About half of the Overwatch League's teams have finished their regular seasons, while the other half of the league plays out their final matches at the Kit-Kat Rivalry Weekend.
Once this upcoming weekend is over, the Overwatch League will transition into the postseason. First will come the play-in tournament, where the teams who finish the regular season between seventh and 12th will compete for two spots in the playoffs.
Then will come the playoffs themselves, where the eight best teams in the league will battle for their shot at an Overwatch League title.
For most of the teams, their chances at making the postseason are already set. The only exception is the battle between the Los Angeles Valiant and the Chengdu Hunters, who are competing for the 12th and final spot in the postseason. The Valiant play two matches this weekend while the Hunters will watch from home and hope that the Valiant don't win a single match.
Other than that, the only other questions heading into the postseason regard seeding. Teams will hope to finish the regular season strong to get the highest seeding possible.
With that cleared away, here are Scrub's second to last power rankings of the Overwatch League season.
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1. (-) San Francisco Shock (21-5)
The San Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock OWL Rank #1 are continuing to roll over the rest of the league. The Gladiators were the only team to play them close thus far in the stage and their past two matches have been sweeps. They will have a real test this weekend, however, as they play the Titans as well as a Valiant team that needs wins to make it into the play-ins.
2. (-) Vancouver Titans (24-2)
The week off may serve the Vancouver Titans Vancouver Titans OWL Rank #2 well as they enter the most anticipated regular season match to date. Their match with the Shock won't be quite the same as the titanic matchup it would have been under GOATs, but that doesn't mean the quality should be significantly lower. If both teams play to their full potential, it will be a thriller.
3. (+4) Atlanta Reign (14-12)
Both matches for the Atlanta Reign Atlanta Reign OWL Rank #7 this week were against tough teams, yet the Reign continued to roll. They are currently on a seven match winning streak--a streak that followed a five match losing streak. That losing streak is far behind them now and they have picked the right time to start rolling.
4. (-) Guangzhou Charge (15-13)
The Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #4 have qualified for the play-in tournament as one of the hottest teams in the league. Their Stage 4 record is currently the best in the league (although both the Shock and Reign could surpass it in the upcoming weekend) and they've won each of their last four matches.
5. (-) Washington Justice (8-20)
Despite losing this week, the Washington Justice Washington Justice OWL Rank #13 are still ending the season as one of the league's best teams. Their lone loss this stage was to an Atlanta Reign team that has yet to lose a match in Stage 4. While they might not have found success this season, next season is looking bright with Corey leading the team's DPS players and their new tank combo plugging into the lineup.
6. (+7) Hangzhou Spark (17-10)
After looking horrendous to begin Stage 4, the Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #3 have suddenly started to find momentum. Their three game win streak has guaranteed they will avoid the Shock in the first round of the playoffs. Instead, they'll be taking on the Gladiators, the team they just beat this past week.
7. (-4) Los Angeles Gladiators (16-11)
Each of the Los Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators OWL Rank #6 ' last four matches have gone to map five, regardless of the opponent or the end result. They took the Shock to map five in Stage 4 Week 2 only to be taken to map five by the Fuel in Week 3. If the pattern continues, the match that may decide the fate of the Valiant will be a nail-biter.
8. (+3) Los Angeles Valiant (12-14)
The Los Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant OWL Rank #8 have rebounded from a 0-9 record to find themselves in complete control of their play-in destiny entering the final week of the season. Just one win will put them into the play-in, which sounds easy until you learn that their opponents are the Gladiators and the Shock. They'll need to play some of their best Overwatch of the season to make it into the playoffs. As for their ranking this week, the Valiant were able to rise thanks to the struggles of several teams ahead of them.
9. (-3) London Spitfire (16-12)
The problem isn't just that the London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #14 lost to the Atlanta Reign, it's that they got rolled by them. The Reign look like they could compete with the league's juggernauts right now, however, they shouldn't be so far ahead of the Spitfire that they sweep them so cleanly. The Spitfire will need to step up their game if they wish to succeed in the postseason.
10. (-2) Seoul Dynasty (15-13)
The Seoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty OWL Rank #9 have been largely forgiven for their losses throughout the season because of the strength of their opponents. However, they cannot be given the same leeway for a loss to the Fusion. They will need to use this upcoming week of rest to fix problems and prepare themselves for a play-in tournament that includes several streaking teams.
11. (+1) New York Excelsior (21-5)
A week off means the New York Excelsior New York Excelsior OWL Rank #5 see little change in their rankings. Hopefully the extra week leaves them more prepared for the Titans than they've looked heading into most matches this stage.
12. (-3) Chengdu Hunters (13-15)
The Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #10 narrowly avoided dropping out of the playoff picture entirely when they triumphed over the Outlaws in map five. However, now they must rely entirely on the Shock and the Gladiators defeating the Valiant in order to make the play-in tournament.
13. (+1) Florida Mayhem (6-22)
For the first time ever, the Florida Mayhem Florida Mayhem OWL Rank #16 ended a stage with a winning record. They capped off their Stage 4 with two sweeps--and while the opponents were relatively weak, their ability to sweep not just one of them but both of them shows the growth in the Mayhem's level of play and consistency.
14. (+2) Philadelphia Fusion (15-13)
Much of the narrative around the Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #12 this season has been about the team's struggles. However, their win over the Dynasty earned them a winning record on the season. They've continued to hold on despite the doubt and will now play in the play-in tournament. Perhaps they can notch a few more upset wins like they did this past weekend and make it into the playoffs.
15. (-) Paris Eternal (11-17)
For the second straight week, the Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #15 have beat a team that is supposed to be better than them. While they haven't necessarily looked great throughout the entirety of those two matches, the results do make for a positive end to an otherwise disappointing season.
16. (-6) Shanghai Dragons (13-14)
While it would be easy to bash the Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #11 ' hero pools and how they are woefully unprepared for the current meta, other problems stood out more in their loss to the Eternal. Multiple rounds in the match ended because the Dragons walked off the point or simply did not contest it in the first place. Perhaps their recent struggles are compounding other issues as they frantically search for the magic that won them Stage 3. Nonetheless, they cannot play like they are right now if they hope to make it past the play-in tournament.
17. (+1) Houston Outlaws (9-19)
The Houston Outlaws Houston Outlaws OWL Rank #17 deserve some credit for pushing better teams to the brink of defeat for two straight weeks. Despite being eliminated from the postseason prior to their last two matches matches, it's clear the Outlaws finished their season intending to win as many games as possible.
18. (-1) Toronto Defiant (8-20)
Now that the Toronto Defiant Toronto Defiant OWL Rank #20 's season is over, the team can now focus on the identity it wants for next season. At the beginning of the season, they hoped to find success with an all-Korean roster. At midseason, they made the switch to a roster mixed with western and Korean players. Neither version found much success (with the exception being a 5-2 Stage 1 by the all-Korean roster) and now the Defiant must decide how much change they need heading into the 2020 season.
19. (-) Dallas Fuel (10-17)
A crushing 4-0 defeat was exaggerated for the Dallas Fuel Dallas Fuel OWL Rank #18 by a painfully long delay for technical issues when they played the Charge this week. They will hope for redemption against one of the league's hottest teams when they play the Reign.