Even if it was just for a moment, the Boston Uprising looked to have made progress as a team. Their match against the Valiant started off hot, as Boston captured the first point of Oasis. The second point seemed to be within Boston’s grasp – until an unfortunate misstep cost them the map.
Perhaps it was that small C9 that caused the Uprising to forget how to play defense. It could be that mental state of the team is expectedly weakened due to their 9-game losing streak. Whatever the reason, the Uprising looked shook after their competitive first map.
There is no rest for the slumping Uprising as they now are tasked with battling the other LA squad.
Los Angeles Gladiators (4-4)
Much like their blue and yellow counterpart, the Gladiators are better than their .500 record. Their roster does not have much of a weakness to exploit, and their coaching is some of the best in the league. They’ve found a way to 3-0 the San Francisco Shock, and have beat the Valiant in a hotly contested five map series. Unsurprisingly, it’s their DPS Ji-hyeok “Birdring” Kim leading the way for the Glads’ success so far this year. Coming off of a lackluster 2019 season, Birdring has shown he can still perform like his Inaugural Championship self.
If Boston manages to shutdown Birdring, they will need to find a way to deal with LA’s incredible back line. The duo of Benjamin “BigGoose” Isohanni and Jonas “Shaz” Suovaara have been one of the most impressive support-duos in OWL. In what looks to be a Lucio/Ana meta coming up for Week 15, the Gladiator support line may be the true carries this time around.
Can Punk Light a Fire for Boston?
With any new face, there comes a sense of renewal. There is a spark of hope any time a new player is added to the roster, and if there’s one thing the Uprising need, it’s hope. Leyton “Punk” Gilchrist may not even get the start this week, but the prospect of a new player is exciting. Potentially the Australian flex-tank may see some time in-game as D.Va avoids hero pools for another week. It’ll be an interesting match to watch as a new name is added to the Boston depth chart, but the fans need to see a little more than a new face to gain hope in this team.
Prediction: 3 – 0 LA Gladiators
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