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Overwatch League 2019: Stage 1 Week 1 Match Report

The champions stumble on the starting block while newcomers stamp their mark on the competition.

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Our Overwatch League 2019 Stage 1 Week 1 match report contains results, standings and match-up details from the first week of OWL 2019.

The first full week of play in this year's Overwatch League has now concluded, and all twenty teams in the roster have had their chance to lay down a marker for the full season ahead.

In these very early stages of the competition, last year's runners up Philadelphia Fusion and newcomers Hangzhou Spark share the top spot with two wins out of two each. They both share an impressive map performance as well, with six wins, three loses, and no ties.

Even more interesting developments can be found at the bottom of the table, where last year's winners London Spitfire are currently ranked 19th out of 20, and perennial underdogs Shanghai Dragons take the bottom spot.

Both teams lost their two opening matches this week, with only a slightly better map performance keeping the champions off the very bottom of the league.

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Standings - Week 1

Before we take a look at each day's play from the weekend just gone, here's a look at the overall Stage 1 standings.

PositionTeamWonLostMatches PlayedMap (Won-Loss-Tie)
1Philadelphia Fusion2026-3-0
1Hangzhou Spark2026-3-0
3New York Excelsior2025-2-1
4Vancouver Titans1014-0-0
5Paris Eternal1013-1-0
6Chengdu Hunters1013-2-0
6Toronto Defiant1013-2-0
8Atlanta Reign1126-3-0
8San Francisco Shock1126-3-0
10Boston Uprising1124-4-1
10Seoul Dynasty1124-4-0
12Los Angeles Gladiators1124-5-0
13Dallas Fuel1123-5-0
14Guangzhou Charge0112-3-0
14Los Angeles Valiant0112-3-0
16Washington Justice0111-3-0
17Florida Mayhem0110-4-0
18Houston Outlaws0114-6-0
19London Spitfire0222-6-0
20Shanghai Dragons0221-7-0

Here's how each day of Week 1 played out:

Thursday 14th February 2019

Team 1Team 2Result
Philadelphia FusionLondon Spitfire3-1
New York ExcelsiorBoston Uprising2-1
Seoul DynastyLos Angeles Gladiators3-1
Shanghai DragonsHangzhou Spark1-3

A notable match last Thursday saw the Shanghai Dragons put up a spirited fight to claim the first match, but ultimately newcomers Hangzhou spark were able to consistently go the extra distance in each of the four matches.

Before that match, however, came the showdown between last year's finalists London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion.

Although Fusion came out on top in the first two matches on Ilios and Hollywood, Spitfire put up a tough fight to claim Volskaya Industries 5-4. They struggled to capitalise on the momentum, however, and Philadelphia Fusion were able to nick the series overall with a 1-0 win on Rialto.

Friday 15th February 2019

Team 1Team 2Result
Toronto DefiantHouston Outlaws3-2
Atlanta ReignFlorida Mayhem4-0
Dallas FuelSan Francisco Shock0-4
Chenddu HuntersGuangzhou Charge3-2

Newcomers Atlanta Reign wasted no time in setting out their stall with a remarkable 4-0 thrashing of the more experienced Florida Mayhem.

As with Thursday's encounter between London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion, it was Volskaya that provided the stickiest moment - one that ended 5-4 in Atlanta Reign's favour.

There was another routing of the competition by San Francisco Shock against Dallas Fuel. Shock put in a truly dominant display throughout the series, taking a total of 11 map points to Fuel's four.

More newcomer fun came from the encounter between Chengdu Hunters and Guangzhou Charge. While Charge managed to take the opening match on Busan cleanly with a 2-0 victory, the lead passed back and forth in a pair of 3-2, 2 -3 results.

Chengdu Hunters eventually took the series with 2-1 wins on Dorado and a tie-break on Nepal. A great statement of intent by both teams, however, who both clearly feel they have something to prove.

Saturday 16th February 2019

Team 1Team 2Result
London SpitfireParis Eternal1-3
Washington JusticeNew York Excelsior1-3
Los Angeles ValiantHangzhou Spark2-3
Vancouver TitansShanghai Dragons4-0

Suffering another defeat, London Spitfire struggled to find the form that had served them so well in the 2018 season, and lost 1-3 to Paris Eternal.

Despite losing their first two games against New York Excelsior 0-2 and 0-1 respectively, new team Washington Justice proved their mettle by bouncing back with a hard-won 1-0 victory on Horizon Lunar Colony.

The Excelsior's experience under pressure proved insurmountable however, with a final 2-1 victory sealing the series.

Once again, Hangzhou Spark took no prisoners in their second encounter, claiming another 3-2 victory - this time against Los Angeles Valiant - and bagging more table points. Let's see if they can keep this run of form up and give the “veterans” something to think about in the long run.

The Shanghai Dragons, however, suffered yet another defeat at the hands of another new League team. The Vancouver Titans fought hard for their 4-0 win, bagging consecutive wins across Busan, Hollywood, Temple of Anubis and Dorado.

Sunday 17th February 2019

Team 1Team 2Result
Houston OutlawsBoston Uprising2-3
Philadelpha FusionAtlanta Reign3-2
San Francisco ShockLos Angeles Gladiators2-3
Seoul DynastyDallas Fuel1-3

It was a tighter affair on Sunday overall, with Atlanta Reign struggling to dominate Philadelphia Fusion in the same manner with which they'd dispatched Florida Mayhem earlier in the week.

Boston Uprising bounced back from their first defeat to take their second match following a series of tight matches, and it was a similar story for the Los Angeles Gladiators in their 3-2 victory over San Francisco Shock.

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