The first week of Overwatch League Season 2 has come and gone. Which teams performed well and which teams not so much? Here are five key takeaways from Week 1 of the OWL.
5. London Spitfire Doesn't Look Too Hot
The defending champions started the season with a rematch against the Philadelphia Fusion, where the team was handily defeated 3-1. Two days later against the Paris Eternal, the London Spitfire was again defeated by a 3-1 margin.
Although Hee Dong "Guard" Lee displayed tremendous skill on Sombra, the rest of the team's star players were largely silent. Perhaps the GOATS meta does not suit the Spitfire, but this team certainly has the talent to adapt and improve.
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4. The Dallas Fuel Really Aren't That Bad
The new, revamped Dallas Fuel roster began the season by taking an absolute drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco Shock, falling in a 4-0 sweep.
After hasty calls from fans to fire coaches Aaron "Aero" Atkins and Justin "Jayne" Conroy, the Fuel rebounded with an impressive 3-1 defeat of the Seoul Dynasty. In the second match, Zachary "ZachaREEE" Lombardo shook off his on-stage nerves, while Dylan "aKm" Bignet was a key player in the Fuel's victory.
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3. Hope for China
The Chengdu Hunters began the season by upsetting the Guangzhou Charge 3-2, marking the first time a full Chinese roster has won a game in the OWL. After the Shanghai Dragons were humiliated by going 0-40 last year, an emotional Chengdu Hunters brought some respect back to Chinese Overwatch.
2. Boston Goes Up, Houston Comes Down
Despite being shorthanded, Boston Uprising was quite impressive with main tank Cameron "Fusions" Bosworth and flex support Minseok "Aimgod" Kwon both standing out in a 2-1 loss to the New York Excelsior and a 3-2 win over the Houston Outlaws.
As for the Outlaws, they start the season 0-2 with the aforementioned loss to the Uprising and a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Defiant. It failed to finish off the opponent in two close contests, revealing glaring issues with communication and positioning.
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1. Let's Go Dude
Atlanta Reign's Daniel "Dafran" Francesca made his highly anticipated Overwatch League debut by playing Torbjorn in a 4-0 sweep of the hapless Florida Mayhem. Although Atlanta would fall 3-2 against the Philadelphia Fusion, the Reign looks to be a solid team with impact players at DPS, tank, and support.
In general, the expansion teams all performed quite well. The Vancouver Titans, Atlanta Reign, Paris Eternal, Toronto Defiant, Hangzhou Spark and Chengdu Hunters all picked up wins, while only the Guangzhou Charge and Washington Justice end the week still looking to find their first wins.
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