Season 2 of the Overwatch League is right around the corner! With eight new expansion teams in the mix of things, where will each of the 20 teams be at the end of the season? This power ranking considers the overall flexibility of each team and their ability to adapt and remain consistent as the meta shifts.
1. London Spitfire
It won't be a surprise if the London Spitfire defend their Season 1 Title. The Spitfire are a young team and people question their ability to remain consistent, but this is a team that has proven itself to play their best Overwatch when their backs are against the wall. Jaehui "Gesture" Hong and Junho "Fury" Kim are the best tank duo in the league, while their support and DPS duos are all at least Top 5.
2. New York Excelsior
The only team that could reliably defeat the Spitfire would be the Excelsior. New York did defeat London multiple times last season, and are bringing in two highly-touted DPS players in Yeon-Gwan "Nenne" Jeong and Yeono "FlOw3R" Hwang. But the reason the Excelsior are No. 2 is there is evidence that these new acquisitions may not live up to their hype and in fact disrupt the current DPS lineup of Jong-Ryeol "Saebyeolbe" Park, Do Hyeon "Pine" Kim, and Haesong "Libero" Kim.
3. Los Angeles Gladiators
The Gladiators outpaced expectations last year, and return to the OWL with a solid, consistent lineup of players, including the legendary Lane "Surefour" Roberts. They could win the whole season if they can up their potential to match other teams in the upper echelon of the league.
4. Hangzhou Spark
The first of eight new expansion teams, there has been a rumor that nobody wants to face the Spark in scrimmages. The former X-6 Gaming roster adds two top level players in main tank Qiulin "Guxue" Xu and main support Ho jin "iDK" Park.
5. Paris Eternal
Some might be surprised to see the Eternal ranked so highly, but this is a team full of veteran players who have been around since the earliest days of the game. The likes of DPS players Terence "SoOn" Tarlier, Georgii "ShaDowBurn" Gushcha, and support Harrison "Kruise" Pond are not to be trifled with.
6. Philadelphia Fusion
Last year's runner-ups have not changed their roster by much, but look to DPS duo JaeHyeok "Carpe" Lee and Josh "Eqo" Corona along with off-tank Gael "Poko" Gouzerch to make the key plays that will help the Fusion win many close games.
7. San Francisco Shock
Like the Excelsior, the Shock has added some quality DPS players. Despite a poor start, the Shock finished last season with momentum. People underestimate the tank lineup, and the addition of support player Minki "Viol2t" Park will be a game changer.
8. Atlanta Reign
DPS legend Daniel "dafran" Francesca was the biggest, most talked about acquisition in the offseason. The Reign have an intriguing international roster with top players from Korea, Europe, and America; if their DPS players live up to their hype, this team will go far.
9. Vancouver Titans
The Titans consist of Runaway, South Korea's darling team since APEX. People have called out the team for not performing in clutch time, but the original core of main tank Sangbeom "Bumper" Park, and DPS players Hyojong "Haksal" Kim and Chunghee "Stitch" Lee are immensely talented.
10. Dallas Fuel
With a strong support line and new tanks, the Fuel should improve on their performance from last year. If DPS Hyeon "EFFECT" Hwang can find his stride, the Fuel could very well defeat teams ranked higher than them on this list.
11. Los Angeles Valiant
The hometown team enters Season 2 with good support and tanks but major questions for the DPS lineup. Will YoungSeo "KariV" Bak make a smooth adjustment to be a DPS player? Can Jun hyeok "Bunny" Chae play other characters besides Tracer?
12. Guangzhou Charge
Another team that is being slept on. Communication could be a problem at the beginning of the season, but this multi-national team performed surprisingly well in their show match against the Seoul Dynasty. Yiliang "Eileen" Ou is arguably China's best DPS player.
13. Toronto Defiant
Half of the Defiant consists of the former O2 roster, which gained fame for defeating Elemental Mystic, Korea's strongest Contenders team. What remains to be seen is if this core will continue to be successful on the big stage. They are bolstered by the acquisition of former Uprising support player SeHyun "Neko" Park.
14. Houstan Outlaws
By adding only DPS Dante "Danteh" Cruz, the Outlaws made the fewest moves in the offseason. The team performed well last season, but there are concerns in every role over if the players will continue to perform or be countered by other teams.
15. Washington Justice
Many lists rank the Justice as among the worst in the league, but their coach Hyeong-seok "WizardHyeong" Kim is one of the best in the world. Tank Junhwa "Janus" Song and support Riley "Fahzix" Taylor are two very smart players.
16. Seoul Dynasty
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. One of the preseason favorites from last year, the Dynasty are expected to decay further. Support legend Jehong "Ryujehong" Ryu is in the twilight of his storied career and the team's offseason acquisitions have never played on such a big stage before.
17. Boston Uprising
Coach Chris "Huk" Loranger searched the world and added some interesting but untested new players to the roster. After the departure of Stanislav "Mistakes" Danilov and Nam-joo "Striker" Kwon, the new DPS lineup of Jeffrey "blase" Tsang and Kelsey "ColourHex" Birse have a lot to prove to fans.
18. Chengdu Hunters
With the exception of DPS Tzu-Heng "Baconjack" Lo, the entire team is from China. Many of the players are unknown quantities, so it will take a couple of games for us to get an idea of how strong this team really is.
19. Florida Mayhem
Outside of DPS Jeongwoo "Sayaplayer" Ha, this team is a conglomerate of former OWL bench players and untested Korean players out of Contenders. The Mayhem needs to prove that they can play at an OWL level. Veteran DPS Kevyn "Tiviq" Lindstrom is the only main roster player remaining from the original all-Swedish roster.
20. Shanghai Dragons
It honestly would not be a surprise if the Dragons lose every game again. It doesn't help that main tank Eui-seok "Fearless" Lee is returning to Korea because of health problems. Se yeon "Geguri" Kim and Weida "Diya" Li deserve better.
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