Three teams open Summer Stage qualifying with sweeps


The Florida Mayhem, Atlanta Reign and San Francisco Shock all cruised to 3-0 sweeps over their respective opponents on Thursday to open Summer Stage qualifying action in the Overwatch League’s West Region.

Florida blanked the Houston Outlaws, Atlanta bested the London Spitfire and San Francisco dismantled the Los Angeles Gladiators on the first day of Week 1.

Summer Stage Qualifiers in the West run July 13-Sept. 4, with each team in the region playing a total of eight best-of-five matches. The top three teams will advance to the playoffs, while the fourth- through 10th-ranked squads will be sent to the play-ins.

East Region qualifying begins on July 14 and ends Aug. 6. All matches will also be best-of-five in a single round-robin format, with all 10 teams moving on to the Summer Stage Knockouts. Matches between the three teams based in Korea (Dallas Fuel, Seoul Dynasty, Seoul Infernal) will all be offline.

On Thursday, the Mayhem opened with a 2-1 victory on Busan before nabbing wins on Numbani (3-2) and Circuit Royal (3-2).

The Reign prevailed 2-1 on Oasis and kept their foot on the gas, beating London 3-2 on Midtown and 1-0 on Route 66 to complete the sweep.

After opening their match with a 2-1 win on Ilios and a 3-3 tie on Eichenwalde, the Shock separated themselves from Los Angeles with a 3-2 triumph on Dorado to set up a match-clinching 1-0 victory on Colosseo.

Qualifying action continues on Friday with three matches in the West and three in the East:

West –New York Excelsior vs. Vegas Eternal –Los Angeles Gladiators vs. Los Angeles Valiant –San Francisco Shock vs. Washington Justice

East –Guangzhou Charge vs. O2 Blast –Seoul Infernal vs. Hangzhou Spark –Seoul Dynasty vs. Shanghai Dragons

West Region standings (win-loss record, map differential): T1. Atlanta Reign, 1-0, plus-3 T1. Florida Mayhem, 1-0, plus-3 T1. San Francisco Shock, 1-0, plus-3 T2. Boston Uprising, 0-0, 0 T2. Los Angeles Valiant, 0-0, 0 T2. New York Excelsior, 0-0, 0 T2. Toronto Defiant, 0-0, 0 T2. Vancouver Titans, 0-0, 0 T2. Vegas Eternal, 0-0, 0 T2. Washington Justice, 0-0, 0 T11. Houston Outlaws, 0-1, minus-3 T11. London Spitfire, 0-1, minus-3 T11. Los Angeles Gladiators, 0-1, minus-3

East Region standings (win-loss record, map differential): T1. Dallas Fuel, 0-0, 0 T1. Dreamers, 0-0, 0 T1. Guangzhou Charge, 0-0, 0 T1. Hangzhou Spark, 0-0, 0 T1. O2 Blast, 0-0, 0 T1. PANTHERA, 0-0, 0 T1. Poker Face, 0-0, 0 T1. Seoul Dynasty, 0-0, 0 T1. Seoul Inferno, 0-0, 0 T1. Shanghai Dragons, 0-0, 0