The Houston Outlaws had a short, yet eventful weekend for Week 3. Houston’s win against the the Florida Mayhem showed that Houston has been making adjustments to make their play much cleaner, while looking much more impressive with their GOATS play. Houston has another short week ahead of them, however, if they can manage to play as well as they did against the Mayhem and the Spark they could improve to a .500 record.
Florida Mayhem (1-3)
Similar to Houston, the Florida Mayhem began Week 3 with a losing record, but with a win against a very impressive team. Houston needed to play on their toes, willing to make flex picks and have impressive play from Dante “Danteh” Cruz and their tank line. Not only did Houston show impressive play, but they showed quick thinking and great communication.
Houston began Illios with an impressive win with another great showing from Austin “Muma” Wilmont. He had this incredible play with Orisa on Well, in addition to proving that he shares the same ability to play off-meta heroes like his other teammates.
— Houston Outlaws (@Outlaws) March 2, 2019
Kings Row was a nail-biter, Houston and the Mayhem would both finish Round 1 and 2 in overtime. However, Houston would have an inspiring push nearly finishing the map and scoring a massive team kill along the way. Furthermore, The Outlaws would kill any momentum the Mayhem had and stopped them before they even managed a tick onto point A.
Houston would finally capture map victory on Horizon Lunar Colony. Houston’s final push onto point B in Round 4 would come off the back of a big earthshatter from Muma stunning three of the Mayhem’s player’s allowing Danteh to make a sneaky play onto the point and steal the win.
Player of the Game
Muma proved, once again, that he is the backbone of the Houston Team. His ability to play whatever he and his team feel would be the most effective for the map show his adaptability and understanding of the game. His massive plays would often set up a push or force the enemy team to retreat. Keep an eye out for Muma to constantly make big plays and help carry his team to victory.
Los Angeles Valiant (0-5)
Despite a strong showing last season, it seems that the Los Angeles Valiant can’t seem to get their momentum going. However, this is not a reason to count them out. The Valiant look to break their losing streak against the Houston Outlaws and are willing to fight tooth and nail for the win. The Valiant boast an impressive support line built around Min-chul “Izayaki” Kim and a tank line led by veteran and D.Va Specialist, Indy “Space” Halpern.
So, Houston will need to answer back with an organized and clear game plan to come out with a victory. In addition, Houston’s support and DPS line will need to come out in full force to counter their impress.
Prediction 3-1 Houston
Player(s) of the Game
It’s clear the Alexandre “SPREE” Vanhomwegen and Muma will have to showcase their impressive tank play to take down the Valiant’s support. In addition, Houston can manage to separate the Valiant’s support line from the Tank line just like they did against the Hangzhou Spark, Houston can subdue Izayaki’s impressive Zenyatta play.