As the Overwatch League Stage 3 Finals quickly approach both the Houston Outlaws and the Los Angeles Gladiators sit in 5th place with identical 4-3 records. A win will help propel them into the coveted 4th place slot while a loss would see their chances become that much slimmer of securing a Stage Playoff slot. All of this however was overshadowed by the competitive debut of one particular hero….
During the inaugural Overwatch League season, the Houston Outlaws gained fans and loyal Texas support. Built on the backbone of OpTic Gaming, they had a stellar first stage but could not keep up the momentum through the season. For Season 2, they have kept most of their roster, including the clutch tank duo of Coolmatt and Muma and star DPS LiNKzr. With the addition of former Shock DPS Danteh, they are looking to recapture their Stage 1 success, hopefully this time with a Tracer player.
|Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty||Houston Outlaws||Support/Flex|
|Matt “coolmatt” Lorio||Houston Outlaws||Tank/Flex|
|Jiri “LiNkzr” Masalin||Houston Outlaws||DPS|
|Jeong “ArHaN” Weon-hyeop||Houston Outlaws||DPS|
|Jake “JAKE” Lyon||Houston Outlaws||DPS|
|Dante “Danteh” Cruz||Houston Outlaws||DPS|
|Daniel “Boink” Pence||Houston Outlaws||Support/Flex|
|Chris “Bani” Benell||Houston Outlaws||Support|
|Austin “Muma” Wilmot||Houston Outlaws||Tank|
|Alexandre “SPREE” Vanhomwegen||Houston Outlaws||Tank/Flex|
The Houston Outlaws are on the outside looking in for the Stage Three playoffs but aren’t completely out of the picture yet. The Valiant started the Stage strong but have stumbled of late and look to reassert themselves as a top team and lock down a spot in next weeks finals. Both teams are hungry for a win in what might be the marquee matchup of the week on day one.
With the end of the stage approaching once again, teams are in a mad dash to secure their spot in the newly expanded 4-team playoff bracket. The Boston Uprising, NYXL and LA Valiant all seem like shoe-ins, but there’s still one more spot to consider.
Fourth place is now the most hotly contested spot in the Overwatch League, and the middle of the pack will need to step up in a big way to secure their place before playoffs come. San Francisco, Seoul, Philly, Houston, London, and the Gladiators are all within a couple maps of each other, so anyone could steal the last spot away by the time the week is through. That’s assuming we don’t see any upsets this week, either… I don’t know if I’d bet on that. Especially once you read this. Read more …
The ever improving Florida Mayhem look to upset the inconsistent Houston Outlaws in this match of Stage 3 Week 3, and doing so would deal a crippling blow to them. Can Florida pull it off? Or will Houston get the better of them in this high noon showdown?
The Houston Outlaws have stumbled out of the gates in Stage Three but have not gone down without a fight. The New York Excelsior have been on top of the standings all season, but recently dropped a match to the Boston Uprising. Will Houston be able to capitalize on any weaknesses Boston exposed in New York’s armor? Read more …
In Week 2 of Stage 3, Philadelphia Fusion take on Houston Outlaws once again. Both teams are vying to keep themselves in the top tier standing. Philadelphia just came out of losing in the finals of stage 2, so they’re looking to build that steam up again and Houston won’t be a team to stand in their way.
Playoff hopefuls collide here in a match full of good old American muscle. The Boston Uprising have looked strong- will they be able to rise up against the loose cannon Houston Outlaws?
Monte and Doa have to be one of the premier casting duo’s in esports as it is. That aside, Houston has beaten London in all their matchups during the regular season, but London seems to always remain the favourites. Will the Outlaws continue their winning ways against the Korean roster, or will the Spitfire repeat their postseason luck against the Green Wall.
Stage Two of the inaugural season of Overwatch League has wrapped up. As we prepare for Stage Three many of the teams have shifted rosters and made changes. This leads us to the question does how many players you have on the roster matter in your success?