We asked our team of Overwatch League analysts and experts to tell us which player they’re most excited to see in the Stage 2 Playoffs:
Dallas Fuel: Min-Seok “OGE” Son
Statistically, all the players from the Dallas Fuel find themselves above league average in most important metrics, although no single Fuel player can really boast league-leading performances. As a whole, they looked decisive and well-coordinated during the Dallas Homestand; however, it is clear that this team struggles whenever OGE is having an off day. They did win their last match of the stage, but it was pretty clear that OGE is still struggling to maintain consistency in his play. His individual performance seems to be the factor which decides whether this team will succeed or fail, so all eyes will be on him during the Stage 2 Playoffs. —Soe Gschwind
Hangzhou Spark: Ho-Jin “IDK” Park
Perhaps in no other meta has Lúcio play been so important. When the Spark win, it is largely because of the playmaking ability of IDK. He showed up huge against the Dynasty to help get the Spark into the playoffs—and he'll need to have another enormous performance to bring them further. No environment is safe as long as IDK is on the map, and I expect his star to continue to rise. —Robert “Hexagrams” Kirkbride
London Spitfire: Jun-Young “Profit” Park
The man. The myth. The legend. Profit is the Spitfire’s Swiss Army Knife and a huge part of their success. He impressed with Tracer last year, but showed he's more than capable of swapping to Zarya and even Brigitte if necessary. You can question London's easy schedule and their puzzling loss to Chengdu, but you can't question Profit's ability to be a star on every map, every time. —Erik “Doa” Lonnquist
Los Angeles Gladiators: Gui-Un “Decay” Jang
The Gladiators have a fairly stacked roster, but the addition of Decay has been the most impactful so far. Whether it’s his Zarya beaming people down in the frontline or his Widowmaker picking people off at a distance, this guy has been an incredible addition for the team. Some of his recent Sombra play might have cost him some faith from the fans, but I'm certain he'll be able to step up his performance in the playoffs. Even more exciting is the prospect of seeing him alongside Lane “Surefour” Roberts again, for some triple-DPS action. —Seth "Achilios" King
New York Excelsior: Seong-Hyun “Jjonak” Bang
I'm always excited to see the Excelsior play due to their unique defensive style. The Shock and the Titans play around their tanks, and thrive on pure unadulterated aggression. Jjonak is the man on NYXL, and because of this and his play in the backline, New York draws their opponents in to die in their constrictive grasp—with Jjonak’s Zen orbs going dink, dink, dink for the duration. —Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat
San Francisco Shock: Matthew “Super” DeLisi and Jay “Sinatraa” Won
Kobe and Shaq. Jordan and Pippen. Stockton and Malone. Years down the road, when we reflect on some of the best-ever Overwatch League duos, everyone’s going to mention Super and Sinatraa. Many recognized their potential early on, back when I was driving around the streets of LA with these guys during their rookie season. But who could’ve expected them to be this dominant this early, leading their team to the first-ever 28-0 stage map record in league history? It’s arguable that these two are both 2019 MVP candidates, as they both sit toward the top of all major statistical categories for their positions. And what’s scarier—they're still very young and have a lot more Overwatch to play in their careers. —Malik Forté
Shanghai Dragons: Jin-Hyeok “Dding” Yang
The Shanghai Dragons are built around their star DPS duo of Dding and Min-Sung “Diem” Bae. Of the two of them, Dding has the most influence on the style of this team, currently. While his Pharah movement is phenomenal and will force the Shock to adapt around him, Hyo-Bin “Choihyobin” Choi did a good job of managing him in their Week 5 match, so it's Dding's Sombra that I'm watching out for in their quarterfinal match. His hacks and EMPs have been generally excellent, but he panicked on King's Row in their last encounter. Keeping a cool head, farming EMP, and syncing with his team for the follow-up are keys to victory for Dding and Shanghai. —Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson
Vancouver Titans: Ju-Seok “Twilight” Lee
I'm looking forward most to watching Twilight from the Titans. I've been pretty outspoken about it before, but I think he's the best flex support in the world right now. Great positioning, ult timings, aim... he's got it all. He's more well-rounded than Jjonak, and his play is cleaner than Min-Ki “Viol2t” Park's. When Vancouver rises through the playoffs to the top, Twilight will be one of the standout players everyone is watching. —Wolf "Wolf" Schröder
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POLL OF THE WEEK
Which team is the most likely to pull off an upset in the Quarterfinals of the Stage 2 Playoffs? #OWL2019— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) May 8, 2019
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: PRETTY AMAZING
Much to the delight of their fans, the San Francisco Shock finished Stage 2 with a golden 28-0 map record.
Speaking of maps, if you haven’t been to Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, you should go—if only to behold the amazing Overwatch League stage that brings maps like Hanamura to life.
Finally, the Atlanta Reign painted an interesting Stage 3 picture for themselves after again upsetting the Excelsior.
Philadelphia Fusion DPS Josue “Eqo” Corona offers up his ideal settings for playing as Genji and provides a few tips on prioritizing high ground and poke damage, understanding melee combos, and optimizing Dragonblade.
The Stage 2 Playoffs begin on Thursday, May 9, at 6 p.m. PDT, when the Dragons (7-7) take on the Shock (11-3). 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.