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LA Gladiators Reverse Sweep New York Excelsior to Boost Playoff Hopes

Published: 8/Jun/2018 3:23 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Joe O'Brien


The LA Gladiators pulled off a massive victory against the New York Excelsior to boost their chances of securing a playoff spot.

A huge reverse sweep against the top team in the league could be crucial for the Gladiators in an incredibly tight playoff race.

Only six teams will qualify for the $1.7 million end-of-season playoffs. So far, only one of those teams is confirmed – the New York Excelsior themselves had locked in a playoff spot before the fourth stage even began, and confirmed the number one seed in just week two of the stage.

The Gladiators didn’t hold a top-six position at the end of Stage 3, but managed to work their way up the rankings as the final stage progressed. Ahead of the Gladiators’ match against New York, however, teams five through eight in the overall standings each had 21 wins to their name.

For most teams in the playoff race, it will generally be assumed that a match against New York is likely to result in a loss added to their record, if they haven’t already faced them. Over the first three stages, the Excelsior conceded a mere three series in total.

It looked likely that the Gladiators were set to fulfil the anticipated narrative after going down 0-2 in the series, but a huge turn-around saw the team complete a reverse sweep to claim the victory.

For the Gladiators, the win means a massive boost to their playoff hopes. Wins against the Excelsior are so rare that in practical terms they act like a bonus, a surprise win where most teams must account for a likely loss.

With all three of their remaining opponents currently sat in the bottom half of the Stage standings, the Gladiators need only win out in favored match-ups to ensure playoff qualification.

For the Excelsior the loss means little – they’re already guaranteed the top seed for the season playoffs, and they’re still on track to reach the Stage playoffs. These matches matter little to them, and there has been speculation that the team has been taking it easy and saving strategies to prepare for the matches of actual importance later on.

This is the first time, however, that New York has suffered more than one loss in the regular season of a stage, having also lost to the Los Angeles Valiant in the previous week.


Crafty Overwatch spot can give you the drop on Lijiang Tower

Published: 30/Nov/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


A new perch where Overwatch players can hang out has been discovered on Lijiang Tower’s Night Market stage, and it’s somewhere the enemy team will never think to look.

There are plenty of out the way and unexpected spots you can post up on in Overwatch, and the stages of Lijiang Tower contain a good number of them.

With plenty of roofs, walkways, nooks, and crannies, there are plenty of places to lay in wait for unsuspecting enemies, but this one discovered by Reddit user InfamousHandy on a whole other level.

Overwatch Lijang Tower Night market spot ( IDK if this spot was shown before) from Overwatch

In the area just outside the spawn room, there’s a building to the right (or left depending on which side you’re on) that’s covered in dark awnings. As you can see, with an ability like Reaper’s Shadowstep it’s actually possible to get up there and chill as long as you like.

If you can get up to this spot on the enemy side with your ult without being seen or destroyed, you have a chance to drop down and score some eliminations while the other team is still regrouping.

It’s not just Reaper who can reach it either, Echo, Pharah, and Lucio also can on their own, and any hero can as well with the help of Symmetra’s Teleporter. Just imagine what it would be like to get a Bastion up there.

The only downside is that to have any chance in a regular match of getting kills with this, you will most likely have to make your way to the enemy side of the map, which can be a challenge all on its own sometimes.

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Side corridors are your friend for sneaking around on Night Market, shown here, ironically, during the day.

To increase your chances of making it across undetected, we’d suggest using the side corridors, if you lack a movement ability that lets you avoid the ground altogether, like Lucio.

With the Lunar New Year event coming right up after Winter Wonderland though, this strat might be worth keeping in your back pocket for those special Capture the Flag modes.