better than the rest of the team. They could make for a solid core to build around in the future, but for right now appear to be carrying the load on an otherwise unformidable team.
14. (-) Paris Eternal (5-6)
The Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #19 are 2-2 in Stage 2, but both wins have been to teams that have been extremely weak out of Stage 2's gate. They look better than they did at the end of Stage 1, but they don't look great either.
15. (+2) Houston Outlaws (3-5)
The Houston Outlaws Houston Outlaws OWL Rank #10 looked really good on their first map against the Titans and even looked good at other points throughout the series -- most of the time when they integrated DPS into their lineup. There were plenty of arguments for and against the Outlaws' decision to repeatedly try their hand at matching the Titans' GOATs compositions, but none were as informed as the debate between Sideshow and clockwork. Lost in all of the debate around the Outlaws' composition choices was the nice injection of ArHaN . He has seen little playtime since being added to the Outlaws last year and he looked pretty solid. It would be nice to see some more ArHan playtime.
16. (+2) Los Angeles Valiant (1-9)
The Los Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant OWL Rank #14 finally have one in the win column! However, the Valiant still look like one of the weakest teams in the league. They play the Washington Justice this week, meaning there is an opportunity for them to get a second win.
17. (-5) Atlanta Reign (5-6)
The team that lost to the Valiant? The Atlanta Reign Atlanta Reign OWL Rank #4 . They are now 2-5 in their last five regular season matches, beating only the Outlaws and the Justice. Their stretch of defeats began before Daco went to the bench and Dafran retired, so their absences aren't entirely to blame. The team as a whole just looks bad.
18. (-3) Guangzhou Charge (3-8)
19. (-) Washington Justice (1-10)
The Washington Justice Washington Justice OWL Rank #16 are still one of the worst teams in the league, but they do look better whenever Corey is on Widowmaker. In fact, the Justice are a fun to team to watch when they play DPS compositions. They're unlikely to pull off many upsets even with those compositions, but at least they can put on a show.
20. (-) Florida Mayhem (1-10)
Last week went more smoothly for the Florida Mayhem Florida Mayhem OWL Rank #11 than the week before. They were only getting destroyed by the opposing teams on stage rather than getting destroyed on stage and by the public on social media.
Rapidly approaching is the first homestand in the history of the Overwatch League as the Dallas Fuel are set to host matches on April 27 and 28.
Anyone who wants to watch the Overwatch League's first home games live has missed their opportunity to buy tickets. The Fuel announced this week that tickets have been sold out.
As for this upcoming week of matches, there are few matchups between heavyweights this week, meaning the strongest teams should continue their winning ways. At least they will if there are no upsets, which is always a possibility.