Boston’s match against Philadelphia went as well as anyone could have expected. A swift 3-0 for the Fusion didn’t shock many Boston fans, but losses still feel quite bad nonetheless. Boston didn’t appear to perform poorly, the Fusion just simply outplayed the Uprising at every step. Despite the loss, the Uprising players left the stage with smiles and high spirits, ready for their next challenge. Up next for the Uprising are the Washington Justice and the Atlanta Reign, both of which are prime time games.
Saturday: Washington Justice (1-3)
The last time these two teams played, the Justice got the upper hand, winning 3-1 in a post-GOATs meta. Corey “Corey” Nigra was too much for Boston to handle the first time around, and he has certainly proven to be a force early this season. The hero bans however have created a sizable dent into Corey’s hero pool. Luckily for Washington, Corey has been known to perform extremely well on both Hanzo and Reaper.
Boston’s main goal going into this game will be to take advantage of Washington’s one-dimensional gameplay. One of Washington’s glaring weaknesses is how they pour an incredible amount of resources into Corey. While this feast or famine style of play may have worked in their match against Houston, they have failed to mimic their success against Philadelphia or Paris. If Boston can force the rest of Washington to beat them by minimizing Corey’s impact, the Uprising look good heading into the second Justice homestand.
An interesting storyline for this match will be Justice’s Minseok “AimGod” Kwon facing off against his former team. AimGod and Boston didn’t have the most amicable break-up at the end of last season, making this “revenge game” a little more exciting. AimGod may be the key for Justice’s success over Boston, but he will have to out-duel Boston’s talented Sang-min “Myunb0ng” Seo to grab the victory.
Prediction: Boston 3 – 1
Sunday: Atlanta Reign (1-1)
The Atlanta Reign ended last year as one of the league’s hottest teams. They ended the season with a 7-0 Stage 4 and a deep run into the playoffs, shocking many fans in the process. Coming into the 2020 season, their excitement and hype reached an all-time high. Atlanta won their first match against Toronto with ease, only inflating expectations from fans and analysts. But their loss against surprise-stand out Paris has left viewers with plenty of questions regarding the flexibility of this team.
While the Reign seemed comfortable and well-prepared on Double-Shield, they seemed much less confident on the standard Reinhardt/D.Va combination. Boston certainly would have the advantage in the tank head-to-head if it weren’t for Reinhardt getting hit by the hero ban. Now the front lines are seemingly even, with Boston having the edge in D.Va play, and Atlanta having the superior Winston. Then again, with Atlanta’s affinity for Orisa as a main tank, there may be even more mystery as to which team’s tanks can pull ahead.
The x-factor in this matchup will be the DPS core for each team. If Tracer becomes the go-to carry, Atlanta will look to Jun “Erster” Jeong to carry the team. On the other hand, if Boston gets Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse to play Pharah, then Boston will certainly find success on those maps. Atlanta has yet to start their new rookie Tae-hoon “Edison” Kim, and now may be the time to let the talented flex-DPS loose.
Prediction: Atlanta 3 – 2
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