Seoul Dynasty are out of the running for a spot in the Overwatch League Stage 1 Playoffs.
Coming into the final week of Stage 1, seven teams had a chance to clinch one of the top three spots. The teams that manage to do so will fight it out for the Stage 1 title, and the $100,000 bonus prize that goes to the champion.
Ahead of the final day of competition, only four teams now remain in the running, and surprisingly Seoul Dynasty aren’t one of them. The pre-season favorites for the entire league, a lackluster final week has seen Seoul knocked from the top-three position they held until this point.
Seoul’s hopes of a playoff finish were slim after a loss to Los Angeles Valiant in their first match of the final week, but in order to keep them alive at all the team needed a clean victory over San Francisco Shock.
Unfortunately, the Shock proved a more worthy opponent than might have been anticipated. Far from capitulating as Dynasty’s playoff hopes required, San Francisco pushed the series all the way to a deciding fifth game.
The Shock were ultimately defeated, but they took down with them any chance of the Dynasty reaching the Stage 1 playoffs, the map difference now too much against them no matter what the results of the final day.
Heading into the final day of Stage 1, the final standings aren’t yet confirmed. Five teams are still in the running for just three places, and key matches remain to be played.
In reality, it’s actually more like three teams fighting for two spaces. New York Excelsior are already guaranteed a top-three finish – their exact placement might change, but no combination of results can knock them out of a playoff spot.
Houston Outlaws, Boston Uprising, Los Angeles Valiant and London Spitfire can all still make it, but some have a better chance than others. Both Houston Outlaws and London Spitfire can secure their fate with a final win, against the Uprising and Excelsior respectively.
Boston require a more convincing win over Houston for map count, while London can afford to lose to Excelsior as long as a very particular combination of results doesn’t occur to weaken their map count standing.
The Stage 1 title matches will take place immediately after the regular stage matches conclude. Second and third-place finishers will go head-to-head first, with the winner advancing to face the top team in a battle for the lion’s share of the $125,000 bonus prize. The title matches will not count towards the overall season standings.
The following key matches will determine the final order at the top of the Stage 1 standings:
- New York Excelsior vs London Spitfire, Saturday February 10th, 11:00am PT
- Houston Outlaws vs Boston Uprising, Saturday February 10th, 1:00pm PT
Standings ahead of the final day:
||Map Score (Win-Draw-Loss)
|| New York Excelsior
|| London Spitfire
|| Los Angeles Valiant
|| Seoul Dynasty
|| Houston Outlaws
|| Boston Uprising
|| Philadelphia Fusion
|| Los Angeles Gladiators
|| San Francisco Shock
|| Dallas Fuel
|| Florida Mayhem
|| Shanghai Dragons