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.
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|
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?
Lots of rumors have been swirling lately surrounding leaks out of Korea and a report by Slasher at ESPN. The leaks center around Nenee going to the Los Angeles Valiant and Daemin going to the Los Angeles Gladiators. Slasher’s report suggested that the Valiant and the Fuel are discussing potential player trades.
In a match that had playoff implications, the Los Angeles Gladiators looked to secure their spot, while the Boston Uprising fought to deny them.
Los Angeles Gladiators signed Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek for Stage Two from the London Spitfire. He has had a huge impact on the team as the Gladiators continue to win matches. Going into their final game against Boston tonight, Fissure had some great things to say about his team and advice for future Winston players. Here is what he said.
The Los Angeles Gladiators take on the rising Philadelphia Fusion, in Overwatch League’s first match of the week. Both teams came in with playoff hopes, sitting in the 8th and 5th position respectively, separated by only 1 win. If the Fusion could defeat the Gladiators, they would go 2 wins clear of their purple clad opponents, and give themselves an advantage, with a small buffer while sitting in a playoff position.