Finally, fans of the Boston Uprising can rejoice. Stage 3 has put Boston through the ringer, and despite their current stage standing, the boys in blue nabbed their first win this past weekend. After a quick sweep against the Shock, the Uprising found success in their fourth reverse sweep of the season. (That’s a record, by the way.) Their rematch against Paris went their way, and as they look to their last game of the stage, another rematch is waiting in the wings for the same result. Stage 3 playoffs might be out of the question, but Stage 4 is looking better as the days go on.
Boston Uprising Review
San Francisco Shock (15-4)
This was a matchup that no one expected Boston to win. The Shock have been hungry to prove themselves ever since they saw defeat against the Houston Outlaws. Though the Shock did sweep the Uprising in a clean 4-0, Boston did get to try new compositions, and new players. Fans saw the return of Renan “alemao” Moretto alongside newly signed Zion “Persia” Yang. The team has yet to find the synchronicity key when it comes to these alternating supports duos, but one thing is for certain. Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse and Jeffrey “blasé” Tsang make a deadly DPS combination.
Player of the Match: blasé
Far and away, blasé is proving himself to be the best among newcomers in this League. Despite the loss that was handed to Boston, blasé showed off immense skills and talent under pressure. His Doomfist play has yet to be met with a true and honest answer.
By maximizing his efforts on a niche Hero that most people don’t usually encounter on the Blizzard Arena stage, blasé has found success in many a team fight. His DPS prowess knows no bounds, and it’s showing more and more with every game that passes.
Paris Eternal (8-12)
This rematch had fans of both teams on the edge of their seat. After the half, the Paris Eternal secured a 2-0 lead. Fans of the Uprising can say time and again how that scoreline doesn’t scare them in the slightest. And, in true Boston magic fashion, they pulled off the seemingly impossible. Boston came back, put their heads together, and pulled off another reverse sweep to find their first victory of the stage. With calm heads, swift coordination, and their original support line up back in the game, Boston found some legs to stand on.
Player of the Match: blasé
It seems silly to give this honor to anyone else after this week. Not only did blasé play a huge part in Boston’s compositions against the Shock, he was also a game winning factor of their fights against the Eternal. Though Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth made a run for it with two map winning Earth Shatters, it was blasé and his steady, calming shot calling that got them through Einchenwalde and Dorado. His personality shows just how important it is to stay grounded in the moment, and to act cool under pressure. (Plus, that Doomfist play.)
Boston Uprising Preview
Philadelphia Fusion (10-8), June 29th
Another week, another chance for a rematch. In their only and last game of the stage, the Boston Uprising will once again face off against the Philadelphia Fusion. Last time these teams met, the game was certainly worth watching. They truly are matched in nearly every sense of the word. However, the Fusion threw some curveballs at the Uprising, notably Josh “Eqo” Corona on Genji and a Sombra GOATs composition. This resulted in their victory over the boys in blue, 2-1.
This time around, a prediction is just as hard to make. If they do choose to flex onto DPS Heroes, the Uprising could be in trouble. Fans have seen just how deadly Eqo can be on Genji, and with Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee flexing onto Sombra, Tracer, and Widowmaker, it’s hard to keep up. Additionally, putting Zarya speciality Gael “Poko” Gouzerch on his intended Hero has seem to given Philadelphia the results they’ve been looking for in this meta. There’s no doubt that this fight will be just as scrappy the second time around, and it’s possible that Boston could pull off another miracle if they sink their teeth into it.
Prediction: Philadelphia wins 3-2
Player to Watch: Colourhex
There’s been a lot of focus on blasé and his DPS play lately. However, fans cannot forget just how good Colourhex is on his roles. With the ability to flex onto characters like Pharah and Tracer, Colourhex could find success in poking holes at the Fusion’s sometimes shaky GOATs composition. Additionally, a Colourhex and Carpe Widowmaker face off could not only be entertaining, but game changing. Letting him show his stuff could give Boston another shot at making this a 2-5 stage, instead of 1-6.
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