1. Vancouver Titans (20-1)
The Titans reclaim the top spot following a convincing win against the Gladiators in Week 4, where we saw hitscan maestro Chung-Hee "Stitch" Lee reenter the lineup with a Sombra that seemed to rejuvenate his team. While the loss to the Valiant hit hard, if the Titans can focus on playing a higher tempo—with Sang-Beom "Bumper" Park leading the charge alongside Ju-Seok "Twilight" Lee’s Ana play—that might be enough to propel them to another stage playoffs title.
2. San Francisco Shock (16-5)
Despite a loss to the Hunters, the Shock remain second in my rankings ahead of the Atlanta Homestand and the Stage 3 Playoffs. Enough curveballs have been thrown at San Francisco in regular-season play; I don’t expect them to experience the same surprising losses in the Stage 3 Playoffs to teams they’re accustomed to playing against. While they didn’t handle Menghan "Ameng" Ding, Hu "Jinmu" Yi, and Xianyao "Yveltal" Li very well in Week 4, I expect the Shock to get away with their solid fundamentals and consistent tank play against a stable triple-tank, triple-support team, or a Sombra triple-support composition. Dong-Jun "Rascal" Kim’s Baptiste is a joy to watch, and as long as no one throws triple-DPS compositions at them, the Shock will go for another deep stage playoffs run.
3. Hangzhou Spark (14-7)
It’s about time. The Spark have been so consistent for the past two stages. With an impressive win against the surging Valiant in Week 4, I feel that Hangzhou recognized their flaws in dealing with DPS-heavy compositions and put an appropriate band-aid on the problem with Kyeong-Bo "GodsB" Kim flexing to Sombra. The Spark have now ironed out their play to a point where I feel they can consistently take on the world.
4. New York Excelsior (17-2)
New York drops out of the top three after struggling against a new-look Dallas team that featured Widowmaker veteran Timo "Taimou" Kettunen and long-time teammate Jonathan "HarryHook" Tejedor Rua. But that lineup shuffle from the Fuel is no excuse. New York simply wasn’t good enough when it came down to it. We know that the Excelsior can pull out some amazing gameplay when they want to, but they haven’t proven themselves to be as consistent or reliable as the teams above them.
5. Los Angeles Valiant (8-13)
The Valiant continue to impress despite their loss to the Spark in Week 4—arguably a matchup they would’ve won were it not for a good old C9 on Ilios when they stepped off the point and gave the map away to the Spark. The Valiant have figured out the meta, that’s for sure, and they put it on display when they completely demolished the Spitfire 4-0 in Week 4. Depending on seeding, the Valiant could absolutely go the distance in the Stage 3 Playoffs, but it’d be on the back of explosive performances, not consistent greatness.
6. Seoul Dynasty (12-9)
Min-Seo "Marve1" Hwang was an absolute beast in Week 4. I don’t know any other way to put it. Highlight after highlight, whether it was Primal Rages or Earthshatters, the now-sole main tank on the Dynasty roster showed us why he is fit to lead after the departure of Chan-Hyung "Fissure" Baek. While Seoul has a few issues to iron out, mostly regarding teamwork, they remain a threat and their past results argue in their favor. The Dynasty are consistently good, but if they can improve on a few compositional choices and in some ultimate usage situations, they can compete with the top teams in the stage playoffs.
7. Shanghai Dragons (11-8)
One team that we expected more from in this meta shift is the Dragons. With a world-class Widowmaker player in Min-Sung "Diem" Bae and an elite Sombra and Pharah in Jin-Hyeok "Dding" Yang, why can’t the Dragons break into the top five? It’s a bit of a mystery. I don’t think a single player is to blame, but they need to improve their dive executions and ultimate usage. Ultimately, the mechanical skill of their DPS players has not been enough to strike hard and true against some of the elite teams.
8. Los Angeles Gladiators (13-8)
The Gladiators likely won’t reach the Stage 3 Playoffs with a 4-3 record, but they’ve shown an ability to hit heavy in this meta when Gui-Un "Decay" Jang and Lane "Surefour" Roberts step up to the plate. This team has been legitimately dangerous since a roster change that saw João Pedro "Hydration" Goes Telles replace Jun-Woo "Void" Kang in the lineup for more versatility and a DPS-heavy focus. I expected more of the Gladiators this year considering the caliber of their players, but I remain so excited to see this team play moving forward. If things go right in a meta that suits them, they could, without a doubt, be season playoffs contenders.
9. Houston Outlaws (8-13)
Despite not playing difficult teams in Week 4, the Outlaws move up in the rankings following dreadful performances from the Spitfire. Considering Houston has qualified for the Stage 3 Playoffs, it is only right that they receive some love in my rankings. It is worth mentioning that the Outlaws had a ridiculously easy schedule in Stage 3. But still, on the back of Dante "Danteh" Cruz’s Sombra play and Jake "Jake" Lyon’s versatility, the Outlaws could be a team that surprises if they show up with discipline and confidence.
10. Philadelphia Fusion (11-8)
Despite woeful triple-tank play from the Fusion, they re-enter my top 10 following impressive DPS performances from Jae-Hyeok "Carpe" Lee and Josue "Eqo" Corona (and again, also due to the Spitfire dropping the ball, hard). While there’s still a chance, things look grim for the Fusion in terms of qualifying for the Stage 3 Playoffs—they require slip-ups from the Excelsior or the Dragons—which is not to be expected. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing what the Fusion has to offer in Stage 4.
Ranking the Rest
11. Chengdu Hunters (9-12)
12. London Spitfire (12-9)
13. Atlanta Reign (7-12)
14. Boston Uprising (8-13)
15. Dallas Fuel (10-11)
16. Guangzhou Charge (7-12)
17. Toronto Defiant (7-12)
18. Paris Eternal (8-13)
19. Florida Mayhem (2-17)
20. Washington Justice (2-17)
Stage 3 continues on Saturday, July 6, at 8:30 a.m. PDT, when the Mayhem (2-17) take on the Excelsior (17-2) in the opening match of the Atlanta Homestand Weekend. 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.