Overwatch League - Stage 1
Los Angeles
The first season of the OWL officially gets underway with the first stage of four to come this year. The favorites going in are Seoul Dynasty and Dallas Fuel, while teams such as Houston Outlaws and the New York Excelsior may have something to say about that.

Event Dates:
January 10, 2018 through February 10, 2018

Teams In Competition
Event Scores
Final Placements
Recaps Of This Event

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Passive in defeat
February 12, 2018
Gesture never took any real chances against the New York Excelsior is the London Spitfire's 2-3 loss on Day 4 in Week 5 of the OWL.
ANALYSIS
Gesture seemed to constantly second guess on every engage. This came across on screen as a hesitant Spitfire as a whole at critical times. Having such a passive tank allowed the Excelsior to dictate the pace of fights. While it's a good idea to respect a team such as the Excelsior, Gesture needs to be more confident in his play to give the Spitfire more opportunities to succeed.
Commendable effort in close loss
February 12, 2018
Bdosin couldn't carry the London Spitfire past the New York Excelsior on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Bdosin had a stellar patient Zenyatta in this match. Typically he would aim to use Transcendence after JjoNak's Zenyatta to allow the Spitfire to gain an advantage. The problems arose when that serenity was disrupted. Whether it was Saebyeolbe or the entirety of the Excelsior, Bdosin seemed to be shaken by the aggression of the Excelsior. Where this was especially apparent was on Control points, and he seemed to have much less of an impact on fights. To further improve he'll need to learn how to consistently stay cool on every map type.
Can't get proper positioning
February 12, 2018
birdring had some unique angles on the New York Excelsior in the London Spitfire's 2-3 loss on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
birdring's mechanical skill is supreme, with a notable four-shot kill onto Ark's Mercy early in the series. Most of the time this is supported by an interesting position by birdring in an attempt to maximize his impact. However, this seemed to work more effectively on some maps than others. For Payload and Assault maps they did well, but on Control he was caught out alone at critical moments. Once birdring memorizes all of these maps he'll be a force to reckon with everywhere, but right now it's a little limited.
Sublime tank play in close series
February 12, 2018
Mek0 was constantly in the London Spitfire's face in the NYXL's 3-2 victory on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Mek0 was so close to the Spitfire that he lost his life. While this would be deadly for most teams, with the Excelsior, this type of play thrives. It forced Spitfire to deal with him first and allowed the Excelsior's DPS to push up. Meanwhile, having such an aggressive tank allows Excelsior to play at their own pace. They were able to jump onto an attacking Spitfire instead of waiting on the point. Mek0 understands his role within Excelsior and performs it admirably.
A perfect distraction
February 12, 2018
Libero drew the attention of the London Spitfire for the New York Excelsior's 3-2 victory on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Libero forced the Spitfire to pay attention to him, so much so that they forgot about the rest of the team. However, it's not like they could ignore him either. If left to his own devices, Libero would gut the backline taking out Nus or Bdosin. Libero is a force in his own that gives the Excelsior tons of options in every fight.
The best POV in the league right now
February 12, 2018
Saebyeolbe darted around the London Spitfire in the New York Excelsior's 3-2 victory on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Saebyeolbe single-handedly required the attention of 2-3 members of Spitfire every fight. Additionally, he typically stayed alive while forcing a pick or support ultimate. To be able to do that on a consistent basis at this level of play is insane. Saebyeolbe had as much, if not more, as any of Excelsior's tanks. He is one of the best Tracers in the OWL right now.
Blasts Boston in win
February 12, 2018
Rawkus was a lethal force on the Houston Outlaws in the 3-2 victory over the Boston Uprising on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Rawkus was not going to go down without a fight on every map. He's always been aggressive, but Saturday it was like somebody lit a flame underneath him. Responding to the ebb and flow of a battle, Rawkus put himself in a position so that his Zenyatta could take out a member of Uprising. Sometimes this was pushing up past his teammates, but other times it was waiting in a spot for the Uprising to come to him. Understanding this flow, and using it to your advantage, marks the difference between good and great Zenyatta players.
Powerful play leads to Outlaws' win
February 12, 2018
coolmatt danced around the Boston Uprising in the Houston Outlaw's 3-2 victory on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
coolmatt makes darting around in front of the enemy as D.Va look easy. While a key part of this may have been a more focused Outlaws in general, it's still something that needs intense mechanical skill and concentration to make it happen. All the while responding to the many variables that pop up within a teamfight. These are crucial habits a D.Va player needs, and coolmatt he's got the stuff to pull it off.
Back to deadly form
February 12, 2018
LiNkzr played well on Saturday in the Houston Outlaws' 3-2 win over the Boston Uprising.
ANALYSIS
This match was LiNkzr's return to the stage, and his impact was immediate. The Outlaws were a much more lethal, determined, and focused team with him in play. Additionally, LiNkzr's mechanical skill wasn't something to be trifled with. Boston had to respect where he was at all times. LiNkzr is clearly a driving force on the Houston Outlaws.
Dies too much for Uprising to win
February 12, 2018
Neko found himself caught by the Houston Outlaws too many times on Saturday in the Boston Uprising's 3-2 loss.
ANALYSIS
Neko's performance this series, especially at the end, included too many times where he got caught out. One such example is on Lijiang Tower where he was forced to use Zenyatta's Transcendence in order to live. While understandable, that ultimate was crucial in order for the Uprising to win over the Outlaws ultimate advantage. In order for the Uprising to make it into playoffs, let alone win, this issue needs to be fixed.