Welcome back! In part two of our in-depth interview with Gladiators Head Coach David “Dpei” Pei, we broke down the Gladiators’ playoff performance and their next steps as a team. You can review part one here. Enjoy!
A team assembled by Phoenix 1, the Los Angeles Gladiators are one of the twelve teams in the inaugural season for the Overwatch League. Owned by controversial owner Stan Kroenke, the team is looking to prove doubters wrong by posting a strong showing in the first season of the Overwatch League.
|Luis “iReMiix” Galarza Figueroa||LA Gladiators||Tank|
|Lane “Surefour” Roberts||LA Gladiators||DPS|
|João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles||LA Gladiators||DPS|
|Joon-seong “Asher” Choi||LA Gladiators||DPS|
|Jonas “Shaz” Suovaara||LA Gladiators||Support/Flex|
|Benjamin “BigG00se” Isohanni||LA Gladiators||Support|
|Aaron “Bischu” Kim||LA Gladiators||Tank/Flex|
The LA Gladiators finished the inaugural season in fourth place overall, earning a spot in the seatson playoffs before losing in the first round to the London Spitfire. Gladiators Head Coach David “Dpei” Pei sat down with us here at Overwatchscore to talk about their first season. Part one of the extensive interview focuses on the Gladiators’ intense regular season, and Dpei’s growth as a coach. Check back in tomorrow for part two of the interview, where we discuss the playoffs and plans for Season 2!
In a shock move announced on Twitter today, LA Gladiators main tank Chan-Hyung “Fissure” Baek has been released from his team and signed with the Seoul Dynasty. The most handsome and best tank in the Overwatch League will now play on an all Korean team, something Fissure has reportedly wanted since before the season playoffs. Read more …
After a rather disappointing start from the London Spitifre in their first Playoff match, they had to change things up. The Gladiators themselves came in as the clear favorites this times around. And what a great match that was, the Spitfire finally back to playing as a unit, with great plays from each player. Especially Birdring and Profit played out of their minds and had some of the best games in a while. A well-deserved win in the second match, which will be decided in the third and last match.
Game 2 of the Overwatch League Quarterfinals began before either team stepped on stage. The rivalry between the London Spitfire and the Los Angeles Gladiators is steeped in history – a history that centers on Gladiators main tank Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek. After trading Fissure to LA after Stage 1, the Spitfire have never won a match against their former teammate. That record was on pace to continue, until the Gladiators released an explosive statement right before the match.