LA Gladiators Pull Off Epic Creative Strategy to Defeat London Spitfire in Overwatch League Quarter-Final Series - Dexerto

LA Gladiators Pull Off Epic Creative Strategy to Defeat London Spitfire in Overwatch League Quarter-Final Series

Published: 13/Jul/2018 3:11 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Joe O'Brien


The Los Angeles Gladiators pulled off an epic creative strategy to help close out their victory over London Spitfire.

The two teams clashed in the first series of their quarter-final match in the Overwatch League season one playoffs, with the Gladiators securing a convincing win even without star main tank Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung.

The third, and ultimately final, map of the series was King’s Row. Having held the Spitfire in the second stage of their offence, the Gladiators had a chance to end the series with a successful offence of their own.

Point A on King’s Row can be tough to crack against a well set-up defensive team, but the Gladiators pulled out an incredibly creative and intelligent strategy to secure it easily.

As they pushed out on their initial spawn, the Gladiators grouped up and rushed all the way past the point, bypassing the defence as they made their way through the second stage of the map to wrap back onto the high ground.

Crucially, however, the Gladiators had left Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts in the offensive spawn room. Given that he was playing as Brigitte and the whole Gladiators squad had pushed through together, the Spitfire never considered as they repositioned that they could be vulnerable from that angle, and by the time Surefour had switched to Widowmaker and begun eliminating key London players it was far too late.

The strategy was one of the most creative set plays seen in the Overwatch League so far, an enticing teaser for what the playoffs might continue to offer as teams pull out all the stops and an emphatic way for the Gladiators to close out a dominant victory.

The Gladiators now find themselves just one series victory away from advancing to the semi-finals, where their opponent would depend on which of the Philadelphia Fusion or Boston Uprising wins the other quarter-final.


Simple Overwatch trick lets any hero reach King’s Row high ground

Published: 26/Oct/2020 23:34

by Bill Cooney


A surprisingly simple Overwatch trick is making the rounds that lets any hero in the game reach the high ground of the King’s Row attacking spawn.

King’s Row might be one of the original Overwatch maps, but it has definitely stood the test of time and is still one of players’ favorites when it comes up in the queue.

One of the most popular features on the map is the little sniper’s nest platform located at the very top of the first attacking spawn that gives a commanding view of everything up to the capture point.

It seems like only heroes with movement abilities like Pharah, Widow, or D.Va for example could get up there, but there is a way to get any hero in the game up to the position as well.

King's Row Attacking spawnThe sniper’s nest has been there since day one, but not every hero has been able to get up there, until now.

The person we have to thank for this technique is Reddit user jordensmet who somehow discovered that you can use a more mobile character to reach the space, then quickly change to another.

First, they select Baptiste and use his Exo Boots to boost up to the second-highest level, just under the top platform. Once there, they position themselves on top of the scaffolding in front of the main exit and jump again while barely touching the spawn room.

If you pull up the Hero Select menu at the right time, you’ll be able to switch to any hero you like. So if you’ve never had the chance to try out Ana, McCree, or whoever else from on high, now’s your chance.

I found a way to get the highground on the attacking side of King’s row for Ana (or other characters that usually can’t get there). from Overwatch

For instance, if you really want to catch an aggressive enemy team off-guard, why not take Reinhardt for a spin and hit them with a charge from the very top rope. For those wondering, yes, a Rein charge out of the top window will get you all the way to Mondatta’s statue, so make sure your team is ready to push!

One final note to add is that doesn’t necessarily have to be Baptiste that you use for this trick either, Echo and Pharah would both work, and if you’re really fast and in need of a challenge, you can even get it to go with Sombra’s Translocator as long as your timing is absolutely perfect.