As expected, the Boston Uprising vs Vancouver Titans was a swift and easy sweep. The best team in the League didn’t come to mess around, and their synced playstyle showed just that. The Uprising put up a good fight whenever they could, and nearly managed to push the Titans towards more rounds. In the end, however, they couldn’t stick it out. Regardless of how their performance went, the Uprising have still had a Stage 1 to be immensely proud of.
Ilios Boston 0-2 Vancouver
The game started quickly for the Titans, who secured the point without hesitation. Time after time, they managed to wipe the Uprising, keeping them at bay from the point. However, a combination from Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth and Minseok “AimGod” “Jeff” Kwon earned them some kills. Lucas “NotE” Meissner cleaned them up, and they secured the point as their own. From there, the fights got more intense. Due to this, both teams pushed to 99%, and overtime ticked away. In the end, the Titans claimed the first round, but just barely.
At the lighthouse, the Uprising pulled out a new card. With Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse on Pharah, NotE on Sombra, and Jeffrey “blasé” Tsang on Junkrat, the team tried their hands at a triple DPS composition. In the beginning, it worked to their favor. Known as a weakness for Vancouver, the Uprising aimed to rattle them. They succeeded, if only momentarily. Hyeon-Woo “JJANU” Choi made sure the point remained in favor of the Titans. They switched back to GOATs too little too late, sadly. Vancouver succeeded in the end, and Boston lost the map 0-2.
King’s Row Boston 1-2 Vancouver
The attack from Boston got off to a slow start. With how aggressive the Titans were playing, it was hard to find some steady pacing. However, a graviton and bomb combo from Colourhex and NotE earned them the necessary picks. With just enough time left, the Uprising took the first point. Vancouver didn’t let that stop them from pushing forward, though. Fusions had a quick response to that. With a huge Earthshatter, he pushed them away, cleaning up the team with ease.
From there, however, things were stalled out. Unable to land the necessary combos in order to get kills, the Uprising staggered and fell to team wipes. Eventually, the timer ran out, stopping them just before the second point.
Determined, the Vancouver Titans were ready to comeback. Quickly, they took hold of the first point, pushing the Uprising away with aggressive plays. From there, it only took two team kills (and a small flex from Sang-beom “Bumper” Park) for the Titans to prevail. The Uprising couldn’t manage to pull together for a coordinated defense, and they lost the map, 2-1.
Anubis Boston 1-2 Vancouver
For longer than they could afford, the Uprising struggled with Vancouver’s strong defense. With every fight, the Uprising were wiped from the map. Quickly, Colourhex brought out the Widowmaker play one more time. With easy picks, and a speedy AimGod touching the point, they managed to capture the first point in overtime.
Lending them a little bit more time, they nearly steamrolled into a second point capture. Fusions managed to block a massive Earthshatter from Bumper. Additionally, Colourhex earned himself a triple kill, keeping bodies off the point for as long as possible. Despite their coordinated plays, they couldn’t stop the power of JJANU. Pushed off the point, the Uprising lost their momentum. Sadly, they never really got it back, and were held off from a complete second point capture.
On defense, the Uprising managed to hold off the Titans for the first few team fights. Things were starting to look up, but it didn’t last for long. With a bang, Bumper pushed through, earning Vancouver a first point capture. Once they arrived at the second point, the Uprising showed a strong defense once more. A combination of Earthshatters from Fusions and support ultimates (and kills) from Kristian “Kellex” Keller let Boston hang on a little longer.
Unfortunately, Min-soo “SeoMinSoo” Seo had other ideas, and the Titans rallied together for the push they needed. In the end, last minute switches couldn’t bring Boston back, and they lost the map, 1-2.
As expected, the Uprising couldn’t take on the best team in the League. However, they still showed some hope for the future. The arrival of the second stage speculation points to GOATS being phased out. Even tonight, we got to take a look at players like blase and Colourhex on their intended roles, and they look very strong. Going forward, there is immense hope for an even better second stage. For now, the Uprising can be extremely satisfied knowing that they proved the League wrong, and pushed through to the playoffs despite doubts. Never count them out.
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