Week 3 brought some loss for the Boston Uprising. Going against two of the top teams in the League, it was expected that they would struggle heavily to find some footing. With a bye week to practice, rally together and improve, the Boston Uprising Stage 2 Week 5 schedule gives them one more chance to prove themselves before Stage 3. If they win, these games won’t entirely secure a playoffs spot like last stage. However, they’ll provide the Uprising with an even map differential, and the boys from Boston can provide their fans with a victory lap.
Boston Uprising Review
London Spitfire (8-5)
The London Spitfire has been a team on the rise throughout the entirety of the second stage. With every game that passes, they look like the inaugural season champions that they should be. Their game against the Uprising was no exception, and the Spitfire did a number on the boys in blue. Though the battles were hard fought, the Spitfire managed to wipe the slate clean, earning a sweep of 4-0 over the Boston Uprising.
Player of the Match: Fusions
It’s clear to the rest of the league that main tank Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth is a threat. Despite how heavily he was focused by the London team, Fusions did what he did best and held his own. With always entertaining play on Reinhardt, he fought off the Spitfire as much as he could while being the center of focus fire. It’s hard to watch when an enemy team chooses to disrupt the same person over and over again, but Fusions takes it all in stride. It’s why he’s among the best of the best.
Vancouver Titans (12-0)
It’s no secret that the Vancouver Titans are the best team in the League. They’ve surpassed the Uprising’s standard of map wins, and have safely secured their spot with a Stage 1 victory. This wasn’t a game that Boston expected to win, and despite that, the Uprising played an amazingly good series. Though the Titans swept the Uprising for another 4-0 win, Boston looked stronger, steadier and more formidable the second time around. Hopefully, they’ll be able to take a map win the next time these two teams go toe-to-toe.
Player of the Match: AimGod
Minseok “AimGod” “Jeff” Kwon is proving to be one of the most consistent players on the Boston Uprising. Going up against the Vancouver Titans is intimidating for anyone, but AimGod couldn’t have cared less. With astounding picks onto their very best, as well as a happy moment of camping their spawn while his team recollected, AimGod truly flexed his skill onto the Titans. (Plus, who doesn’t love a friendly emote when Bumper gets taken off the map?)
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Los Angeles Gladiators (9-4), May 3rd
The Gladiators are another team on the rise to the top. Currently, they land at the top of the standings, with six straight wins under their belts. They’ve always been a formidable force, but they’ve come together in this second stage to flex their strengths and bat the competition away. Because of this, the Uprising have reason to be a little scared of a team that’s already clinched playoffs, and are looking for another win along the way.
Many people will not predict Boston to take this series. With three losses in a row, the Uprising are climbing uphill after some tough games. If this week off has given them the practice time they needed, a map win could be in their sights. So long as they fight together and stick together, Boston should be able to avoid another sweep.
Prediction: Los Angeles Wins 3-1.
Player to Watch: Colourhex
The Gladiators are becoming known for their Bastion play. Yes, Bastion. With Lane “Surefour” Roberts subbing in to flex onto these DPS picks, it’ll be just as important for Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse to be on top of his game. When it comes down to it, the Widow duels will be imperative to either team succeeding. If Colourhex can keep up with one of the best Widowmaker’s in the League, the Uprising have a fighting chance against this juggernaut of a team.
Washington Justice (1-11), May 5th
The Washington Justice are a team that have all the pieces they need, but can’t find a way to make sense of it quite yet. With new additions Yeonjoon “ArK” Hong and Nikola “sleepy” Andrews still settling into the mix, the Justice often suffer from miscommunication. Because of this, the Uprising should be able to take advantage of their new player and earn a much needed victory to close out the rest of the stage.
The Justice aren’t to be taken too lightly, however, as they’ve shown before just how capable they can be. A map win could easily be swung in their direction, if their games against the New York Excelsior say anything. In the end, though, this victory should belong to the Uprising.
Prediction: Boston Wins 3-1.
Player to Watch: blasé
More and more, Jeffrey “blasé” Tsang has been breaking out of Brigitte jail and flexing onto the DPS heroes he was signed for. In this land stand battle for Stage 2, it’ll be interesting to see what sort of heroes blasé will get to show off on. Additionally, he faces an unlikely enemy in good friend, and due partner, Corey “Corey” Nigra. Watching these two fight back and forth for map wins and little victories will be the cherry on top of a fun evening.
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