OWL Week 2 Recap: Dallas continue their losing streak as Seoul and New York dominate
After another week of Overwatch action, Korea remains firm as a dominant force as Dallas Fuel and Shanghai Dragons struggle for match wins.
Korean teams supreme
It’s beginning to feel like a worrying trend as the OWL progresses into its second week. The way in which London, Seoul and New York are dominating games has given little respite to their Western counterparts as only the Korean teams remain with unblemished records in the league.
Luckily, this trend won’t be lasting for long as Seoul Dynasty is set to take on New York Excelsior in the next week of play. For all the hype surrounding Fleta and Munchkin in recent weeks, NY has their own DPS core of Pine and Saebyeolbe that have looked dominant in their own way. As these two forces collide, it’ll be interesting to see what factors will tip the scale in either teams favorite as both look to continue their undefeated runs.
If you’re trying to stay safe in the OWL, it’s never hard to go against London Spitfire. The 12 man super roster has looked unstoppable since the league started and they’ve only actually used 3/4 of their squad in the first two weeks. Many pundits have hailed the DPS duo of Profit and Birdring as ‘the best in the league’ and that’s saying a lot given the strength of talent at that role.
Houston stabilize, Dallas and Shanghai continue slump
It was a bountiful week 2 for the Houston Outlaws this past week as they evened their record at 2-2. Going into week 3, there is a good chance they can continue their winning ways with their matches against Florida Mayhem and LA Gladiators. Jake, Muma and SPREE have all earned plaudits for their week 2 performances on the back of some seriously suffocating play that saw them 4-0 a Dallas Fuel team that seemed out of their element.
For Dallas, this has been a slight worrying trend for the opening weeks of OWL. But it’s also important to note their difficulty in schedule so far in these matches. Even though they lost to Seoul in the first week, there is a case to be made for that series being the most competitive of any other series shown so far.
There are definitive high level playmakers in this team that simply won’t be denied by the lesser known teams, look for Dallas to rebound heavily within the coming weeks to show their worth.
The same can’t be said for the Shanghai Dragons though. Shanghai have looked out of wits in week 2 with disappointing losses to Houston and Florida this past week.
The Houston loss was understandable, but to not take a game off a streaky Florida team speaks volumes as to where this team is at as a whole. If there’s no serious changes to be made in the coming weeks, there is a high chance that the Red Dragons will end up last in the OWL for the first stage of play.