The Los Angeles Gladiators won a dominant 3-0 victory over the London Spitfire in their first quarter-final series of the Overwatch League playoffs.
Despite missing Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung, who many would consider their most valuable player, the Gladiators were clean and composed in a very convincing victory over the Spitfire.
The Gladiators had been on an upward trend towards the end of the regular season while London were struggling, making the Los Angeles squad the consensus favorite for the quarter-finals.
Spectator confidence in the Gladiators was slightly shaken, however, when they announced that star main tank Fissure would not be competing in the first series of the quarter-finals, with Luis ‘iRemiix’ Galarza Figueroa instead stepping into his place.
Even in the absence of Fissure, however, the Gladiators played an incredibly clean game against the Spitfire, clearly the more co-ordinated of the two teams. London might have one of the most formidable rosters in the league on paper, but they were unable to bring that talent to bear in the first series of this quarter-final.
With this win, the Gladiators advances to an overall 4-0 record against the Spitfire in best-of-five series. They will need to win one more series on Saturday July 14 in order to advance to the semi-finals.