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The Shanghai Dragons and the Philadelphia Fusion are looking great, as they sit in the top two spots of the 2020 Overwatch League (OWL) standings after Week 12. Here are some takeaways from this week’s Overwatch matches, and why these are the teams to beat.
The Shanghai Dragons
After an embarrassing loss in their second match of the 2020 OWL season, the Shanghai Dragons have looked almost flawless. This weekend, they took both of their matches 3-0 against the Guangzhou Charge and the Seoul Dynasty. Seoul was undefeated up to this match, and Shanghai handed them three straight, convincing defeats.
The Philadelphia Fusion
The Philadelphia Fusion only played one match this weekend, but it was against the Atlanta Reign. The Reign were 4-2 coming into this match, and Philly didn’t make it any easier on them. They handed them three straight defeats, although the second and third maps were close. Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee continues to prove that he is the best player in the OWL as Philadelphia moves into the number one spot in the standings.
Other notable takeaways
The Florida Mayhem had a record-breaking performance on Sunday against the Boston Uprising. It was the fastest win in OWL history at 24:09 of in-game time. While Florida doesn’t look like a title contender this year, this should help boost their morale.
The San Francisco Shock managed to get revenge on the Los Angeles Valiant after suffering an embarrassing defeat to them earlier this year. They beat them in three straight matches and have looked great since their controversial decision to sit last season’s MVP, Jay “Sinatraa” Won. They should continue to be a threat to other top teams in 2020.
The Dallas Fuel and the Houston Outlaws have both looked better recently after struggling starts to the season. They had the closest match of Week 12 on Sunday. Dallas ended up winning the back-and-forth series 3-2. Last week, Dallas went toe to toe with San Francisco. Things are definitely looking a little better for Dallas, and top teams should be wary of them in the coming weeks.
Week 13 will feature some more diversity in matches as more Atlantic teams will play against Pacific teams. This should give us a better idea of which OWL conference is stronger, and which teams might come out on top.