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 Stitch Lee Chung-hee (이충희) dps Fissure Baek Chan-hyung (백찬형) 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 Architect Park Min-ho (박민호) dps Rascal Kim Dong-jun (김동준) dps ANS Lee Seon-chang (이선창) dps smurf Yoo Myeong-Hwan 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 #6 JJoNak Bang Sung-hyeon (방성현) flex support HOTBA Choi Hong-joon 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 Mandu Kim Chan-hee (김찬희) 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 #5 Shaz Jonas Suovaara flex support SPACE Indy Halpern off tank Bischu Aaron Kim off tank birdring Kim Ji-hyuk (김지혁) dps MirroR Chris Trịnh dps OGE Son Min-seok (손민석) tank lhcloudy Roni Tiihonen 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 #13 Michelle Choi Min-hyuk off tank creative Kim Young-wan (김영완) flex support Bdosin Choi Seung-tae (최승태) flex support FITS Kim Dong-eon (김동언) dps ILLICIT Park Jae-min (박제민) 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 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 #16 BERNAR Shin Se-won (신세원) off tank Highly Lee Sung-hyeok (이성혁) flex support Clestyn Cho Gun-hee off tank Schwi Lee Dong-jae (이동재) dps Glister Lim Gil-seong (임길성) dps Babel Park Sang-jun dps Although dps JMac Choi Dae-han (최대한) tank Jihun Kim Ji-hun tank Fuze Kim Tae-hoon (김태훈) 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 #3 Boombox Isaac Charles flex support Poko Gael Gouzerch off tank 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 EQO Josh Corona dps SADO Kim Su-Min (뜨용) tank FunnyAstro Daniel Hathaway 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 #17 uNKOE Benjamin Chevasson flex support NotE Lucas Meissner off tank Crimzo William Hernandez flex support aKm Dylan Bignet dps ZachaREEE Zachary Lombardo dps Decay Jang Gui-un (장귀운) dps Doha Kim Dong-Ha (김동하) dps Gamsu Noh Yeong-jin (노영진) 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 #4 Luffy Yang Seong-hyeon (양성현) 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 FEARLESS Lee Eui-seok (이의석) tank DDing Yang Jin-hyeok (양진혁) flex LeeJaeGon Lee Jae-gon (이재곤) 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 #10 Kyo Kong Chunting (孔春亭) flex support Elsa Luo Wenjie (罗文杰) off tank 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 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 #8 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 Ado Cheon Ki-Hyeon (천기현) 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 #20 Myunbong Seo Sang-min (서상민) flex support brussen Thomas Brussen off tank Colourhex Kelsey Birse dps Jerry Min Tae-Hui (민태희) dps Munchkin Byeon Sang-beom (변상범) dps Fusions Cameron Bosworth tank Swimmer Gabriel Levy 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 #12 Greyy Luís Perestrelo flex support Smex Eoghan O'Neill off tank SoOn Terence Tarlier dps Xzi Jung Ki-hyo dps NoSmite Jeong Da-Un (정다운) tank 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 #18 KariV Park Young-seo (박영서) flex support Nevix Andreas Karlsson off tank Logix Andreas Berghmans dps Mangachu Liam Campbell dps Agilities Brady Girardi dps Surefour Lane Roberts dps Beast Adam Denton tank Kellex Kristian Keller 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 #11 Dogman Dusttin Bowerman flex support frd Nathan Goebel off tank ErsTer Jeong Joon dps BABYBAY Andrej Francisty dps Edison Kim Tae-hoon (김태훈) dps SharP Hugo Sahlberg 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 #7 McGravy Caleb McGarvey off tank Lastro Moon Jung-won (문정원) flex support KSF Kyle Frandanisa dps Apply Damon Conti dps ksp Kai Collins dps Dreamer Song Sang-lok tank RAin Park Jae-ho (박재호) 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 #9 Shu Kim Jin-seo flex support Cr0ng Nam Ki-cheol (남기철) off tank wya Qi Haomiao (齐浩淼) flex support nero Charlie Zwarg dps Happy Lee Jung-woo (이정우) dps Rio Oh Seung-pyo (오승표) tank Chara Kim Jung-yeon (김정연) support neptuNo Alberto González 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 #19 Rawkus Shane Flaherty flex support SPREE Alexandre Vanhomwegen off tank MekO Kim Tae Hong off tank rapel Kim Jun-geun (김준근) flex support Danteh Dante Cruz dps Hydration João Pedro Goes Telles dps Muma Austin Wilmot tank Boink Daniel Pence support Jecse Lee Seong-soo (이승수) 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 #14 ELLIVOTE Elliot Vaneryd off tank AimGod Min-seok Kwon flex support Stratus Ethan Yankel dps Corey Corey Nigra dps TTuba Lee Ho-sung (이호성) dps LullSiSH Lukas Wiklund tank rOar Gye Chang-hoon 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 #15 Gargoyle Lee Beom-jun (이범준) off tank GangNamJin Gang Nam-jin (강남진) flex support Sayaplayer Ha Jeong-woo (하정우) dps BQB Lee Sang-bum (이상범) dps Yaki Kim Jun-gi (김준기) 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.