Slack Stock – Outlaws, Justice stay unbeaten to cap Week 2
Week 2 of the 2021 Overwatch League season ended on Sunday with the Houston Outlaws, Dallas Fuel and Washington Justice picking up wins.
The Outlaws (4-0), the top team in the West, notched a 3-0 win over the London Spitfire (0-2). The Outlaws were without DPS Dante “Danteh” Cruz because of illness, but Houston did a good job filling in for him. Coach/player Jacob “JAKE” Lyon helped to pick up the slack, but the rookie tank line of Myung-heum “JJANGGU” Cho and Min-jun “PIGGY” Shin did most of the heavy lifting.
Houston started with a 2-0 Game 1 win on Oasis, followed by a 2-1 victory on Watchpoint: Gibraltar. The Outlaws weren’t perfect, as they had some strategic issues, such as spending too much time trying to find value with heroes before swapping. Nevertheless, the Outlaws held a clear advantage over the Spitfire, culminating in a 2-1 win on Hanamura for Houston to secure the series sweep.
In other Sunday action, the Fuel (2-2) got in on the sweeping action, taking out the Boston Uprising (0-2) in a 3-0 blowout. The Fuel were aggressive from the jump, winning Game 1 on Nepal 2-0 then taking Game 2 on Havana 2-1. After the break, the Uprising found some momentum in their Volskaya Industries attack, finishing with a whopping 4:15 in the time bank. Dallas recovered well, though, holding the Uprising to take a 4-3 map win to wrap up the sweep.
The most competitive match of the day was the Justice’s 3-1 win over the Vancouver Titans (0-4). This win was by no means clean for the Justice (2-0). They were sloppy in their teamfighting execution and in some of their composition decisions. Nevertheless, they had the raw firepower advantage, running through Vancouver in Game 1 on Lijiang Tower 2-0.
The Justice continued to roll into Game 2, taking Dorado 3-1. Then, though, the Justice struggled on Temple of Anubis, falling 3-2. The Justice struck back with a sloppy 1-0 win on Blizzard World to secure the series.
Week 3 of the Overwatch League kicks off on Thursday with two matches:
Paris Eternal vs. Atlanta Reign
Washington Justice vs. Boston Uprising
Overwatch League standings, with win-loss record and map differential
1. Philadelphia Fusion (East), 4-0, +9
2. Houston Outlaws (West), 4-0, +7
3. Chengdu Hunters (East), 3-1, +6
T4. Florida Mayhem (West), 2-0, +4
T4. Washington Justice (West), 2-0, +4
6. Toronto Defiant (West), 2-0, +3
T7. Dallas Fuel (West), 2-2, +2
T7. Los Angeles Gladiators (West), 2-2, +2
T9. Seoul Dynasty (East), 1-1, +1
T9. San Francisco Shock (West), 1-1, +1
T11. Shanghai Dragons (East), 1-1, even
T11. Paris Eternal (West), 1-1, even
13. New York Excelsior (East), 1-1, -1
14. Atlanta Reign (West), 0-2, -3
15. Hangzhou Spark (East), 0-2, -4
16. Los Angeles Valiant (East), 0-2, -5
T17. Boston Uprising (West), 0-2, -6
T17. London Spitfire (West), 0-2, -6
T17. Guangzhou Charge (East), 0-2, -6
20. Vancouver Titans (West), 0-4, -8
–Field Level Media