So You're Saying There's A Chance

The Uprising’s stage playoff hopes are still alive after some promising results in Week 4, including their own 4-0 win over the Florida Mayhem and Shanghai’s surprise 3-2 win over the defending champion London Spitfire.  With one week left, three teams have clinched their spots and seven have been eliminated, leaving 10 teams to battle for the final five spots.

Stage 1 Standings

Clinched

New York Excelsior
Vancouver Titans
Toronto Defiant

Eliminated

Los Angeles Gladiators
Hangzhou Spark
Shanghai Dragons
Chengdu Hunters
Florida Mayhem
Washington Justice
Los Angeles Valiant

The Uprising currently sit in ninth place, one spot outside of a stage playoff berth. The Uprising and Dynasty have identical records and map differential, but the Uprising hold the advantage in head-to-head, as a result of the Uprising’s 3-1 win over the Dynasty in Week 3.

Boston controls its own destiny as they prepare to face the Dallas Fuel, who currently sit in fifth place. Dallas has a 4-2 record and +1 map differential while Boston is at 3-3 with a +2 differential. A Boston win would put both teams at 4-3 and Boston would hold both a superior map record and the head-to-head. With Boston currently in ninth place, it only needs to hop one team to find themselves in the stage playoffs.

There are a few other intriguing matchups on the schedule this weekend, including no. 8 Guangzhou Charge facing the currently undefeated Vancouver Titans and two 3-3 teams in London and Seoul facing off to keep their playoff hopes alive, but none more important to the Uprising than their own match vs. the Fuel.

It’s been an up-and-down start to the season for the Uprising, but after some clutch plays to register a 4-0 win vs. the Mayhem (how important was that gutty performance to take a map off the Shanghai Dragons now?), the team finds themselves with an opportunity to make the stage playoffs. They’re looking up in the standings now, but face a win-and-you’re-in scenario.