Wow.... that is all I can say. We have at the half way point of Stage 3 already, and still having huge games. From the Battle of Los Angeles to Boston beating both NYXL & Seoul in the same week, to the Outlaws bringing it back after their pair of disappointing losses from week 2 to the San Fran Shock with a huge upset win against the Fusion. I really think Fusion needs to start playing Shadowburn again. He was their carry DPS and has been sitting on the bench for another Genji specialist, EQO. I am guessing he's probably going to get traded after this Stage, which is sad. I do hope he ends up on a team that can utilize him better than the Fusion did.
We have a new number 1 team in Stage 3. The Boston Uprising! They are also the only team to still have an undefeated streak in Stage 3 and they are also threatening the win streak that the NYXL achieved in Stage 2. Uprising is currently at 10 games, with Fuel and Dragon's being their opponent in Week 4. Can they do it? Despite everything that has happened to Boston last week, they proved that they can handle anything thrown their way. Lets keep this going guys.
With Boston's win streak, they are the number 2 team in the overall season standings with NYXL still being the number 1 team.
Lets look at the overall season standings.
Season 1 Standings
|1||New York Excelsior||26||23||3||84||28||+56||Qualification to 2018 Overwatch League Playoffs|
|5||Los Angeles Valiant||26||16||10||63||42||+21|
|8||Los Angeles Gladiators||26||13||13||56||54||+2|
|9||San Francisco Shock||26||10||16||46||59||−13|
|12||Shanghai Dragons (E)||26||0||26||12||93||−81|
That is what the season standings look like. Sadly it is still too late the Dragons to make any sort of come back this late into the season. But they can still at the very least earn their first V. Its coming. Lets look at the game summary from Stage 3 Week 3.
Match Summary Week 3 Stage 3
Day 1 – Los Angeles Gladiators vs. Los Angeles Valiant
Day 1 – Dallas Fuel vs. San Francisco Shock
Day 1 – Shanghai Dragons vs. Seoul Dynasty
Day 2 – Houston Outlaws vs. Florida Mayhem
Day 2 – Boston Uprising vs. London Spitfire
Day 2 – Philadelphia Fusion vs. New York Excelsior
Day 3 – Philadelphia Fusion vs. San Francisco Shock
Day 3 – Florida Mayhem vs. Shanghai Dragons
Day 3 – Boston Uprising vs. Seoul Dynasty
Day 4 – London Spitfire vs. Los Angeles Valiant
Day 4 – New York Excelsior vs. Los Angeles Gladiators
Day 4 – Houston Outlaws vs. Dallas Fuel
The Battle for Los Angeles is a much watch match. The emotion of the match, and the crowd hype, is the reason why I cannot wait for these teams to get home bases in their respective cities.
I know there is going to be much bias in this, but the Boston Uprising vs the London Spitfire is another must watch match just for the emotion of the players them self, more so for the Boston Uprising DPS player Striker. Striker is the reason why they won that match, which could have very easily have went to the Spitfire. His constant blinking on and off the point to keep over time alive while chipping away at the Spitfire back line was a thing of beaut. So much so that the analysts called Striker "the best Tracer player in the league right now". The win was so emotional for Strike himself that he shed tears of both joy and relief.
Lets take a look at where everybody stands right now.
Stage 3 Standings
|1||Boston Uprising||6||6||0||18||9||+9||Qualification to Stage 3 Playoffs|
|2||Los Angeles Valiant||6||5||1||19||6||+13|
|3||New York Excelsior||6||5||1||19||9||+10|
|4||San Francisco Shock||6||4||2||13||11||+2|
|5||Los Angeles Gladiators||6||3||3||15||12||+3|
News and Headlines from around OWL
-Dallas Fuel player Taimou was rushed to the hospital earlier this morning after complaining of a panic attack, he was rushed to urgent care where they diagnosed him as having a possible stroke. They sent him down for a CAT scan and it turned out that he suffered a severe migraine possibly do to extreme stress.
-Kyle "KyKy" Souder, the former Head Coach to the Dallas Fuel maybe signing up with the Houston Outlaws as an assistant coach. KyKy already has a relationship with many of the Outlaws players. However, the signing period has already ended and if this does happen, its going to be when it opens up again at the end of this season.
Thats it for this week. We are at the half way point of Stage 3 now, and its still anybody's game.
.. But Boston is going to win.
Thats it for me for this week. This has been James with Game Fix. Game on everybody!