The rumored 2-2-2 lock has indeed come to fruition and GOATs will be an Overwatch League staple no more. Instead, teams will be forced to use two DPS heroes--no more and no less.

This, of course, will throw the league into a totally new meta. What exactly that meta will be isn't a sure thing yet. The first week of Stage 4 saw many different heroes in a wide range of compositions, which could very well be a symptom of teams still trying to figure out the meta.

Regardless, it's different. Despite the difference, this week's power rankings will still consider past performances in previous GOATs dominated matches. Why is that? The logic behind that is a good team shouldn't just suddenly become terrible after a patch and a terrible team shouldn't just suddenly become good. While average teams could move in either direction and teams in either direction could move to average, the change shouldn't be more extreme than that.

Perhaps that is faulty logic or perhaps it's the correct train of thought. We won't know for sure until Stage 4 continues on.

Here are the power rankings after one week of Stage 4 play.

Stratus and Corey high fiving Image credit: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

1. (+2) Vancouver Titans (22-1)

With Haksal finally unleashed, 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 Bumper Park Sang-beom (박상범) tank SLIME Kim Sung-jun (김성준) support look just as good as they did during GOATs. That part shouldn't be too surprising. What is surprising is seeing Hooreg in the starting lineup of a Titans team that appears to be the best in the league. Perhaps this is finally the meta where he will shine.

2. (-) San Francisco Shock (17-5)

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 smurf Yoo Myeong-Hwan tank Moth Grant Espe support used a different DPS pairing in every map, almost as if to show off the flexibility of the lineup after running the same six in every map for the last several months. They have the ability to do that, all of their DPS players are good.

3. (-2) Shanghai Dragons (13-10)

Although the Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #11 Luffy Yang Seong-hyeon (양성현) flex support envy Lee Kang-jae (이강재) off tank YoungJIN Jin Yong-jin dps Gamsu Noh Yeong-jin (노영진) tank DDing Yang Jin-hyeok (양진혁) flex CoMa Son Kyeong-woo (손경우) support lost their first match of Stage 4, their loss was to a Titans team that appears to be once again the best team in the game. They should be tough to beat for just about any other team they face; their match against the Dynasty is evidence of that.

4. (+6) London Spitfire (14-9)

This week's opponents for the London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #14 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 weren't particularly tough, but their rise in the rankings has less to do with this week's matches and more to do with their past. They can now put Gesture on Orisa (or Winston!), birdring on Widowmaker and Profit on literally any DPS hero. The 2-2-2 lock may help the reigning champions finally return to championship form.

5. (-1) New York Excelsior (19-3)

There are certainly concerns about the New York Excelsior New York Excelsior OWL Rank #9 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 's ability to win playoff matches, however few worry about their ability to win in the regular season. While the Gladiators' roll of the Excelsior in their first match of Stage 4 might make it tempting to start worrying, now isn't the time to start. The Gladiators are a talented team and the Excelsior definitely have the players necessary to thrive in a meta defined by the 2-2-2 lock. They should be fine.

6. (-1) Los Angeles Valiant (9-13)

Beginning Stage 4 with a close match with the Paris Eternal is not a good look for the Los Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant OWL Rank #4 SPACE Indy Halpern off tank Agilities Brady Girardi dps KSF Kyle Frandanisa dps FCTFCTN Russell Campbell tank KariV Park Young-seo (박영서) flex Custa Scott Kennedy support . Perhaps the Eternal are better in the new meta, perhaps the Valiant are actually worse or perhaps that game was uncharacteristic of either team. Regardless of what made the match close, the Valiant needed to close out the win as they did. They absolutely cannot afford to lose to opponents their favored against if they want to make the top 12 and have a shot at the playoffs.

7. (+1) Los Angeles Gladiators (14-9)

After their first match, the Los Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators OWL Rank #8 Shaz Jonas Suovaara flex support Void Kang Jun-woo (강준우) off tank Surefour Lane Roberts dps Decay Jang Gui-un (장귀운) dps rOar Gye Chang-hoon tank BigGoose Benjamin Isohanni support looked destined to shoot up the rankings. Then the Gladiators lost in their second match of the week when they played a very beatable Houston Outlaws team. The oddest part about their week was the decision to play Hydration at main tank in the opening map of both series. They must really love his Wrecking Ball to take the risk of him being forced to switch off (as he was against the Outlaws).

8. (-1) Seoul Dynasty (12-11)

Matching the theme of the rest of their season, the Seoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty OWL Rank #7 ryujehong Ryu Je-hong (류제홍) flex support Michelle Choi Min-hyuk off tank FITS Kim Dong-eon (김동언) dps ILLICIT Park Jae-min (박제민) dps Marve1 Hwang Min-seo (황민서) tank tobi Yang Jin-mo (양진모) support had an extremely tough opening pair of matches. Their defeats in Stage 4's opening week shouldn't be reason for Dynasty fans to panic just yet.

9. (+2) Guangzhou Charge (11-12)

The Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #3 HOTBA Choi Hong-joon off tank Shu Kim Jin-seo flex support nero Charlie Zwarg dps Happy Lee Jung-woo (이정우) dps Rio Oh Seung-pyo (오승표) tank Chara Kim Jung-yeon (김정연) support looked strong in their 2-2-2 lock debut. It definitely helps that Happy has been fully unleashed on his signature Widowmaker, but he's not the sole reason for their success. nero has looked like a strong counterpart to him since joining the starting lineup and he should continue to shine alongside Happy as the stage continues.

10. (-1) Houston Outlaws (9-14)

Is it a bit troubling that the Houston Outlaws Houston Outlaws OWL Rank #17 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 may have only beaten the Gladiators because they made a mistake with their substitutions? Yes, it definitely is. Regardless of how it happened, however, the Outlaws upset the Gladiators after getting blown out by the Eternal. Danteh was a large part of their success against the Gladiators and they won all three maps he played against them. He was also in their only map win against the Eternal. Simply put, Danteh needs to play if the Outlaws are going to find success and make it into the top 12.

11. (-5) Hangzhou Spark (14-8)

A terrible showing against the Atlanta Reign by the Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #6 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 guxue Xu Qiulin (徐秋林) tank iDK Park Ho-jin (박호진) support really puts the assumption from the beginning of the article to the test. Hopefully for the Spark, it's a hiccup caused in part by a week filled with drama regarding the whereabouts of DPS player Krystal . It's unlikely they'll finish outside of the top 12 at this point, but they'll still need to look better than they did this week if they hope to be one of the final eight teams competing for the league championship.

12. (+1) Chengdu Hunters (11-12)

Here's a fun fact: 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 YangXiaoLong Zhang Zhihao (章智浩) dps Ameng Ding Menghan (丁蒙涵) tank Yveltal Li Xianyao (李先曜) support played against the exact same pair of teams the Guangzhou Charge played against this week. Both teams beat the Fusion in a close five map set. The difference between the two teams was that it took the Hunters five maps to take care of the Uprising while the Charge beat the Uprising in a sweep--and even played their bench players in map four in the process.

13. (+2) Atlanta Reign (10-12)

After sitting him on the bench for the majority of the last two stages, the Atlanta Reign Atlanta Reign OWL Rank #5 Dogman Dusttin Bowerman flex support frd Nathan Goebel off tank NLaaeR Ilya Koppalov dps ErsTer Jeong Joon dps Pokpo Park Hyun-Jun (박현준) tank Masaa Petja Kantanen support have finally freed NLaaeR . How they decide to utilize him and BABYBAY alongside projectile star ErsTer may determine how far the Reign can go.

14. (-) Paris Eternal (9-14)

While the Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #15 Finnsi Finnbjörn Jónasson off tank Greyy Luís Perestrelo flex support SoOn Terence Tarlier dps ShaDowBurn George Gushcha dps lhcloudy Roni Tiihonen tank Kruise Harrison Pond support had a pretty decent week, they still didn't stand out as a team that could be on the upswing following the role lock. Some more time in the new meta should give more insight into how they'll stack up against the rest of the teams.

15. (-3) Philadelphia Fusion (12-11)

As stated in previous weeks, the Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #12 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 's biggest problem is that their greatest strength--their DPS players--doesn't look head and shoulders above everyone else anymore. They have been able to get by despite it for most of the season, but this week they appeared to finally be cracking. They'll need Carpe and EQO to find their magic again if they hope to avoid a collapse.

16. (+3) Washington Justice (3-19)

Rejoice, Washington Justice Washington Justice OWL Rank #13 SanSam Kim Hyang-ki (김향기) off tank Gido Mun Gi-do (문기도) flex support Stratus Ethan Yankel dps Corey Corey Nigra dps janus Song Jun-hwa tank ArK Hong Yeon-joon support fans! This is the highest the Justice have been ranked all season! The Justice are definitely better off now that the meta has shifted away from GOATs, and may be able to take advantage of a schedule this stage that features some easier opponents. Unfortunately for them, LullSiSH and ELLIVOTE will not get their visas before the season ends and so it's hard to imagine they'll be an incredibly strong team this stage. At the very least, they look better now than they did before.

17. (-1) Dallas Fuel (10-12)

To be fair to the Dallas Fuel Dallas Fuel OWL Rank #18 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 , the Spitfire will likely be one of the league's best teams this stage and it was unlikely they'd be able to put up much of a fight from the start. Still, they looked terrible in Stage 3 and their performance in their first match of Stage 4 didn't do much to inspire confidence that this stage will be any different.

18. (-1) Boston Uprising (8-15)

The Boston Uprising Boston Uprising OWL Rank #19 Persia Yang Zi-on flex support blasé Jeffrey Tsang dps Colourhex Kelsey Birse dps Stellar Lee Do-Hyung dps Fusions Cameron Bosworth tank Kellex Kristian Keller support made it close against the Hunters, but were stomped by the Charge. Their playoff hopes are quickly slipping away.

19. (-1) Toronto Defiant (7-16)

The Toronto Defiant Toronto Defiant OWL Rank #20 Neko Park Se-hyeon (박세현) flex support Gods Daniel Graeser off tank Logix Andreas Berghmans dps Mangachu Liam Campbell dps sharyk Normund Faterins tank Aid Go Jae-yoon (고재윤) support 's losing streak is now up to nine matches. They are now 1-14 in their last 15 matches. It is unlikely their midseason rebuild will be enough to steer them back towards the top 12 and the playoffs. Instead of turning around, they may just keep losing.

20. (-) Florida Mayhem (2-20)

Not much can be learned from the Florida Mayhem Florida Mayhem OWL Rank #16 HaGoPeun Jo Hyeon-woo (조현우) flex support Gargoyle Lee Beom-jun (이범준) off tank Sayaplayer Ha Jeong-woo (하정우) dps BQB Lee Sang-bum (이상범) dps Fate Koo Pan-seung (구판승) tank Kris Choi Jun-soo (최준수) support being swept by the Vancouver Titans. That match did leave us with one question worth asking, however. Why did Swon play in the first two maps of the match when the Mayhem have added two new main tanks to replace him midseason?