Week 2 of Stage 2 is all done and it was really exciting. Dallas Fuel looked very strong against Seoul Dynasty, but only managed to take one map off of them. They're coming together, xQc is showing that he is a great main tank player and aKm is showing that if given some leeway, he can hard carry his team. Mickie is showing that he could possibly be the play caller that this team needs to finally come together as a group. I think once they figure this out, they're going to be an unstoppable force.
My boys on the Boston Uprising are failing horribly so far having only won one game this Stage. I got faith though, they started slow last Stage also and ended up coming back. The new meta changes are really hurting them and they haven't adapted to the no Mercy.
A lot of teams are having a hard time adapting to this Mercy-less meta with teams experimenting with other supports set ups. Zenyatta still seems to be the top secondary support chosen, while his healing is not as good as other supports, his utility is not to be messed with. Discord helps chunk down tanks, in a meta that is promoting triple and quad tank set ups, and his Transcendence ultimate helps counter a lot of other ultimate's in the game. I think Zenyatta is here to stay as the off support.
It's the main support role that has been up for contention. A lot of teams are choosing Moira as their main healer. She is amazing in triple and quad tank sets up, getting her ultimate charge very quickly. While others are choosing Ana. Moira can out put a lot of healing with her orbs and her main healing abilities, but requires damage in order to charge it up. Her healing orb is good, and can provide a lot of sustain, but characters like D.Va can just eat it with a well timed Defense Matrix.
Ana can also out put a lot of healing, but in a meta that favors D.Va's and Winston's, its hard to heal around their defense abilities with Defense Matrix eating her bionic grenade & healing darts and her not being able to heal through shields and barriers. Its tough for her to maintain any type of healing through those abilities.
Who ever can adapt to this meta is the one who is going to win this Stage. Anything is still up for grabs right now. Seoul and New York seem to be on the fore front, with last Stage champions, London Spitfire close behind. But, as Stage 1 proved, it is still anybody's game.
Here is the Stage 2 standings so far.
|2||New York Excelsior||ATL||4||3||1||13-4-0||+9||6|
|5||Los Angeles Valiant||PAC||4||3||1||9-6-1||+3||6|
|6||Los Angeles Gladiators||PAC||4||2||2||10-6-0||+4||4|
|9||San Francisco Shock||PAC||4||1||3||6-10-0||-4||2|
Just like Stage 1, Seoul Dynasty has taken the lead as the top team with Philly tied for 4th place with the Valiant.
Here is the match summaries for Stage 2 Week 2.
Day 1 Seoul Dynasty vs. Dallas Fuel
Day 1 Los Angeles Valiant vs. San Francisco Shock
Day 1 Los Angeles Gladiators vs. Shanghai Dragons
Day 2 Florida Mayhem vs. London Spitfire
Day 2 Houston Outlaws vs. Philadelphia Fusion
Day 2 New York Excelsior vs. Boston Uprising
Day 3 Boston Uprising vs. Florida Mayhem
Day 3 Los Angeles Gladiators vs. Seoul Dynasty
Day 3 Dallas Fuel vs. Los Angeles Valiant
Day 4 Philadelphia Fusion vs. London Spitfire
Day 4 Houston Outlaws vs. New York Excelsior
Day 4 Shanghai Dragons vs. San Francisco Shock
Let us look at the overall results of Season 1.
|1||New York Excelsior||ATL||14||12||2||44–14-2||+30||24|
|4||Los Angeles Valiant||PAC||14||10||4||35–19-4||+16||20|
|8||Los Angeles Gladiators||PAC||14||6||8||26–32-0||−6||12|
|10||San Francisco Shock||PAC||14||4||10||22–34-2||−12||8|
As always, this has been James with Game Fix providing you with your weekly OWL update. And as always, Game on everybody!