Despite a few hiccups along the way, initial lack of owners buying franchises, one of their inaugural teams unable to participate in preseason, Major League Baseball filing a trademark dispute over the OWL logo, Week 1 of the Overwatch League kicked off without a hitch. Streaming on both Twitch and Blizzard's OWL website, the twelve teams battled it out from Wednesday to Saturday, each team playing two matches. When the dust settled late Saturday night, the table was divided evenly:
The results broke down as such:
Although only one week has passed, so far the Boston Uprising have performed higher then most experts and journalists predicted. Interestingly, the only people that I saw that gave them some credit in the preseason rankings were Pro-Overwatch players Alex "Ajax" Jackson and Dusttin "Dogman" Bowerman.
It will be intriguing to see if this is just a fluke or if Boston can continue to punch above its roster's weight and spin a classic underdog tale in the 1st season of the Overwatch League.
Week 2 Fixtures are as follows:
Please keep in mind that all times in this image are in EST.
Three matches catch my eye immediately. Excelsior v Valiant, Dynasty v Uprising, and Spitfire v Fuel. Both of those matches will answer a few questions leftover from Week 1. How many of these 2-0 teams are legit? Are the Uprising a fluke or a playoff candidate? Which Fuel will show up this week? The ones who lost in a bitterly fought contest with the Dynasty? Or the ones who were swept by the Valiant?
Ways to Watch: