A huge week for the Stage 3 playoff implications. I like what we’re seeing so far with three teams in a playoff spot who have never made a stage playoffs. We’ll see if they’ll be able to hold on to their spots this week.
Another big week for the Uprising, beating London in a reverse sweep, and defeating the Seoul Dynasty, their undefeated tear continues. Boston has seemed a lot better after the loss of Dreamkazper, and look to stay undefeated with Shanghai and Dallas on the schedule this week.
A week of close calls for the XL, as they had to reverse sweep twice against the Fusion and Gladiators. Pine continues to be the dominant sharpshooter in the league, and pulls New York out of the jaws of defeat. Another 2-0 week seems to be on the horizon as they take on another Stage 3 playoff team in the Shock, and a struggling Seoul Dynasty team that may want to prove they can beat the best.
The streak is over for the Valiant. After a great battle of Los Angeles, the Valiant had the shot to reverse sweep London, but were unable to get the win on Oasis. Soon as Widowmaker was unbelievable, but was confusingly absent from the fifth map. LA will look to stay in the Stage 3 playoff hunt with wins this week over Houston and Florida.
As one of three teams to go 2-0 this week, the Outlaws find themselves climbing the power rankings. They did have an easy road to that 2-0, with the Mayhem and Fuel on the schedule, but wins still move you up the rankings. Houston does NOT have an easy week ahead of them, taking on both teams from Los Angeles, and all three teams are pushing to make the Stage 3 playoffs.
San Francisco comes out with a huge week, taking both matches against Dallas and Philadelphia, and they currently find themselves in the last spot for the Stage 3 playoffs. However, good times don’t last. This week is a make or break for the Shock as they’ll take on New York AND London. If they’re able to get even one of these matches, they might be able to sneak into that fourth playoff spot.
How the mighty have fallen. After big wins against Houston and London, the Fusion had revenge on their mind against NYXL from the Stage 2 finals. The match went exactly the way that finals match went with Philly going up 2-0, then getting reverse swept. But following that match, the remedy seemed to be the Shock, but San Francisco had other plans, as the Fusion were upset 3-1.
The Gladiators had a rough week against good teams in the Valiant and NYXL, but they took both teams to fifth maps. The Gladiators are currently the first team of the Stage 3 playoffs, tied with three other teams one game back of the San Francisco Shock. LA might end up further out of the playoffs this week, as they’re taking on London, and other playoff hopeful Houston.
Finally able to get a win over a quality team, the Spitfire got a big win against the LA Valiant, but not without some scare of being reverse swept. Profit’s DPS was the real key to victory in that match. London has two winnable games against the LA Gladiators and San Francisco, as they hope to stay in the Stage 3 playoff hunt.
The remedy for a rough week was perfect timing for the Dynasty as they started the week playing Shanghai, but giving them a map, and having to actually push to hold them off. Seoul’s week didn’t get better, as they ran into the buzzsaw that is the undefeated Boston Uprising. Their Stage 3 playoff hopes seem to be slim as they’ll go up against a good Philadelphia team, who aren’t happy about going winless this week and New York.
Another bad week for the Fuel, losing to the Shock and the Outlaws. It’s really looking like Dallas should start looking ahead of season 2 and how they can change up their team some more to PLAY BETTER.
The Mayhem were able to get their first win this week, but it was only against the Shanghai Dragons, so there will be no movement up the rankings this week. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out as better players may start asking for trades out of Florida.
So close to a win against Florida this week, the Dragons continue to be winless in the whole season. It looks like they’re slowly getting better, but it’s just not enough.