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.


Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer-turned-farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca showed that he is still insane at Overwatch by utilizing a simple trick with the hero Ashe.

Dafran has long been considered one of the best Overwatch players on the planet, despite only spending one stage in OWL back in season 2. While he was known mostly for his sensational McCree, Soldier, and Tracer plays, the Danish DPS star can also frag out on Ashe.

During a December 3 broadcast, Dafran found himself attacking on Junkertown and in a prime position to help his team capture Point B.

On the Ashe, Dafran noticed all sorts of enemies were grouping in a small room they need to funnel through to get into the streets phase area. With his Widowmaker ally using her ultimate to fully reveal their location, Francesca decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ashe leads her team on Rialto
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Ashe can be a big threat with Dynamite.

With his B.O.B active on the other side of the room and the enemies waiting for the big Omnic butler to disappear before they made their move, Dafran threw his Dynamite barely inside.

Ashe’s Dynamite can be one of the most impactful abilities in Overwatch, dealing massive damage upon the explosion and then a bit more over time. Those closest to the explosion take 50 damage with 100 burn damage coming over time.

Once the Dynamite exploded, the enemy Ashe, Baptiste, Zenyatta and Widowmaker were at his mercy. Speaking of Mercy, the Dane had one pocketing him, making sure he inflicted extra damage.

With some simple hip firing, he was able to eliminate the three targets before ADSing to dink the Widow for the quadruple kill – plus, 60% in brand new ultimate charge for another B.O.B.

“That’s an Overwatch League play, dude!” he exclaimed. “Holy f**k, dude.”

The best part about the whole sequence is just how simple it really was, and there is no reason you can’t replicate it in your games. Just remember how easy Ashe’s Dynamite can be to land if you don’t overcomplicate the toss and opt to just hip fire.

It may not be the flashiest, but it can win entire team fights with relative ease. Give it a shot next time you queue up as DPS.