1. San Francisco Shock (11-3)
After dethroning the Vancouver Titans in the Stage 2 Finals, San Francisco sees themselves crowned as the best team in the league. With triple-tank, triple-support continuing to be the predominant composition in Stage 3, San Francisco will surely keep their pace up, with Matthew “Super” DeLisi always hungry for more.
2. Vancouver Titans (14-0)
A defeat for the Titans in the Stage 2 Finals see them drop to second in my power rankings, but still, with everything we’ve seen the Titans do this season, a single loss should not warrant extensive concerns. The Titans continue to be one of the most dominant teams in the league, with star players galore on their roster. Keep an eye out for impeccable Brigitte play from Hyo-Jong “Haksal” Kim.
3. New York Excelsior (12-2)
Despite suffering two losses to the Atlanta Reign last stage, New York continues to be a top-three team in my eyes after a reassuring Stage 2 Playoffs performance that saw them dominate the Los Angeles Gladiators and somewhat challenge the Vancouver Titans. When the NYXL fire on all cylinders and the frontline of Dong-Gyu “Mano” Kim and Tae-Hong “Meko” Kim perform at their highest level, New York has some incredible peak potential.
4. Hangzhou Spark (8-6)
It’s Hangzhou’s turn in the hotly contested fourth spot to kick off Stage 3. After a great performance against the Seoul Dynasty to secure Stage 2 Playoffs qualification—and their subsequent win against the London Spitfire in the quarterfinals—the Spark have shown some quality gameplay and vital consistency. Winston expert Qiulin “Guxue” Xu continues to perform at a high level, freeing up the rest of his team to play their own game with confidence, and with an easy schedule in Stage 3, a repeat stage playoff showing might not be out of the question.
5. Shanghai Dragons (7-7)
With wacky compositions and fancy highlight-reel plays, the Dragons continue to be hard to prepare for. The elite DPS duo of Jin-Hyeok “Dding” Yang and Min-Sung “Diem” Bae remains the main attraction when the Dragons take the stage, and in my mind, it’s simply a matter of time before Shanghai takes down a top team. I can’t wait to see more of this revitalized squad.
6. London Spitfire (9-5)
While I do like to think that London had a great Stage 2 overall, departing for the All-Stars break after an embarrassing loss to Hangzhou in the Stage 2 quarterfinals leaves us questioning the inaugural champions once again. I mentioned earlier during the break that I still consider Jun-Young “Profit” Park a league MVP candidate due to his crucial performances for this squad, and with Jae-Hui “Gesture” Hong improving massively in Stage 2, I remain positive when predicting London’s future matches.
7. Los Angeles Gladiators (9-5)
The Gladiators plummeted in my rankings following two disappointing losses to end Stage 2. A surprising loss to the Boston Uprising in Week 5 sparked some worries that were later confirmed in the playoffs against the Excelsior. While New York is a top dog in the league, we expected the Gladiators to put up some more resistance, but instead, the team fell flat. The Gladiators have the most difficult strength of schedule throughout Stage 3, and things could get rough moving forward.
8. Seoul Dynasty (7-7)
While the Dynasty did not qualify for the Stage 2 Playoffs, one would be foolish to dismiss them as a mid-table team. Strength of schedule was not on their side in Stage 2, and with a loss to the up-and-coming Spark in their last matchup before the All-Stars break, they finished with a mere 3-4 record. However, the Dynasty now face one of the easier schedules, and if they can keep up their great performance on the triple-tank, triple-support composition, with Min-Seo “Marve1” Hwang leading the charge, I would not be surprised to see Seoul show themselves as a playoff team this stage.
9. Dallas Fuel (9-5)
Numerous times throughout the season I’ve praised and hyped up the Fuel as a team to look out for, and the hype was more real than ever following the incredible Dallas Homestand Weekend. With two promising wins against the Los Angeles Valiant and the Houston Outlaws, things looked up for the Fuel, but reviewing their wins and losses on paper, the truth is that Dallas has struggled against some of the top teams. I keep harping on the consistency issues of Min-Seok “OGE” Son, and going into Stage 3, I will once again restate that sentiment.
10. Atlanta Reign (7-7)
The Reign’s recent achievements only consist of two surprising wins against the Excelsior, and going into Stage 3, they will have to find their footing. Rookie Dusttin “Dogman” Bowerman has been an important piece in the puzzle, and he will need to continue to have outstanding performances if this Atlanta team wants to challenge any of the other top teams for a stage playoff spot. I’m not necessarily optimistic about the Reign’s future, but I will not rule them out as the potential is definitely there.
Ranking the Rest
11. Philadelphia Fusion (8-6)
12. Los Angeles Valiant (3-11)
13. Chengdu Hunters (6-8)
14. Boston Uprising (7-7)
15. Guangzhou Charge (5-9)
16. Toronto Defiant (7-7)
17. Paris Eternal (5-9)
18. Washington Justice (2-12)
19. Florida Mayhem (1-13)
20. Houston Outlaws (3-11)Stage 3 starts 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.