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Overwatch League Stage Three Recap

By: Andrew Harmon, UI and Marketing Designer 

You can’t write an article about stage three in OWL without a tip of the hat to the Boston Uprising. Without a doubt the best storyline in OWL to date, Boston was a middling team in stage one and two, only to engineer a dramatic turnaround in stage three even though they got off to a rocky start. Due to violating league misconduct guidelines, the Uprising released Dreamkazper at the beginning of the stage. While some teams may have floundered after losing their starting DPS player, the Uprising stayed true to their name and turned in the single best stage performance in the league thus far—a perfect 10-0 regular-season record. 

Outside of Boston’s stage three domination, the regular-season showed a surprising amount of parity throughout the league. Teams like the LA Gladiators, LA Valiant, and the San Francisco Shock finished in the top half of the league, where they had turned in sub-par performances previously. Teams that were thought to be favorites for the playoffs like the London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion struggled to break even. Even teams like the winless Shanghai Dragons are starting to look dangerous at times with the addition of new players and strategies. 

Unfortunately, all of the above talk about parity applies to all teams but one: the New York Excelsior. During the regular season, the NYXL came dangerously close to pulling off a perfect stage by finishing second with a 9-1 record—the only loss coming at the hands of the Boston Uprising. However, the NXYL had the last laugh, handily defeating Boston in the stage three championship 3-0. It’s eerily reminiscent of another team from Boston finishing the regular season with a perfect record, only to lose to a team from New York in the championship. 

The biggest question that remains for stage four and beyond is this: can anyone stop the NYXL? With an appearance in all three stage championship games and a win in back-to-back championships, New York is starting to make this look more like a coronation than a competition. Other teams are stepping up their games, but perhaps this is really just a battle for second place as the NYXL look nearly unstoppable. One thing is for certain: the NYXL now have a gigantic target on their backs. How will the rest of the league respond?

Upcoming Games to Watch

  • Los Angeles Gladiators vs San Francisco Shock - Wednesday, 5/16 @ 6PM CDT
  • Houston Outlaws vs London Spitfire - Thursday, 5/17 @ 10PM CDT
  • Boston Uprising vs Houston Outlaws Friday, 5/18 @8PM CDT
  • London Spitfire vs New York Excelsior - Saturday, 5/19 @ 7PM CDT

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