At the conclusion of Stage 1, the Excelsior led the standings by two games, but the Spitfire walked away with a Stage 1 championship.

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    The London Spitfire survived a tough series against the Houston Outlaws and got revenge against the New York Excelsior en route to the Overwatch League Stage 1 playoff title on Saturday at Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California.

To do so, the Spitfire had to play three matches (14 maps in total), with their first match starting at 11 a.m. Pacific time and the final starting at 8:40 p.m.

New York came in a favorite

Prior to the start of the Stage 1 playoffs, the Excelsior seemed like a favorite. They were 5-0 against the other teams that finished in the top 6 of the Stage 1 standings. No other team had more than two such wins. The Excelsior had a plus-nine map differential against those teams. The only other team with a positive differential against that group was the Spitfire (plus-one).

London won its two playoff matches on the back of its offense, as its two DPS (damage per second) players put up wild numbers against Houston and New York. According to Winston’s lab, Joon-yeong “Profit” Park and Ji-hyuk “bridring” Kim put up four of the seven best player ratings by any players on Saturday, including the four best ratings of any players in the playoffs.

Top DPS character performances by match

London Spitfire (Saturday)OpponentLeague RankProfit (Junkrat)1,333HOU2ndbirdring (McCree)1,200HOU4thbirdring (Widowmaker)1,184NYE6thProfit (Junkrat)1,178NYE7th*Among players to play a hero at least 15 minutes

Profit in particular had an incredible performance on Junkrat. Against the Excelsior in the Stage 1 final, he participated in 38.2 percent of his team’s kills, according to Winston’s Lab. Against the Outlaws, that number was 36.5 percent (first and second respectively among characters played at least 15 minutes Saturday).

Where the two performed their best was in getting first kills in team fights. The two tied for the best first kill percentage Saturday according to Winston’s Lab, as birdring’s Mccree (against Excelsior) and profit’s Junkrat (against Outlaws) drew 28 percent of first blood.