Overwatch League power rankings through Stage 2, Week 2

Overwatch League power rankings Stage 2, Week 2 | ESPN Esports (4:26)

ESPN's Emily Rand and Phil Murphy break down the Overwatch League power rankings through Stage 2, Week 2. (4:26)

1. Vancouver Titans

Record: 3-0 | Map W/L/T: 10-2-0 | Map Diff: +8 | Change: --

RunAway does not lose. It doesn't matter if it's the grown-up, moved-away-from-home RunAway that has gone undefeated in the Overwatch League under the Titans brand or if its the new generation creating its own legacy currently in South Korea's Contenders tournament. Everything that Yoon "Runner" Dae-hoon and Lee "Flowervin" Hyuna have touched has turned to gold recently, with the heads of RunAway enjoying success at home and overseas.

In North America, the Titans have continued their plundering of the top league in the world, still searching for an opponent that will take a series from the rookies. And to be quite honest, it's going to take a massive upset for Vancouver to lose until they face one of the top contenders in the Stage 2 playoffs. In their remaining games of the stage, a date with the surging Dallas Fuel could be the league's best chance to steal a win from the seemingly unbeatable Titans.

2. San Francisco Shock

Record: 3-0 | Map W/L/T: 12-0-0 | Map Diff: +12 | Change: --

Losing to the Titans in theStage 1 playoff finals did nothing but motivate the Shock to pick up their game. When a small letdown would have been expected after such a close defeat in a prime-time prize fight, the Shock has done less but embarrassed everyone they've come across in the first few weeks of Stage 2. They routed the struggling Guangzhou Charge in back-to-back contests, and previously blanked the Los Angeles Valiant in a match for the California Cup to start the stage.

There are no real weaknesses on the Shock roster at the moment. There is a clear divide between the elites of the league, the messy middle pack, and the dredges at the bottom of the standings. San Francisco has a real shot of going perfect in Stage 2 heading into the playoffs and could be doing so by dropping only a game or two along the way. I expect more 4-0 sweeps in the Shock's future coming up.


Record: 4-0 | Map W/L/T: 15-0-1 | Map Diff: +15 | Change: --

A "Big 3" has formed with the strength Vancouver, San Francisco and New York have shown through almost the first half of the year, and if Stage 1 was a dogfight between the trio, Stage 2 is the calm before the storm. As we already talked with the two teams in front New York in the rankings, a perfect 7-0 Stage 2 record should be more than doable for the Excelsior. If everything goes as planned, New York will once again enter the stage playoffs with a perfect record -- and the fear of dropping out before reaching the final.

When watching New York in the regular season, there is nothing that separates them from the Titans or Shock. Before the postseason hits, the NYXL are cold-blooded killers, hellbent on strangling teams out with their defensive, patient triple-tank, triple-support style. Excelsior in the playoffs, though? We need to see them come up in the clutch if they're going to return to our No. 1 position.

4. Los Angeles Gladiators

Record: 4-0 | Map W/L/T: 12-4-1 | Map Diff: +8 | Change: --

Speaking of teams that are likely to go undefeated in Stage 2, we have the Gladiators, who might be turning the trio atop of the standings into a "Big 4" if things continue. After hobbling out of the gates, L.A.'s premiere Overwatch team has lived up to preseason expectations by putting the rest of the league on notice with a stretch of big-time victories.

And with all those victories, they all come back to the same person: Jang "Decay" Gui-un. The Gladiators spent big money in the offseason for an offensive ace, and so far the 18-year-old has been everything and more for the team. Through the first two stages, he ranks No. 5 in damage per 10 minutes, No. 10 in final blows and No. 12 when it comes to eliminations. The Gladiators had a core ready-made for the playoffs, and Decay is what takes them from someone just attending the playoffs to someone knowing they can win when they get there. Watch out, Big 3.

5. London Spitfire

Record: 3-0 | Map W/L/T: 8-2-2 | Map Diff: +6 | Change: +1

As the teams above them think about stage success and undefeated records, the defending world champions will bide their time, getting stronger as the season goes along. Sure, London would have liked to have a better Stage 1, trying to replicate their Stage 1 title in 2018, and yet, Spitfire fans should feel confident heading into the backstretch of the campaign. This is a team that knows to how get it done when everything is on the line, and with the reemergence of Kim "Birdring" Ji-hyeok, the Spitfire is rounding back into championship form.

As the meta opens up even more (hopefully) as the months go by, no team will be more excited about their prospects than London. If we can get to a meta where Birdring and his DPS partner Park "Profit" Joon-yeong can exclusively play DPS heroes, this No. 5 ranking can turn into a No. 1 faster than Birdring can take someone out on Widowmaker.

6. Seoul Dynasty

Record: 0-2 | Map W/L/T: 3-6-0 | Map Diff: -3 | Change: -1

For now, the Seoul Dynasty stay toward the top of the table due to a tough opening schedule that has included the Los Angeles Gladiators in Week 1 and the Vancouver Titans in Week 2. With another match against Vancouver coming up in Week 5, Seoul must rack up wins in this coming week and Week 4 in order to stand a chance of making the playoffs, especially given how tight the competitive field is right now. Their match against the Gladiators was very close, and they did manage to take Rialto from Vancouver (even though Vancouver had already won the series at that point). Seoul also made a few interesting roster decisions against the Titans by not starting DPS star Kim "Fleta" Byung-sun, main tank Baek "Fissure" Chan-hyeong, or former Element Mystic support Lee "Jecse" Seung-soo. We think Seoul are good, but we're going to be watching them extra closely these next few weeks, especially in regards to their starting lineup.

7. Dallas Fuel

Record: 2-0 | Map W/L/T: 6-1-1 | Map Diff: +5 | Change: +4

The big question for the Dallas Fuel going into their first matches of Stage 2 was of new flex tank Lucas "NotE" Meissner who came to the team from the Boston Uprising in a trade that sent former Dallas flex tank Richard "rCk" Kanerva to Boston. After wins over the Toronto Defiant and Paris Eternal, NotE seems to be fitting in perfectly. His steady D.Va play allows for even more avenues for main Son "OGE" Min-seok to get into the enemy backline. In compositions where the Fuel want to go with more DPS flexibility, DPS players Zachary "ZachaREEE" Lombardo and Dylan "aKm" Bignet can step into the Sombra role previously occupied by rCk. Even though it's a different role player on the Sombra, it doesn't look like the Fuel will be abandoning Sombra comps anytime soon, and NotE still fit in very well, even flexing onto the Zarya on King's Row against Toronto in his first-ever match with the Fuel.

8. Chengdu Hunters

Record: 2-1 | Map W/L/T: 8-4-0 | Map Diff: +4 | Change: -1

Since overperforming compared to admittedly low expectations in Stage 1, the Chengdu Hunters have been the talk of the league due to their stubbornness in sticking to DPS compositions where they can. They've earned the reputation for being a fun team to watch and also a quite flexible one. This week, we saw limitations to that flexibility, starting with the fact that Chengdu will not flex to mirror Winston triple-triple and ending with a few errors on what to swap to when. Going forward, Chengdu will need to improve their composition timing and further their prowess on triple-triple, which they were already using to supplement their DPS compositions, in order to truly prove that they are a top team.

9. Boston Uprising

Record: 2-1 | Map W/L/T: 8-7-0 | Map Diff: +1 | Change: -1

At this point, there seems to be no definitive loser or winner in the NotE-rCk trade. Both teams seem to have received what they wanted and for Boston, what they wanted was a more flexible player that allows for a larger diversity in compositions and more in-match hero flexibility. Despite a close 2-3 loss to the Hangzhou Spark, rCk seems to have fit right in with the Boston lineup, similarly to how NotE hit the ground running with Dallas. rCk's D.Va bombs opened up a lot of ground for Boston in team fights, and his Sombra allowed for DPS players Jeffrey "blasé" Tsang and Kelsey "Colourhex" Birse to show off their own flexibility, especially on Temple of Anubis and Blizzard World.

10. Philadelphia Fusion

Record: 2-2 | Map W/L/T: 7-8-1 | Map Diff: -1 | Change: --

With Toronto falling in the standings and the rest of the league still sorting itself out, the Philadelphia Fusion squeak into 10th place in our power rankings with a 1-1 week and a loss to the London Spitfire but a win over Toronto. The Spitfire match is really where we're looking for a good indication of Philly's strengths and weaknesses. They were beaten in triple-triple matchups as well as generally outmaneuvered by spectacular play from London flex tank Kim "Fury" Junho. Philly aren't a bad team by any means, they're just a few steps behind being a good team, which is why they're almost exactly at dead center of the rankings.