Noteworthy Stories From The Overwatch League Inaugural Season
Posted 30th June 2018 By: Derpina    200 Views
Esports News – The playoffs and the All-Star Weekend are ready to begin as the Overwatch League regular season has finally come to an end. The dominating teams and top players are determined to show off their skills through non-stop weekly battles, and they are now in preparation for a bigger fight. But before we move on to another era, let us look back at the noteworthy stories of the first season.
Mercy’s long-awaited nerf
Mercy is a “support” hero whose jobs include healing weak teammates, assisting the teams in laying waste to the enemies, and resurrecting the eliminated ones. But to some players, Mercy isn’t just a healer, she can turn aggressive when she needs to. Through Stage 1, Mercy was always selected by players because of her dive composition, Valkyrie, and Guardian Angel ability. According to Blizzard, players use her more than 96 percent of the time, which is almost 7 percent more than the next most selected hero (D.Va at 89.3 percent). They even ultimately identified that Mercy’s ability was too powerful. This caused concerns among players and saw Blizzard perform nerfs on the hero.
Seoul Dynasty failing to meet expectations
Before the official Overwatch League, Seoul Dynasty player under Lunatic-Hai, the same back-to-back winners of the OGN OverWatch Apex Seasons 2 and 3 (the previous premier league for professional Overwatch play). Seoul Dynasty and its captain, Ryu “ryujehong” Je-hong, set the bar high for being one of the top players in the world.
The Dynasty started the OWL Stage 1 and 2 with a 7-3 record in a four-way tied for the second rank, but they lost their magic on the next stages. They finished stage 1 and 2 with 14-6 win-loss rate and stage 3 and 4 with 8-12.
Shanghai Dragons finished 0-40
If Seoul Dynasty failed to meet expectations, Shanghai Dragons didn’t meet anything at all. They finished the inaugural season with a 0-40 win-loss rate, seven games behind the next team and 34 games worse than top team New York Excelsior. Their map differential and maps won minus maps lost were -120, directing them to 42 maps worse than any other team.
Sub-Stories from Stage 1 to 4
- Apart from Mercy, Widowmaker was also an important DPS hero throughout the season. She was the only DPS hero picked at least 25 percent of the time in each stage and had the second-highest overall pick rate among DPS.
- Boston Uprising went undefeated in OWL Stage 3 with a 10-0 win-rate. Los Angeles Valiant could also come in second if they haven’t lost to Dallas Fuel in its 10th game of Stage 4.
- Lúcio is one of the least chosen characters after Stage 1 (up 16 percentage points).
- The New York Excelsior has the only two players in the league with a total player rating of over 1200. Bang “JJoNak” Seong-hyun (1,255) and Hong “ArK” Yeon-joon (1,209).
- Boston Uprising sets the best record in five-map matches, with a 10-3 record and .769 win percentage.
- The Los Angeles Gladiators completed three reverse-sweeps in stage play better than any other teams.
- The New York Excelsior has 29-0 win-rate in matches when they won the Escort Map.