Revenge, reserve sweeps, and upsets were all in this weeks matches. London beat Boston to get their revenge from last stage. LA Gladiators then upset London a few days later. Meanwhile, Dallas had things on lock down against the Florida Mayhem, only to get reverse swept. And the Dragons just can't seem to get things together still.
Here is the over all standings.
Standings Season 1.
|1||New York Excelsior||ATL||16||14||2||51–15-2||+36||28|
|4||Los Angeles Valiant||PAC||16||11||5||39–23-4||+16||22|
|8||Los Angeles Gladiators||PAC||16||8||8||33–33-0||+0||16|
|9||San Francisco Shock||PAC||16||5||11||25–38-3||−13||10|
New York and Seoul are fighting for the number 1 spot with London and Valiant right behind them. The next range seems to be in a spot where they can beat lower bracket teams, but can't seem to beat the higher bracket teams. Something is going to give soon and since we only have 2 more weeks until the end of the stage, something is going to give soon.
Here is the match summary for Week 3.
Day 1 – Seoul Dynasty vs. Shanghai Dragons
Day 1 – San Francisco Shock vs. Dallas Fuel
Day 1 – Los Angeles Gladiators vs. Los Angeles Valiant
Day 2 –Philadelphia Fusion vs. Seoul Dynasty
Day 2 – Houston Outlaws vs. Los Angeles Valiant
Day 2 – Boston Uprising vs. Shanghai Dragons
Day 3 –Boston Uprising vs. London Spitfire
Day 3 –New York Excelsior vs. Philadelphia Fusion
Day 3 – Florida Mayhem vs. Houston Outlaws
Day 4 – London Spitfire vs. Los Angeles Gladiators
Day 4 –New York Excelsior vs. San Francisco Shock
Day 4 – Florida Mayhem vs. Dallas Fuel
After all that, here is the current standings of Stage 2.
Standings as of March 10th
|2||New York Excelsior||ATL||6||5||1||20-5-0||+15||10|
|3||Los Angeles Gladiators||PAC||6||4||2||17-7-0||+10||8|
|5||Los Angeles Valiant||PAC||6||4||2||13-10-1||+3||8|
|9||San Francisco Shock||PAC||6||2||4||9-14-1||-5||4|
Two points separates the number 1 and number 2 spots with a 3 way tie for 3rd place. We have 2 more weeks left to this stage. The question that most people are asking. When will Shanghai get their first win? and who will it be against?
Now for some news.
Fines, fines, and more fines.
Ted “silkthread” Wang of the LA Valiant has been fined $1000 for account sharing. It directly violates the Blizzard's Terms Of Service. You are not allowed to share your Overwatch account.
It doesn't stop there.
Dallas Fuel player Taimou was also fined a $1000 for an anti-gay slur that he made on his own personal stream.
And it doesn't stop there.
Another Dallas Fuel player made the news. Everybody's favorite child like villain, Félix “xQc” Lengyel, has also been fined $4000 and suspended for four matches. The reason, as provided by the league them self; “used an emote in a racially disparaging manner on the league’s stream and on social media, and used disparaging language against Overwatch League casters and fellow players on social media and on his personal stream.”.
Now the plus side of this story. Two days after this came out, Dallas Fuel announced that they are parting ways with xQc. In a post on the official Overwatch League web site they explained "There are few players out there who have achieved as much success in as short a time as Félix has in competitive Overwatch. Ultimately, it was in the best interest of our organization and Félix to part ways before the expiration of his contract,” . xQc's contract was set to expire at the end of the Season 1.
What does this mean for Dallas? Rebuilding time. They just picked up main tank Son "OGE" Min-Seok formerly of CONBOX. He can play pretty much any tank, and play them well. Put aKm behind him on a hit scan, and this should be a pretty solid line up. Maybe we well finally see the potential that this team has?
With xQc being a free agent, will any team pick him up? He has said that he is going to go back to streaming, where he admits that he makes more money doing. He's still young, at only 22 years old. Maybe some where down the line he will come back to OWL and just be a better person. I don't know. I do know that he is an amazing player, and has a lot of potential to be one of the best main tanks in the entire league. But with his personal issues and just not knowing when to shut up. I don't see another team wanting to take him on any time soon. They're not going to want to deal with the headache of him being on their team and the drama he creates back stage.
Code of... What?
With all of these fines and suspension being dished out. A lot of people are questioning OWL's Code of Conduct's rather vague wording on what they expect of their players and coaches and what punishments they will deal out when the Code has been violated. Four thousand dollars and a 4 game suspension seems rather harsh, granted he has been hit with a fine and suspension before, and with the rules on these sorts of things not very clear. Its hard to say if this was a fitting punishment. I think before this league gets any further, they're going to need to address how these players are supposed to act while on their own personal stream or just out and about. Every other sports league has a very strict code of conduct for their players, that is laid out of how they can and will act while in the public eye. A lot of the team owners also own sports teams. Maybe they can hash out some ideas on a new Code of Conduct? If we keep going the way we are going, I see a lot more players being fined, which won't be good for the league. xQc was a major personality, with a large fan base. With him gone, this could mean a lot of people are no longer going to continue watching. And if they keep dishing out fines left and right, I see a lot more players, like xQc, leaving the league and just going on their own, where they could make more money.
Well thats it for this week. This is James with Game Fix. Game on everybody!