With five games remaining, the Gladiators played two this week and managed to win both of them. They return to .500 in their win percentage as a result.
Reviewing Week 28
Dallas Fuel (7-10)
LA’s game with Dallas was short and sweet, but also satisfying, with all the thrills happening at the very start. Dallas tried a strategy that caught the Glads off guard are first but was one that they were able to deal with soundly.
Here is how the game went down:
Map 1 – Oasis
Round 1 was certainly a banger. Doha as Pharah really turned the match on its head already. Both teams played really well and the round came down to Birdring as Widowmaker, shooting down four Fuel players by himself with Dallas at 99 percent. Typically, it’s the Glads that fail to finish control maps with the last man remaining on the opposing team. However, a stroke of luck was what helped them turn it around. A back-and-forth affair that fell in favor of team purple. Gladiators win Round 1.
Round 2 was more one-sided, with the Yaters taming the Fuel more soundly. Mirror was at a mismatch as Junkrat against Doha’s Pharah, but there were no problems here. The Glads succeeding in picking the right spots and choosing the right targets around the point. Once they got in control they stayed in control for the most part. Dallas tried to take over, but OGE was able to survive thanks to Shaz and BigGoose. They use all their available ultimate abilities at the end to prevent Dallas one last time. Gladiators win Round 2 and the map.
Mirror is put back in the damage seat in place of Kevster. Doha once again chooses Pharah. Mirror was on Junkrat again, but hit a bullseye on Paintbrush as Mercy. At one point, the fuel are able to eliminate Mirror and Birdring, but the Gladiators quickly respond by taking out Doha, Paintbrush, and Gamsu. In one final attempt for Dallas, Birdring comes alive as Ashe and uses B.O.B. to stop most of the Fuel.
Player of the Match: Birdring
Boston Uprising (2-17)
Glads go on offense once again. In a weird first fight, nobody is eliminated but the Glads manage to push the payload all the way to Point A. LA manages to cruise to Point B without issues with Birdring as Sombra and Kevster as Widowmaker. Point B was taken as half the Uprising squad cowers outside. On the way to Point C, Space brings his vintage D. Va play, strategically using a Self-Destruct to get a hiding Punk. Gladiators make it to the goal with over three minutes on the clock.
On defense, LA once again doesn’t pull any punches. Birdring takes out Kevster and Fusions takes out BigGoose as Boston was about to reach Point A. But once LA takes out Boston’s tank players, they retreat. Another odd decision. Time expires with the payload underneath the passageway. BigGoose and Shaz go down. The remaining Gladiators wait outside to pounce, starting with an EMP from Birdring. Fusions as Winston does the Primal Rage, stepping off the payload. The two other Uprising players at the scene do not notice this either, and the game ends there. Yaters with a 3-0 sweep.
Previewing Week 29
The final week of the regular season will feature the Gladiators in three matches. On Friday, they will take on the Florida Mayhem. Taking place Saturday, it’s the Atlanta Reign. On Sunday, the final match of the season will be another “Battle For LA” as their final opponents are the Valiant.
Florida Mayhem (16-6)
The Mayhem are stumbling a bit, having lost in a 3-2 affair vs. the LA Valiant this week. However, after the Gladiators lost to Florida 1-3, it seems like they will have to plan hard if they want to win this one.
The roster hasn’t changed since before the season started, so this is a very content and determined team that was once seen as the league’s laughingstock. This match will certainly come down to which team is coached better and makes fewer mistakes.