Week 2 of the final stage of Overwatch League has come and gone. A lot of teams have adapted to the new meta and the ones who haven't have been losing points.
One of Houston's biggest problems in OWL was they didn't have a great Tracer player. They ran a very anti-dive comp, but just didn't have an answer to a team running a Tracer. The best counter to a great Tracer, is a Tracer of your own. They didn't have that choice. Jake was a good Tracer, but when up against Boston's Striker or NYXL's Saebyeolbe, they just couldn't deal with it. Now, the answer have finally come for the Houston team. In the form of Briggite. Now Houston can run their anti-dive comp, and not have to worry about a Tracer messing up their back line. It has been very successful for them having won both of their opening games. Will it continue to be a success in the future?
On the flip side of this. Boston has been very dive orientated. They were one of the best dive teams in all of OWL so much so that it lead them to the perfect Stage in Stage 3, only losing in the finals to NYXL. With zero adapting to the current meta, Boston has entered a slump. They lost both of their matches in week one, to teams that have dominated before. Their failure to adapt to the new meta is leading them down a dark path of losing every match. If they keep this up, they will not make it to the grand finals of the season.
Like I said week 1, its adapt or die. Houston has adapted, now that the meta has caught to what they were doing. Boston is a sinking ship, with no end in sight. They need to change things up, and their refusal to do so is going to be their down fall.
Lastly we well talk about the Dallas Fuel. The team with has more drama then a week day soap opera. Dallas was the team that everybody expected to be in the forefront of the league. The talent and the coaching staff was some of the best that the league had. But drama and back stage politics kept them from achieving what everybody expected them to achieve. With Effect calling it quits for the rest of the season, it looked like their season was basically over. Statically, they have zero chance of making it to the playoffs. Every getting a perfect season wouldn't help them. But that hasn't stopped them. They have been looking great so far, and even managed to pull off a victory against the Boston Uprising. This is the team that we needed to see since day one.
Lets look at the results for Week 2 of Stage 4
Day 1 – Boston Uprising vs. Dallas Fuel
Day 1 – Florida Mayhem vs. Los Angeles Valiant
Day 1 – Houston Outlaws vs. Los Angeles Gladiators
Day 2 – London Spitfire vs. San Francisco Shock
Day 2 – Los Angeles Gladiators vs. Florida Mayhem
Day 2 – Philadelphia Fusion vs. Shanghai Dragons
Day 3 – Los Angeles Valiant vs. Boston Uprising
Day 3 – New York Excelsior vs. Seoul Dynasty
Day 3 – San Francisco Shock vs. Houston Outlaws
Day 4 – Seoul Dynasty vs. London Spitfire
Day 4 – Shanghai Dragons vs. New York Excelsior
Day 4 – Dallas Fuel vs. Philadelphia Fusion
What happened to Seoul? They were the god team, and now it seems that they can't buy a win.
Lets take a look at the current standings for Stage 4
|1||Los Angeles Gladiators||PAC||4||4||0||14-2-0||+12||8|
|2||Los Angeles Valiant||PAC||4||4||0||12-6-0||+6||8|
|4||New York Excelsior||ATL||4||4||0||10-1-1||+9||6|
|6||San Francisco Shock||PAC||4||2||2||10-7-0||+3||4|
No league news this week to report this week. Been kind of a quiet week. Hopefully it picks up.
With that said, that its for this week's OWL recap. This has been James with Game Fix. Game on everybody!