With the stage one playoffs fast approaching, two more Overwatch League teams have joined the New York Excelsior at the top of the pack. With additional victories secured this week, the Vancouver Titans and the Toronto Defiant have secured their place in the stage one playoffs.



Related: NYXL is First Team to Clinch Spot in OWL Stage 1 Playoffs

The Vancouver Titans clinched their spot in the opening series of Friday’s matches, sweeping the Paris Eternal for a 4-0 victory. The Titans are a fan favorite and have been dominant all season. Their victory over the Eternal gives them an impressive win-loss record of 5-0, a winning streak topped only by NYXL’s 7-0. Two more matches stand between the Titans and the playoffs. They will face off against the Chengdu Hunters on Sunday evening, and against the Guangzhou Charge next Sunday in the last series of stage one.

Joining NYXL and the Titans in the stage one playoffs are the Toronto Defiant, something of a dark horse team who have only grown stronger as the stage has progressed. They wrested a close victory from the Hangzhou Spark on Saturday night, finishing their series with a score of 3-0.

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The Defiant have no matches scheduled for week five, but they’ll need that time to prepare for what will surely be a challenging playoff. They took a 1-3 loss against NYXL in week three, and have yet to face off against their fellow Canadian team. The Defiant’s players and coaches have explained that they’re trying to emulate NYXL’s style of play, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to see if they’ll get the chance to test their strategies against the league’s top contender.

While the three teams who have clinched their stage one playoffs spots have been dominant all season, the remaining five playoff spots are almost anyone’s game. The LA Valiant and Washington Justice have been eliminated from the running, but some ten teams are all close enough in win-loss records and map differentials that they all still have a shot at the first stage’s $500,000 prize and coveted title of Stage 1 Champions.

Who are your favorites to join the Titans and Defiant at the top? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and stay tuned here as Stage 1 comes to an end!

 

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