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Teams the Dallas Fuel should want to play in the OWL playoffs, and others they should not

Dallas will play its first playoff match on Sept. 21 from Hawaii.

The Overwatch League playoffs are really close, and the Dallas Fuel have their best team in franchise history.

Dallas won’t have the home-arena advantage it could have were the playoffs to be held in Arlington, but the Fuel don’t have to play through this weekend’s playoff knockout matches. Their ticket to Hawaii is already punched.

The Fuel will also get to pick who they play first, though they won’t play until Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. CST.

Of course this weekend’s matches have to wrap up first. The Washington Justice and Paris Eternal kick things off Friday at 2 p.m. CST. The Boston Uprising, Toronto Defiant, San Francisco Shock and Houston Outlaws round out the West teams competing this weekend.

Here’s a look at which teams I believe the Fuel should select to face, based off realistic results from the weekend. Please don’t yell at me:

If available, but unlikely

Boston (7-9) or Toronto (9-7) would be the first options for the Fuel. Dallas would outclass its opponent in either matchup based on talent and synergy. The Uprising and Defiant have had moments, but never enough to take down a team the caliber of the Fuel.

Dallas is 1-0 against Boston and 1-0 against Toronto, only losing one map to the Defiant.

Good matchup

Dallas has been fantastic against the Houston Outlaws (11-5) this season. One loss during the opening weekend feels like more of an outlier considering the Fuel knocked the Outlaws out of multiple tournaments this season. While Houston is one of the better teams in North America, Dallas has its number.

Also toss the Washington Justice (9-7) in this category. While ex-Fuel players Jang “Decay” Gui-un and Jung “Closer” Wonsik headline a talented lineup, the Justice have been exceptional at defeating themselves this season. While it could be a close match, it’s still favorable for Dallas.

Dallas is 3-1 against Houston (three sweeps) and 1-1 against Washington.

Avoid if possible

The Dallas Fuel are still a better team than the Paris Eternal (8-8), but that latter team is unafraid. Paris is a dark horse in the playoffs because of their explosive DPS line with Stefan “Onigod” Fiskerstrand. Paris has a recent win over Dallas as well, showing significant improvement this season.

I don’t think they would do this, but the Fuel should really avoid the San Francisco Shock (12-4). No matter how good the Fuel have been, the Shock have also been clutch. This is the playoffs. No matter how much San Francisco has struggled compared to previous seasons, the championship DNA is still present. Don’t sleep on the Shock.

Dallas is 1-1 against Paris and 3-1 against San Francisco.


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Sean Collins, Staff Writer. Sean started at The Dallas Morning News in 2020 and covers North Texas esports, focusing on the Dallas Fuel and Dallas Empire. He covered high school and Kansas State athletics at The Manhattan Mercury. Sean graduated from the University of Kansas in 2018, where he worked for the University Daily Kansan as a sports editor covering Kansas hoops. seanzcollins
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