With strong play and dedicated local fans, the Los Angeles Gladiators swung their way to a top 6 finish in the first season of the Overwatch League. With a multinational, multilingual roster that oozed charisma and talent, the Gladiators gained, if nothing, fans across the world. With top-tier Finnish support line Shaz and Biggoose, coupled with Surefour and Hydration’s devastating DPS, they gave a consistently great performance across the first season. New additions to the team include former KongDoo Panthera players Void and Decay, who may make the Gladiators a top team in the second season.
|Lane “Surefour” Roberts||LA Gladiators||DPS|
|Kang “Void” Jun-woo||LA Gladiators||Tank|
|João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles||LA Gladiators||DPS|
|Jonas “Shaz” Suovaara||LA Gladiators||Support/Flex|
|Jang “Decay” Gui-un||LA Gladiators||DPS|
|Gye “rOar” Chang-hoon||LA Gladiators||Tank|
|Benjamin “BigG00se” Isohanni||LA Gladiators||Support|
|Aaron “Bischu” Kim||LA Gladiators||Tank/Flex|
The Seoul Dynasty have had a less than stellar start to Stage 3. Currently sitting at 2-1, they were only 1 map away from dropping a match to the Dallas Fuel earlier in the week. Los Angeles Gladiators, on the other hand have to feel pretty good about themselves at the moment, also sitting at 2-1 but currently with the advantage in maps over Seoul. This match could very much be a precursor to who may be able to make the playoffs between these two teams later in the Stage/Season. Read more …
Overwatch League Stage 3, Week 2 began as the fresh faced Shanghai Dragons took on a Gladiators squad weakened by injury, as their Korean Tank Fissure was out sick. Surefour and his rotating DPS mates would need to step it up to make up for the loss of their prolific Tank. Read more …
Stage 3 has begun with a…well, kinda a whimper. Shanghai’s new roster didn’t solve their winless issues, but may have been eye-opening to fans and players alike just how hard language barriers are to overcome. Seoul limped into the Stage, dropping 4 maps to the LA Valiant, whose mid season tactic of ‘burn it all down’ when it comes to their roster may have preened the toxicity out to return the Valiant to their Stage 1 standards. With the last game of the night, San Francisco Shock took on the .500 Los Angeles Gladiators for an inter-state rivalry match to either assert LA dominance over their brethren from the bay, or begin the push for SF to climb the ladder.
San Francisco (don’t dare call them San Fran) Shock take on the Los Angeles Gladiators in the late game as Stage 3 kicks off tonight. The Shock come into Stage 3 9th overall with a 6-14 record and a 15 map deficit, while the Gladiators come in just one spot above them in 8th, with an even 10-10 record and just barely in the red on maps at -1. The Shock have remained quiet over the break with no trade announcements, while the Gladiators have acquired “Silkthread” from the LA Valiant. Will the acquisition of the high-profile DPS player catapult the Gladiators ahead of their interstate rivals, or will San Francisco begin to narrow the gap?
In the battle for Los Angeles, Ted “Silkthread” Wang has clearly won, earning himself a trip to the better performing of the two teams. The Los Angeles Valiant’s turmoil of late has been well documented. They released star DVA player Envy, traded Unkoe to the Dallas Fuel, purchased Bunny from the Seoul Dynasty, allowed Grimreality to transition to coach, and now allowed another player to leave to go to a rival team.
Stage Two of the inaugural season of Overwatch League has wrapped up. As we prepare for Stage Three many of the teams have shifted rosters and made changes. This leads us to the question does how many players you have on the roster matter in your success?