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Fuel, Reign shoot up West standings at Kickoff Clash qualifiers

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The Dallas Fuel and Atlanta Reign made big moves up the West division standings by feasting on bottom feeders Sunday in the final day of Week 3 at Overwatch League Kickoff Clash qualifiers.

The Fuel (4-1) jumped into second place by beating the last-place Paris Eternal, 3-0. The Reign (3-1) moved up to third in the West by also sweeping the winless Vancouver Titans, 3-0.

Both the Titans and Eternal are 0-5.

In Sunday’s other West division match, the Washington Justice (3-2) missed a chance to join Dallas at 4-1 when they lost 3-1 to the Boston Uprising (2-3).

The Fuel started with shutouts in each of their first two maps, winning 2-0 on Ilios and 1-0 on Midtown. Dallas finished the sweep with a 5-4 victory on Circuit Royal.

The Reign produced a 2-1 triumph on Ilios before winning 3-1 on Midtown, then took down the Titans with a 3-0 decision on Route 66.

The Uprising jumped all over the Justice early, taking maps on Oasis (2-0) and King’s Row (2-0) for a quick 2-0 advantage. Washington won 1-0 on Circuit Royal to pull within one, but Boston claimed New Queen Street 1-0 for a much-needed victory.

Qualifying for the Kickoff Clash continues through May 29, with double-elimination bracket play to follow from June 2-5.

Action resumes in Week 4 on Thursday in the East division with three matches:
Philadelphia Fusion vs. Seoul Dynasty (East)
Chengdu Hunters vs. Hangzhou Spark (East)
Shanghai Dragons vs. Guangzhou Charge (East)

The next West division battles take place on Friday:
Los Angeles Gladiators vs. London Spitfire (West)
New York Excelsior vs. Toronto Defiant (West)
Vancouver Titans vs, San Francisco Shock (West)

Overwatch League Kickoff Clash standings, with win-loss record, map differential and league points:
West
1. San Francisco Shock, 5-0, +11, 5
2. Dallas Fuel, 4-1, +7, 4
3. Atlanta Reign, 3-1, +5, 3
4. Florida Mayhem, 3-2, +5, 3
5. Houston Outlaws, 3-2, +4, 3
6. Washington Justice, 3-2, +2, 3
7. Toronto Defiant, 3-2, +1, 3
8. Los Angeles Gladiators, 2-2, +2, 2
9. London Spitfire, 2-2, -1, 2
10. Boston Uprising, 2-3, -3, 2
11. New York Excelsior, 1-4, -8, 1
12. Vancouver Titans, 0-5, -12, 0
13. Paris Eternal, 0-5, -13, 0
East
1. Philadelphia Fusion, 2-0, +6, 2
T2. Hangzhou Spark, 2-1, +2, 2
T2. Seoul Dynasty, 2-1, +2, 2
4. Chengdu Hunters, 1-1, 0, 1
5. Shanghai Dragons, 1-1, -2, 1
6. Guangzhou Charge, 1-2, -4, 1
7. Los Angeles Valiant, 0-3, -4, 0

–Field Level Media