- With only one stage left in the OWL regular season, which teams can make a playoff push?
- Can any team challenge the New York Excelsior?
- Find out which teams have improved and who we see falling heading into Stage 4
The New York Excelsior (NYXL) continued their Overwatch League dominance by winning the Stage 3 Championship with a 3-0 win over the Boston Uprising.
It was New York’s third straight trip to the Stage Finals and the first team to win back-to-back Stage Championships in Overwatch League history. They also did so in dominant fashion by winning the series in fewer than five games for the first time this season.
Boston shouldn’t hang their heads. The Uprising had a heck of a run by going 10-0 during the Stage 3 regular season to go along with an overall 15-series win streak.
Boston shouldn’t hang their heads though. The Uprising had a heck of a run by going 10-0 during the Stage 3 regular season to go along with an overall 15-series win streak. However, in the end, it was New York’s roster depth and stellar defense that overcame the hottest team in the league.
Now we look towards the final stage of this inaugural Overwatch regular season (May 16 to June 16) where it will be the last chance for some teams to try and squeak their way into the OWL’s post-season
As we did prior to Stage Three, we take a closer look at the battle for the playoffs and update our Overwatch League Championship odds.
2018 Overwatch League Championship Odds
Six teams will qualify for the post-season based on regular-season records. The top seed from each division will receive a first-round bye. The next four teams, regardless of division, will also advance.
|OWL TEAM||PLAYOFF ODDS||CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS|
|NEW YORK EXCELSIOR||1/200 (99.5%)||2/3 (60%)|
|LONDON SPITFIRE||1/200 (99.5%)||9/1 (10%)|
|BOSTON UPRISING||1/200 (99.5%)||9/1 (10%)|
|SEOUL DYNASTY||3/17 (85%)||9/1 (10%)|
|LOS ANGELES VALIANT||1/4 (80%)||19/1 (5%)|
|LOS ANGELES GLADIATORS||1/3 (75%)||50/1 (1.96%)|
|PHILADELPHIA FUSION||4/1 (20%)||100/1 (1%)|
|SAN FRANCISCO SHOCK||4/1 (20%)||100/1 (1%)|
|HOUSTON OUTLAWS||4/1 (20%)||100/1 (1%)|
|FLORIDA MAYHEM||ELIMINATED FROM PLAYOFF CONTENTION||N/A|
|DALLAS FUEL||ELIMINATED FROM PLAYOFF CONTENTION||N/A|
|SHANGHAI DRAGONS||ELIMINATED FROM PLAYOFF CONTENTION||N/A|
There seems to be the New York Excelsior and everyone else. That’s no disrespect to the other teams like the London Spitfire or the surging Boston Uprising, but it appears that New York is firing on all cylinders and have gotten stronger through each Stage and in doing so increasing their odds of winning the Championship. That’s not to say they’re unbeatable, but to defeat them in a best of five while their all-star roster is clicking as a unified team seems impossible.
It was a disappointing result for the Fusion who went from one of the top teams in the league to the most lackluster in a matter of weeks.
Meanwhile, the London Spitfire, who beat New York when they became Stage 1 Champions last January, have fallen on hard times (.500 during Stage 3) since a wrist injury to Kim “Birdring” Je-Hyeok. With that type of inconsistency, London’s OWL Championship Odds have slightly dipped as the Boston Uprising made the big jump up the standings.
The real question is what happened to the Philadelphia Fusion? Not only were they one of the favorites to make the playoffs but were also prominent contenders for the overall championship.
Unfortunately for Philadelphia, Stage 3 saw them join London and Seoul by going 5-5. It was a disappointing result for the Fusion who went from one of the top teams in the league to the most lackluster in a matter of weeks. Can they find their game and rebound? Not only are they dropping fast in the standings, so are their playoff odds.
Meanwhile, both Los Angeles teams, who the Fusion will be battling with to make it to the post-season, have seen their stock rise with solid Stage 3 performances that earned them both their first stage playoff births.
Don’t forget about the Houston Outlaws who are still clinging onto playoff hopes and although they have shown to be extremely dangerous on defense, they struggle on certain maps like Route 66. Right behind them are the L.A. Gladiators who are playing an aggressive game led by the performances of Swiss-army knife DPS, Lane “Surefour” Roberts. If the Gladiators can vary their attack and become more dynamic on offense, they could be ready to jump over both Houston and Philadelphia in the overall standings to earn a playoff spot.