The Boston Uprising is in the midst of a season-derailing losing streak. Three straight losses while dropping 12 straight maps are putting their playoff life in jeopardy. Facing the top half of the standings hasn’t made life easy on the Uprising, but winning zero games is a steep drop-off from stage one.
Boston game plan is faltering
The lack thereof adjustments made since the Mercy-meta met a swift and painful end, is giving the Uprising some issues. So far, the Uprising is the one team who’s shown that the lack of constant resurrection is an issue for their tanks and especially their damage mains. The patented Uprising dive hasn’t nearly been as effective.
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Moving forward, the onus will fall on their ability to channel that play style in this new meta-game.It’s been a work in progress for Kristian “Kellex” Keller and Park “Neko” Se-hyeon, as the two have been out-of-sync, in terms of ultimate timings and positioning. It’s hurting the production of Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez and the tank lines aren’t able to get the right dive-timings when the shot calling is all over the place.
Not to mention the confusing Uprising game plan, and lack of serious cohesion in target switching off opponents. For instance, on Kings Row, the Excelsior like to position the tanks on the low-ground as the rest of the team runs through the apartment. On multiple occasions, Lucas “NotE” Meissner made a dive onto the NYXL supports, only to be called back to engage the tank line. The team looked lost in certain areas, and shot calling is to blame.
The Slow Starting Boston Uprising
It’s not all bad for the Uprising. Yes, they’ve put themselves in quite the hole. Luckily, even with four consecutive losses dating back to the final game in stage one against the Outlaws, this team has shown the capabilities of turning around the season. Let’s not forget this team started 1-3 in stage one before a win over the eventual stage one champions jump started their season.
To say nothing of DreamKazper’s struggles, which have made it stressful on the tanks who are tasked with doing more damage on the front-lines, and put more emphasis on Kwon “Striker” Nam-joo to win Tracer-duels against the best Tracer’s in Overwatch. DreamKazper found success on Widowmaker against the Fusion, but his constant hero switching is showing a deeper problem. The team is pressing, and when DreamKazper’s not pulling out his huge dragon blades or stopping opposing teams Widowmaker’s, it’s trouble.
However, the Uprisng have the luxury of playing the latter half of the season against most of the bottom six teams. It starts Friday against the Florida Mayhem, who have shown improvement, and the Shanghai Dragons to start week three. It’s a chance to get their footing back and gain some momentum, before heading into their week three matchup against the London Spitfire. A win over the Mayhem puts them in the same situation as stage one.
In spite of 12 straight dropped maps and quite honestly well-below average performances, there’s still hope, but this team will need to dig themselves out. It’s also important to remember that regardless of how stage two plays out, the Uprising is still in contention for the playoffs at the end of the year. One more loss could send this squad spiraling. A win over the bottom two teams is imperative to making a playoff push.
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