New stage, new team. The Boston Uprising are back and better than ever. After ending Stage 2 on a weird note with an unexpected win against the LA Gladiators, but an unexpected loss against the Washington Justice, the Uprising are ready to fight for their comeback in Stage 3. They’re posed with a good chance to take the lead, and fix their negative map differential in the first two teams they face. As a team still in contention for season playoffs, every single map counts. During these next two stages, it’s more crucial than ever to perform to the best of their abilities. Little victories are important, and the Uprising are headed towards a redemption arc.
Boston Uprising Stage 3 Week 1 Preview
London Spitfire (9-4), June 7
London is a team that’s hard to pin down. They can soar to the top one week, and fall on their face the next. The last time London and Boston faced off, the Spitfire decisively swept the Uprising for a 4-0 victory. During the off season, the players on the Uprising have been doing their best to improve their gameplay, and for that reason, the tides can turn the second time around.
In a DPS meta, the Uprising have looked strong and solid. In a GOATs meta, they’ve looked just the same. The new and improved Bunker composition could be coming into play this stage, meaning that things could be harder to predict. Right now, Boston has a slight edge. After London’s struggle to fend off the Spark in the playoffs, they could have a harder time bouncing back in this new stage. Expect Boston to look bigger and better than ever in their first match up of the stage.
PREDICTION: Boston wins 3-2
Player to Watch: Fusions
Lately, main tank player Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth has been playing more than just his signature Reinhardt. In a meta that favors Wrecking Ball, eyes will fall to this superstar to see if he can keep up. Ultimately, London has one of the best tank players in the League in Jun-ho “Fury” Kim. If Fusions, and tank partner Richard “rCk” Kanerva, can keep up, they stand a strong chance at keeping the Spitfire at bay.
Paris Eternal (5-9), June 9th
Despite strong showings against certain teams, the Paris Eternal have struggled to find their place in the middle of the pack. With strong players and a shift in the coaching position, Stage 2 showed more promise for the Eternal than before. However, it’s hard to pin down when they’ll find a stroke of success.
Because of this, it’s unlikely that they’ll defeat the Uprising. Overall, Boston is the more consistent team in the long run. If DPS are on the table, Paris has a chance to score a map or two under the guidance of George “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha. However, in a GOATs composition, Boston has the upper hand. They’re expected to decisively take this series, and hopefully change their map differential in the process.
PREDICTION: Boston Wins 3-1
Player to Watch: blasé
In these more open metas that exist outside of GOATs, Jeffrey “blasé” Tsang has made game changing plays. With the occasional flex onto Doomfist, as well as Junkrat, blasé has helped the Uprising earn wins where the odds were stacked against them. Going against some powerhouse damage players on the enemy team could put him and partner Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse under pressure. If they keep it cool, and show poise in high stress situations, the Uprising can and will come out on top.
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