OWL Preseason Predictions: Day 2
Day 2 of the Preseason is about to begin! Before that though, here’s a quick recap on yesterday.
San Francisco Shock surprised many on day 1, including yours truly, in their performance against both Mayhem and the Valiant. Mayhem seemed to have first day jitters (1-3), and Valiant fought hard, going into a tiebreaker round to finally shake the Shock (3-2). In the last matchup of the night, after Dynasty defeated the Dragons 4-0, we learned in a post-match interview that it wasn’t only the Western audience who had no idea what the Dragons were capable of, but Seoul went into that fight blind as well.
Below is a run-down of the schedule, or you can go to the OWL Schedule page to have it convert to your time automatically:
Day 2: 10:00 PM Wednesday UTC (4:00 pm Thursday US Central)
Day 3: 12:00 AM Saturday UTC (6:00 pm Friday US Central)
Day 4: 7:00 PM Saturday UTC (1:00 pm Saturday US Central)
Los Angeles Gladiators vs. London Spitfire
My prediction: London Spitfire (4-0)
Los Angeles Gladiators
While I don’t think they’re going to win tonight, Gladiators have a good line-up and they’ll look strong. The ever-popular Surefour will be the face of the group, and he’ll be backed up by some of the Team Gigantti roster that helped win EU Contenders Season 1. Watch for some great teamwork coming out of tank squad iRemix and Bischu.
Spitfire owners, Cloud9, bought Kongdoo for good reason, they were the team that was able to go toe-to-toe against Lunatic-Hai in APEX. For the preseason anything can happen, but once season 1 begins, Birdring on Tracer is going to be causing havoc in every match he plays. On maps that require heavy defense, Rascal is able to come out the victor in fights with Sombra that she has no in right winning.
Dallas Fuel vs. Houston Outlaws
My prediction: Dallas Fuel (3-1)
One of my top 3 picks to win Season 1, tonight the Fuel are going to appear nigh unstoppable. Every player in Fuel’s roster is at the top of their game and we get to see that in action. Watch for some great harassment from EFFECT’s Tracer and if he plays, clips of Taimou’s sniping with Widowmaker to appear all over the OWL Twitter feeds tonight.
Little attention has been given to the Outlaws by any outlet. With a roster that’s a little all over the place, similar to the Gladiators, it’s hard to know what to say. There is some great talent here, but we haven’t seen how well they work together yet to know what they can do. If anyone is going to look good tonight, it’ll probably be either LiNkzr on Widowmaker or Genji or CLOCKWORK if he gets to play Tracer.
New York Excelsior vs. Boston Uprising
My prediction: New York Excelsior (4-0)
New York Excelsior
Excelsior is going go home tonight looking powerful after tonight’s match-up. Mano is a strong tank, while Pine and Saebyeolbe are incredible DPS players. Both Saybyeolbe and Mano played for South Korea in the World Cup, but the remaining roster is from teams that struggled during their tournaments in the East. I’ve no doubt that they’ve all been hitting the proverbial books hard in preparation for tonight in order to show us that they have what it takes to win.
Considered one of the weakest line-ups in the OWL this year, Uprising has lots to gain if they can prove themselves worthy opponents during the preseason. It’s very possible that they’ve been making great strides in their practices leading up to tonight, but we’ll just have to wait to see. DreamKazper is a good, all-around hitscan player, and if Mistakes plays, he’s not on the starting line-up, he’s a good Tracer, so we’ll see the rest of the team can capitalize on his picks.