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Houston Outlaws vs Boston Uprising Recap

Houston vs Boston Recap

After a stellar upset of the Shock on Thursday, the Houston Outlaws came in and manhandled the Boston Uprising on Friday. Still a long ways away from the season playoffs, the Outlaws are taking one match at a time.

Final Score: Outlaws 4 – 0 Uprising

Nepal: Houston 2 – 0 Boston

What an absolute beatdown by the Houston Outlaws. Opening the series on Nepal, Houston came through in round one with Austin “Muma” Wilmot on Hammond. Left and right, the disruption of the Outlaws’ main tank did more than just create eliminations. In the very first fight, Daniel “Boink” Pence was able to slide around the enemy line and boop Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse down the well. Muma even threw himself into the Uprising’s lines to bait ultimates, including a transcendence and rally in the same fight. Round two was slightly more even, as both teams rolled in DPS. Jacob “JAKE” Lyon’s Pharah was on-point, lighting up Boston players with both direct hits and splash damage.

Volskaya: Houston 2 – 1 Boston

Speaking of beatdowns, Volskaya was just as good as a team could hope for in a 2CP map. Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty was an absolute man on a mission during this map, clicking heads and denies ultimates as Zenyatta. During the Uprising’s attack round, Rawkus negated two EMPs and one Graviton Surge. Dante “Danteh” Cruz continued a well-run dominance on Sombra, winning head-to-head EMP matchups with Richard “rCk” Kanerva. The Houston attack was too easy, only needing three fights overall. Jiri “LiNkzr” Masalin opened up the floodgates with his Widow play, connecting on four straight shots to take down the Pharmercy.

Numbani: Houston 2 -1 Boston

The Outlaws were less than one minute from having a full hold on Numbani, but still came around for the victory. Houston’s Pharmercy defense put in a huge contribution to this effort, stalling just enough to only give up two ticks despite being a man down. Colourhex managed a double-elimination to cap point A with less than a minute, but the celebrations didn’t last long. Muma continued to bully the backline, slamming Zion “Persia” Yang and Colourhex first in two different fights. It’s important to note that through Houston’s defense, LiNkzr didn’t die a single time on Tracer. The Outlaws’ attack started slow but managed to collect point A after LiNkzr stuck a wonderful bomb to open a snowball. Houston denied another EMP from Richard “rCk” Kanerva to keep him quiet in the game and ended up completing the map for a second series win in a row.

Havana: Houston 1 – 0 Boston

Havana was short and sweet, and pretty similar in result to the rest of the maps. Once again, the Uprising attacked first, and it failed miserably under the pressure of the Outlaws. In one of the most obscure moments (that worked), JAKE absolutely went bananas and ran off with his rally on his own, disregarding the shield distribution to the rest of his team. The extra aggression favored Houston, because that jump stopped the cart right before point A. The Outlaws would full hold the Uprising right there, making the attack easy. Rolling out with Mercy, Symmetra, Bastion, Orisa, Roadhog and Sombra, Houston knew they had the match in the bag. Danteh opened up the round with a quick elimination, then had another triple elimination again in the following fight. Combo that with JAKE mauling Uprising players on Bastion, and it resulted in a 4-0 slaughter.

CONCLUSION

Following the win, the Outlaws complete their first sweep since Stage 4 Week 1 of the 2018 season. It was a near perfect game for Houston, but the celebration should be short. The Outlaws are now 5-12 on the season, and time is running out to make the season 2 playoffs. If Rawkus and Muma can continue their high play against a team that knows how to play against Sombra-GOATs, this team has the potential to revert back to their season 1 form.

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