Atlanta Reign vs London Spitfire
So, here's the thing: the London Spitfire are actually a fair bit better than any of us had expected coming into 2022. They're not a dangerous team per se, but they certainly are feisty and they could, in due time, grow out into a veritable threat. Take their series against the Los Angeles Gladiators, for instance. The scoreline would have you believe it was a lopsided shellacking when, in fact, it was anything but. They traded the heaviest of blows, they made numerous great plays and were only slightly less clutch than their opponents, which doesn't mean they're unworthy of praise and respect. Quite the contrary!
The Atlanta Reign, however, should still be a cut above. They, too, have certain flaws and weaknesses which have been showcased and exposed thus far, but that changes very little in the grand scheme of things. They're amongst the best teams in the Western region and their record proves it, too: three wins and just a single loss, along with a very respectable +5 map differential.
Now, granted, they didn't have the toughest opponents one can imagine, but they're still a very capable bunch and have done more than enough to warrant our benefit of the doubt. Wins over Florida Mayhem (3-1), New York Excelsior (3-0), and Vancouver Titans (3-0) aren't worth all that much these days, but it's more about the fashion in which Atlanta won rather than whom they won against.
Whether they'll be able to trade blows with the Fuels and Shocks of the world still remains to be seen, but the Reign are not to be trifled with. They have the Los Angeles Gladiators scheduled for tomorrow which'll be quite a good litmus test. Right now, though, a win over the London Spitfire, while far from guaranteed, *does* seem most likely.