It feels like it’s been forever since the Boston Uprising almost upset the Paris Eternal. While Boston’s run in the May Melee was cut short, the team is looking to continue their upward trend into June. The Uprising face the Paris Eternal once again as teams get seeded for the June tournament. If there is any time for Boston to shock the league, it would be this first match against the surging Eternal.
Paris Eternal (7-5)
The Paris Eternal are by far, the most surprising team of the 2020 season. Everyone had completely written off the Eternal as a team destined for the bottom of the standings. After a rocky start to the season, the Eternal came back swinging by beating the Atlanta Reign and the Philadelphia Fusion. While they have yet to replicate their success against the Fusion, losing two 5-map bouts, Paris is in a prime spot to continue their success.
Heading into the matchup, Paris welcomes their star DPS player Yeon-hang “SP9RK1E” Kim into the official lineup. He was previously ineligible to play due to the age restrictions. Now 18 and ready to play, SP9RK1E joins his Element Mystic teammates in their rematch against Boston. With Echo and Sombra banned this week, viewers may just get the pleasure of watching SP9RK1E play his signature Doomfist.
Adapting Without Echo
Potentially the biggest issue Boston will face playing Paris is inability to use Echo. The last time these teams met, Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse displayed incredible proficiency on the hero, helping spark the 0-2 comeback. As Colourhex swapped onto Mei to fight in a more enclosed point, Boston looked significantly weaker. The key for this match will be Boston’s ability to work around a composition that won’t utilize Colourhex’s weakest character.
— Boston Uprising (@BostonUprising) June 9, 2020
If Mei remains the optimal choice, it will be up to Tae-hee “Jerry” Min to pick up the slack on the DPS end. With McCree and Ashe still available, Jerry has access to his most comfortable heroes. With the rest of the team feeling their rhythm, Boston needs to continue playing with confidence. A win against Paris would be a monumental step in the right direction, but it will be an incredibly tough hurdle to get over.
Prediction: Paris 3 – Boston 1
Featured image courtesy of the Boston Uprising
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