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Overwatch League: Boston Uprising reach 10 game win streak

Overwatch League: Boston Uprising reach 10 game win streak
Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

Stage three of Overwatch League has come and gone, and everyone is still talking about how dominant the mixed rosters continue to be. The Boston Uprising (18-8) have been particularly brilliant, having won ten consecutive games now going back to week two, and sitting at 6-0 for the stage - good enough for first place. Equally impressive are the San Francisco Shock (10-16), who seem to finally be living up to their potential at 4-2 for the stage after a huge upset over the Philadelphia Fusion (16-10). This shift in power has fans an analysts excited as the final week of the regular season looms around the corner. Indeed, the top five overall teams are the New York Excelsior (23-3), Boston Uprising, London Spitfire (17-9), Seoul Dynasty (17-9), and Los Angeles Valiant (16-10). It's still anyone's game since London and Seoul can turn a page at any moment, but if the trend continues, don't be surprised if we only see New York represent the Korean rosters come playoff time.

Boston overcomes the odds in week three

The dark horse of the league is still at it. Still without any big personalities or real star power, Boston continues to get the best of teams and sneak by as one of the league's most dangerous rosters. They had a huge task ahead of them this week with both London and Seoul hungry to get back on the right foot. Unfortunately for them, Chris "HuK" Loranger's group of unlikely all-stars had other plans. Boston started out a little shaky against London, dropping the first two maps of their match at 3-2 a piece. A completely different team came out for the second half, allowing London to capture only one point over the next three maps to complete the reverse sweep. [caption id="attachment_103465" align="alignnone" width="600"]Namju "STRIKER" Gwon Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment[/caption] Particularly impressive was their hold on Junkertown. Boston captured the first point with a triple DPS push centered around Bastion, but they were unable to push the payload to point B. Things weren't looking great, but London's inability to pick off high-value targets on their push cost them dearly. A huge D.Va play by Lucas "NotE" Meissner worth four kills toward the end of the round buried London for good, as they were unable to advance the payload to the first point. It should be noted that London was without their star DPS player, Ji-Hyeok "Birdring" Kim, this week due to a wrist injury injury. Boston's match against Seoul went more according to plan. With some big plays by Stanislav "Mistakes" Danilov and Nam-Ju "Striker" Gwon on DPS, Boston stuffed Seoul early, winning the first map and earning a draw on the second. After one of the most intense fights of the week on Nepal, Boston came out with their second map victory, good for a series win. Striker was visibly emotional after his second victory over two of the Korean rosters this week.

Widowmaker is on the loose

Every single team has a world-class Widow now, and it's been a joy to watch these pros "click heads," as they say. Birdring said some time ago that the changes to Mercy's ultimate would probably make Widowmaker stronger, and he was definitely correct. Now that she can only bring back one person at a time regardless of Valkyrie, teams have been building off of clutch Widow shots across the board. [caption id="attachment_103464" align="alignnone" width="600"]Do-Hyeon "Pine" Kim Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment[/caption] Newcomer Jeong-Woo "Sayaplayer" Ha has helped elevate the Florida Mayhem's game quite a bit, and Terence "Soon" Tarlier has continued to improve on Widow for the Los Angeles Valiant. Still, at the top of the list is New York's Do-Hyeon "Pine" Kim, who finds a way to land impossible headshots and killstreaks with disturbing consistency, as he did in his win against the Los Angeles Gladiators this week.