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Spitfire, Victory or Defeat?

London Spitfire is a whirlwind of a team. They started Season 1 of the Overwatch League looking strong but lost their momentum partway through the season. Regardless, they somehow managed to band together and come out on top as the winners of the Grand Finals. Though this success can be attributed to all members of the team, what made them stand out during Season 1 was their DPS players. BIRDRING and Profit were able to carry their team throughout the season with stunning Tracer and Widowmaker plays that inevitably landed them the Grand Finals victory.

Unfortunately, the Spitfire of Season 1 seems to have vanished. During Week 1 of Season 2, they lost to both Philidelphia Fusion and Paris Eternal. Fusion was Spitfire’s opponent in the Grand Finals and beat Spitfire 3 – 1 during the first match of the season. Paris Eternal is a newly formed League team but also managed to beat Spitfire 3 – 1. Week 2 seemed to be going better for this team, as they won against both Washington Justice and Hangzhou Spark. Spitfire then won against the Los Angeles Gladiators the following week. Things seemed to be looking up for this team. Perhaps they could build momentum and snowball into the Playoffs.

On Match 10th, the Spitfire battled it out against the Shanghai Dragons and lost 3 – 2. Shanghai was the lowest ranking team in Season 1 but beat the winners of the Grand Finals. Now fans are starting to realize that, perhaps the Spitfire isn’t as strong as we want them to be. Maybe their Grand Finals victory was a fluke.

London Spitfire Uniform Courtesy of Overwatch League

The Meta is Changing

Regardless of these match outcomes, it’s important to remember that things have changed since Season 1. The meta shifted to GOATS, and DPS players are being forced into roles not entirely suited for them. This move in meta changes how a team needs to play. Spitfire as a team hasn’t gotten worse; they’ve yet to find their footing in the three tank, three support line up.

These changes are beneficial for the League. It means that teams like the Dragons have a chance to prove their worth on stage. It shows fans that teams have their ups and downs. Just because Spitfire won Season 1, doesn’t mean they’re the best team in Season 2.  A shift in meta proves that the game is evolving based on new hero additions that shape the way the game plays. Regardless of if you like this meta, you can’t disagree with the changes it has brought to professional Overwatch.