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THE PICKOFF

We asked our team of Overwatch League analysts and experts to pick every game of Week 3:

Thursday, April 18

Picks by Robert “Hexagrams” Kirkbride

Excelsior vs. Fusion 4 p.m. PST

The last time these two teams faced off, Philly lost 0-4. The Excelsior are one of the top teams in the league, even though they aren’t as aggressive as their counterparts—the Shock and Titans. You can look forward to a master class in defensive 3-3 compositions, as I expect the outcome of this match to be similar to the prior meeting.

NYE
Shock vs. Defiant 5:45 p.m. PST

Were the Defiant a good team, or simply masquerading as one? Having lost four of their last five matches, Toronto needs to put up a good performance against one of the best teams in the league. It likely will not happen, though, as San Francisco continues to steamroll lesser teams. Toronto winning a single map would be considered a decent performance, but I don’t see it happening as San Francisco refuses to give away maps.

SFS
Mayhem vs. Gladiators 7:30 p.m. PST

The Gladiators continue to improve as the tank line develops synergy with emerging MVP candidate Gui-Un “Decay” Jang. The Mayhem are continuing to rebuild before our eyes, but morale is at an all-time low for a team that had great expectations. It is possible that these Florida players are fighting for their starting roster spots. The Gladiators are a more cohesive and likely a more talented team, and should not have a problem quickly dispatching the Mayhem.

GLA
Titans vs. Fuel 9:15 p.m. PST

Dallas traded for a top-5 D.Va—Lucas “Note” Meissner from Boston—and are now getting top performances out of their main tank, Min-Seok “OGE” Son, who is playing the best Overwatch of his career. Suddenly, Dallas has a top-tier Overwatch League tank line. Add in the versatility of Dylan “Akm” Bignet and Zachary “Zachareee” Lombardo, a dash of rock-solid support play from Benjamin “Unkoe” Chevasson and Won-Sik “Closer” Jung, and Dallas looks like a real contender. However, they play Vancouver, who hold the title of best team in the league. Dallas will take a map and open some eyes, but will ultimately fall to the Titans.

VAN

Friday, April 19

Picks by Matt “Mr X” Morello

Exelsior vs. Reign 4 p.m. PST

These two teams are on very different paths at this point. Atlanta is working in some new additions and trying to find their groove on the fly, while New York looks like they potentially could—yet again—go undefeated this stage. The Excelsior continue their winning ways here against the Reign.

NYE
Fusion vs. Outlaws 5:45 p.m. PST

I think this is going to be an extremely close match. I could definitely see both of these teams in the Stage Playoffs. The battle of the main tanks is going to be epic to watch as Su-Min “Sado” Kim is a beast on Winston while Austin “Muma” Wilmot brings great play on a variety of main tanks. It's tough, but I’m going with Philly—but I don't feel great about it, as I think this match is more of a toss-up than people think.

PHI
Valiant vs. Justice 7:30 p.m. PST

You might not consider a match like this hard to predict—but it is. The Valiant have played better (at times) than their record reflects, but the Justice are starting to put it together. I've really enjoyed Corey “Corey” Nigra's recent play on hitscan heroes, but I'm going with the Valiant getting their second win of the season in this one.

VAL
Spark vs. Charge 9:15 p.m. PST

The Charge have had an absolutely crushing run the last few weeks, dropping maps at a historic rate. For me, this series is more about Hangzhou. Have they found an answer in Shilong “Krystal” Cai? He looked great in the match against Boston. The Spark, on paper, have all the mechanical skill to hang with playoff-caliber teams, but can they keep it together? I’ve got the Spark in this one—continuing the tough time for the Charge.

HZS

Saturday, April 20

Picks by Wolf "Wolf" Schröder

Spitfire vs. Uprising 12 p.m. PST

The Spitfire are looking much improved in Stage 2. I predict that they will run more Ana compositions and that Jun-Young “Profit” Park will outclass Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse on Zarya—as we saw when he faced Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee last week.

LON
Dragons vs. Mayhem 1:45 p.m. PST

The Mayhem have made more roster changes, but unfortunately they still haven’t been able to clean up their play yet. Shanghai is very versatile at the moment, running all sorts of different DPS compositions alongside their very solid 3-3. Expect to see Se-Yeon “Geguri” Kim play a few maps, and for Shanghai to crush the Mayhem.

SHD
Fuel vs. Dynasty 3:30 p.m. PST

In perhaps the most interesting matchup for Saturday, the Fuel’s extremely flexible roster faces off against the Dynasty. OGE’s improved Winston play and the upgrade of Note have both made the Fuel look unstoppable this stage. Seoul is their biggest test so far, and I think they will pass.

DAL
Gladiators vs. Hunters 5:15 p.m. PST

The Gladiators know how to deal with crazy Hunters strategies and they’re no stranger to running unique strategies themselves. Lane “Surefour” Roberts even tried his hand at Mei and Reaper last week. But when they run 3-3, they look extremely solid. The support line is really starting to look coordinated with new Korean players Decay and Chang-Hoon “Roar” Gye. I don’t think the Hunters will shake this roster.

GLA

Sunday, April 21

Picks by Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat

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Titans vs. Uprising 12 p.m. PST

One of our more exciting matches of the week, due to the Uprising being a team that can reliably take the fight to the top teams in the league. Boston has their team-building system that has been shown to be effective, and out of the top three, the Titans have shown some discomfort with the current state of the game. I predict a narrow victory for the Titans, with a strong potential for a Boston upset.

VAN
Outlaws vs. Dragons 1:45 p.m. PST

Houston will be looking to pick up their first win of Stage 2. There are a lot of hopes riding on the change of meta this stage for the Outlaws, especially considering the questionable performance they've shown so far this season. The Dragons are still struggling to find their feet, though they have shown some improvement. A scrappy match that will end with a victory for Houston.

HOU
Spark vs. Shock 3:30 p.m. PST

The only thing that the Spark have excelled at so far this season is jersey sales. Coming into the season with high hopes, they have consistently struggled to live up to the hype. Their next opponent, possibly the best and most aggressive team in the league, will not take it easy on them. I predict a dominant victory for the Shock in this series.

SFS
Reign vs. Charge 5:15 p.m. PST

Since the departure of Daniel “Dafran” Francesca and his mechanical skill, the Reign have struggled to find a system to replace him that provides the same results. Luckily for them in this match, the Charge have not had an easy time of it either this stage. Lacking the confidence and coordination to net wins, the Charge are still looking for the solution to their problems. This will be an out-and-out brawl between two evenly matched teams and will end with the Charge netting a win.

GZS

POLL OF THE WEEK

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: FAN-TASTIC

The Gladiators community was out in full force for the Battle of LA on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Danik—a deaf fan we introduced you to last season—was out to support Terence “Soon” Tarlier as well as his favorite team, the Valiant.

While she’s not part of the current meta, that didn’t stop this fan from cosplaying as Ashe.

Finally, some fans were all about mashing up the meta in time for the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

GAME/SET: HARRYHOOK

Dallas Fuel support Jonathan "Harryhook" Tejedor Rua offers up his ideal settings for playing Mercy and provides a few tips on the best ways to use Resurrect, how to slide, and ways to avoid being exposed to enemy fire.

Week 3 kicks off on Thursday, April 18, at 4 p.m. PDT, when the New York Excelsior (11-0) take on the Philadelphia Fusion (7-4). Watch all 2019 season matches live and on demand on overwatchleague.com, the Overwatch League app, our Twitch channel, MLG.com, and the MLG app.