Boston Uprising fans are straight up not having a good time right now.
The team has failed to notch their second win this season, after having to battle through 7 rounds to grab their first. Two players have opted to step away from the team, and another was unceremoniously cut from the roster. A new coaching staff hasn’t brought success the fan base hoped to see. In what is seemingly now tradition, the Uprising sub-Reddit is looking for change at the very top of the organization.
There is a bright side to all the nonsense going on in Boston’s camp. The season is far from over, and at any given moment the team can turn things around. In fact, the team can certainly reverse their fortunes when they face-off against a middling Toronto team.
Toronto Defiant (3-5)
Since these teams last met, Toronto has won once and lost the other. The win against Washington highlighted how good the Defiant look when things start to click. The loss to Houston on the other hand showcased some of the weaknesses Toronto still has yet to address.
The Defiant’s inability to adjust to Dante “Danteh” Cruz’s Tracer play caused the team to collapse after going up 2-0 on Houston. The tipping point came largely from the full hold on Rialto, where Houston harassed Toronto on the flank without a single contest. An off-meta pick that doubles as a comfort pick could be the key to the Uprising stealing a win this weekend.
Boston may want to stay away from the Mei this week in hopes to give Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse a more comfortable hero to play. Whether it be Tracer or Pharah, Boston may want to find a new direction in order to gain an advantage in the matchup.
The New Guys Need to Show Up
The most important takeaway from this matchup will be the improvement of both newcomers – Thomas “brussen” Brussen and Kobe “Halo” Hamand. The latest roster additions have played a few weeks now, but have yet to appear completely comfortable in OWL. In true Boston fashion, both players were thrust onto the big-stage with minimal or no preparation. It makes sense that their debuts may not have gone as expected for both players and coaches.
However now is the moment where the two need to step up and give the Uprising some backbone. Tae-hee “Jerry” Min has done quite a lot to carry the Uprising to some maps wins, but he needs some help. If brussen and Halo make that step to the next level, Boston may just get out of their funk.
Featured image courtesy of the Boston Uprising
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