Jin-Hyeok "Dding" Yang, Shanghai Dragons
The Dragons impressed in Stage 2 when they qualified for their first-ever Stage Playoffs. With one of the easiest schedules going into Stage 3, projectile-DPS aficionado Dding and his brood have a chance to repeat their success.
Sticking to their unorthodox DPS-oriented compositions, Dding and his partner-in-crime—Min-Sung "Diem" Bae, who won the 2019 All-Stars Widowmaker 1v1 event—have started cooking with gas. Both have benefited from some hero updates in Stage 2 and will do well with some upcoming Junkrat changes in Stage 3. While Dding has primarily made a name for himself rocking Pharah, it would be exhilarating to see him blow some people up with the recently upgraded Rocket Launcher.
Qiulin "Guxue" Xu, Hangzhou Spark
The Spark only mustered a 3-4 record in Stage 1, but the team is finally living up to expectations following a superb Stage 2 run that saw them reach the Stage 2 Playoffs semifinals. With one of the easiest Stage 3 schedules, sparks could fly when Chinese superstar Guxue takes the stage on June 8 against the Philadelphia Fusion.
While the triple-tank, triple-support meta has not been kind to a team that would prefer running DPS-heavy compositions, the Spark have surged with Guxue getting more time on Winston in Stage 2. If Guxue can continue to dominate with his excellent Primal Rages, there’s a good chance that Hangzhou could be a top-four team by the end of this stage—and Guxue could end up as a top-three Winston in the league.
Jin-Seo "Shu" Kim, Guangzhou Charge
We’re back on the Shu-Shu train. Following an absolutely brutal schedule in Stage 2, with matches against the San Francisco Shock (twice), Los Angeles Gladiators, and Hangzhou Spark, things finally get easier for the Charge. In Stage 3, they face just one team—the Dragons—that qualified for the Stage 2 Playoffs. Winnable!
Emerging flex-support star Shu will look to start a hot streak. Seeing how he managed to statistically compete with some of the best flex supports in the league—like Ju-Seok "Twilight" Lee and Min-Ki "Viol2t" Park—in Stage 1, he will be crucial for Guangzhou as they look to climb the standings moving forward.
Jae-Hui "Gesture" Hong, London Spitfire
Being able to rely on solid main-tank play is one of the great reliefs when your sights are set as high as London’s, and Gesture has done everything to warrant your attention as the Spitfire enter Stage 3. Initially suffering from some poor performances in Stage 1, Gesture drastically stepped up his game throughout Stage 2— most specifically on Reinhardt, which helped the Spitfire reach the Stage 2 Playoffs. Things are now looking good as the inaugural season champions look to return to form.
While Gesture’s best hero continues to be Winston, with him showing more decisiveness and prowess on Reinhardt—and Jun-Young “Profit” Park backing him up on Zarya—London can now reliably play the triple-tank, triple-support composition at a respectable level. Another Stage Playoffs appearance is in the making.
Josue "Eqo" Corona, Philadelphia Fusion
It almost feels like the Fusion have been in limbo for the entirety of 2019. They haven’t challenged the top-five teams this year, nor have they dropped into risky territory. The 2018 Grand Finals runners-up have been a stable mid-table team that keeps other teams from entering top 10 consideration. However, heading into Stage 3, the team’s emotional leader—Eqo—is looking to change that.
In a teamwork-oriented 3-3 meta, a decisive and consistent shotcaller like Eqo is just what you need. For the second half of the 2019 season, I’m hoping he steps up and puts his tenacity on display for the league to see, and ultimately rallies his team into the season playoffs.
The Overwatch League returns to the big stage for the start of Stage 3 on Thursday, June 6, at 4 p.m. PDT, when the Stage 2 champion Shock (11-3) take on the Reign (7-7). 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.