2022 OWL’s Midseason Madness Qualifiers: current standings, upcoming games
The 2022 Overwatch League, or OWL, is currently in full swing. At the moment, OWL is hosting the Midseason Madness Qualifiers, a tournament that spans 27 weeks long that pits a total of 20 teams from two different groups, namely West and East.
The Midseason Madness is entering Week 10, scheduled to take place on July 8-11. The result of the tournament is to qualify the top six teams from the West region and three from the East for the playoffs.
Moreover, a play-in tournament in each region will take place to seed three additional teams, two from the West and one from the East, to fill in the 12-teams quota of the playoffs.
West region standings
The Midseason Madness Qualifiers is part of the regular season of this year’s OWL — and is the second event in the calendar following the conclusion of Kickoff Clash, which was held on June 2-5 for the playoffs and its qualifiers that lasted for a month, May 5-29.
After Week 9, the Midseason Madness Qualifiers did not bring up any changes to its standing leaders. The San Francisco Shock remains No. 1 in the West, followed by the Los Angeles Gladiators and Dallas Fuel in third.
The Shock has been untouchable thus far. The team defeated the Vancouver Titans in Week 9 with a margin-wide score of 3-0. The San Francisco-based franchise is now hitting its nine consecutive wins without sustaining any single defeat, leading the West with 11-0.
Behind the Shock is the Gladiators, who had just returned from a 3-1 win over another Canadian team in Week 9, the Toronto Defiant. So far, they have sustained two defeats and won nine matches. Both LA and San Francisco have accumulated 12 total points in the standings, with Dallas trailing close behind the two. The Fuel concluded Week 9 with an 8-3 record after forcing the New York Excelsior to a 3-2 defeat.
In Week 10, the Shock will play the Defiant, LA will take on the Florida Mayhem, and Dallas will go up against the London Spitfire.
East region standings
The South Korean team Seoul Dynasty currently leads the East region, followed by two Chinese teams, namely the Hangzhou Spark and Shanghai Dragons.
The Seoul Dynasty recorded eight wins with two defeats this far. The team made two consecutive wins in Week 9’s matchups against the Guangzhou Charge with an absolute 3-0 win and posted the same score over the Spark. In the following week, the Dynasty will take on the Los Angeles Valiant.
Trailing with only a single win behind the Dynasty is Hangzhou with a 7-3 record. The team lost twice in Week 9 — the first defeat was against the Philadelphia Fusion 3-2, and the second was against Seoul. Hangzhou will play against the Chengdu Hunters and the Valiant in Week 10.
Shanghai also has a 7-3 record, but unlike Hangzhou, the team wrapped Week 9 with a 3-0 margin-wide triumph over the Philadelphia Fusion. It will play Chengdu and Guangzhou in the upcoming week.