After a shaky performance against the Paris Eternal in their first Stage 4 match, the Los Angeles Valiant certainly have kinks to work out, and their next opponents are looking equally scary.
Paris Eternal (9-14)
When it came to strong teams in 2-2-2, the Eternal were not at all included in the conversation, whereas the Valiant had quite a track record from Season 1. For the first couple of maps everything went as expected, until a shocking comeback from Paris after halftime.
The reverse sweep was almost achieved, but the LA Valiant held their ground in map 5, winning it 2-1, and the series 3-2.
Player of the Match
Whether he was denying enemy ultimates or securing multiple kills with his self-destruct, Indy “SPACE” Halpern was playing out of his mind on D.Va.
Seoul Dynasty (12-11)
The Seoul Dynasty have a pretty decent roster for 2-2-2, but it’s not what they had during the 2018 season. Still, there are some very notable names such as Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim and Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu. What helps their case against the Valiant, though, is that Los Angeles don’t look as strong as expected in the classic composition.
Looking at their performance against the Paris Eternal, there were a lot of ways to overwhelm the LA Valiant, namely through certain hero picks that they couldn’t play as well as their Eternal counterparts. Seoul will likely know this and abuse it, but the Valiant won’t go down without a fight.
Prediction: Dynasty 3-2 Valiant
Dallas Fuel (10-12)
Like the Los Angeles Valiant, the Dallas Fuel also look somewhat weak in 2-2-2. They will be coming off of a 3-1 loss to the London Spitfire. Though, that isn’t 100% evidence of their weakness, since the Spitfire had an arsenal when it came to building a lineup for role lock.
The Valiant and the Fuel look to be on rather equal footing for this series, therefore it will be a question of who can get the edge over who. Of course, simply going off who won their last match and who didn’t, the Valiant look just slightly better.
Prediction: Valiant 3-2 Fuel
Player to Watch
Though Johannes “Shax” Nielsen faltered on the later maps of the LA Valiant’s match against Paris, his early performance was indicative of how oppressive he can be. He could very well pop off under the right circumstances.
Featured image courtesy of the Los Angeles Valiant on Twitter