The 2019 Overwatch League season is one more week closer to completion.
With each week, the playoff picture becomes more clear. The top seven teams are locked into the top 12 and the top three teams are locked into their current seeds (while the Shock could end up with a better record than the Excelsior, the Excelsior have clinched the second seed because of their Atlantic Division title).
There are only two remaining weeks in the current Overwatch League. The time is running out for teams to make the playoffs or get their preferred seeds.
Here is this week's edition of Scrub's OWL Power Rankings.
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1. (-) San Francisco Shock (20-5)
2. (+1) Vancouver Titans (24-2)
Only one week after being swept by the Justice, the Vancouver Titans Vancouver Titans OWL Rank #2 appear to be returning to form. Playing Stitch over Hooreg has made the team look better in the short term. For the long term, they seem to be taking advantage of their top seed and experimenting with lineups and compositions. Both SeoMinSoo and rapel got rare Stage 4 playtime against the Fusion.
3. (-1) Los Angeles Gladiators (16-10)
The first two maps the Los Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators OWL Rank #6 played against the Dallas Fuel were not good. However, the Gladiators cleaned up their play in the final three maps to reverse sweep a team they should have swept in the first place. One interesting stat to help paint the picture of the change in the Gladiators play between the two halves: while the Gladiators captured the point first both times in the last Control map, Busan, they failed to capture it first once in three rounds on Lijiang Tower, the last Control map.
4. (+5) Guangzhou Charge (14-13)
A reverse sweep over a solid Dynasty team and a sweep over the Excelsior mark another week for the surging Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #4 . Their loss to the London Spitfire in Week 2 was their only blemish this stage and they have moved themselves up from a team on the wrong side of the top 12 to a team that's currently in eighth. They're now 11-5 in their last 15 matches since starting the season 3-8.
5. (-) Washington Justice (7-19)
Aside from their upset victory over the Titans in Week 2, the Washington Justice Washington Justice OWL Rank #13 haven't played any tough teams in Stage 4. Nonetheless, they've looked good overall and are deserving of a top five ranking--even despite looking less convincing over the Outlaws and Uprising this week. The Justice will have their second challenge this stage when they play against the Reign. That match should be a better indicator as to whether or not the Justice's win over the Titans was an anomaly or whether it was a sign the Justice are a top team.
6. (-2) London Spitfire (16-11)
A close match with the Titans and a strong victory over the Outlaws keeps the London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #14 in the top six. Aside from their loss to the Mayhem, the Spitfire have generally been strong this stage. An interesting note: all four of their Stage 4 victories--regardless if they're against weaker teams like the Fuel or stronger teams like the Charge--have been 3-1.
7. (+3) Atlanta Reign (12-12)
While the Atlanta Reign Atlanta Reign OWL Rank #7 didn't play this week, teams that were ahead of them did play and lost while they were at it. By not playing, the Reign avoided losing and thus climbed in the rankings. Week 4 will finally pit the Reign against strong opponents this stage--the Justice and the Spitfire--so it should be a good measure of how scary the ErsTer -powered Reign are.
8. (-2) Seoul Dynasty (14-12)
Once again, the Seoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty OWL Rank #9 are suffering from a brutal schedule. They are a better team than their Stage 4 record suggests. Nonetheless, they needed to finish that match with the Charge and not let it slip away.
9. (-2) Chengdu Hunters (12-14)
The Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #10 have again reminded us they are the most inconsistent team in the Overwatch League. A victory over the struggling Spark could have made a finish in the top 12 inevitable for them. Now, however, their prospects for making the postseason are a lot less certain.
10. (-2) Shanghai Dragons (13-12)
A loss to the Shock isn't anything to be ashamed of. However, it's clear that the Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #11 are not the same unstoppable force that ran through the Stage 3 playoffs. They should become a formidable opponent for any team in the league once they find their footing in the current meta, but they aren't there yet.
11. (-) Los Angeles Valiant (11-14)
The Los Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant OWL Rank #8 needed their win over the Florida Mayhem and will now need to beat the Uprising next. They have an uphill battle to making the top 12 with the Gladiators and the Shock both on deck for their final week, so they need every win they can get.
12. (-) New York Excelsior (21-5)
The New York Excelsior New York Excelsior OWL Rank #5 's playoff seed is clinched, meaning they have time to figure out the current meta and experiment. Their struggles now are concerning, yes, but those same struggles may expose enough problems that need fixing to lead to a better Excelsior team come playoff time.
13. (+1) Hangzhou Spark (15-10)
Thanks in part to GodsB finally coming alive, the Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #3 have their first win of Stage 4. They should continue to steady themselves when they take on the Fuel in Week 4 before they end Stage 4 with tougher opponents.
14. (+1) Florida Mayhem (4-22)
Gargoyle 's play on Roadhog dominated the Valiant on Hollywood and kept Agilities from taking over the game as Pharah. Fantastic play like that gives the Florida Mayhem Florida Mayhem OWL Rank #16 some hope for the potential of their rebuilt roster next season.
15. (+2) Paris Eternal (10-16)
The Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #15 did not look good in their matchup with the Fusion... but they won the match nonetheless. Maybe the momentum from that win can help them play better in their final week of the season.
16. (-3) Philadelphia Fusion (14-13)
It wasn't unexpected for the Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #12 to lose to the Titans--even in a sweep. However, it was surprising for the Fusion to lose to the Eternal. They haven't looked good throughout the season, but rarely have they looked as bad as they did this weekend. It's not a good look for them entering the postseason.
17. (-1) Toronto Defiant (8-19)
18. (-) Houston Outlaws (9-18)
The Houston Outlaws Houston Outlaws OWL Rank #17 have consistently shown some signs of life each week in Stage 4 by winning at least one map, but continually wind up losing their matches anyway. Their matches were surely harder without Jake in the lineup, but they still managed to keep them closer than expected.
19. (-) Dallas Fuel (10-15)
The Dallas Fuel Dallas Fuel OWL Rank #18 's brutal Stage 4 doesn't get remarkably easier in its final three matches. They have to take on a Spark team that appears to be regaining their form as well as Charge and Reign teams that have found new life with the 2-2-2 lock. It seems more and more likely with each passing week they'll end the season with a 12 game losing streak.
20. (-) Boston Uprising (8-16)
After starting the season with a 7-6 record, the Boston Uprising Boston Uprising OWL Rank #19 are now 1-10 in their last 11 matches. Much like last season, the Uprising started the season by outperforming the expectations placed on their roster. Unlike last season, however, everything fell apart well before they could turn it into a playoff appearance.