In just a few short days, we’ll see the first round of games in the Overwatch League finally come into play. Fans have been waiting for this since November 2016, so it’s only natural for a lot of them to be excited for this event.
Below is part two of our week one prediction. If you missed out on the first one, be sure to check it out right here.
Day two of the Overwatch League pick up right where day one finishes off. With another set of incredible match-ups, the action does not stop.
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The Overwatch League Day 2 Game 1
London Spitfire vs Florida Mayhem (January 11, 2018 – 14:00 PST)
— London Spitfire (@Spitfire) January 9, 2018
Day two starts of with a bang as London Spitfire takes on the former Misfits roster Florida Mayhem. Spitfire will be looking to right some of the wrongs that occurred during the preseason.
Heading into the preseason, London Spitfire was being touted as one of the best, if not the best teams in the Overwatch League. Well, things did not go to plan for the Spitfire roster. Reportedly this was due to a miscommunication and the wrong roster was sent out during some of the matches. Spitfire on paper is still one of the best teams in the league and they will most likely start picking things up heading into the regular season.
Florida Mayhem was somewhat of an unknown quantity heading into the preseason. They have a small roster and the problems with that showed during the preseason. The team struggled to put together results and were exploited by teams during the matches. Florida has had a month to iron out some of the issues, so seeing them perform during stage one will be interesting.
Overall it is impossible to look any further than London Spitfires dominating Florida Mayhem. So simply due to the strength of London on paper, we are picking London Spitfires to take this series.
The Overwatch League Day 2 Game 2
Philadelphia Fusion v Houston Outlaws (January 11, 2018 – 16:00 PST)
— Houston Outlaws (@OutlawsOW) January 5, 2018
The second game of day two is one any OpTic fan should be watching, as Philadelphia Fusion takes on the fan favourites Houston Outlaws. This game has a lot of question marks against it as Fusion did not play a single game during preseason because of logistic issues.
Philadelphia Fusion was the only side not to play a single preseason game. They announced that this was due to logistical issues. What this means no-one really knows. One potential problem for this roster is that between players and coaching staff they have a whopping 10 nationalities. So it is very likely that communication is a major issue for this team.
Going up against them will be the fan favourite, Houston Outlaws. Houston performed admirably during the preseason and whilst they may have finished 0-2, both loses were against top three opponents. The preseason showed just how good a squad the Outlaws can become and proved that they should not be counted out.
Based on the fact that the Fusion side has been littered with problems, it’s just impossible not to back the Houston Outlaws to take this series pretty easily. So for this reason we are taking the Houston Outlaws over the Philadelphia Fusion.
The Overwatch League Day 2 Game 3
Boston Uprising v New York Excelsior (January 11, 2018 – 18:00 PST)
Going 🆙 on a Tuesday.
— Boston Uprising (@BostonUprising) January 10, 2018
The final game of day two is a replay of the preseason game between Boston Uprising and New York Excelsior. Boston will be hoping to avenge the loss during preseason, while New York will be hoping to start the season off with a dominant display.
Boston Uprising come into this game without any pressure. The team is widely considered one of the weaker teams in the league, and they are facing a top contender. But make no mistake, Boston have a roster filled with players looking to prove a point. Relative unknowns, a win here will go a long way in helping Boston’s players make a name for themselves.
On the other hand, New York are stacked with talent. They made short work of Boston the last time they met, but they fell short against the star-studded Seoul lineup. As such, expect NYXL to try and wash the sour taste left in their mouths at the expense of Boston.
All in all, New York are just the better them are. Boston are outclassed. However, if you’re a Boston fan, there’s still some hope. Because there little to nothing is expected of Boston here, even a semblance of putting a fight will be huge. But, if they get swept aside, then it could be the start of a rough year for Boston.
The fact that we’re hoping that Boston Uprising will put up a decent fight means that New York Excelsior have this one in the bag by a mile.