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Overwatch League, the beginning of stage three

Josh Brester, Jayjournal staff

After an intense 5th week of stage two in the Overwatch League, the New York Excelsiors(rank #1) were able to defeat the Philadelphia Fusion(#5) in a reverse sweep, winning while the opponent is up from the begin and only need one more point to win. Both this match and the match before it were close, with Fusion winning a 3 to 2 game against the London Spitfire(#2).

With the end of stage two starts the beg+inning of stage three, but even before this stage started, a lot of drama was being created and teams being changed. For starters, the Dallas Fuel(#10) have once again been a hot topic. For starters, one of their star tank players, who goes by the name “xQc”, has left the team and the league. He is done with being on that team, and he’s not the only person to want to leave, flex player, who goes by the name “Seagull” also has stated that he wants to leave. He was given the opportunity to join the Los Angeles Valiants(#6), in trade of their tank player, who goes by the name “Envy”, but Fuels head coach Kyky refused the trade. With Seagull being considered by people as one of the poster boy of Overwatch and his star performance against Excelsiors in week five, which him being played was actually an accident since Fuels tank player who goes by the name “Taimou” was in the bathroom so they put Seagull in, Kyky wants to keep him on the team.

Fuel ended up trading their support player who goes by the name “Custa”, for Valiant’s support player, who goes by the name “Unkoe”. This was seen as a terrible trade for the Fuel because for one, Custa was seen as one of the important reasons the Fuel was having the little success they were. He was their main shot caller, player to tell the rest of the team what to do during a game, and overall great player, while Unkoe wasn’t a shot caller at all. Unkoe, while being a good support player, was said by many of the Valiant players to be “toxic” and to get mad rather easily. This trade ended up looking a lot better for the Valiants then the Fuel.

Fuel isn’t the only team to be having issues with players, according to Dexerto, Boston Uprising’s(#4) D.P.S.(damage per second) player, who goes by the name “Dreamkazper,” has been removed from the team after he was caught sexting with a 14 year old girl. Another player, who goes by the name “Eqo,” a D.P.S for the Fusion has been banned from play for several matches after making a racial slur. While these two players, and Fuels tank player. Who goes by the name “OGE”, are currently ban, the league might be banning even more players. After it was found that OGE was a booster, player that uses their skill to get lower tier players into higher ranks they shouldn’t be in(sometimes for money), and Fusions tank player, who goes by “Sado,” by a source that the Overwatch League has kept anonymous.

Other than these bans and bad trades, there are some actual good trades and new players. Houston Outlaws(#7) have signed a new player on to their team, D.P.S. player who goes by the name “Arhan”. Though do to some long visa processes to go through, he might not get to join the league till after stage three. The Los Angeles Gladiators(#8) picked up flex player who goes by the name “Void”, and a member to finally be able to play in the league is the player who goes by “sinatraa”, D.P.S. player, for the San Francisco Shock(#9). After not being old enough to join the league(the age to actually join is 18 and he turned 18 March 18th), people were actually confused as to why he wasn’t playing. He played in the Overwatch World Cup, and most people didn’t realize that he was only 17 when he did play(since the World Cup doesn’t have a set age, but the League does), people were surprised to learn he was so young. With sinatraa making some incredible plays during the World Cup, him join the Shock should really help them go up the ranks.

With all the trades, bans, transfers, and rumors going around, stage three is going to very interesting. Lots of teams have been stepping up their game and are looking to take down the top team, Excelsiors, who are currently 20 wins and only 2 loses(against Fusion in stage one, week three and Spitfire in stage two, week one). For some teams, it’s just trying to get into the top 6, so they can qualify for the playoffs after stage five.

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