Overwatch League: Big Week For NYXL

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As Overwatch League moves deeper into Stage Two, this fourth week of action will be one of the most pivotal yet. It’s the ultimate test for New York Excelsior, who sit atop the overall Overwatch League standings.

For now.

The two teams trailing them, Seoul Dynasty and London Spitfire, are their opponents this week. It’s the first time this season a team will play both London and Seoul in the same week. NYXL won a five-map thriller over Seoul early in Stage One, but London has been their true rival to date.

NYXL are comfortably ahead in the Overwatch League standings, to the point that the only thing that could drop them out of first is an 0-2 mark this week. They only lead Seoul Dynasty by one match in the standings, but have a massive 13-map lead for a tiebreaker. Things are much tighter for the upcoming Stage Two playoffs, as Seoul lead with NYXL and London trailing by one and two matches respectively.

Seoul are thus far unbeaten in Stage Two, and have thus far avoided the mid-stage slump that sunk their playoff chances in Stage One. Whereas fans were dazzled by Fleta early on, Munchkin has cemented himself as the team’s second DPS. His play has frustrated some of the top tanks in Overwatch League, including this former player:

London is the real foil to New York at this point. The Spitfire have won each of the previous two meetings against NYXL, with both matches coming down to a fifth map. After their most recent loss to London, NYXL have won four straight matches and 15 of 16 maps.

In each of their meetings, London has taken advantage of NYXL’s aggressive nature. They’ve beaten them thoroughly on payload-related maps, beating NYXL on Numbani, Dorado, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar in previous meetings. London has applied the pressure to keep NYXL staggered, especially with elite Tracer play from Birdring and Profit.

Regardless of result, these two matchups headline what could be the biggest week ever for the young Overwatch League. And when that week is finished, we could have a different look atop the league standings.