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The second match of the night is Shanghai Dragons vs Los Angeles Gladiators. Shanghai underperformed during the preseason and many predicted the LA Gladiators as the clear winners for this match. Tonight the maps are Dorado, Temple of Anubis, Ilios, and Eichenwalde, so expect a lot of dive and potentially Widowmakers in this match. Keep an eye out for Surefour on the Gladiators as we expect him to make a lot of the big plays during this game. The Dragons have a lot to prove during this match and it will be interesting to see how they perform.
We are going to consistently update this post as the match continues so you don’t miss a single thing.
Game One – Dorado
This round opened up with Gladiators on defense and they decided to run an interesting DPS defense of Doomfist and Widowmaker. Shanghai decided to go a traditional dive composition with the exception of Undead on the Widowmaker. As soon as Shanghai pushed into the chokepoint the Gladiators swarmed them from all sides. The entire first team fight was extremely scrappy, but it ended with the Gladiators surviving thanks to Shaz’s Zenyatta and BigG00se’s Mercy.
Shanghai pushed again and was forced back due to a Doomfist ultimate on the side of the Los Angeles Gladiators. Their third attack only had 60 seconds left on the clock, but Surefour went completely uncontested in the back. This lets them force back the third push and left Shanghai with one attack left. Hydration got a big pick with Doomfist, dropping Shanghai’s Mercy which caused their attack to completely collapse. Shanghai never capped the first point and the Gladiators took the first round.
The Gladiators were on the attack and decided to run a traditional dive composition with Shangai running the same – with the exception of Undead on Soldier: 76. Shaz’s Zenyatta was the big player in this round, quickly dropping various Shanghai players with little effort. The Dragons were wiped out almost instantaneously and the Gladiators took the first game.