LA Gladiators' Quick Thinking Turns the Tide Against the San Francisco Shock - Dexerto

LA Gladiators’ Quick Thinking Turns the Tide Against the San Francisco Shock

Published: 17/May/2018 16:20 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:55

by Joe O'Brien


In their first match of Overwatch League Stage 4, the LA Gladiators demonstrated how quick thinking can swing a game.

The Gladiators helped launch the new stage with a match against the San Francisco Shock, during which they showed how powerful great shot-calling can be.


On map two, Horizon, after the map went to overtime, the Gladiators only needed a single tick of control on Point A to secure the victory. The Shock held strong for some time, but with some quick thinking after a failed assault on the point the Gladiators were able to adapt on the fly, turning the situation to their advantage.

During the Gladiator’s assault they were able to kill ‘Danteh’ ‘s Junkrat, but after it became clear that the push wasn’t going to work they found themselves with an opening. Having taken positioning between Point A and the Shock’s spawn, a trio of Winston, Tracer and Sombra rushed to cut off Danteh as he tried to return.


With a 3v1 advantage, the Gladiators were able to kill the Junkrat again, cutting off a major source of damage for the Shock, before returning to act as one half of a pincer attack that now saw the LA squad with a man advantage.

The play ultimately led to the Gladiators clearing out the point, allowing them to capture the single tick they needed to secure the game.

The Gladiators went on to win the series 3-1, a much-needed victory as they chase a playoff spot in the final stage.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.