For what seems like ever, we've had an empty "stats" page on the Overwatch League site. Having to rely on external resources is fine, but there should at least be something provided by the league, no matter what the sport. Well, Blizzard has finally done exactly that and given us... something. It's not very good, but it is better than a blank page.
What we do have
Upon first glance, the stats page looks pretty neat and well-organized. Players are listed in alphabetical order, there's a search feature and some very basic stats are given. Specifically, we have eliminations, deaths, damage, and healing per 10 minutes in the current stage. "That's nice," I thought to myself. "But surely there's more." No, not really. Clicking a player's name brings up another screen that provides the same information, just organized a little differently. You'll get a picture of the player and breakdown of time spent on specific heroes along with some recent game replays toward the bottom of the page, otherwise the same information is regurgitated along with their ranking in the league. What exactly does that even mean? [caption id="attachment_104292" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Overwatch League Stats Page[/caption] Okay, so I look up Yeon-Jun "Ark" Hong, support player for the New York Excelsior. Cool, he has some respectable numbers in a vacuum. But wait, what's this? He's ranked for Final Blows and Eliminations. Why does that even matter for a support player, and why is he being weighed against DPS players and tanks? Moreover, that means that DPS and tank players' rankings are very inaccurate to the point of total uselessness. Without any sort of tools that provide comparative analyses or more specific stats, the numbers we currently have simply don't tell us too much.
What we need
As I said, the number one thing we need from the new stats page is the ability to crunch numbers head-to-head. Pick any two players that have similar hero pools and play at the same level of proficiency, and you'll likely have almost identical numbers. For example, look at Joao Pedro "Hydration" Veloso De Goes Telles from the Gladiators and Brady "Agilities" Girardi from the Valiant - two of the best projectile DPS players in the league. They have 13,364 and 13,313 damage dealt, respectively. Without at least map and hero-to-hero stats available, you can say all of nothing from those numbers. https://twitter.com/sleepy/status/1004131405536714753 Another thing that's sorely missed is any information on ultimate usage. A well-timed ultimate can often change the course of a game, but the stats page is completely lacking information on this. Even something as simple as average number of ultimates used per map would be simple enough and in line with very basic layout that we've been provided with. More specifically, some sort of tool that would tell us how often a team won a team fight when X ultimate was used or not used by a certain player could tell us more about specific players and teams. Right now, all we can really do is make assumptions about ultimate contributions toward player stats. Definitely not great.
Better fan engagement
Unfortunately, the stats page highlights a bigger issue that the Overwatch communities has been suffering through for a long while now - no good tools for prospective analysts. I'm specifically referring to fans not being able to control camera angles from uploaded replays. Oh, right, and we also don't get that new top-down camera that apparently only Overwatch League talent and specific people get to play with. One day, MonteCristo, one day: https://twitter.com/MonteCristo/status/912160421204959238 Overwatch League is still young. The team behind it is learning along the way, and I do have faith that they will one day give us what we're asking for. For now, at least we don't have an empty stats page. Indeed, at least we still have Winston's Lab for meaningful analytics.