From Overwatch League Stage 2 to 3: Preview and Overview
Posted 26th March 2018 By: Derpina    294 Views
Esports News – The previous stage of Overwatch League (OWL) Season 1 was exciting enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. But Stage 3 is about to get more interesting as the favorite teams slowly moved their way up to the Semifinal and Grand Final, battling for the massive prize pools they’ve been waiting for.
New York Excelsior dominates Stage 2
Comeback is indeed real when New York Excelsior secured the top seat in the second stage of the OWL. The Overwatch team emerged victorious from their previous matches against Philadelphia Fusion with a 3-2 semi-final victory, and against Los Angeles Valiant with a 4-0 win. They now hold the current record of 9-1 and the $100,000 stage 2 grand prize. It’s safe to say that no other team in the OWL can match their +46 overall map differential and 76% map win rate.
Philadelphia Fusion defeats London Spitfire
With a win from Stage 1 finals, Philadelphia Fusion squared up with London Spitfire to secure a spot in the next stage. Fusion defeated Spitfire with a 3-1 score while showing exemplary performance on Route 66 and Lijiang Tower map wins; they have also successfully dodged Park “Profit” Joon-Yeong’s aggressive attacks at their backline supports and Hong “Gesture” Jae Hee’s disruptive attacks by tank all throughout the game. However, their victory was short-lived when they went head to head with New York Excelsior on the final stage.
What to expect on Stage 3
The audience will surely take note of the performances of the current teams leading OWL—Excelsior, Spitfire, and Fusion. Stage 3 will be held on April 4 to May 5; the top one will automatically advance to the Title Matches Grandfinal, while the top two and three will advance to the Title Matches Semifinal. Listed below are the first week Overwatch League matches.
Week 1 Matches:
- Shanghai Dragons vs. Dallas Fuels,
- Los Angeles Valiant vs.
- San Francisco Shock vs. Los Angeles Gladiators
- Florida Mayhem vs. New York Excelsior
- Philadelphia Fusion vs. Boston Uprising
- London Spitfire vs. Houston Outlaws
- Los Angeles Gladiators vs. Dallas Fuel
- Los Angeles Valiant vs. Shanghai Dragons
- Seoul Dynasty vs. San Francisco Shock
- Florida Mayhem vs. Philadelphia Fusion
- Houston Outlaws vs. Boston Uprising
- New York Excelsior vs. London Spitfire