This season of the Overwatch League has been full of parity. In fact, much of the league has hovered around .500 for most of the season.
After this week, things are a little bit different.
There is only one team within one game of .500, that team being the 9-8 Philadelphia Fusion. Other teams are at least two matches removed -- for now.
That doesn't mean the parity still doesn't exist. The Outlaws entered the week 3-12 while the Shock entered the week 12-3. In the match between the two teams, the Outlaws triumphed.
While that match became the biggest item to talk about for Overwatch League teams, there were many other exciting matches and changes within the rankings. Some teams are hitting their stride while other teams are falling to the floor.
What does all of this mean in the grand scheme of things? Find out in this week's Scrub's Power Rankings.
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1. (+1) Vancouver Titans (18-0)
2. (-1) San Francisco Shock (13-4)
The San Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock OWL Rank #1 followed their close match with the Reign by losing to the Outlaws. While both opponents played well, it's nonetheless a sign the Shock aren't in the same form they were when they went 28-0 last stage and took the title.
3. (-) New York Excelsior (15-2)
4. (-) Los Angeles Gladiators (12-6)
While it's still in the early going, it's worth noting the Los Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators OWL Rank #8 are more dominant in their wins in this stage than they were in the last stage. A combined 7-1 record this week positions the Gladiators in a good spot for Stage 3 despite the much tougher schedule.
5. (-) Hangzhou Spark (10-7)
The Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #5 are beginning to cement themselves as a team truly in the league's upper echelon. The 3-1 scoreline of their defeat to the Titans doesn't tell the whole tale -- the match in reality was much closer. As said last week, they appear to be only getting better with time and could be a real threat to anyone they play in the postseason playoffs.
6. (-) Seoul Dynasty (10-8)
Every match for the Seoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty OWL Rank #7 this stage has ended in a sweep. Given they're 3-1 Stage 3 record, that's pretty good. Their next match, however, will be defining for both the Dynasty and their opponents for this stage: it's a rematch with the Spark.
7. (-) Shanghai Dragons (9-7)
The Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #3 are charging full speed ahead into postseason contention, yet are still striving to improve the roster. It's hard to imagine their acquisition of envy will be what pushes them over the edge and makes them a threat to the league's best squads, but every little bit helps. The Dragons are definitely making a playoff push.
8. (-) London Spitfire (11-6)
After briefly experimenting with Quatermain on the starting roster in Stage 3's first week, the London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #9 have put NUS back on main support. It will be interesting to see if the Spitfire stick with NUS in their rematch with the Excelsior or if they will try to run Quatermain against them again like they tried in their defeat to NYXL just a couple of weeks ago.
9. (+2) Los Angeles Valiant (5-12)
Yes, the Los Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant OWL Rank #6 are not really a top nine team -- but there aren't really any good candidates to take this spot otherwise. The Valiant have bested the weaker teams on their schedule in Stage 3, but the quality of competition is about to heat up. All four of their remaining opponents have a winning record. Their chance to earn their ranking will certainly be there.
10. (-1) Dallas Fuel (10-8)
The Dallas Fuel Dallas Fuel OWL Rank #15 's loss to the Hunters is unwelcome for a team that was already facing a difficult stage. They are now 1-3 in Stage 3 with matches against the Spark and Excelsior still on the horizon. That's not including a rematch against the very same Hunters team that beat them this week. They entered Stage 3 with a strong record and room to struggle -- but it looks like they will leave Stage 3 with no room left to spare.
11. (+1) Philadelphia Fusion (9-8)
The Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #10 are like the Fuel's doppelgangers -- they're a team with a winning record that has benefited from an easy schedule and is now struggling to maintain their winning ways. Luckily for the Fusion, they play in the Atlantic Division and don't need to be great to win matches.
12. (+7) Houston Outlaws (5-12)
The Houston Outlaws Houston Outlaws OWL Rank #14 played great! They beat the Shock! Why are they only ranked 12th? That's largely because the Outlaws have looked good with a concrete game plan for one week. If they can show some consistency in the upcoming week, they will continue to rise in the rankings. It may be hard to knock the Outlaws down if they continue to rely on Danteh 's Sombra -- don't forget that he has been known as one of the world's best Sombras since well before this season. Plus, he has experience playing D.Va at a pro level should he need to swap. This might just be the perfect meta for a Danteh-led Outlaws.
13. (+2) Paris Eternal (8-10)
Not only did the Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #16 ignore my calls to spend the downtime between Stage 2 and Stage 3 adding new players to improve their roster, but they also decided to start winning matches while doing so. Their efforts to spite me and their 3-1 record have been noted. Now it's a question of how long it will last. They play a surging Outlaws next, but will also play a plummeting Uprising squad.
14. (-) Atlanta Reign (7-11)
While it's promising the Atlanta Reign Atlanta Reign OWL Rank #13 have been competitive with good teams, they need to win matches eventually. Getting swept by the Dynasty hurt the image of a team that has looked impressive despite starting Stage 3 winless. The Reign have an opportunity to rebound with a significantly easier final half of Stage 3. Their performance in those matches should tell us if the current Atlanta Reign are closer to the team that played the Shock and Excelsior or closer to the team that played the Dynasty.
15. (-2) Guangzhou Charge (6-11)
The Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #11 are kinda just there. They're definitely not a good team, but they aren't one of the very worst teams either. There's not really much to say about them right now.
16. (+1) Chengdu Hunters (7-11)
All of the remaining Stage 3 matches for the Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #12 are against teams with winning records. Perhaps that's a good thing for them? They seem to win more matches against playoff-bound teams than against struggling teams.
17. (-1) Toronto Defiant (7-9)
It seemed like only recently the Toronto Defiant Toronto Defiant OWL Rank #18 were talking about envy as one of their team's leaders. Now he's been shipped off to another team. Watch for the Defiant to possibly make more roster moves as they search for the magic that led them to a 5-2 Stage 1.
18. (-4) Boston Uprising (7-11)
The Boston Uprising Boston Uprising OWL Rank #17 are free-falling fast and could end up going 0-7 this stage. They could fall out of contention of making it into the season's top 12 if they don't make changes soon.
19. (-1) Washington Justice (2-15)
20. (-) Florida Mayhem (1-14)
A late release of this week's article means that it comes after the Florida Mayhem Florida Mayhem OWL Rank #20 made their final few roster additions of their midseason transformation. Their team does look like it should be better than it was before they started shuffling around players, but how much better remains to be seen. For now, there is no reason to believe they are suddenly good enough to start winning matches.
This upcoming week will be headlined by the match between the Spark and the Dynasty on Saturday. If there is only one match this week you can watch, it should be this one.
Of course, there are plenty of other worthwhile matches to watch if you have time for more. While the Outlaws won't be playing particularly strong opponents, their resurgence should be fun to watch if they continue what they did this past week.
As the season gets closer to its end, matches should continue to get more and more exciting.