Bravo if you've stuck around to this point. Overwatch League is in its fourth and final stage, and things are getting pretty interesting. Western teams are continuing their dominance, while only the New York Excelsior are carrying the torch for the Koreans. The Seoul Dynasty (19-13) and London Spitfire (20-12) each lost both of their games this week, allowing the Los Angeles Valiant (20-12) and Philadelphia Fusion (20-12) to gain valuable ground in the standings. Still winless, the Shanghai Dragons (0-32) dropped their match against the Dallas Fuel (7-25), making a completely winless season more of a reality.
Brigitte bashes her way into the meta
When Brigitte was first announced, virtually everyone was excited. She had all the attributes of a Paladin - shield, armor, flail, and an easy group-heal mechanic. "New Brigitte main tbh" was echoed throughout Twitter before she was even released. Finally, the end of the dive meta was on the horizon. Even though dive still has its place, the pro meta fell in line with the competitive meta once stage four started. Winston and D.Va finally saw some extended bench time while Reinhardt and Zarya wiped away the cobwebs to pair with Brigitte's skillset. Teams used her in a sort of tank-DPS hybrid role to get the full use out of her stuns, armor buffs, and healing. [caption id="attachment_103959" align="alignnone" width="798"] Jake "JAKE" Lyon | Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment[/caption] The type of player (tank, support, DPS) on Brigitte varied a little bit by team. Across the board, however, it was someone who had proficiency with projectile heroes such as Roadhog or Pharah. The Los Angeles Gladiators (18-14) put Lane "Surefour" Roberts on Brigitte duties, while the Houston Outlaws gave the honors to Jake "JAKE" Lyon. The end result was usually the same, with fights coming down to who had the best ultimate management and who made the best use of Brigitte's stuns. Ana was the only other hero to have such a profound impact on the pro meta upon release. The biggest difference is that Brigitte's kit is much more versatile and her survivability is arguably better than Ana's thanks to her shield and stuns. As it stands, this meta is still more interesting than the old tank meta from 2016 - something I wasn't entirely sure about until I saw it in action. If nothing else, Brigitte has once again opened the door for massive Rein and Zarya setups that are always fun to watch.
Philadelphia Fusion get the first perfect map of Overwatch League
Remember this one the next time you're at an Overwatch trivia party - the Philadelphia Fusion defeated the Florida Mayhem (6-26) with a 40-0 KDR on Oasis to win Overwatch League's first perfect map. Somehow, the Mayhem were unable to get more than a single D.Va de-mech on the Gardens stage of Oasis. Yes, the Fusion played great, but you could just as easily say that the Mayhem defeated themselves on this one. https://twitter.com/PHL_Fusion/status/998231877105340416 It started on University, where Florida's aggression and total lack of situational awareness got the best of them. They were embarrassed time and again, but the worst of it came courtesy of Su-Min "SADO" Kim, fresh off his suspension. He gave Florida a lesson in the importance of checking corners, hiding behind a wall as Reinhardt and unleashing a demoralizing Earthshatter on his unsuspecting opponents. Throughout the set, it was Jae-Hyeok "Carpe" Lee who kept Florida in the spawn room as McCree and Widowmaker. There really is no such thing as an "impossible shot" when Carpe is on the field. Whether it was expertly timed ultimates or taking out Mercy at the beginning of team fights, Carpe's efforts were largely responsible for Philadelphia's perfect game. Twitch chat was filled with fish emotes, as you can imagine.