The following grades will be on an A to F scale, with C being average. Scott “Custa” Kennedy and Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa, despite having playtime, will not be getting graded due to how rarely they were put in.
Brady “Agilities” Girardi: C
Agilities, having to play essentially solely Brigitte for much of the stage, never really stood out or made crazy plays. He wasn’t constantly feeding either. He worked with what he got and just rolled with the punches.
Young-seo “KariV” Park: D
KariV did not look very comfortable on Zarya. His Graviton Surges were often lackluster, which just cannot be happening, due to how important that ultimate is to success in GOATs.
Indy “SPACE” Halpern: B
SPACE was often a playmaker for the team. He struggled to eat Graviton Surges, but that is by no means an easy task. Throughout the stage, he was able to throw out many multi-man D.Va bombs, giving his team the advantage needed to win fights.
Pan-seung “Fate” Koo: B
Like Agilities, Fate rolled with the punches. That’s something that a Reinhardt is forced to do, anyways. Despite this, though, he was able to find some very nice Earthshatters here and there. Fate didn’t even die too much, despite playing Reinhardt. The GOATs meta forces him to take major heat, but he held on and never tried to make any absurd plays with his Charge.
Min-chul “Izayaki” Kim: B
The LA Valiant’s star Zenyatta player truly showed up early into the stage. He was finding picks for his team, and had stats similar to those of the acclaimed best Zenyatta in the world Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang. However, he was still caught out from time to time, and could not continuously play at his peak.
Dae-kuk “KuKi” Kim: C
It was assumed that KuKi would be playing the role of main tank, but he was not seen once this stage in that role. Instead, the Valiant had him playing main healer, replacing Custa. He never played in a way that could be considered bad, but, aside from a few boops, never did anything noteworthy.
Due to the team ending winless this stage, no one could really be given an A. Clearly, despite their best efforts, they were just unable to overcome any of their enemies. However, the players who got B’s were the ones who were truly instrumental to what little success the LA Valiant were able to achieve here and there throughout Stage 1.
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