Your Los Angeles Gladiators played against the Atlanta Reign to kick off the second half of their 2020 Overwatch League Season. This was a pivotal game for LA as they looked to bounce back from their recent struggles.
Reviewing Week 19
Atlanta Reign: 5-5
The author of this article predicted a 3-1 defeat against a disciplined Atlanta team, but he was glad to be proven wrong this week. Unpredictability was the strategy the Gladiators tried this week, as they opted to swap out OGE in favor of LHCloudy for the second half of this match. While LHCloudy has a reputation for just being a Reinhardt specialist, he is arguably a better Reinhardt player than OGE, which they felt was necessary for this match in particular.
The Gladiators say goodbye to support player Paintbrush, who has started playing for the Dallas Fuel in a starting / regular role. The Gladiators have also signed Overwatch League analyst Sideshow to a 14-day talent contract. Though, do not really expect any play time, as the move was in correlation to a charity stream hosted by Gladiators coach DPei.
On Defense, the Glads were not able to get it together. Birdring was on Widow for the first stretch, but did not produce with the spots he was standing in. The Reign make it to the goal with just under three minutes remaining.
Back on offense, the Gladiators practically were trying to make it as far as possible without stepping off the payload. Very crucial situation to have LHCloudy being Reinhardt. Mirror as Tracer was able to get LA to Point A. Space and LHCloudy contributed greatly as the team also made it to Point B. They protected the payload while also penetrated Atlanta’s defense. The payload wasn’t able to move past Point B however, as the Reign quickly subdued the Gladiators at the right time to pounce.
Previewing Week 20
Next week, the Gladiators face the Outlaws. While the Outlaws have struggled for a good part of the season, it’s been proven that anything can happen in the Overwatch League, and Houston is still stacked with skilled veterans.
Houston Outlaws: 5-10
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