Welcome to the first Boston Uprising Stage 1 preview! Weekly, this piece will come out to make sure that everyone is caught up on the schedule of the Boston Uprising. The second season of the League is just around the corner, and Boston hasn’t strayed from giving us something to look forward to. Their two initial games are certainly ones that will put on a show, as well as quench the thirst for more rivalries between teams in the League. Let’s break them down.
Boston Uprising Stage 1, Week 1
New York Excelsior: 0-0-0 (Feb 14)
In the beginning of their season, the Boston Uprising Stage 1 matchups dive right in. It makes sense that one of the first big games of the season is a matchup from sports rivalries of old. New York vs Boston: the ultimate showdown. With how many tank players are present on the Uprising roster, it’s possible we see a GOATs composition from this team. The Uprising are also facing a bit of a DPS problem. With new sign Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse benched for their first games, it’s hard to tell what kind of damage heavy comp they will be running.
On top of that, Jeffrey “blasé” Tsang has been tweeting about his Brigitte play in the last couple of months. With blasé on support, as well as Kristian “Kellex” Keller and Renan “alemao” Moretto, GOATs could prove to be very viable for this team.
However, a win is unexpected. The NYXL are an unstoppable powerhouse with a solid team core. Based purely on mechanical skill alone, it’s unsure if Boston can pull out another Cinderella moment so quickly. It’ll be interesting to see how they fare against the best team in the League, however. Overall, this match will give us top insights into how the new Uprising can work together on the main stage.
PREDICTION: NXYL wins 4-0
Houston Outlaws: 0-0-0 (Feb 17)
The Outlaws are a hardworking and respectable team. With no real roster changes to speak of that could shake things up, the Outlaws maintain their strong core. The Uprising will have some difficulty breaking through this tough shield, especially if GOATs is on the table. With that said, however, the Uprising’s roster lends them to a strong GOATs composition. Though the Outlaws have a heavy tank line that, the Uprising won’t be going down without a fight.
This match will be reliant on the strength of the Uprising’s tanks. With the recent loss of team captain YoungJin “Gamsu” Noh, the Uprising now rely on their new signings to carry them through. Lucas “NotE” Meissner remains as a steady offtank with some impressive D.va play. Joining him are new signings in now full time Uprising player Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth, and Minseob “Axxiom” Park.
With the Uprising having a tank heavy line up and a lack of damage, it’s possible that the Outlaws will take advantage of this and run a nontraditional comp. Considering that’s the Outlaws special, and with Jacob “JAKE” Lyon playing an interesting pool of damage heroes, we’ll likely see another upset against Boston.
PREDICTION: Outlaws win 3-1
PLAYER TO WATCH
blasé is someone to absolutely keep in mind as these games ramp up. As the only dedicated damage player on the Uprising that can play during these first games, it’ll be interesting to see what he’ll play, and how he’ll incorporate himself into the roster. Brigitte is definitely a big option for him, and for many times. But, will we see someone else run a damage role, so blasé can do the same? Will he solo DPS for the Uprising and surround himself with tanks for protection? Only time will tell, but his actions and his choices are certainly something to keep an eye on.
Featured Image Courtesy of the Boston Uprising.