An extended break between Stage 2 and Stage 3 has separated this power rankings from the last one by nearly a month.
In case you forgot what happened last time, here's a short summary: the Shock took the top spot, the Spark made it to the top five, the Spitfire fell to eighth and very little else changed.
Now that you're up to speed, we can shift the conversation over to this most recent week.
The top of the pack had some close calls. Still, the league's best held on to win the games they're supposed to. The only team from last week's (and this week's) top six that lost was the Gladiators -- and that was to the undefeated Vancouver Titans.
There were some surprises, however, from teams toward the middle and bottom of the pack. How did that shake up this week's rankings? Find out in this edition of Scrub's Power Rankings.
The Overwatch League celebrated Pride Day during this week of matches. Image credit: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment
1. (-) San Francisco Shock (12-3)
Their match against the Atlanta Reign was a little closer for the San Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock OWL Rank #1 than they'd like, but they won anyway. The Titans looked better against the Reign than the Shock did, but the Shock will retain the top of the rankings as a nod to their still recent Stage 2 title.
2. (-) Vancouver Titans (16-0)
3. (-) New York Excelsior (14-2)
It seems like the New York Excelsior New York Excelsior OWL Rank #6 are fully committing themselves to Sombra-based compositions in Stage 3. It's a good thing they tried this against the Outlaws first so they could give Saebyeolbe a chance to learn the character without actually losing a match.
4. (-) Los Angeles Gladiators (10-6)
The Los Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators OWL Rank #8 stomped on the Fuel and were then stomped on by the Titans. It's concerning that the Gladiators' recent matches against the league's very best teams haven't been closer, but they still look better than almost every team in the league. Perhaps with the inclusion of Surefour in the lineup they can improve and compete with the league's best.
5. (-) Hangzhou Spark (9-6)
Despite going 9-6 in matches, the Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #4 are 31-32-2 (W/L/T) in maps. What does it take to achieve such contrast? A 4-0 record in map fives and a 1-3 record in matches where a team won zero maps. This is even after the Spark's map record was boosted by sweeping the Fusion this past week.
6. (-) Seoul Dynasty (9-7)
You don't need an article about strength of schedule to figure out the Seoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty OWL Rank #11 have had tough opponents to start the season, but it certainly helps. The Dynasty took the rare opportunity to flex their muscle over weaker opponents this week when they swept the Mayhem and Charge. What's impressive about this week's 8-0 map record is they used two different sets of six players to achieve it. It would be quite a feat if KDG manages to make two different lineups work consistently for the Dynasty.
7. (-) Shanghai Dragons (8-7)
The Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #3 have ended a week with a winning record on the season for the first time in team history. Now they have an opportunity to add to it with upcoming matches against the Reign and Valiant.
8. (-) London Spitfire (10-6)
If we're going to talk about the difficulty of the Dynasty's schedule, we should also talk about just how easy the London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #14 have had it this season. Their Stage 2 was the easiest single stage of the young season and the Spitfire took advantage of it to go 6-1. This week was a good example of where the Spitfire truthfully sit: they swept a Boston Uprising team that has been looking weak but were swept by the New York Excelsior.
9. (-) Dallas Fuel (10-6)
What was said about the Spitfire can be repeated for the Dallas Fuel Dallas Fuel OWL Rank #18 . They were swept by the Gladiators but didn't lose a map to the Justice. Their next week could produce similar results: they're playing a freefalling Chengdu Hunters squad and the still-undefeated Vancouver Titans.
10. (-) Atlanta Reign (7-9)
The Atlanta Reign Atlanta Reign OWL Rank #9 have proved their two victories over the Excelsior weren't flukes by taking the Shock to map five and taking a map off the Titans. One question remains about the Reign: can they play against weaker teams at the same level they play against the league's top teams?
11. (+2) Los Angeles Valiant (4-12)
While the Los Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant OWL Rank #10 don't necessarily look great, neither does anyone behind them. They are now 2-1 in this stretch of matches that see them play against Chinese teams five straight times.
12. (-1) Philadelphia Fusion (8-7)
The problem isn't that the Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #12 are losing to good teams, the problem is that the Fusion are failing to even remain competitive with those teams. Something needs to change fast for them unless they're content watching a season slip away while they prepare Fusion University's players for promotions to the Overwatch League next season.
13. (+3) Guangzhou Charge (6-10)
The Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #5 have rebounded nicely from their abysmal start to Stage 2 to look like a respectable team once again. Their next opponents are not particularly tough -- they're the Valiant and the Defiant -- giving the Charge an opportunity to continue improving their record.
14. (-2) Boston Uprising (7-9)
The Boston Uprising Boston Uprising OWL Rank #19 's defeat to the Eternal raises a huge red flag and their decision to experiment with their support duo is now looking questionable. The Uprising are likely one of the better teams to have a losing record, but a three game losing streak that includes matches against the Justice and Eternal is alarming.
15. (+2) Paris Eternal (7-9)
Despite going 2-0 on the week, I'm not quite sold on the Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #15 just yet. Regardless, the Eternal may have put themselves in a good position to make the playoffs. Their next four matches include games with the Mayhem and Outlaws, as well as a rematch against the Boston Uprising.
16. (-1) Toronto Defiant (7-8)
The Toronto Defiant Toronto Defiant OWL Rank #20 's new recruit did not look stellar in their debut week. It's up to the Defiant just how long they want to give Gods and sharyk a chance before they decide on the lineup they're going to try to make playoffs with. They can't afford to wait too long, given their record.
17. (-3) Chengdu Hunters (6-10)
The Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #7 have now lost six of their last seven matches. While it is disappointing to see a fan-favorite team fall off like this, it's not all that unexpected. The Hunters are now resembling the team they were believed to be by many pundits before the season started.
18. (-) Washington Justice (2-13)
It would be an incredible feat if the Washington Justice Washington Justice OWL Rank #13 win just one of their next three matches given they're playing the Spark, Gladiators and Spitfire. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that to happen.
19. (-) Houston Outlaws (3-12)
With Infinite's sale to Immortals now complete, the Outlaws are one step closer to being able to make the necessary changes to grow and improve. Once the Houston Outlaws Houston Outlaws OWL Rank #17 are sold, no player or staff member will be safe. New ownership won't have the same loyalty and ties to the players and staff Infinite did.
20. (-) Florida Mayhem (1-14)
Many of the teams wore alternate jerseys this week. Image credit: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment
This space will be used this week to talk about the new alternate jerseys the Overwatch League debuted in the first week of Stage 3.
While there were several jerseys that didn't look good, all of them were better than their default jerseys since teams were given the freedom to make their own designs unique from other teams.
For the first time all season, the Mayhem were able to surround their team with positive conversation as many people fell in love with their Miami Vice-themed alternate jersey. Other teams also played into geolocation for their designs, such as the Reign's jersey based on the famous Georgia peach.
Despite all of the creativity that went into creating unique jerseys for every team, some teams really dropped the ball and those teams are the Dallas Fuel. Surely they could have created something that didn't use the default jersey design as the base, right?
Still, the diversity of the jersey designs were a breath of fresh air and hopefully were a taste of something that becomes permanent when teams move to their home cities in 2020.
In the meantime, let's pray they're a mainstay of Stage 3. There were seven sweeps this past week and only two matches that went to map five. We need something interesting to look at when top teams start rolling over their competition.