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We asked our team of Overwatch League analysts and experts to pick every Week 4 matchup:
Saturday, April 27
Picks by Malik Forté
|Eternal vs. Spitfire||9 a.m. PDT|
When these two teams matched up in Opening Week, the Eternal undoubtedly outclassed the Spitfire, playing some of the best 3-3 we had seen thus far in the 2019 season. One stage later, though, and the Spitfire look far more comfortable on the current meta and a lot more like the dominant team that won the Overwatch League championship last year. The Eternal will definitely make this a good match, but I think the Spitfire will edge them out with a close 3-1 victory.
|Spark vs. Hunters||10:45 a.m. PDT|
Chengdu’s unorthodox playstyle is becoming more foreseeable—you know Menghan “Ameng” Ding is going to ball out until he falls out on Hammond and Hu “Jinmu” Yi is going to fill the sky with rockets. That doesn’t mean the Hunters are easy to topple, though, despite knowing this information. The Spark, coming off a complete beatdown at the hands of the Shock, have a hard bit of preparation to do for the Hunters, and I don’t see them putting together the proper game plan to score a win against their wacky adversaries.
|Outlaws vs. Dynasty||12:30 p.m. PDT|
The first map of Stage 2 showcased the Outlaws’ potential, as they swiftly took the undefeated Titans to task on Busan. But that ended up being the only map the Outlaws have won this stage. This match against Seoul, which is within arm’s reach of their hometown of Houston, is a spot where they cannot afford another lackluster performance. I’m expecting the Outlaws we saw in that first map of the stage to show up—activated by the screams of their extremely dedicated fans—and claim a hard-fought victory over this strong but fickle Dynasty squad.
|Valiant vs. Fuel||2:15 p.m. PDT|
For so long, the Valiant have benefitted from playing in their home market—every game at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles is a home game for them. That hasn’t amounted to many victories this season, though, and their next game is going to be their first time on the flip side of the home-advantage coin since the Overwatch League began. Dallas has been the better team in 2019, so with the crowd on their side, I see them taking this match and defending their turf.
Sunday, April 28
Picks by Christopher “Montecristo” Mykles
|Spark vs. Eternal||10 a.m. PDT|
The Eternal need quality wins under their belt to reverse the perception that they remain a low-tier team. In spite of the uptick in the Spark’s performance this stage—as they start to field Shilong “Krystal” Cai and Kyeong-Bo “GodsB” Kim continues to improve on Zarya—this should still swing in Paris’ favor. The Eternal changed their starting players, including the upgrade at flex support with Luis “Greyy” Perestrelo, and now can orient Georgii “Shadowburn” Gushcha to his strengths on projectile DPS. I expect Paris to narrowly win as they capitalize on some of Hangzhou’s still-scattered shotcalling.
|Hunters vs. Spitfire||11:45 a.m. PDT|
The Hunters need wins to stay afloat in the middle of the table and have a shot at the play-in tournament for the 9th- to 12th-seeded teams to reach the season playoffs. Chengdu continues to play their own style, but after the Gladiators picked Jinmu’s Pharah apart with Sombra, other teams may possess the roadmap to an easier win. London’s star is rising and they have the option to slot in their Sombra ace—Hee-Dong “Guard” Lee—if they need him. Jun-Young “Profit” Park’s Zarya should be enough to overcome Chengdu, however, and they should coast to victory.
|Dynasty vs. Valiant||1:30 p.m. PDT|
The Dynasty embrace a more controlled style with Min-Seo “Marve1” Hwang and Dong-Eon “Fits” Kim taking over the starting tank roles, which lacks star playmaking potential but seems to suit the more team-oriented triple-tank, triple-support meta. While Seoul’s 3-3 looks stronger than ever, the Valiant still demonstrate a troubling lack of coordination in spite of their recent wins. Both teams have improved in Stage 2, but Seoul should be the easy favorite as they challenge for another Stage Playoffs seed.
|Outlaws vs. Fuel||3:15 p.m. PDT|
The Fuel appear to lose confidence when the tides of the match move against them, but they should be invigorated by a home crowd of thousands ready to cheer them on. While the Outlaws should have plenty of fans of their own willing to make the trek, the Texas rivalry will be at an all-time high and Fuel fans will dominate the arena in much the same way their team will manhandle their competition. Dallas won’t let this chance to thrill their crowd slip away as they crush their in-state rivals.
POLL OF THE WEEK
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: DRESSING FOR SUCCESS
Before facing off against the Valiant, the starting six for the Justice were escorted onto the stage by a trio of fully armored knights.
Elsewhere, Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson made a quick visit to the Dark Side of the Soon.
And on Sunday, Danny Lim and Sang-Beom “Bumper” Park channeled their inner Easter Bunny.
KNOW YOUR ROLE: DPS
Find out how top pros—Jake “Jake” Lyon, Nam-Ju “Striker” Gwon, Josue “Eqo” Corona, Jong-Ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park, and Byung-Sun “Fleta” Kim—approach playing the DPS position.
Toronto Defiant support Joo-Sung “Roky” Park offers up his ideal settings for playing as Lúcio and provides a few tips on aiming, achieving top speed, and arriving on point before the opposition.
ON POINT: FUSIONS
Boston main tank Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth sits down with Malik Forté to discuss his whirlwind journey from the 2018 Overwatch World Cup to the Overwatch League, taking charge as a leader, and the player he’d like to 1v1 as Reinhardt.
INSIDE THE COMMS: REIGN VS. JUSTICE
Listen to the high-energy and spicy chatter on both sides of a recent Reign vs. Justice matchup.
For Week 4, the Overwatch League hits the road for the Dallas Fuel Homestand Weekend. The matches kick off Saturday, April 27, at 9 a.m. PDT, when the Eternal (5-6) take on the Spitfire (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.