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Noah Hamel, Writer

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With the first four weeks of top level competitive play in the books, one week is all that separates three of the twelve Pro Overwatch teams from $125,000. At this point in time, the finals picture seems rather sewn up, with three teams having over a 65% chance of qualifying, and five teams whose chances range from 0.0% to 0.8%.

After the ranking shakeup last week in which the then-frontrunner, Seoul Dynasty, were defeated by the second and third ranked teams, London Spitfire and New York Excelsior. With Dynasty’s crushing pair of losses, they now sit tied for third place at 5-2. One of the top-three ranked teams will not make the finals, it is likely to be Seoul or the other third ranked team, the LA Valiant. Valiant and Dynasty have a match scheduled Wednesday, 2-7-18 at 8:00 PST.

The next most exciting story of this week will undoubtedly be the match between the first and second seeded teams, London and New York, in what will essentially be a match for a first round bye. This match is at 11:00am PST and marks the beginning of Finals Day. The winner of the match receives a long break until the championship bout at 7:00pm PST, while the loser must play another game against the third place team before the championship match. Three matches in a day is a tall feat for any team, with many competitive matches lasting multiple hours.

With these two prominent storylines set, this is shaping up to be a very exciting week for the Overwatch League.

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