1. Vancouver Titans (18-0)
The Titans are back on top following consistent wins against the Spark and the Fuel. While Min-Soo "Seominsoo" Seo did not exactly convince me with his Sombra play, I believe the Titans will continue to dominate in the league if they simply stick to their guns with a solid triple-tank, triple-support composition, and if they polish their positioning ahead of matches against Sombra-oriented teams.
2. San Francisco Shock (13-4)
I had some doubts when the Shock played it close against the Reign in a 3-2 win in Week 1, but after the upset of the season—where Houston stunned San Francisco in Week 2—I had to move them down a spot. If the Shock and the Titans end up playing each other in the near future, I would not be surprised to see them go toe-to-toe once again. For now, San Francisco’s consistency issues have led to them being demoted below Vancouver.
3. New York Excelsior (15-2)
New York had a relatively easy Week 2 as they only faced the Eternal, knocking them out with a quick 3-1 win to reinforce their position in the rankings. The map they dropped was Dorado—with substitute Yeon-Oh "Fl0w3r" Hwang being allowed some playtime—but that should not concern the NYXL. New York are favorites against London in a Week 3 rematch; the first time out, the NYXL dominated with Jong-Ryeol "Saebyeolbe" Park on Sombra.
4. Hangzhou Spark (10-7)
Finally, people are starting to acknowledge Hangzhou’s brilliance, and despite a 1-3 loss to the Titans in Week 2, there’s no doubt that it was a positive sign seeing them hang with Vancouver. It really came down to the wire on Havana, and the case could be made that Hangzhou should’ve won the map and gone to a tiebreaker, but instead Vancouver did what they do best and clutched it out. Hangzhou remain the favorites in both their Week 3 matches against the Dynasty and the Fuel.
5. Seoul Dynasty (10-8)
Yes, the Dynasty did suffer an 0-4 loss against the Shock, but I’m still moving them up two spots this week. I found the Dragons' win against the Reign to be unconvcincing. A case could be made that Seoul haven’t really proven themselves so far, only snatching wins against lower-tier teams, but I continue to believe in them. Against the Shock they took Nepal to the third round and went into timebank on Numbani, and while the result looks bad on paper, I still believe this Dynasty team can pack a powerful punch.
6. Shanghai Dragons (9-7)
Shanghai continues to be the anomaly in my top 10—but in a good way—as they strike hard and true with their DPS-heavy compositions. The Stage 3 map pool has proven to not really be in their favor as they are forced to run tank-heavy compositions on maps like Havana, but with a unique approach, I still believe in the Dragons to take down some of the top teams in the league.
7. Los Angeles Gladiators (12-6)
The Gladiators are starting to build a good foundation for future climbing in my rankings. Following two solid wins against the Fusion and the Justice in Week 2, the Gladiators could move into the fifth slot if they take down the Dragons in Week 3. However, it would be a mistake to front-run my own prediction! Let’s see them prove it onstage.
8. London Spitfire (11-6)
The Spitfire soldiered on in Week 2, taking a comfortable 3-1 win against the Defiant; the question was never if London can take down lower-tier teams consistently, but rather if they can live up to their expectations against the top teams in the league. With a Week 3 rematch against the NYXL, London gets a chance for redemption. With a good result in their favor, the Spitfire can hold their spot or possibly move up.
9. Houston Outlaws (5-12)
The Outlaws are officially on a wining streak! After going winless in Stage 2 and narrowly losing in Week 1 to the NYXL, the Outlaws bounced back in Week 2 with a major upset against the Shock and a sweep of the Uprising. While upsets do happen—and perhaps we should take this one with a grain of salt—the decisive 4-0 against Boston solidified Houston’s punching power and resulted in their dramatic leap in the rankings. It would be a miracle if the Outlaws manage to qualify for the season playoffs, but for now, a Stage 3 Playoffs qualification is actually quite realistic. Relying on Dante "Danteh" Cruz’s Sombra has made a world of difference.
10. Atlanta Reign (7-11)
Yes, the Reign are on a four-match losing streak, but with close losses against the Shock, Titans, and Dragons, you can’t really blame them. However, the crushing 0-4 loss to the Dynasty really was the one you should pay attention to, and if Atlanta can’t take down Philadelphia in Week 3, they won’t remain in my top 10 much longer.
Ranking the Rest
11. Los Angeles Valiant (5-12)
12. Philadelphia Fusion (9-8)
13. Dallas Fuel (10-8)
14. Paris Eternal (8-10)
15. Guangzhou Charge (6-11)
16. Chengdu Hunters (7-10)
17. Toronto Defiant (7-9)
18. Boston Uprising (7-11)
19. Florida Mayhem (1-15)
20. Washington Justice (2-15)
Stage 3 continues on Thursday, June 20, at 4 p.m. PDT, when the Shock (13-4) take on the Uprising (7-11). 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.