Overwatch League Teams Tier Guide: Who is the Best?


With the start of the Overwatch League only a day away, it's only natural to want a rundown of all 12 teams that will be participating in the inaugural season for the league. Unlike other popular sports leagues like the NFL, teams in Blizzard's official esports league lacks the notoriety of popular brands.

For more info on everything from where and how to watch matches to the Overwatch League app, check out our complete overview guide here.

As such, it can be hard to decide who to root for. Even worse, it can make betting even more challenging to do than with other sports. With a robust unofficial Overwatch fantasy league that you can already join, you'll want the best chances you can get. Thankfully, there was a preseason last month that gives us a pretty solid idea of who is the best right now in the Overwatch League.


All Teams in the Overwatch League

The Overwatch League is divided into two divisions: Atlantic and Pacific. The 12 total teams are divided up half and half into each of these two divisions. Let's start with breaking down all six teams in the Atlantic division.


Boston Uprising

Owners: Robert Kraft and the Kraft Group (best known for owning the New England Patriots NFL team)

Division: Atlantic

Overwatch League Preseason Record: 1-1 (win-lose)

Preseason Place: 7th

Tier: Mid

Roster:

  • Connor ‘Avast’ Prince, Support, USA
  • Jonathan ‘DreamKazper’ Sanchez, DPS, USA
  • Kristian ‘Kellex’ Keller, Support, Denmark
  • Lucas ‘NotE’ Meissner, Flex, Canada
  • Mikias ‘Snow’ Yohannes, Support, Ethiopia
  • Nam-joo ‘Striker’ Kwon, DPS, South Korea
  • Se-hyeon ‘Neko’ Park, Support, South Korea
  • Stanislav ‘Mistakes’ Danilov, DPS, Russia
  • Woo-yeol ‘Kalios’ Shin, Fles, South Korea
  • Yeong-jin ‘Gamsu’ Noh, Tank, South Korea

Florida Mayhem

Owner: Ben Spoont (Misfits, UK)

Division: Atlantic

Overwatch League Preseason Record: 0-2

Preseason Place: 10th

Tier: Low

Roster:

  • Aleksi ‘Zuppeh’ Kuntsi, Support, Finland
  • Andreas ‘Logix’ Berghmans, DPS, Belgium
  • Johan ‘CWoosH’ Klingestedt, Tank/Flex, Sweden
  • Kevyn ‘TviQ’ Lindstrom, DPS, Sweden
  • Sebastian ‘Zebbosai’ Olsson, Support, Sweden
  • Tim ‘Manneten’ Bylund, Flex/DPS, Sweden

Houston Outlaws

Owner: Hector Rodriguez (OpTic Gaming)

Division: Atlantic

Overwatch League Preseason Record: 0-2

Preseason Place: 9th

Tier: Low

Roster:

  • Alexandre ‘SPREE’ Vanhomwegen, Flex, Belgium
  • Austin ‘Muma’ Wilmot, Tank, USA
  • Christopher ‘Bani’ Benell, Support/Flex, Canada
  • Daniel ‘Boink’ Pence, Support, USA
  • Jake ‘JAKE’ Lyon, DPS, USA
  • Jiri ‘LiNkzr’ Masalin, DPS, Finland
  • Lucas ‘Mendokusaii’ Hakansson, DPS, Sweden
  • Matt ‘Clockwork’ Dias, DPS, USA
  • Matt ‘coolmatt69’ Iorio, Flex, USA
  • Shane ‘Rawkus’ Flaherty, Support, USA

London Spitfire

Owners: Cloud9

Division: Atlantic

Overwatch League Preseason Record: 1-1

Preseason Place: 4th

Tier: High

Roster:

  • Chan-hyung 'Fissure' Baek, Tank, South Korea
  • Choi-tae 'Bdosin' Seung, Support, South Korea
  • Dong-eun 'Hooreg' Lee, DPS, South Korea
  • Dong-jun 'Rascal' Kim, DPS, South Korea
  • Hyeon-woo 'HaGoPeun' Jo, Support, South Korea
  • Jae-hee 'Gesture' Hong, Tank, South Korea
  • Ji-hyuk 'birdring' Kim, DPS, South Korea
  • Jong-seok 'NUS' Kim, Support, South Korea
  • Joon-yeong 'Profit' Park, DPS, South Korea
  • Jun-ho 'Fury' Kim, Flex, South Korea
  • Seung-hyun 'WOOHYAL' Sung, Flex, South Korea
  • Won-sik 'Closer' Jung, Support, South Korea

New York Excelsior

Owner: Jeff Wilpon (New York Mets)

Division: Atlantic

Overwatch League Preseason Record: 1-1

Preseason Place: 5th

Tier: Mid to high

Roster:

  • Do-hyun ‘Pine’ Kim, DPS, South Korea
  • Dong-gyu ‘Mano’ Kim, Tank, South Korea
  • Hye-sung ‘Libero’ Kim, DPS/Flex, South Korea
  • Jong-yeol ‘Saebyeolbe’ Park, DPS, South Korea
  • Jun-hwa ‘Janus’ Song, Tank, South Korea
  • Sung-hyeon ‘JjoNak’ Bang, Support, South Korea
  • Tae-hong ‘Mek0’ Kim, Flex, South Korea
  • Yeon-joon ‘ArK’ Hong, Support, South Korea

Philadelphia Fusion

Owner: Comcast

Division: Atlantic

Overwatch League Preseason Record: N/A (due to "player logistics issues")

Preseason Place: N/A

Tier: Uncertain (most likely mid)

Roster:

  • Alberto ‘neptuNo’ Gonzalez, Support, Spain
  • Gael ‘Poko’ Gouzerch, Flex, France
  • George ‘ShaDowBurn’ Gushcha, DPS, Russia
  • Hong-joon ‘HOTBA’ Choi, Flex, South Korea
  • Isaac ‘Boombox’ Charles, Support, United Kingdom
  • Jae-hyeok ‘Carpe’ Lee, DPS, South Korea
  • Jeong-hwan ‘Dayfly’ Park, Support, South Korea
  • Joe ‘Joemeister’ Gramano, Support, Canada
  • Joona ‘Fragi’ Laine, Tank, Finland
  • Josh ‘Eqo’ Corona, DPS, Israel
  • Su-min ‘SADO’ Kim, Tank, South Korea (due to violations and other issues, SADO will not be participating in the first 30 of 40 matches in the Overwatch League)

Dallas Fuel

Owners: Envy US

Division: Pacific

Overwatch League Preseason Record: 2-0

Preseason Place: 2nd

Tier: High

Roster:

  • Brandon 'Seagull' Larned, DPS/Flex, USA
  • Christian 'cocco' Jonsson, Tank, Sweden
  • Félix 'xQc' Lengyel, Tank, Canada
  • Jonathan 'HarryHook' Tejedor Rua, Support/Flex and Captain, Spain
  • Kim 'EFFECT' Hyeon, DPS, South Korea
  • Pongphop 'Mickie' Rattanasangchod, Flex, Thailand
  • Scott 'Custa' Kennedy, Support, Australia
  • Sebastian 'chipshajen' Widlund, Support/Flex, Sweden
  • Timo 'Taimou' Kettunen, DPS/Flex, Finland

Los Angeles Gladiators

Owners: Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (Los Angeles Rams and Denver Nuggets)

Division: Pacific

Overwatch League Preseason Record: 1-1

Preseason Place: 6th

Tier: Mid (potential underdog)

Roster:

  • Aaron 'Bischu' Kim, Flex, South Korea
  • Benjamin 'BigG00se' Isohanni, Support, Finland
  • João 'Hydration' Pedro Goes Telles, DPS, Brazil
  • Jonas 'Shaz' Suovaara, Support, Finland
  • Joon-seong 'Asher' Choi, DPS, South Korea
  • Lane 'Surefour' Roberts, DPS, Canada
  • Luis 'iReMiix' Galarza Figueroa, Tank, Puerto Rico

Los Angeles Valiant

Owners: Immortals

Division: Pacific

Overwatch League Preseason Record: 2-0

Preseason Place: 2nd

Tier: High

Roster:

  • Benjamin 'uNKOE' Chevasson, Support, France
  • Brady 'Agilities' Girardi, DPS, Canada
  • Christopher 'GrimReality' Schaefer, DPS, USA
  • Indy 'SPACE' Halpern, Flex, USA
  • Kang-jae 'envy' Lee, Flex, South Korea
  • Pan-seung 'Fate' Koo, Tank, South Korea
  • Seb 'numlocked' Barton, Tank, United Kingdom
  • Stefano 'Verbo' Disalvo, Support, Canada
  • Ted 'silkthread' Wang, DPS, USA
  • Terrence 'SoOn' Tarlier, DPS, France
  • Young-seo 'KariV' Park, Support, South Korea

San Francisco Shock

Owners: NRG Esports

Division: Pacific

Overwatch League Preseason Record: 1-2 (replaced Philadelphia Fusion for one game)

Preseason Place: 8th

Tier: Low to Mid (potential underdog)

Roster:

  • Andre 'IDDQD' Dahlstrom, DPS, Sweden
  • Andreas 'Nevix' Karlsson, DPS, Sweden
  • Andrej 'Babybay' Francisty, Flex/DPS, USA
  • Daniel 'dhaK' Martinez Paz, Support, Spain
  • Dante 'Danteh' Cruz, DPS/Flex, USA
  • David 'Nomy' Ramirez, Tank, Mexico
  • Nikola 'Sleepy' Andrews, Support, USA

Seoul Dynasty

Owners: KSV Sports

Division: Pacific

Overwatch League Preseason Record: 3-0 (replaced Philadelphia Fusion for one game)

Preseason Place: 1st

Tier: Very High

Roster:

  • Byung-Sun 'Fleta' Lim, DPS, South Korea
  • Dae-kuk 'KuKi' Kim, Tank, South Korea
  • Gi-Do ‘Gido’ Moon, DPS/Flex, South Korea
  • In-Jae ‘EscA’ Kim, DPS, South Korea
  • Jae-Mo 'xepheR' Koo, Flex, South Korea
  • Je-Hong ‘ryujehong’ Ryu, Support/Flex, South Korea
  • Jin-Hyuk ‘Miro’ Gong, Tank, South Korea
  • Jin-Mo 'Tobi’ Yang, Support, South Korea
  • Joon-hyuk 'Bunny' Chae, DPS, South Korea
  • Joon-Hyuk ‘Zunba’ Kim, Flex, South Korea
  • Sang-Beom 'Munchkin' Byun, DPS, South Korea
  • Seok-woo 'Wekeed' Choi, DPS, South Korea

Shanghai Dragons

Owners: NetEase

Division: Pacific

Overwatch League Preseason Record: 0-2

Preseason Place: 11th

Tier: Very low

Roster:

  • Chen 'Fiveking' Zhaoyu, Support, China
  • Cheng 'Altering' Yage, Support, China
  • Fang 'Undead' Chao, DPS, China
  • Jing 'Roshan' Wenhao, Tank, China
  • Liu 'Xushu' Junjie, Tank / Flex, China
  • Lu 'Diya' Weida, DPS, China
  • Wu 'MG' Dongjian, Tank, China
  • Xu 'Freefeel' Peixuan, Support, China

Who is the Best in the Overwatch League?

There are a few teams that everyone should keep an eye on. Obviously, the top three teams currently are Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Valiant, and Seoul Dynasty with Dynasty being the current pick to win the season overall. Since none of those three teams have played each other yet, but this week will reveal a lot.

This is because Dallas Fuel is going up against both Valiant and Dynasty, so we will have a better idea of where each team stands at the top. Beyond them, though, there are a few other notable teams. Both the London Spitfire and New York Excelsior are teams that can potentially go toe-to-toe with the best, while there are also some potential dark horses.

These would be San Francisco Shock and Los Angeles Gladiators. The Shock had the advantage (or disadvantage, depending on how you look at it) of playing in more games than anyone except the Dynasty. They won against the Florida Mayhem and was pretty even with top tier team Los Angeles Valiant, so it remains to be seen if they are the dark horse.

The Los Angeles Gladiators, on the other hand, got a real upset win against the London Spitfire, a team that crushed the Shock in one of its losses. They are a team that everyone should keep an eye on to be the underdog for the season.


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