Top 10 Overwatch Teams of All Time
Overwatch has been around for a while now. Granted, four years might not sound like much if you’re drawing comparisons with established esports titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or League of Legends or Dota 2. But during the past four years’ countless lineups have tried their luck at OW esports. And among all those teams, these 10 squads stand out as the best Overwatch teams of all time. Overwatch-bets.com explores the top 10 teams in Overwatch.
10. Dallas Fuel (Team EnVyUs)
Now, I know what you’re going to say. How can the same Team EnVyUs that turned into the disastrous Dallas Fuel lineup even deserve a spot on this list? Fair point. But if you go back in time, EnVyUs were once kings of the Western Overwatch scene. In that era, Taimou took over games on hitscan heroes, Mickie wreaked havoc on D.Va, and EFFECT dismantled enemy squishies on Tracer.
Back then, EnVyUs dominated the Western scene, securing first-place finishes at events like OG Invitational, Operation Breakout, BTS Overwatch Cup, and 2016 MLG Vegas. That’s not all, though. As one of the best teams in the world, EnVyUs were invited to participate in APEX Season 1. There, they tore through South Korean teams, going all the way to the finals to 4-0 Afreeca Freecs Blue and claim the trophy. And while their later APEX showings weren’t as dominant, EnVyUs remained strong enough to make deep runs in the seasons 2 and 3 of the league.
After the Inaugural season of the Overwatch League both the Dallas Fuel and EnVyUs as their academy team have made solid runs in their respective leagues. Dallas Fuel made an amazing run to get down to the 2019 Stage 2 Playoffs and was stopped dead in their tracks by the miracle of the 2019 season Vancouver Titans. EnVyUs on the other hand made it all the way to the championship in the North American West: Contenders league and all the way to the finals in The Guantlet. All in all this organization is one of the core Overwatch contender since Day 1 of the competitive scene and is always going to be among the top teams of all time.
9. Atlanta Reign
One might wonder how does one of the younger franchise teams end up on the list of “Top 10 Overwatch teams of all time”. Atlanta Reign was one of the first two expansion teams added to the 2019 season in the Overwatch League. What makes them earn a place on the list is the sheer talent of the lineup they managed to put together in both the Reign and ATL Academy teams since Day 1.
The Atlanta Reign reinforced with the Korean talent of Hyun-jun "Pokpo" Park, Joon "Erster" Jeong and Joon "Erster" Jeong has had a solid run in the Overwatch League 2019 Regular Season and ended up in 6th place right into Playoffs contention. Although their playoffs run was cut short by Hangzhou Spark, they did manage to end the 2019 Season in 5th and net themselves a $300,000 slice of the pie.
The ATL Academy squad has had an amazing season in the 2019 Overwatch Contenders NA East. They finished 1st in both the regular season and The Gauntlet tiebreaker and went all the way to The Gauntlet Finals against Elements Mystic.
The Cox Enterprises backed franchise has had an amazing 2019 season and are likely to remain among the top squads in the Overwatch world for years to come.
8. Shanghai Dragons
The Dragons have the best “Zero to Hero” story in the entire Overwatch circuit. They started the 2018 Inaugural Season with the worst score (0W-40L) in competitive sports and are currently holding the record for the longest losing streak in professional sports history.
Apart from being a non-traditional record holder, what earns SHD a place among the top Overwatch teams of all time is their rebirth and rise to dominance in the 2019 season. A single win against Boston Uprising in the OWL 2019 Season sparked a rise to power that ultimately crowned them winners of the 2019 Stage 3 Playoffs.
With such unparalleled growth between seasons, we can expect the Dragons are likely to keep climbing the ladder all the way to the top of the Overwatch League in 2020 and beyond.
7. London Spitfire
London Spitfire is the Overwatch royalty being one of the first competitive teams to grace the league. Before there was Spitfire there were Cloud9, Cloud9 EU and Cloud9 KongDoo before the team finally took its final form. From the first iterations of the GosuGamers Overwatch Weekly back in 2016 throughout the entire growth of the competitive Overwatch world, this organization has been at the pinnacle of competitive play and amongst the top teams in the world.
Once the franchising system was implemented, Cloud9 became London Spitfire and dominated the Inagural Season Playoffs of the OWL becoming the first ever team crowned Overwatch League Champions. In the following season Spitfire did not show a dominating performance like in previous seasons, yet still remains one of the most sought out organizations on the planet.
6. Team KongDoo Panthera/Griffin
KongDoo Panthera are the eternal contenders. They had a slow start in 2016, as they were knocked out of the group stage in the season 1 of APEX, and suffered a crushing 3-0 loss in the first round of IEM Season 11 Gyeonggi. However, they picked up the slack in 2017. They began their climb by passing the initial group stage in the season 2 of APEX, but it was in season 3 that KongDoo Panthera finally broke into the finals. And while the series resulted in a loss, KongDoo fought hard and took the powerhouse Lunatic-Hai lineup to seven games.
Their success didn’t end there. When the organization partnered with Cloud9, Kongdoo dominated the APEX Season 4 group stage without dropping a single game. Granted, that run came to an end after a devastating Semifinals loss to GC Busan, but KongDoo still managed to win the third-place match and secure the bronze medal.
After the franchising system was implement, KongDoo went on to play all three season of the Overwatch Contenders Korea and always ended up eliminated by the squad of RunAway in the Playoffs. In early 2019 it was announced that KongDoo will rebrand into Team Griffin for the upcoming seasons and ultimately fell short in the Contenders 2019 Season 2 Trials: Korea.
The future of the organization is unknown as of late and will have to wait until 2020 to see if KongDoo/Griffin will continue their tradition among the top teams in Overwatch.
5. Element Mystic
Element Mystic rose to prominence in late 2017 after dominating the Overwatch APEX Season 4 offline and online qualifier. The squad went on to win SURGE 2017 and has continued to be pillar of the Overwatch Contenders Korea scene since its inception. They completed the 2019 season with either a 1st or 2nd place finish in all Phases and were ultimately crowned The Gauntlet Champions after beating ATL Academy in the Finals.
What earns Element Mystic a place among the “Top 10 Overwatch Teams of All Time” is their capacity to scout and produce amazing talent that goes on to grace the rosters of Overwatch League powerhouses like the London Spitfire, Atlanta Reign and Shanghai Dragons. In a further twist, every time Mystic releases players or a coach to an Overwatch team they come back with an even stronger lineup in the following season.
4. Vancouver Titans
The Vancouver Titans are the new kids on the block. Created in September 2018, the Titans were formed with one goal in mind: Dominate the world of Overwatch. The entire roster was formed from the lineup of Korean Contenders 2018 champions Runaway, and went on to set records in Overwatch League shortly after.
They organization currently holds the record for the longest regular season match win streak in the history of the Overwatch League, winning a total of 19 matches in a row. Furthermore, their first season of the Overwatch League was crowned by a 1st place in the standings a victory in the Pacific Division finals and a trophy at the Stage 1 Playoffs. They came short in the OWL 2019 Finals against the San Francisco Shock losing 0:4 and missing out on the 2019 Season trophy.
With showreel performances by Flex DPS Hyojong "Haksal" Kim on Genji and under the gentle in-game leadership by Sang-beom "Bumper" Park, the Titans are likely to set records in the Overwatch League for seasons to come.
3. New York Excelsior
When it comes to the Overwatch League, New York Excelsior have long since asserted their dominance. Their lineup is stacked with talent, and if you see names like Saebyeolbe, Libero, Mano and Pine, it’s already clear that you’re looking at the best Overwatch team in the league. The most surprising thing, however, is that these players are often overshadowed by an up-and-coming support main JJoNak. Many of New York Excelsior’s game plans revolve around him, as the entire team works together to set up its Zenyatta for success.
Their frontliners are also terrifying, and it seems like there’s nothing this squad can’t accomplish when Janus and Mano are on its side. With such a stacked lineup it’s hard to imagine NYXL hasn’t won a single stage Playoffs to date. They team is always just shy of the Championship trophy being almost always eliminated in semifinals by the would-be champions. But whilst some candles shine bright and fade quickly, Excelsior shines eternal as they have shown unparalleled consistency unmatched by any other Overwatch League squad.
2. San Francisco Shock
The squad that shocked Overwatch in 2019 comes in second on the all-time list. The NRG backed San Francisco Shock went on to battle The Vancouver Titans through the entire 2019 season. Almost every Stage Playoffs and ultimately the Championship was a battle between the two. In this grueling matchup it was the Pacific Division runner-ups that came ahead.
On top of a dominating season both Jay "sinatraa" Won and Hyo-bin "ChoiHyoBin" Choi were crowned MVP’s of the Regular Season and Grand Finals respectively. Furthermore, SF Shock is the first and only team in OWL history to complete a golden stage, not dropping a single map during a whole stage.
But the “shock” did not come out of the blue. NRG Esports has built the foundation for the SF Shock as far back as Overwatch APEX Season 1. Throughout the years the organization has slowly built up momentum and an infrastructure that finally paid dividends in 2019. Maybe this is why as a thank you note or simple recognition it was the Academy team of SF Shock that bears the name NRG Esports down at the North American Contenders.
It’s hard to answer the “who is the best Overwatch team” question with anything other than RunAway. Their first showing at the season 1 of APEX left a lot to be desired, as the lineup crumbled in the group stage. However, this didn’t stop RunAway from striking back. They pulled out all stops at APEX Season 2, crushing names like Team EnVyUs, Team KongDoo Uncia, and LW Blue before falling in a close final against Lunatic-Hai.
After falling on hard times in APEX Season 3 the squad reformed and came in swinging in APEX Season 4 as they battled all the way to finals but once again fell short against GC Busan. Almost a year later this reformed squad finally won the Overwatch Contenders Korea 2018 Season 2 and achieved the recognition that was long overdue. Following this victory, the entire roster was shipped off to the Vancouver Titans, and RunAway was once again back to rebuilding their roster. Four months later, RunAway came out with yet another talented roster and absolutely dominated both 2019 seasons and made it all the way to 3rd in the 2019 Gauntlet event.
What makes a Korean Contenders team the #1 team on this list is their unparalleled capacity to create winning rosters almost every year regardless of circumstance. It seems RunAway has figured out a formula on how to scout best talent in the entire Overwatch competitive ecosystem. This is the reason they remain at the top of the list year in and year out.