After an April Fool’s Day filled with mild pranks from a few Overwatch League teams, the OWL airwaves took a turn for the serious on Tuesday, as teams announced a slew of trades and personnel changes in advance of Stage 2 of the 2019 season.
Despite multiple scandals and setbacks during the inaugural season, the Boston Uprising managed to rally in the latter half to maintain a top 6 finish. Working within a multilingual environment and leaning on the talents of individual players were keys to the Uprising’s success. Striker’s stellar Tracer play and NotE’s flex tank skills helped support the team. With multiple pickups for Season 2, including Team United Kingdom’s Fusions and New Zealand DPS Colourhex, the Uprising are looking to change their look and keep up their success.
|Park “Axxiom” Min-sub||Boston Uprising||Tank|
|Noh ‘Gamsu’ Yeong-jin||Boston Uprising||Tank|
|Min-seok “AimGod” Kwon||Boston Uprising||Support/Flex|
|Lucas ‘NotE’ Meissner||Boston Uprising||Tank/Flex|
|Kwon ‘Striker’ Nam-Joo||Boston Uprising||DPS|
|Kristian ‘Kellex’ Keller||Boston Uprising||Support|
|Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse||Boston Uprising||DPS|
|Jeffrey “blasé” Tsang||Boston Uprising||DPS|
|Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth||Boston Uprising||Tank|
Vancouver Titans 4-3 San Francisco Shock
This weekend saw the culmination of the first stage of Overwatch League’s second season. Eight teams entered after finishing atop the standings during Stage One, but only one could be crowned winner and walk away with the lion’s share of the $500,000 on the line ($200,000 for 1st place). Every analyst saw this coming down to an inevitable Titans v Excelsior finish…they got that half right, as the Titans were there, but joined by the San Francisco Shock. Read more …
It’s sometimes hard to remember at my age and with all the insanity I’ve been through in what is relatively a short period of time, that there are people out there who truly enjoy what they do and who truly live in the moment. Even my cold, bitter, whiskey-dipped heart can’t help but feel inspired by those who come to Los Angeles with a goal in mind and not only reaching that goal, but also able to share that joy with others. Read more …
OverwatchScore Recaps are back!
Austin ‘thinkhard’ White and Brittany “Briggsycakes” Gonzalez recap this past weekend’s matches. We’ve developed a new format to hit each match quickly in case you missed them. So sit back, and enjoy 4 days worth of games in about 2,000 words or so. Read more …
The familiar lights and sounds radiate throughout the Blizzard Arena. The familiar voice of Puckett welcomes us at the desk alongside Bren and Sideshow. Before we know it the players appear in the tunnel and are seated on stage. Finally, after what has felt like an eternity of a month, we are welcomed back to the Overwatch League. That’s right, Overwatch League fans – it’s playoff time.
It wasn’t long ago that the Boston Uprising were the most feared team in Overwatch League. They kept a 14-game winning streak alive against teams that most agreed were better all around. Stage Four, however, brought some changes that Boston couldn’t navigate around. A new meta and personnel changes worked against them, having a 4-6 record to show for their efforts.
The final weekend of Stage 4 saw a lot of intense matches and a lot of changes to the teams gunning for playoff hopes. We are now set and have our final six teams ready. However, Stage 4 showed a lot of promise on what this league could be in the future. With teams coming back like the Dallas Fuel, and the L.A. Valiant topping NYXL in the last match.
The first game of Thursday evening’s events was also the most important, with the Houston Outlaws and Philadelphia Fusion going at it to secure their spot in the playoffs. Here’s how the day went down.
These rankings are highly fluid, not necessarily indicative of League positioning, and based on what I see during play. Like all Power Rankings, a team on a hot streak may find themselves higher than one with more wins, just as a team on a cold streak may be relegated lower on the list than their Table position would suggest. If you disagree, let me know. If you agree, well let me know too so we can laugh at those who don’t. Read more …
The first day of S4W4 came to a close with a bang. Boston snuck by Seoul to get their first win, Shanghai continued their winless season (though they came the closest they’ve ever been to victory against the Florida Mayhem,) and the Houston Outlaws shocked the Fuel in a convincing 3-1 victory. Crazy stuff! Read more …