Weekly Windup: Double Dragons

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THE PICKOFF

We asked our team of Overwatch League analysts and experts to pick every game of
Week 5:

Thursday, May 2

Picks by Chris “Puckett” Puckett

Fuel vs. Mayhem 5:30 p.m. PDT

This one is going to be all Fuel. At the Dallas Homestand Weekend, the Fuel put one of the best tank lines on display. After adding Lucas “Note” Meissner to the lineup, Min-Seok “OGE” Son has been able to take his game to the next level, and I'm convinced Dallas should be able to run over the Mayhem’s frontline.

DAL
Fusion vs. Shock 7:15 p.m. PDT

The Shock have proven to be one of the league’s elite teams, with a stacked roster and an incredible coaching staff. Both teams had the week off to prepare for this match, but at the moment the Shock are the stronger team in my eyes. I hope Philadelphia opts to run DPS-heavy compositions, because they will be outmatched in a triple-tank, triple-support mirror. I'm looking for Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee and Josue “Eqo” Corona to be the X-factors in this one.

SFS
Charge vs. Outlaws 9:00 p.m. PDT

Austin “Muma” Wilmot put on a show for the fans in Dallas and proved to everyone that Houston can be very dangerous. Both of these teams are near the bottom of our season standings and need to string multiple wins together. I'm giving the edge to the Charge, who had all of Week 4 off to game-plan for the Outlaws. I'm hoping for another high-energy, scrappy game with the Charge taking it in five maps.

GZC

Friday, May 3

Picks by Erik “Doa” Lonnquist

Uprising vs. Gladiators 5:30 p.m. PDT

Gladiator. Gladiator. Gladiator. Dominator! Refrigerator! Decorator! OK, I might not know how their theme song goes, but I can tell you the result of their match against Boston. They’re going to win. They’re going to get to 7-0 in Stage 2 and they’re going to be a real threat to anyone they face in the playoffs. With Boston’s only wins this stage being close matches against Atlanta and Toronto, it’s unlikely that they’ll put up much of a fight. A 4-0 shouldn’t surprise anyone.

GLA
Defiant vs. Titans 7:15 p.m. PDT

The best news I can give Defiant fans right now is that this is the only time they’ll have to watch their team play against the Titans in the regular season, as this is a cross-division matchup. The Defiant have just one match win in Stage 2, and that was against Washington in Week 1. The Titans have lost only two maps total this stage. This is the Attack on Titan episode where everybody gets eaten.

VAN
Dragons vs. Justice 9:00 p.m. PDT

There’s some complicated playoff stuff going on right now between the Spark, Dynasty, Hunters, Fusion, and Dragons regarding 4-3 tiebreakers, but what it boils down to is that the Dragons really need a big win over the Justice to even have a shot at the playoffs. Their last match of the stage is against the Shock, which they’ve got almost zero chance of winning despite this roster being the best the Dragons have ever looked. Washington is the best opponent they could hope for in this scenario. If they can get the 4-0, then try to take a couple maps off the Shock to preserve the map differential, then we might see the Dragons in their first Overwatch League stage playoffs!

SHD

Saturday, May 4

Picks by Mitch “Uber” Leslie

Spitfire vs. Outlaws 12:00 p.m. PDT

London’s loss to Chengdu was one of their classic once-a-stage head-scratchers, but at 5-1 in Stage 2, it’s pretty clear that they’re returning to their past strength. Having found a way to reintegrate Ji-Hyeok “Birdring” Kim into their roster, they have shored up their weakness and arguably their inconsistency. Speaking of which, a winless (in Stage 2) Outlaws squad have no business taking the win here. They have made a large number of changes to their lineup and don’t look remotely close to assembling a winning formula. It would be prudent for optimistic Houston fans to look at Stage 2 as a rebuilding period.

LDN
Reign vs. Excelsior 1:45 p.m. PDT

Atlanta looked very good in their last matchup against New York. Jun “Erster” Jeong continued to show his potential, and Dong-Hyung “Daco” Seo’s re-entry into the lineup was quite the triumphant return. Objectively, Atlanta looked more polished in neutral 3-3 play, but I would be surprised to see too many analysts worth their salt expecting lightning to strike twice. This match is essentially a double-header; both teams have had a week off and are playing each other for the second time consecutively, and New York has always showed a tendency to show up after being embarrassed.

NYE
Dynasty vs. Titans 3:30 p.m. PDT

This one should genuinely be an exciting match. Seoul handled Houston effectively in Dallas, but their match against the Valiant raised a few eyebrows. Min-Seo “Marve1” Hwang is definitely getting there, but one has to wonder whether a player like Chan-Hyeong “Fissure” Baek will be required to be able to match Sang-Beom “Bumper” Park’s frankly egregious level of aggression. The D.Va players in this matchup will be key—Min-Hyuk “Michelle” Choi has shown himself to be effective as a Sombra player, but he will likely need to stick to D.Va to have any hope of providing the same level of peel and impact that Hyun-Woo “Jjanu” Choi can provide—especially in a world where both main tanks will be focusing on making plays over creating safe space. There is no reason to expect an upset here.

VAN
Hunters vs. Valiant 5:15 p.m. PDT

This one is pretty straightforward. The Hunters will play a counter-composition into the Valiant’s 3-3 approaches. If the Valiant aren’t flawless in playing that particular composition into picks such as Roadhog, Junkrat, and Pharah, they will lose. If they opt into the clown fiesta that is the Hunters’ style of play, they will lose—just ask the Spitfire! The odds don’t look great for LA here, and if they aren’t at peak coordination, they will get flattened.

CDH

Sunday, May 5

Picks by Seth "Achilios" King

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Defiant vs. Eternal 12:00 p.m. PDT

One of the harder matches this week to assess. Paris could take this series, but I expect the Defiant have been utilizing their time off to improve Jin “Im37” Hong’s Zarya, or perhaps his Brigitte, allowing Seung-Hyun “Ivy” Lee to play the former. 3-2 Defiant.

TOR
Justice vs. Uprising 1:45 p.m. PDT

The Uprising’s last few series have been rough, but that can be said for the Justice’s entire existence in the league. The frontline matchup already favors the Uprising with Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth vs. Jun-Hwa “Janus” Song; add in Richard “Rck” Kanerva’s Sombra constantly hacking Janus and I would be surprised if he can stay alive long enough to be impactful in teamfights. Corey “Corey” Nigra’s DPS picks are always a wild card and might make the series closer, but unless the Justice show immense improvement, I don’t see them taking this.

BOS
Dragons vs. Shock 3:30 p.m. PDT

The Dragons have looked great lately and are on track to attend their first playoffs ever—but they’re facing the Shock, who are currently on a massive winning streak. As much of a fan favorite as they are, I cannot see the Dragons taking this series, even with Jin-Hyeok “Dding” Yang’s incredible DPS play as of late.

SFS
Dynasty vs. Spark 5:15 p.m. PDT

While the Dynasty endured a close series against the Valiant during the Dallas Fuel Homestand Weekend, a large part of that was Valiant looking cohesive at times. The Spark got a big win over Chengdu, but given their inconsistencies I can't expect them to take down Seoul—who finally are a force to be reckoned with this season.

SEO

POLL OF THE WEEK

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS

Texas Overwatch League fans proved they’re not to be taken lightly, showing up en masse at the Dallas Fuel Homestand Weekend.

Many cosplayers were in the house, including this group that looked like a strong Mystery Heroes comp.

Dallas Stars mascot Victor E. Green threw in his support for the Fuel.

Not everyone at the Allen Event Center was behind the Fuel. Just ask Watchpoint host Chris Puckett, who got this exclusive interview with a serious Outlaws fan.

The fans and the Watchpoint gang weren’t the only ones to get into the spirit of things. London Spitfire DPS Hee-Dong “Guard” Lee reprised his cowboy way for the locals.

GAME/SET: LINKZR

Houston Outlaws DPS Jiri “Linkzr” Masalin offers up his ideal settings for playing as Widowmaker and provides a few tips on when to go for headshots and how to get the maximum value out of Infra-Sight.

Week 5 kicks off on Thursday, May 2, at 5:30 p.m. PDT, when the Dallas Fuel (8-5) take on the Florida Mayhem (1-12). 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.