The Overwatch League community was treated to the Summer Showdown Tournament during America’s Fourth of July weekend. The Gladiators were given the privilege to choose their first opponent, but they bit off more than they could chew by picking to face the hungry Justice for a third time.
Reviewing Week 22
Washington Justice: 3-13
This was a regrettable showing for the Gladiators this week as they were nowhere near the performance compared to when they played the same team the previous week. As the author mentioned last week, the Justice were going to try something new against LA, and because LA was complacent, they got their prods handed to them. This is the third team that the Gladiators have lost to that has a 33 percent win percentage or less at the time that they have played them.
Here is how this match went down:
Considering that Genji is a primary part of the current meta, it would feel cliche to be the player of the match. However, he has done arguably better than other DPS on the Gladiators would have, such as Mirror and Jaru. He contributed in most of the team’s bright spots in this match, namely winning team fights with his Dragon Blade. I felt that the team brought in an excessive spot on the roster when it happened, as his hero pool compares to the three other DPS players. However, the team did lack a Genji player that they likely need to get through the rest of the season.
The rest of the team just wasn’t playing to their full potential. One could argue that this was a fluke and that Washington found their element. Many fans assumed this to be the case when LA lost to Boston and Houston. While this is the third time the Gladiators played Washington, in a short period of time no less, the results became less favorable each time. This should be a big cause for concern. If they’re not able to beat the most beatable of teams, then what chance do they have against the likes of Philadelphia, San Francisco, Guangzhou, and Shanghai?
Previewing Week 23
Overwatch League returns to action mid July in exhibition matches leading up to the latest gimmick the Countdown Cup. Los Angeles’s next opponents are the Vancouver Titans, whom they will play on Saturday, July 18th.
Vancouver Titans: 4-8