Alright, let’s do this one last time.
Boston and Vancouver face each other for the third time this season, at another pivotal point in the season. The last time these two met, the Titans cruised to a 3-0 win to earn their ticket to the Countdown Cup. The meta has changed since then, and for both teams, this has meant change for them as well. While Vancouver has been finding success in recent matches, Boston continues to tumble even farther away from the rest of the league.
Vancouver Titans (5-14)
Since their entrance into the league, the new-look Vancouver Titans seemed to always look just a bit off. Whether it be uncoordinated, unfocused, or underprepared, the Titans just looked to be so close and yet so far. With that win over Atlanta last Sunday, the Titans appear to have solved whatever issue ailed them. Vancouver did what Boston has attempted to do all season – turn the corner.
The nerf to Genji was the blessing Vancouver really needed for them to find their stride. Getting Dalton “Dalton” Bennyhoff off of Genji and onto Sombra turned the team’s success in team fights upside down. While the team didn’t find the same success against Dallas, there were plenty of moments that hinted that this Titan’s roster was beginning to click. It also helps that Niclas “sHockWave” Jensen completely took over the game once Dalton got in a rhythm as well.
Their record doesn’t show it, but the Titans incredible potential going forward. The biggest hurdle for the young team is the inability to adapt to unfavorable metas. Sounds pretty similar to another bottom-five team, right?
Now or Never for the Uprising
It is not secret the Boston Uprising wish they could forget this season. Marred by unfavorable metas, poor compositions, and questionable coaching, the team just never found their style. In their last game of the regular season, the Boston Uprising desperately need to go out with a bang. The best way for Boston to end this terribly long season, is to go out playing what they actually enjoy.
Thankfully for Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse, Echo is back in the meta. With Colourhex and Tae-hee “Jerry” Min on comfort picks, Boston would seemingly have an advantage on the Vancouver DPS line. However, audiences watched in horror as Boston was spawn camped by the Los Angeles Gladiators while the two did everything they could on their best heroes. Boston can’t let that happen again, especially in their last game before playoffs.
The Uprising need this win, in order to remember what it feels like to win again. Winning is contagious, and Boston needs a winning momentum, and mentality, in order to even have the slightest shot in the Grand Finals.
Prediction: Boston 3 – Vancouver 2
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