The Los Angeles Gladiators had the week off for Week 4, not traveling to the Dallas Homestand. This gave them some much needed rest, after playing six games in three weeks. Los Angeles will welcome the Boston Uprising this upcoming week, giving them potentially one of their hardest matchups of the stage. This will be the last test before playoffs, and before they find out their opponent. The Gladiators are hoping to improve their map differential, which currently sits at +12. If the Gladiators win their game against the Uprising, this would put them most likely at third for Stage 2.
Week 5 Preview
Boston Uprising: 6-6 (2-3 in Stage 2)
The Los Angeles Gladiators’ last game of Stage 2 is a test against the Boston Uprising. While the Uprising currently sit at a .500 record in both stages combined, they are not a team to take lightly. Los Angeles will need to go in with everything they have, or they could see themselves fall to Boston. The battle of main tanks will be one to watch in this game. If the Gladiators continue to substitute Lane “Surefour” Roberts in for the second map, they better hope the map is Paris. He does not seem to do as well on Hanamura. For the Gladiators to win this game, they will need Gui-un “Decay” Jang to continue to play at a high caliber level.
Boston will not go down without a fight, as they are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. New addition Richard “rCk” Kanerva will be looking to push his new team to that playoff spot, especially with seeing his former team in a playoff spot. The Uprising face the Washington Justice in Week 5 as well.
Prediction: Gladiators 3-2 Uprising
Player to Watch:
The player to watch in this game is Chang-hoon “rOar” Gye. If he can stand up to the aggressive play style of the Uprising’s main tank, Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth, then the Gladiators may have the upper-hand in this battle. The Gladiators have looked like a much better team now that rOar is more familiar with the group. He has shown his strong abilities in various games this season, even if the Gladiators did not play the strongest opponents this season. If rOar plays like he has been the past few weeks, Los Angeles should be able to stay unbeaten in Stage 2.
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