New York Excelsior is the First Team Confirmed for the Overwatch League Season 1 Playoffs - Dexerto

New York Excelsior is the First Team Confirmed for the Overwatch League Season 1 Playoffs

Published: 8/May/2018 5:15 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:49

by Joe O'Brien


New York Excelsior is the first team confirmed for the Overwatch League end-of-season playoffs.

The Excelsior have been so successful throughout the regular season that they are guaranteed a spot in the end-of-season playoffs before the final stage of the regular season even begins.

NYXL has lost only a single match per stage, three consecutive 9-1 finishes to put them at a massive 27-3 in the overall season standings.

That record currently puts New York five wins clear at the top of the league, a huge lead considering that only six wins separate second-place Boston Uprising from eighth-place LA Gladiators.

While New York has looked assured of a playoff spot – and likely the top seed at that – for some time, by the end of Stage 3 they are so far ahead of the pack that the team could literally lose every single map in Stage 4 and it would still be impossible for them not to qualify for the playoffs.

Though they’re already assured of a playoff spot, there’s still reason for New York not to get too complacent. $1.3million of the league’s total prize pool will be distributed based on the final standings at the end of the regular season, with a $300,000 prize for first place – $100,000 more than second.

Meanwhile, the top team from each division at the end of the regular season will secure direct passage to the semi-finals of the $1.7million playoffs. With current second-place team Boston Uprising in the Atlantic Division along with New York, the Excelsior will want to hold onto the number one spot for playoff seeding.

The Excelsior continue to look in dominant form going into the final stage of the regular season, having won the Stage 3 playoffs without losing a single map. As the inaugural season comes to a crescendo, New York are the clear favorites for the Season 1 title.


Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer-turned-farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca showed that he is still insane at Overwatch by utilizing a simple trick with the hero Ashe.

Dafran has long been considered one of the best Overwatch players on the planet, despite only spending one stage in OWL back in season 2. While he was known mostly for his sensational McCree, Soldier, and Tracer plays, the Danish DPS star can also frag out on Ashe.

During a December 3 broadcast, Dafran found himself attacking on Junkertown and in a prime position to help his team capture Point B.

On the Ashe, Dafran noticed all sorts of enemies were grouping in a small room they need to funnel through to get into the streets phase area. With his Widowmaker ally using her ultimate to fully reveal their location, Francesca decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ashe leads her team on Rialto
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Ashe can be a big threat with Dynamite.

With his B.O.B active on the other side of the room and the enemies waiting for the big Omnic butler to disappear before they made their move, Dafran threw his Dynamite barely inside.

Ashe’s Dynamite can be one of the most impactful abilities in Overwatch, dealing massive damage upon the explosion and then a bit more over time. Those closest to the explosion take 50 damage with 100 burn damage coming over time.

Once the Dynamite exploded, the enemy Ashe, Baptiste, Zenyatta and Widowmaker were at his mercy. Speaking of Mercy, the Dane had one pocketing him, making sure he inflicted extra damage.

With some simple hip firing, he was able to eliminate the three targets before ADSing to dink the Widow for the quadruple kill – plus, 60% in brand new ultimate charge for another B.O.B.

“That’s an Overwatch League play, dude!” he exclaimed. “Holy f**k, dude.”

The best part about the whole sequence is just how simple it really was, and there is no reason you can’t replicate it in your games. Just remember how easy Ashe’s Dynamite can be to land if you don’t overcomplicate the toss and opt to just hip fire.

It may not be the flashiest, but it can win entire team fights with relative ease. Give it a shot next time you queue up as DPS.