Raisin
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East

1. Philly Fusion (4-0) (+0)
Two convincing wins over Spark and Hunters have established Fusion as the team to beat in the east region, and the favorites to win the championship as a whole. Having locked up the #1 seed in the east for the May Melee tournament, Fusion, thanks to the MVP-level play of Carpe and Rascal, are exactly where they need to be after 2 weeks of play.

2. Chengdu Hunters (3-1) (+0)
An easy win for Hunters over NYXL was followed by their first loss of the season, 3-1 at the hands of Fusion. That match showed where Hunters' weaknesses as a team lie, and Fusion exploited them ruthlessly. On Ilios, Jinmu's preference of Pharah over Echo seriously hampered the team, as Rascal was effectively able to duel him without a pocket, essentially turning the fight on the ground into a 5v4 for Fusion. Additionally, GA9A's Rein and Jimmy's Mei proved to be liabilities on Havana, bringing into question the team's ability to play rush compositions. Leave's Sombra has been fantastic this season, but when it came to longer-range hitscans like McCree or Ashe it was clear Carpe had a significant advantage over him.

3. Shanghai Dragons (1-1) (+0)
Dragons, potentially needing 2 wins to qualify for the May Melee tournament, face off against Spark and NYXL this week. They should be favored in both matches.

4. Seoul Dynasty (1-1) (+0)
Seoul Dynasty, a team that would also like 2 wins this week, go up against NYXL and Valiant. Valiant, at least, should be a free win for them.

5. NYXL (1-1) (+1)
After getting stomped by Hunters 3-0, NYXL decided to stop throwing and play Ivy in what would end up being a 3-1 victory over the Spark. Ivy is clearly the team's centerpiece. Whether it's on Mei, Tracer, or Sombra, the team is at its best when he's making the plays. Though a difficult week 3 (vs. Dynasty, Dragons) makes it tough for NYXL to make the May Melee tournament, they certainly can be a threat in the east going forward.

6. Hangzhou Spark (0-2) (-1)
Two brutal losses this week to NYXL and Fusion put Hangzhou firmly outside of the May Melee tournament as well as the better half of teams in the east. Guxue, Bernar, and Architect will all need to play better for this team to find success going forward.

7. Guangzhou Charge (0-2) (+0)
Similar to the situation in the west with Boston and London, the week 3 matchup between Charge and Spark could spell disaster for the losing team, with the difference being that Spark will be the clear favorite going in. Charge's supports in particular need to step up their game if the team wants to stand a chance in their upcoming matches.

8. LA Valiant (0-2) (+0)
I refuse to say anything good about this team. The fact that they won a map in week 1 is still a tragedy.

posted 7 months ago

Week 2 of OWL 2021 was a week that saw some fantastic matches (Fusion vs Hunters) and some not-so-great matches (Justice vs Titans). With every team now having played at least 2 matches, here are my power rankings after the second week of the OWL 2021 season, formatted the same way as last week.

West

1. SF Shock (1-1) (+0)
I started writing this post when Justice had just demolished Titans on Dorado to go up by 2 maps in their series and it seemed like Justice were headed for a dominant 3-0 victory. I was going to put Justice in the #1 spot. Then, dumb shit started happening. In short, Justice simply haven't shown me enough to put them above Shock just yet. Shock face Mayhem and Reign in week 3, and winning both of those matches would put them in a good position to do well in the May Melee tournament.

2. Houston Outlaws (4-0) (+3)
With 2 relatively easy wins over Eternal and Spitfire, Outlaws showed that last week wasn't just a fluke. Jjanggu and Piggy continue to dominate and Crimzo has shown that he's fairly good on the Baptiste. Happy and Danteh are a good DPS duo, but when Danteh gets subbed out the team looks worse. Having clinched their spot in the May Melee tournament, I'm expecting big things from this team in the coming weeks.

3. Washington Justice (2-0) (-1)
When playing at their best, Justice can beat anybody in the league and look good doing it. The sheer amount of talent on this roster gives them an incredibly high potential. The trouble they seem to be facing, however, is consistency. Looking shaky on the early maps against Fuel and on the last 2 maps against Titans is a concerning sign for the team going forward, but they'll have a chance to smooth things out next week with matches against Uprising and Defiant.

4. Florida Mayhem (2-0) (-1)
Mayhem face Shock and Eternal in week 3. A 3-1 record should be good enough to get them into the May Melee, but I'd imagine they're more interested in beating Shock and establishing themselves as a top contender.

5. Dallas Fuel (2-2) (+1)
Fearless looked very good for Fuel in their two matches this week, a 3-1 loss to Justice and a 3-0 drubbing of Uprising. Fuel seem to be settling into their place as a middle-of-the-pack or slightly above average team in the west, and if they can get a replacement for Xzi I would not be surprised to see a playoff run from this team.

6. Toronto Defiant (2-0) (-2)
Similarly to Mayhem, Defiant head into week 3 preparing to face off with a top-tier team followed by a bottom-tier team, with their matches being against Justice and Spitfire. They should only need 1 win to qualify, so expect to see them in the May Melee tournament.

7. LA Gladiators (2-2) (+1)
A pair of 3-0 wins over Uprising and Spitfire should take the sting off of the disappointing week 1 for Gladiators. As it turns out, when Birdring and Kevster play every map, this team can be pretty good. They probably won't qualify for the May Melee tournament, but the end-of-season playoffs are still well within reach for the Gladiators. They are off next week and will look to solidify their lineup going into the June Joust qualifiers starting in week 4.

8. Atlanta Reign (0-2) (-1)
Reign will look to emulate the success Gladiators saw this week in week 3 as they face Eternal and Shock. While it is unlikely they will qualify for the May Melee tournament, a good showing against Shock would go a long way in establishing the Reign as a legitimate threat in future tournaments.

9. Paris Eternal (1-1) (+2)
Eternal, led by strong play from Onigod and Daan, beat Titans fairly convincingly in their first match of week 2 before putting up a respectable showing in a 3-1 loss to the Outlaws. With matches against Reign and Mayhem on the schedule in week 3, Eternal have a chance to show they're capable of winning against some of the better teams in the region. They would need to win both matches to qualify for the May Melee, which seems unlikely, but a win over Reign would land this team solidly within the middle of the pack in the region.

10. Boston Uprising (0-2) (-1)
A bad week for Uprising, marked by 3-0 losses at the hands of Gladiators and Fuel, puts them in danger of truly falling into the bottom tier of teams. To avoid a repeat of the last 2 seasons, they'll need to improve significantly. In week 3 they face Justice and Spitfire, and while I'd pretty much write the Justice game off as a loss if I were Boston, the Spitfire game is a must-win if they want this season to be considered a meaningful improvement from the previous 2.

11. London Spitfire (0-2) (-1)
A week which saw them lose maps to Jake on both DPS and support in the same match leaves London in a significantly worse state than their fellow Euros on Eternal. Similarly to Uprising, the matchup between those two teams in week 3 may seal the coffin on the hopes of the Spitfire should they lose. So far, the tank line of Molf1g and Hadi in particular have failed to live up to the expectations set on them after their tear through Contenders EU in 2020.

12. Vancouver Titans (0-4) (+0)
At 0-4, the Titans are already being counted out from end-of-season playoffs entirely, and with good reason: they simply lack the talent to compete with the better teams in the league. They'll probably end up ahead of whoever loses the Spitfire-Uprising match, but I can't see this team beating anyone outside of the bottom 4 or so teams.

posted 7 months ago

I don't really see Vancouver winning 3 maps across their series this week. Maybe they're better than I'm giving them credit for, but I feel like on paper there's no way a team could make up the talent gap between their roster and Justice's, even if only for a map. I'm glad you share my confidence in Fusion. Houston's potential 4-0 start actually makes me so happy, although I wouldn't quite call them the best looking team in NA just yet. Shock still look better when they aren't throwing and just play Nero-Striker as their dps line.

posted 7 months ago

Chaos reigned supreme in week 1 of OWL 2021, with major upsets happening in both the east and west regions. The most common composition seen was the Mei-McCree-Dva-Rein-Lucio-Bap rush, but there was plenty of variability, with Winston and Zarya being favored on maps like Gibraltar and Eichenwalde. Keeping in mind that we are early in the season and results aren't necessarily indicative of how teams will perform long-term, these are my current power rankings, split by region, with their records and changes from where I had each team in preseason:

West

1.SF Shock (1-1) (+0)
The Shock opened the season with a 3-1 win over the LA Gladiators before falling 3-2 in a 6 map thriller to the Houston Outlaws. It seems like the Shock are still figuring out what roster they want to run and how to properly use Glister, in particular. Part of the reason they lost to Outlaws was that they made the mistake of thinking they could give Ta1yo a map. The primary reason they haven't moved in the rankings is because my #2 team didn't play and my #3 team went 0-2.

2. Washington Justice (0-0) (+0)
The Justice did not play this week and will open up their season on April 24 against the 1-1 Dallas Fuel. I'm excited for Mag's debut.

3. Florida Mayhem (2-0) (+1)
With two convincing 3-1 wins against the Atlanta Reign and Vancouver Titans, the Mayhem showed that they were capable of handling the middle/lower end of the region. After a week off, their first true test comes in week 3 when they face off against the Shock. OGE and Slime looked very comfortable with their new team and OGE in particular made some huge plays on the Winston.

4. Toronto Defiant (2-0) (+2)
An easy 3-1 win over the Titans followed by an extremely close 3-2 triumph over the Reign puts Defiant right where they want to be heading into their week off, after which they take on the Washington Justice in a match between two teams with very high ceilings due to the talent on both rosters. AnSoonJae and Heesu were standouts for the team in week 1, with Sado's main tank play often being the deciding factor in whether or not they win a specific map.

5. Houston Outlaws (2-0) (+4)
A strong performance from the team's new tank line led the Outlaws to 2 huge wins this week over the Fuel and Shock. The team seems to rely quite a bit on the players' individual playmaking abilities, but so far that hasn't been a problem, with Happy being able to make a big impact without taking up all of the team's resources. In week 2 they'll look to improve to an impressive 4-0 record with matches against London Spitfire and Paris Eternal in which they should be favored.

6. Dallas Fuel (1-1) (-1)
The Fuel followed up their disappointing loss to Houston with a convincing 3-1 win over the Gladiators. Not having an immediate replacement on hitscan dps after the sudden retirement of xZi clearly made an impact on the team, with Sp9rkle struggling to find value on his normal heroes. They haven't quite figured out what to do with their support line, but Fielder, Rapel, and Jecse collectively haven't been awful.

7. Atlanta Reign (0-2) (+0)
The Reign did not look completely outmatched in either of their losses this week, with maps often coming down to the final fight. Their dps, as expected, performed fairly well, but Ir1s and Gator were shaky at times, particularly in their loss to Defiant. When they next play in week 3, they'll be looking to pick up their first win of the season in a match against the Paris Eternal before facing off against the Shock.

8. LA Gladiators (0-2) (-5)
The Gladiators looked bad in their two losses. For a team that was predicted by many to be a title contender, they have a lot to work on. Muze was thoroughly dominated by the Shock tanks in their opening match, although, to be fair to him, the Shock tanks are the best in the world. The team continued last year's trend of making bizarre substitutions, with Mirror coming in for Birdring on a few occasions and Skewed and Moth being switched around on a map-to-map basis. Why a team that isn't Shock would ever consider subbing out Birdring or Moth at any point is a complete mystery to me. In week 2 Gladiators will look to right the ship with theoretically easier matches against Boston and Paris.

9. Boston Uprising (0-0) (-1)
The Uprising begin their most promising season since 2018 in week 2 with matches against the Gladiators and Fuel.

10. London Spitfire (0-0) (+0)
The new-look London Spitfire begin their quest to prove me wrong in week 2 against the Gladiators and Outlaws.

11. Paris Eternal (0-0) (+0)
The baguette team starts the season off in week 2 with a very winnable match against the Titans followed by a clash with the Outlaws.

12. Vancouver Titans (0-2) (+0)
The Titans showed some life against the Mayhem after getting stomped by Defiant earlier in the week. Teru is playing better than I expected, but as a whole the team still lacks the talent to compete with most OWL teams.

East

1. Philly Fusion (2-0) (+1)
With convincing wins over Seoul Dynasty and the hapless LA Valiant, Philly showed early on why you never count out a team with Rascal on it. Tobi and Hotba played well considering how little time they had spent with the team, and Carpe and Alarm are still MVP candidates. Next week Fusion have two interesting matches: first, they take on Hangzhou Spark in what will be a key game for both to establish themselves early on as top teams; next, they face off with the Chengdu Hunters, who we'll get to in a moment, in a matchup that could determine the favorite in the whole region going forward.

2. Chengdu Hunters (2-0) (+3)
Yeah so apparently this team is insane. They took the previous consensus #1 team in the region and absolutely demolished them in a clean 3-0 sweep. Their match against Valiant earlier in the week wasn't amazing for them, but they still won 3-1 and were never really in danger at any point. With the ability to play a variety of comps and the amazing flexibility provided by their dps line, their upset of Shanghai doesn't seem like a fluke.

3. Shanghai Dragons (1-1) (-2)
After a easy 3-0 over Charge, the Dragons were seemingly unprepared for GA9A's Winston and got rolled. Fate hasn't been incredible but I don't think he's a downgrade from Fearless. The current meta doesn't seem too bad for them, so I'd imagine they'll play better as they get more accustomed to what teams are doing. Shanghai will get a week off to figure things out before taking on Spark and NYXL in week 3.

4. Seoul Dynasty (1-1) (+0)
The Seoul Dynasty had a fairly average week in which they lost to one of the best teams in the region and then beat one of the worst teams in the region (Guangzhou Charge, 3-0). ToYou seems to have at last solved the Dynasty Off Tank Issue which should provide some stability to the roster. It'll be interesting to see how the team does with a full season playing with one established lineup.

5. Hangzhou Spark (0-0) (-2)
Spark being below Dynasty is simply a result of them not having played yet. We'll get a better idea of where they stand after their week 2 matches against Fusion and NYXL.

6. NYXL (0-0) (+0)
The team that, according to Scrimbux, is the sleeper pick in the east this season gets its first chance to prove just how good they are in week 2 against Hunters and Spark.

7. Guangzhou Charge (0-2) (+0)
A rough start to the season for the Charge combined with solid performances by their former members now playing for teams in the west seems to confirm the idea that this team simply got worse from last season to this one. I don't really expect them to beat anyone other than Valiant.

8. LA Valiant (0-2) (+0)
They're awful. Not much else to say.

posted 7 months ago

Update #2
Philly's loss of FunnyAstro, even if only temporarily, puts them below Shanghai in terms of where I think they'll finish. Boston losing Soon isn't ideal, but IM37 fills his role already and given the plat chat rumors of Jake support I'm not going to move them down.

posted 7 months ago

Update La Valiant have now revealed their roster and though I still don't rate them better than any of the other teams in the east region there are some potentially serviceable OWL players there and if they found an actual main support they could at least not make complete fools of themselves the way 2018 Dragons did.

posted 8 months ago

Hello to all 3 of you who still use this website! There's less than a month left until the start of OWL 2021, and rosters have been mostly finalized. That means I finally get to share my completely arbitrary, off-the-cuff, hot-take power rankings for the season. I'm splitting this up between West and East. Anyways, here are my thoughts:

West

1. SF Shock: The Shock prepare for their shot at a third consecutive championship season with a roster that looks much like the ones that won them the first two titles. Gone are ANS and Rascal and in their place come Glister and Nero. While I believe both to be slight downgrades, Striker is still good enough for this to be a top dps line. Moth is replaced by fdgod, which shouldn't make a huge difference either way, and the core of Smurf (or super), Choi, and Viol2t still ranks as the best in the game hands down. The team is flexible enough to play in any meta and are still coached by Crusty.
2. Washington Justice: The Justice were a very good team at the end of the 2020 season with their one glaring weakness coming from the main tank position. To remedy this they have swapped the underperforming Roar for one of, if not the, most hyped rookies coming into the current season in Mag. Paired with Fury, the Justice tank line will be as good as any in the league except for maybe Shock. Closer and Bebe are an interesting change from Ark and Aimgod, but I wouldn't necessarily call it a downgrade.
3. LA Gladiators: After a disappointing end to their 2020 season, the Gladiators chose to part ways with their long-time support duo of Shaz and BigGoose. In their place they've signed a pair of highly regarded free agents in Moth and Shu. This is undoubtedly a huge upgrade for the team. Moth's leadership and championship experience combined with Shu's mechanical prowess give Gladiators a strong support system to enable their star dps duo, Birdring and Kevster.
4. Florida Mayhem: After a solid year that saw Mayhem finally rise from the bottom of the standings and show some consistency, the Mayhem are back with a similar roster that features the additions of OGE for Fate and Slime for Kris. I feel these changes make Florida a better team, although I wouldn't put them quite at the level of the championship contenders right now. Yaki and BQB will need to be as good as the top dps in the league like Striker or Fleta in order for them to win against the best of the best, which is a tough task for those two, but not impossible.
5. Dallas Fuel: Dallas Fuel is a slightly worse version of last year's Paris Eternal because they don't have fdgod. That said, they'll still be pretty good with the dps line of Sp9rkle, Doha, and XZI leading the way. There is, of course, the possibility that this team self-destructs and finishes in the bottom 3 because Dallas does that sometimes, but at least this time the entire roster has experience.
6. Toronto Defiant: Heesu and Sado are two great pickups for this team that will now, for the first time in a long time, have some expectations placed on them. Michelle is a bit of a question mark on off tank after sitting on the Dynasty bench for most of last year, but the rest of the roster seems solid, if not quite on par with the higher-tier teams. Here's hoping lastro can sex big dick his way into a successful season.
7. Atlanta Reign: With a streamlined roster and an improved dps line, the Reign will look for Edison, Pelican, and Kai to carry them while the tanks and supports form a respectable team behind them. Iris playing flex support full-time will help the team after dogman struggled in that role for most of last year.
8. Boston Uprising: The laughingstock of OWL no longer, Boston looks to cast aside the last two years of futility and put up a good showing with the additions of Soon, Stand1, Valentine, IM37, and Faith. They're still the Boston Uprising, so I wouldn't rate them too highly yet, but they won't be playing in any toilet bowls this year.
9. Houston Outlaws: With the additions of Happy and KSF, Outlaws finally have an above-average dps line. They've also added JJanggu to save us all from the horrors of the Hydration main tank. They still won't be great, with an inexperienced tank line and below-average supports, but they won't be a complete disaster to watch. I have no clue why they brought back Jake. He will never play, and given his record as an IGL I wouldn't trust his coaching.
10. London Spitfire: The better of the two teams that sold their players to pick up EU contenders players, they'll improve over last year simply because last year they were so bad there's really nowhere to go but up. I have 0 confidence in the Ripa-Kellex support line, but at least Shax is one of the better dps they could've picked up.
11. Paris Eternal: Onigod is good, but the team as a whole is mostly made up of EU contenders players that weren't on British Hurricane and therefore lost a lot to British Hurricane. I couldn't justify putting Spitfire any higher than 10th, and since Paris seem like a worse version of Spitfire, I figured wherever I put Spitfire I'd put Eternal one spot below them.
12. Vancouver Titans: A team that was consistently the worst in the league last season lost its best player in Shockwave and replaced him with Linkzr, who sucks. FRDWNR and Fire are nice upgrades from KSAA and CarCar, but they won't be enough to keep this team out of the bottom of the standings.

East

1. Philly Fusion: Coming off a strong 4th place finish in 2020, Philly added an MVP-caliber player to their already loaded roster. Rascal makes this team scary good. The dps lineup of Carpe and Rascal is as good as any we've ever seen in Overwatch. It's hard to overstate how dangerous this roster is. Also they picked up Mano. Mano's pretty good.
2. Shanghai Dragons: Top tier team from last year returns functionally the same roster that led them to a 27-2 regular season record and a 3rd place finish in playoffs. They haven't really gotten any better, which is why I have them below Fusion, but Fleta, Void, Lip and the gang are still good enough to make this team a top contender. Erster adds back some of the flexibility lost with the departures of diem and DDing, but either way I'd still expect Fleta and Lip to get the lion's share of the playing time.
3. Hangzhou Spark: Bernar and Seominsoo are solid pickups that will bolster an already strong roster. Their dps line, led by all-star hitscan GodsB is well above average. Their tank line, with perennial MVP candidate Guxue, is arguably the best in the East region. The supports do their job well enough to win most of the time if the dps pop off.
4. Seoul Dynasty: Profit is good. The Dynasty are weird. This is the same team that went 12-12 in the regular season and then went on a playoff run that got them all the way to the championship game. In the Nexus cup, they beat Shanghai and then lost to Dallas. Nothing makes sense about Seoul.
5. Chengdu Hunters: Every year I rate Chengdu too low, and every year I end up regretting it. If ball continues to be meta, I can see them doing really well. I don't know much about their new main tank GA9A, but his team had plenty of success at least. Other than that, not much has changed about Chengdu, so I expect them to land somewhere around where they were previously.
6. NYXL: How hard can Jjonak carry? The identity of this team is similar to the identity of the Spitfire last year: players from the same region that are presumed to be worse, cheaper options from previous years. That mentality and those expectations could hurt the team.
7. Guangzhou Charge: I don't have a ton to say about this team. They swapped a big part of their core for some decent contenders players and Kariv. Maybe they'll be better than I think.
8. The Other Team in The East Region: Just sell the slot to someone else if you don't have the money for a real team.

posted 8 months ago

Do we have confirmation that Spitfire is going western or is that just speculation? Anyways thanks for the updates, Snivy

posted about a year ago

Oh shit the legendary ROADHOD videos have been made private I can never watch them again sadge

posted about a year ago

Welcome back to Profit's Pocket Playoff Galaxy. We hope you enjoy your stay

posted about a year ago

I don't know if those changes are drastic enough to save a team that got rolled by Boston Uprising, but I would definitely prefer those changes to none at all or getting rid of everyone but muma and hydration.

posted about a year ago

I like Harsha, he's been a part of the community forever and has always been a great personality around the league. That being said, every single member of Houston's roster, staff, and management should never be allowed anywhere near professional overwatch ever again.

posted about a year ago

Has playoffs Profit been activated early?

posted about a year ago

There is nothing more American than taking the best people for the team regardless of where they are from. Just win baby.
Paris fans seem perfectly content to come out in force to support xzi's mvp candidacy, so I think the nationality aspect to the team is less important than it appeared at the start of Paris' existence. Justice don't need Americans. They need wins. Decay helps them get those way better than any American currently outside of OWL.

posted about a year ago

It really shouldn't. I thought we were over 10 IQ takes like this

posted about a year ago

Apply and KSF also play some hitscan heroes but yeah in terms of pure hitscan it's just Dalton left

posted about a year ago

Score is just not shown correctly. Paris won Hollywood, and the series 3-1

posted about a year ago

London subbing in their b team down 2-0 to the #1 team in their region does not inspire confidence in the team's ability to play at a high level.

posted about a year ago

If Titans didn't want to get disrespected maybe they shouldn't have fielded such a bad team. The casters don't have much else to talk about when watching a top OWL team stomp a bunch of mid-level contenders players who are on high ping. If it were against any other team I would 100% agree, but Titans deserve to be treated like a joke.

posted about a year ago

Brussen retires with a career OWL map record of 3-18. Playing for Boston sure seems like fun doesn't it.

posted about a year ago

This leaves the Justice with 5 usable players plus Lullsish under contract. They will need to find a new dps within the week

posted about a year ago

Dynasty mentally shattered

posted about a year ago

The scrim god has returned

posted about a year ago

No happy, no win

posted about a year ago

Shock aren't taking the games seriously because they aren't on LAN I think

posted about a year ago

The game itself hasn't gotten any worse, at least. OWL matches have been fun to watch and hero pools have made ranked more interesting. Honestly, I don't really care that much about viewership counts and stuff as long as playing and watching the game is enjoyable.

posted about a year ago

WyattR does it again, expanding his empire

posted about a year ago

Lane Roberts probably regrets leaving the Gladiators after this one. Oof.

posted about a year ago

Since I already went over how I thought teams were going to do awhile back, I'll just list my rankings updated based on new info and signings since then.

  1. Shock (+0)
  2. NYXL (+0)
  3. Titans (+2)
  4. Reign (-1)
  5. Fusion (+3)
  6. Dragons (-2)
  7. Spark (-1)
  8. Dynasty (-1)
  9. Glads (+0)
  10. Charge (+0)
  11. Mayhem (+1)
  12. Hunters (+1)
  13. Justice (-2)
  14. Outlaws (+2)
  15. Defiant (+2)
  16. Eternal (+1)
  17. Spitfire (-3)
  18. Fuel (-3)
  19. Valiant (+1)
  20. Boston (-1)
posted about a year ago

As the defending champion it is my pleasure to announce the 2020 Over.gg fantasy OWL league. If you want to join, shoot me a message on discord (Raisin#2313) and I'll try to set up a time to run the draft before the season starts next week. The rules can be found at highnoon.gg. I may or may not come up with some sort of prize for the winner. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to share them with me.

posted about a year ago

Valiant realized they were accidentally paying more than the possible minimum in total player salaries so they had to let someone go.

posted about a year ago

She's the host, not an analyst.There's a massive difference in those two jobs. Puckett left most of the high-level OW stuff to Bren and Sideshow, so I imagine Soe will defer to Custa and Reinforce (or whoever else is on the desk) the same way.

posted about a year ago

Ating is the classic Chengdu choice of a relatively unknown player from an unremarkable contenders team. I trust their judgement after Ameng proved to be a diamond in the rough, so it'll be interesting to see if Ating is the same way. As the only non-hamster main tank on the roster, he's probably going to get a good amount of playing time.

posted about a year ago

Jehong goes to Titans, who already have Twilight, and is replaced by bdosin who at this point can't be much better than Jehong. Spitfire, to replace bdosin, sign Jehong's former backup Highly. The quality of flex support play in the OWL decreases without anyone entering or leaving the league. My brain can't comprehend these decisions.

posted about a year ago

If some other team wants to sign him, they'll probably have to pay a sizable transfer fee. Even if Taimou never plays for fuel again he's still a valuable asset to the team. Plus it would be really bad pr to cut him from the org entirely.

posted about a year ago

I kinda like the UCLA/Chargers look from Valiant, it's cool to see branding that connects to the city, although I guess if they were really going for that the purple and gold of the Lakers would maybe make more sense.

posted about a year ago

By Rain do we mean ex-Mayhem rain? Seems like an odd choice.

posted about a year ago

End of an era

posted about a year ago

All of them except for Although have played in contenders KR or CN at some point. They aren't huge names but for the most part they aren't complete strangers to the scene.

posted about a year ago

He was traded to Toronto

posted about a year ago

Fleta and Void are both big upgrades IMO, and a lot of their struggles were due to a failure to understand the meta of stage 4 and a failure to figure out which players to play. They showed a lot of potential winning stage 3, and I think their current lineup should be able to exploit that potential. I may be putting too much stock into their performance at the ESM showmatches, but they did go 7-0 against Hunters and Spark (Notably with Hunters using a roster that is probably better than the one they'll play with this season, due to Leave's age).

posted about a year ago

Ok now it's coolmatt's turn. Houston needs two open roster spots if they want to sign Quatermain and Kaiser.

posted about a year ago

18. Defiant: This team would have been really fun to watch in 2017. For now, they just have to trust in Kariv and Surefour to play at their very best. If somehow a Mangachu hero becomes meta, they'll shoot up the rankings in the blink of an eye. Beast has his work cut out for him on main tank. This team needs to do everything it can to avoid mental boom. To that end, the team's experience should help.

19. Boston: Fusions needs to be at his absolute best for this team to have a solid chance at competing with some of the better teams. Either that, or Jerry is the next Striker that Huk plucked out of nowhere to become an all-star. Brussen and Swimmer would not have been my first picks for making it to OWL, but they are here, and they'll get the chance to prove themselves right away with games against NYXL, Fusion, and Reign early on in the season.

20. Valiant: KSF and Shax have some heavy deadlifting to do, although at least their pockets aren't burdened with the weight of being paid more than the league minimum. Hopefully Custa can keep people on the team smiling with his wonderful leadership abilities while the team gets rolled by a brutal schedule in the first half of the season that includes two games each against Shock, Dragons, and Spark as well as a match up with Titans in their second match of the season.

posted about a year ago

So Avast today on stream gave what he thought were the rankings of each team in OWL going into next season, based on what information we do know about the teams so far.
(you can see the full list at the 2 hour mark in this video: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/517136453)

I figured, if an actual respected(?) community figure says its not too early for power rankings, I'm giving a shot at them myself.

1. Shock: Returning all of the core players from a championship team that showed great flexibility and individual skill. With Mei apparently being a large part of the meta after the shield nerf, Rascal should be set up nicely for a run at the MVP trophy. They are set up well to deal with the stress of long-distance travel with a solid bench, although they don't have any backup support players. The only way I can see Shock not being a top team is if Viol2t or Moth break their wrists a in skateboarding accident.

2. NYXL: New York keeps most of the roster that led them to a 22-6 record and a 3rd place finish in 2019, with the exception of Meko who has been sent to Houston for what I assume must have been an incredible sum of money. In his place are Hotba coming over from the Charge and Bianca from XL2. From what little we saw of Hotba during the playoffs, I trust his Sigma enough to believe he will be a capable replacement for the team. Jjonak is still a player you can build a team around, and his consistency and ability to avoid mental boom should anchor NYXL throughout the season.

3. Reign: A strong core from 2019 with the addition of a potential superstar in Edison makes Reign a force to be reckoned with. Gator and Hawk give the team a deep and flexible tank line that should be able to adapt to any meta. Their dominance in the Stage 4 Mei-Reaper meta shows flashes of a team that on any given day have the talent to beat any other team.

4. Dragons: You take a team with some of the most talented and flexible dps players in the league and then you add Fleta to it. Sounds like a recipe for success. Losing Gamsu might hurt, but other than that I don't see any holes in the lineup. Their performance at the Shanghai Masters showmatches may not have been quite indicative of their true skill in relation to the other teams, but they did make a statement by rolling both Spark and Hunters.

5. Titans: They are as high as they are because this team has more experience than any other and every one of their players has shown at one point that they are capable of playing at the highest level. They are as low as they are because, well, Fissure. If Fissure plays like 2018 MVP candidate Fissure, they'll probably be a championship caliber team. If he implodes (again), well, there's always the ryujekong.

6. Spark: The Spark have a solid foundation with guxue being fully integrated into the mostly Korean lineup and IDK booping everyone off the map. GodsB and Bazzi seem to be a highly capable dps duo, and if Bazzi's hero pool falls out of sync with the meta, Adora can also fill the flex DPS role well.

7. Dynasty: Gesture and Profit were arguably the two best players on a championship winning team. Fits and Illicit were both good compliments to Fleta in 2019 and I don't see why things would be any different with Profit. Losing jehong is a tough break for the team, but with the addition of the typical genius wizardhyeong they should be able to find their footing fairly quickly. I don't see them having as high of a ceiling as some of the other teams, but no team with Profit could possibly miss the playoffs, right?

8. Fusion: The management of the team appears to be somewhat insane (unlucky), and Sado isn't necessarily the best main tank in the game. Other than that, Fusion seem to have made some significant upgrades in the form of Alarm and FunnyAstro. Also, they apparently decided they needed 2 all-star off tanks, which is cool, I guess. Depending on how events go, this team could finish anywhere from like 4th to 15th.

9. LA BigGeese: Space and OGE are an excellent tank line (and lhcloudy is about as good of a bench player as you could ask for), Shaz and BigGoose are one of the most accomplished and dependable support lines out there, and Mirror and Birdring are... something. If anything holds this team back, it would be the dps duo. Birdring is notoriously inconsistent and Mirror wasn't super impressive for uprising academy, being outshined by his teammates Asking and, to a lesser extent, Klaus.

10. Charge: With the additions of Neptuno and Wya, Charge can finally run the fabled 2-2-2 of Western, Chinese, and Korean players. Happy and Nero should make a great DPS duo, and Shu and Chara can be a solid if not outstanding support line. Their tanks aren't necessarily the best out there, but Rio at least never seemed to be exceptionally bad. They can be a scary team if Nero and/or Happy are able to play their best heroes.

11. Justice: As much as I want to believe in this team, I'm going to be cautious in my ranking of them. Corey and Stratus are good, I think, but I have no idea exactly how good. Same goes for the tank line, where you've got two players you signed as a package and who have played together for years... and then a big name Korean who played nearly every map for a top 5 team last season. I'm not sure if I trust Aimgod 100%, but at least this should be a much better environment than Boston.

12. FLORIDA MAYHEM BAYBEE: Heck yeah, this team should be almost average! Welcome to Sayaplayer's world, the weather is awful here. The hole in this team seems to be Kris, but he isn't awful, and its fairly easy for a team to have at least some success without perfect play from their main support. GangNamJin and Yaki are solid pickups, and they didn't lose anybody relevant from the squad that went 4-3 in stage 4.

13. Hunters: They didn't lose anybody, and they didn't gain anybody either. I guess I'm putting them below where they finished last year because the Mayhem and Justice improved so much with the end of GOATS. I have no idea what heroes they are going to play, but I do know that they'll be fun to watch. Probably. Ameng.

14. Spitfire: I don't really have much to say about Spitfire, since I've never seen most of their players actually play. Highly was ok but slightly worse than Jehong. That's about all I can say.

15. Fuel: I'm not super high on Unkoe and closer, or Note for that matter, but Decay and Doha are good pickups, and Gamsu is probably an upgrade over OGE. Mei could be an issue, since Decay didn't look great on that hero during stage 4 last season, but if the meta isn't so oppressive as to make Mei an absolute requirement, Decay is flexible enough to find a hero he'll be able to play well.

16. Outlaws: The fact that Outlaws are going from having the worst off tank in the league by a wide margin to having one of the best and I'm still projecting them to finish where they did last season speaks to how much the league has improved as a whole. Blase and Hydration are solid pickups, but one of them (or Danteh) is inevitably going to have to ride the bench unless Hydration main tank is an actual thing.

17. Eternal: Similar to how Mayhem was going into the 2019 season, Eternal have an odd mix of players centered around an incredibly mechanically talented Korean dps. This team will go as far as Sp9rk1e can take them. Until his 18th birthday on May 31, they'll probably struggle to find their rhythm. Their best hope until then is that Soon regains his mojo and plays well enough to carry and NoSmite gets back to being a top tank again.
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posted about a year ago

Valiant?

posted about 2 years ago

U S A

posted about 2 years ago

I have a feeling Vizility is about to get a phone call from the Gladiators...

posted about 2 years ago

I'd like to see spark pick up another dps to pair with godsb, shadowburn to justice, and Jehong and tobi to mayhem

posted about 2 years ago

I love how Huk had really nice things to say about all of the other players and their contributions to the team, but for Aimgod all he said was "Aimgod is a talented player"

posted about 2 years ago
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