Week 4 was an overall good week for the LA Valiant. They had one close match, and one complete landslide. On top of that, the Valiant also clinched themselves a spot in the Stage 3 playoffs. They have no upcoming matches in Week 5, so this will just be a review.
Hangzhou Spark (14-7)
After having just beaten the Vancouver Titans 3-1, it seemed as though taking down a team like the Hangzhou Spark wouldn’t be as much of a challenge. However, unlike the Titans, the Spark were very much able to counter the Sombra GOATS composition while still playing classic 3-3.
Despite their great strides in improvement, the Los Angeles Valiant could not secure the win and get their revenge on the Hangzhou Spark. Even so, the series was close, with Hangzhou only winning 3-2.
Player of the Match
The Valiant did not win, but they certainly did not go down without a fight. Part of what allowed them to put up such a fight was, once again, Young-seo “KariV” Park. His Ana continues to look like one of the best in the league.
London Spitfire (12-9)
Despite their albeit close loss against the Spark, hopes were still high for their match versus the Spitfire. London are a weaker team than Hangzhou, and hadn’t shown that they could properly counter Sombra GOATS.
It was a complete stomp. The suspicions proved to be true, and the London Spitfire could not find an answer for the Valiant’s now staple composition. Every map saw the Los Angeles Valiant dominating the playing field, ending in a clean 4-0 victory.
This victory over the Spitfire solidified Los Angeles’ spot as now one of the stronger teams in the league, sitting in the top five or six for many people.
Player of the Match
Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa got another opportunity to pop off on Widowmaker in this series, and did so amazingly. His Zarya play was also still nothing to scoff at, as he was completely outclassing his Spitfire counterpart.
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