LA Gladiators main tank Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung has released a statement following the team’s win over Houston Outlaws.
The Gladiators picked up a 3-1 victory over the Outlaws in week two of Overwatch League Stage 4, in what could ultimately be a key match for their playoff hopes.
Both teams entered the stage outside of the top-six in the overall standings that will qualify for the $1.7 million playoffs, and each had at least two match wins to make up over a team above them in order to steal a spot.
As such, every match could be pivotal for both teams, and in particular their head-to-head, as the winner of that match increases their chances of being the team to steal a spot dramatically.
When they clashed in week two of Stage 4, both teams had yet to lose a match in the Stage. Though many gave the edge to the Outlaws, it was the Gladiators that came out on top with a 3-1 win.
In the aftermath of the match, Fissure released a statement on Korean esports site Inven, which was translated and posted to Twitter by @tisrobin311.
In it, Fissure defends Void’s play in his debut map on King’s Row, which the Gladiators lost, touches on the higher number of deaths for the team and claims responsibility for the compositional change at the end of Dorado that allowed the Gladiators to win the map and the series.
The Gladiators now sit at seventh place in the overall standings, moving ever closer to securing a spot in the playoffs. They still have a long way to go, however, and they have yet to face any of the teams above them.
The Gladiators next match will be on May 25th, against the Florida Mayhem.