Only eight teams played last week as a result of the league traveling east to Dallas for the Fuel's homestand weekend.

The homestand weekend missed each of the top four teams in the league, unfortunately leaving fans in the Dallas area unable to watch the league's most dominant teams live.

Still, that didn't take away from the hype.

The atmosphere looked electric (at least from my view watching the stream) and several players brought their best to Dallas.

Regardless, eight teams playing meant little changes to the rankings. This week's power rankings will look a little familiar.

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1. (-) Vancouver Titans (12-0)

Every week, the challenge is coming up with a new way to praise the Vancouver Titans Vancouver Titans OWL Rank #2 JJANU Choi Hyeon-woo (최현우) off tank Twilight Lee Joo-seok (이주석) flex support Haksal Kim Hyo-jong (김효종) dps SeoMinSoo Seo Min-Soo (서민수) dps Bumper Park Sang-beom (박상범) tank SLIME Kim Sung-jun (김성준) support for being the league's best team. I won't try this week. They're just the best team in the league.

2. (-) San Francisco Shock (9-3)

With the way these two teams are playing, it's looking like we could get a rematch of the San Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock OWL Rank #1 ChoiHyoBin Choi Hyo-Bin (최효빈) off tank Viol2t Park Min-ki flex support sinatraa Jay Won dps Rascal Kim Dong-jun (김동준) dps super Matthew DeLisi tank Moth Grant Espe support and the Vancouver Titans in the Stage 2 finals. There's always a possibility of an upset, but it doesn't look like one will happen with the way things are going right now.

3. (-) New York Excelsior (12-1)

The New York Excelsior New York Excelsior OWL Rank #3 JJoNak Bang Sung-hyeon (방성현) flex support MekO Kim Tae Hong off tank Libero Kim Hye-sung (김혜성) dps Nenne Jeong Yeon-kwan dps Mano Kim Dong-gyu (김동규) tank ANAMO Jeong Tae-seong (정태성) support have had an extra week to sit on their defeat to the Reign. In Week 5, they have a rematch. I expect the Excelsior to play angry and dominate the Reign after their loss to them last time.

4. (-) Los Angeles Gladiators (9-4)

The Los Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators OWL Rank #8 Shaz Jonas Suovaara flex support Void Kang Jun-woo (강준우) off tank Hydration João Pedro Goes Telles dps Decay Jang Gui-un (장귀운) dps rOar Gye Chang-hoon tank BigGoose Benjamin Isohanni support should be able to cap off Stage 2 with a victory over the Uprising. A 7-0 Stage 2 will make a great rebound from a Stage 1 that started 1-4.

5. (+1) Seoul Dynasty (7-5)

If teams were being ranked into tiers, the Seoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty OWL Rank #7 ryujehong Ryu Je-hong (류제홍) flex support Michelle Choi Min-hyuk off tank Munchkin Byeon Sang-beom (변상범) dps FITS Kim Dong-eon (김동언) dps Marve1 Hwang Min-seo (황민서) tank tobi Yang Jin-mo (양진모) support would likely be in their own tier right now. They are definitely not at the level of the league's top four teams, but they look better than the league's other teams. Maybe a close match with the Valiant suggests otherwise, but regardless, I like how they've played this stage more than I have the 8-5 teams.

6. (-1) London Spitfire (8-5)

Despite their upset loss to the Chengdu Hunters, the London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #5 Bdosin Choi Seung-tae (최승태) flex support Fury Kim Jun-ho (김준호) off tank birdring Kim Ji-hyuk (김지혁) dps Profit Park Joon-yeong (박준영) dps Gesture Hong Jae-hee (홍재희) tank NUS Kim Jong-seok (김종서) support are still comfortably in the Stage 2 playoffs. That loss shouldn't be overlooked too much, though. It appeared the Spitfire tried to match the Hunters with DPS compositions when they didn't need to (surely GOATs would have sufficed on Eichenwalde). Perhaps that's just because hindsight is 20/20 or maybe it's a sign that they need to reevaluate how they adapt to individual opponents.

7. (-) Philadelphia Fusion (8-5)

This week the Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #6 Boombox Isaac Charles flex support Poko Gael Gouzerch off tank Carpe Lee Jae-hyeok (이재혁) dps EQO Josh Corona dps SADO Kim Su-Min (뜨용) tank neptuNo Alberto González support stay in seventh, but almost fell to eighth. Keeping them from falling was the fact that the Fuel have the same problems as the Fusion. The Fuel have began consistently beating bad teams, just like the Fusion, but fail to beat the good teams. The Fusion remain ahead of their rivals from Dallas simply because the Fuel's 4-0 to the Dynasty is still too fresh.

8. (-) Dallas Fuel (8-5)

With all of that being said, the Dallas Fuel Dallas Fuel OWL Rank #9 uNKOE Benjamin Chevasson flex support NotE Lucas Meissner off tank aKm Dylan Bignet dps ZachaREEE Zachary Lombardo dps OGE Son Min-seok (손민석) tank Closer Jung Won-sik (정원식) support look extremely good when they're playing at their best. Perhaps the whole team (and especially OGE ) was playing off of the energy the home crowd fed them, or perhaps they just responded well to the previous week's performances. Regardless of the reason, they looked good. If they can play well like that all the time -- or at least stop looking as bad as they do in their losses -- they can be a real threat to teams as we finish the first half of the season.

9. (-) Shanghai Dragons (6-6)

The Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #16 Luffy Yang Seong-hyeon (양성현) flex support diem Bae Min-seong (배민성) dps YoungJIN Jin Yong-jin dps Gamsu Noh Yeong-jin (노영진) tank DDing Yang Jin-hyeok (양진혁) flex CoMa Son Kyeong-woo (손경우) support have a realistic shot at qualifying for the Stage 2 playoffs. Doing so would be monumental for a franchise that went 0-40 last year.

10. (-) Chengdu Hunters (6-7)

The Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #15 Kyo Kong Chunting (孔春亭) flex support Elsa Luo Wenjie (罗文杰) off tank Jinmu Yi Hu (易虎) dps YangXiaoLong Zhang Zhihao (章智浩) dps Ameng Ding Menghan (丁蒙涵) tank Yveltal Li Xianyao (李先曜) support are carving out a place for themselves where they don't appear to be one of the league's top nine or 10 teams, but they're quite capable of knocking off those teams. Their meta-defying style is a contradiction in that it is quite beatable while also making them a threat to beat teams they're not supposed to. While they lost to the Spark, the Hunters will stay ahead of them in the rankings one more week simply because of their ability to earn the upset (as proven by their victory over the Spitfire).

11. (+3) Hangzhou Spark (7-6)

Since Krystal played his first match for the Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #4 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 Krystal Cai Shilong ( 蔡世龙) dps guxue Xu Qiulin (徐秋林) tank iDK Park Ho-jin (박호진) support , they're 9-6 in maps in which he plays (three of those losses were when they were swept by the Shock). In the eight maps Adora has played during that time, the Spark are 3-5 (only one of those maps were against the Shock). While I do honestly want to give credit to the Hunters for their ability to upset, I'm also keep the Spark outside of the top 10 as punishment for their continued persistence in playing Adora.

12. (-1) Boston Uprising (6-6)

The Boston Uprising Boston Uprising OWL Rank #11 AimGod Min-seok Kwon flex support rCk Richard Kanerva off tank blasé Jeffrey Tsang dps Colourhex Kelsey Birse dps Fusions Cameron Bosworth tank Kellex Kristian Keller support have had one week of rest since they were swept by both the Spitfire and the Titans in the same week. Hopefully they can look a little more competitive when they play the Gladiators next week.

13. (-1) Paris Eternal (5-8)

Much like every other NiCOgdh team, there comes a point in time in which NiCO must take the mantle of D.Va player. This time, it's to the dismay of Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #17 Greyy Luís Perestrelo flex support SoOn Terence Tarlier dps ShaDowBurn George Gushcha dps lhcloudy Roni Tiihonen tank NiCOgdh Nicolas Moret flex Kruise Harrison Pond support fans. If the team is unhappy with Finnsi , that's fine. But they can't settle for NiCO on D.Va and will need to use the extended break between Stages 2 and 3 to sign one of the many quality European D.Va players that are out there.

14. (-1) Toronto Defiant (6-6)

The Toronto Defiant Toronto Defiant OWL Rank #12 envy Lee Kang-jae (이강재) off tank Neko Park Se-hyeon (박세현) flex support Ivy Lee Seung-Hyun dps im37 Hong Jin (홍진의) dps Yakpung Jo Gyeong-mu tank RoKy Park Joo-seong (박주성) support may lose their 12th straight map when they begin Week 5 with a match against the Titans. Their match later in the week against the Eternal will likely serve as a good barometer for just how far the Defiant have fallen this stage.

15. (+1) Atlanta Reign (6-7)

Good luck, Atlanta Reign Atlanta Reign OWL Rank #10 Daco Seo Dong-hyung (서동형) off tank Dogman Dusttin Bowerman flex support ErsTer Jeong Joon dps BABYBAY Andrej Francisty dps Pokpo Park Hyun-Jun (박현준) tank Masaa Petja Kantanen support ! You play the New York Excelsior again while their loss to you is still very fresh in their memory! The Reign will likely be in for a tough match.

16. (-1) Los Angeles Valiant (2-11)

This is the second straight season in which the Los Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant OWL Rank #14 SPACE Indy Halpern off tank Izayaki Kim Min-chul (김민철) flex support Agilities Brady Girardi dps KSF Kyle Frandanisa dps FCTFCTN Russell Campbell tank Custa Scott Kennedy support tried to put KariV on DPS only to bring him back to flex support shortly after. Now that he's back to playing Zenyatta, they have a problem with too much talent on one position for a struggling team. Both KariV and Izayaki are good flex supports, but no one else on the roster outside of SPACE looks good right now. Maybe it's time to consider trading one to bolster another role.

17. (-) Guangzhou Charge (4-9)

A match with the Houston Outlaws is the best thing that could happen to the Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #13 HOTBA Choi Hong-joon off tank Shu Kim Jin-seo flex support Happy Lee Jung-woo (이정우) dps Eileen Ou Yiliang (欧倚良) dps Rio Oh Seung-pyo (오승표) tank Chara Kim Jung-yeon (김정연) support after they've struggled for almost all of Stage 2. Shu alone should be enough to carry the Charge over the struggling Texas team.

18. (-) Houston Outlaws (3-9)

The coaching staff of the Houston Outlaws Houston Outlaws OWL Rank #18 Rawkus Shane Flaherty flex support SPREE Alexandre Vanhomwegen off tank Jake Jacob Lyon dps Danteh Dante Cruz dps Muma Austin Wilmot tank Boink Daniel Pence support deserve credit for experimenting with the lineup. Clearly what they're doing at the moment isn't working, and making lineup changes (especially experimental ones in which both SPREE and coolmatt play at once) acknowledges that. Unfortunately, the Outlaws' personnel problem can only be fixed with changes to the roster rather than changes to who plays. The Outlaws have been far too complacent on that front to change the trajectory of their season.

19. (-) Washington Justice (1-11)

It would be really exciting to see ArK and sleepy carry the Washington Justice Washington Justice OWL Rank #19 SanSam Kim Hyang-ki (김향기) off tank sleepy Nikola Andrews flex support Corey Corey Nigra dps Ado Cheon Ki-Hyeon (천기현) dps janus Song Jun-hwa tank ArK Hong Yeon-joon support to an upset win in Stage 2's final week. It's unlikely to happen, but it would be great to show a team like the Outlaws what happens when you actually try to change the roster.

20. (-) Florida Mayhem (1-12)

Everyone else has already made the joke that Mayhem Academy are better than the Florida Mayhem Florida Mayhem OWL Rank #20 Xepher Koo Jae-mo (구재모) off tank HaGoPeun Jo Hyeon-woo (조현우) flex support Sayaplayer Ha Jeong-woo (하정우) dps BQB Lee Sang-bum (이상범) dps Fate Koo Pan-seung (구판승) tank Kris Choi Jun-soo (최준수) support , so I won't make the joke myself. We'd have to see how the Florida Mayhem fare against Gladiators Legion to find out anyway.

Weekly Wrap-up

Five teams have clinched spots in the Stage 2 playoffs, meaning there are three playoff spots up for grabs. Not only will we determine who is in the Stage 2 playoffs this week, we'll also see how the overall standings shape up in the season's halfway point.

In fact, the overall standings will be interesting to follow all week. Currently nine teams have winning records and all 12 teams who are in position to play in the season's end wildcard play-in tournament and/or playoffs are at .500.

As the season moves into the second half, teams should begin paying more and more attention to the overall standings and to where they stand in the playoff picture.