After handling Dallas the previous week, the Gladiators primed for an Easter Sunday battle against the San Francisco Shock in Week 10. These two teams faced off in Week 8. While LA came out on top back then, the results were a bit different this time around. Anything can happen in the Overwatch League, and this rung true with this week’s games.
Reviewing Week 10
San Francisco Shock: 2-2
Round 1 started with San Fran getting the advantage early with a setup that LA didn’t like. The Shock tried to surprise the Gladiators as they were all sneaking into one of the stone rooms. Super missed Earth Shatter as most of the team was able to get away and reach the point. The Gladiators were able to keep the point and get to 100 percent.
Round 2 was at the well. With Ans as Widowmaker and Rascal as Pharah, the Gladiators had no answer as Shock played the long distance game. The Glads never managed to control the point on this round.
Round 3 was extremely close, but it was not their round. The Shock started out with an unorthodox comp that managed to work against the Gladiators. LA was constantly switching to new heroes until they were finally able to take the point, and while it seemed like they were going to put this one away, they weren’t able to take out Moth as Lucio fast enough before reinforcements returned. Shock move ahead 1-0.
The Yaters couldn’t stop the Shock until half-way to Point C with over five minutes on the clock. They took point A effortlessly. On Point B, Super as Reinhardt hits a clutch shatter to fend off the Glads as the cart rolled past. The Shock were able to capitalize off a missed Earth Shatter and get to the end with 2:40 remaining.
The Gladiators on offense were pretty dominant as well, even as the Shock were playing in a super-aggressive in-your-face style. With a little bit of struggling, the Gladiators managed to get to the end with about 20 seconds more than the Shock. OGE struck a key Earth Shatter in a corner by the throne to allow LA to power through.
On to another round. The Yaters were on offense first due to having less time remaining. They were not able to penetrate Shock’s defense whatsoever. On defense, Gladiators fell to the Shock one by one and took a third of Point A on the first attempt. Shock puts LA in a hole 2-0.
Aside from Hanamura, this is a map that is certainly not a favorite of LA’s. The Gladiators started on offense, finally busting through and snagging point A with 30 seconds left. Shaz led the team into Point B as they utilized multiple Ultimates strategically to deplete San Francisco’s defense. The Gladiators finish with 2:08 on the clock.
The Shock were on offense next, and they managed to take out LA’s defenses much faster. They take point A with two minutes left. They kept pushing on Point B, and while LA tried standing their ground, they had to cave as they took out each member of LA as they filed out to the point. The Shock finish with 3:49.
On the second go, the Gladiators tried to secure point A, and it was down to the wire, but the Shock hold with two survivors on the point. The Gladiators get zero progress. The Shock go on offense and while OGE under the Immortality field tried to put out the Shock fire, it was too much, as the Gladiators go down. Shock prevail 3-0.
Previewing Week 11
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