The season has finally come to a close.
All six teams who have automatically qualified for the playoffs have been set and will take a week off as teams compete in the play-in tournament.
The six teams in the play-in tournament have also been set. Despite not playing in the final weekend, the Hunters held onto their spot as the final team to make the play-in tournament.
As the season closes, so do the power rankings. This is the final edition of this year's power rankings.
So what are the team's final placements in Scrub's OWL Power Rankings?
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1. (-) San Francisco Shock (23-5)
Even when the Titans pushed the San Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock OWL Rank #1 to the brink of defeat, the Shock held on and maintained their undefeated stage. Their dominance in this stage was powered in large part by the heroics of Rascal and ChoiHyoBin , further establishing just how strong the Shock roster is. Just about any of their starting six players were deserving of an MVP nomination prior to the start of Stage 4, but these two have been making a case that maybe they should have been nominated over their teammates.
2. (-) Vancouver Titans (25-3)
If you weren't certain the Vancouver Titans Vancouver Titans OWL Rank #19 had regained their mojo, their tightly contested match with the Shock should have pushed you to believing. Their match was certainly exciting and did not look like a game between two teams with nothing to play for.
3. (-) Atlanta Reign (16-12)
The Atlanta Reign Atlanta Reign OWL Rank #11 rolled all of Stage 4. While they didn't play a particularly tough schedule this stage, there is something to be said of a team that never lost more than one map in a match. The only other time that has happened this season is when the Titans and Shock both did it in Stage 2 (the Shock didn't lose a single map that stage).
4. (-) Guangzhou Charge (15-13)
The Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #3 's late season surge is rewarded with a favorable opening play-in matchup: the Chengdu Hunters. As long as they don't take them too lightly, the match should be very winnable for them. Should they win, they'll play a Seoul Dynasty team they just defeated in Stage 4.
5. (-) Washington Justice (8-20)
This is a final farewell to this year's Washington Justice Washington Justice OWL Rank #18 roster. Thanks to their Stage 4 heroics, they moved up to a tie for 17th in the final standings. They will be exciting to watch if they can carry their momentum into next season.
6. (-) Hangzhou Spark (18-10)
At the start of Stage 4, it was the Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #12 who looked uncharacteristically weak. By the end of Stage 4, it was the Spark's final opponents--the Shanghai Dragons--who looked uncharacteristically weak. The Spark's improvement saved their place in the top six while avoiding a date with the Shock in the first round of the playoffs.
7. (-) Los Angeles Gladiators (17-11)
In large part thanks to Surefour , the Los Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators OWL Rank #14 sealed away the Valiant and kept their place in the top five of the standings. Their great play that match will need follow-up in the playoffs if they hope to overcome the Spark.
8. (+3) New York Excelsior (22-6)
The New York Excelsior New York Excelsior OWL Rank #6 is noticeably better swapping Fl0w3R into the lineup like they did this weekend. Their efforts were enough to take the Titans to map five, which is no laughing matter. I still wouldn't let my confidence in them get too high, but at least they're looking a little bit better now.
9. (-) London Spitfire (16-12)
The London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #9 fell out of the top six for the first time since they entered it when they finished 6-1 in Stage 2. Unfortunately, they could do nothing about it as they watched the Kit Kat Rivalry Weekend from home.
10. (-) Seoul Dynasty (15-13)
11. (-3) Los Angeles Valiant (12-16)
While the Los Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant OWL Rank #10 won't finish the season ahead of the Hunters in the final standings, they can at least end in front of the Hunters in these rankings. That won't get them into the postseason, but at least it's something. KSF deserves quite a bit of credit for showing fight and trying to carry the team in their time of need. Unfortunately for them, it wasn't enough.
12. (-) Chengdu Hunters (13-15)
The Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #16 have the Gladiators and the Shock to thank for their spot in the play-in tournament. Now they need to make the most of it and upset some teams to get into the playoffs.
13. (-) Florida Mayhem (6-22)
The Florida Mayhem Florida Mayhem OWL Rank #8 would have qualified for their first ever stage playoffs had there been stage playoffs at the end of Stage 4. Unfortunately, that did not happen and thus the era of stage playoffs will end without the Mayhem ever making one.
14. (-) Philadelphia Fusion (15-13)
The first opponent for the Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #4 in the play-in tournament will be a floundering Shanghai Dragons squad. Such a matchup may help them surpass expectations in the play-ins.
15. (-) Paris Eternal (11-17)
Despite looking unimpressive throughout the season, the Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #5 were surprisingly consistent. They finished 3-4 in three different stages, which the Hunters also did en route to qualifying for the play-in tournaments. The difference is in the one outlier stage: the Eternal finished 2-5 in Stage 2 while the Hunters finished 4-3 in Stage 4.
16. (-) Shanghai Dragons (13-15)
The Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #2 need an enormous rebound after finishing 1-6 in Stage 4. I'd like to say they are better off when they put diem into the lineup, but that is clearly not making any difference as they continue to lose regardless of who plays alongside DDing . While I would say they should maybe experiment with playing YoungJIN and diem as their DPS combo, I'm not sure either can play Mei. Their best bet is to hope the play-in tournament's patch changes the meta enough that their DPS are on heroes they're more comfortable with.
17. (-) Houston Outlaws (9-19)
18. (-) Toronto Defiant (8-20)
19. (-) Dallas Fuel (10-18)
20. (-) Boston Uprising (8-20)
I enjoyed seeing blasé play Reinhardt. More seriously, I really like what I've seen out of Colourhex 's Widowmaker. If there are positives to the Boston Uprising Boston Uprising OWL Rank #20 's final stage, it's that Colourhex began to shine a bit as a formidable sniper player.