After a week of rest, the Overwatch League returned to action as the playoffs creep closer. Your LA Gladiators’ next opponents were the Vancouver Titans, a fresh, young team with immense shoes to fill following a falling out of the team’s previous established players.
Reviewing Week 24
Vancouver Titans: 4-9
LA did not have the best showing in the Summer Showdown Tournament earlier this month, losing to the team they picked to play in the first round, the Washington Justice. The team needed the week off to focus and that’s what seemed like they did, as they handled Vancouver with ease, whom came off the tournament with quite a ball rolling.
Here is how this match went down:
The Gladiators stumbled when it was their turn on defense. The Titans managed to get to Point A while many Gladiators were in the area. Shaz even expended a Transcendence. On the way to point B, the Titans were lucky with their ultimate abilities while the Glads were not as much. Dalton got a clutch Pulse Bomb on Shaz. Roolf also was able to provide significant damage with an Amplification Matrix. While Kevster got a Dragon Blade, it wasn’t enough to slow the momentum. The Titans get to Point C with 3:06 remaining.
Extra rounds. Titans are on offense once again. The Gladiators brought it to them, but diligently they were able to get towards Point A. As the clock winds down, a fight breaks out on the off-beaten path. LA gets the upper hand. KSAA as Sigma attempt to foil LA’s plans, but they hold with 90 feet from Point A.
Gladiators go on offense. Titans play a very great defensive game as players such as Space and Birdring create some errors. Shredlock as Winston gets off a late Primal Rage to keep the Gladiators away from the payload. Down to the last play before time expiring, Birdring and Kevster score some big eliminations to move the payload past the mark. Gladiators enjoy the 3-0 win this week.
Previewing Week 25
Next week, the Gladiators have not one, but two games. The first being against the Philadelphia Fusion, and the second against the Paris Eternal.
Philadelphia Fusion: 17-2
One of this year’s elite teams, the Philadelphia Fusion sport master players across all six seats. EQO, Ivy, and Carpe are in the basic rotation of damage dealers. Fury, Poko and Sado are the team’s reliable tank players. Finally, Boombox, Alarm, and Funnyastro are the team’s supports.
The Gladiators had no chance against the Fusion earlier on in the season, falling 0-3 in the May Melee tournament. There’s a chance that LA can shock the world against this elite team, as they have pulled off large upsets in the past. The author of this article just does not count them out given their unmatchable playstyle.
Paris Eternal: 14-6
The Paris Eternal were the North American winners of the Summer Showdown Tournament, besting the San Francisco Shock. They have been gradually rising up in the ranks this season, improving as they gain more availability to their Korean players. Star player Spark1e turned 18 in May and has been playing lights out since.