Washington Justice coach JohnGalt explains the Gladiators' lack of playoff success - Dexerto

Washington Justice coach JohnGalt explains the Gladiators’ lack of playoff success

Published: 27/Oct/2019 16:49 Updated: 28/Oct/2019 0:44

by Michael Gwilliam


In an exclusive interview with Dexerto, Washington Justice coach Seetoh ‘JohnGalt’ Jian Qing revealed why his previous team, the LA Gladiators haven’t had success in the Overwatch League playoffs and which Contenders players he wants you to watch out for in the future.

Before moving to a head coach position for the Justice, Galt was an assistant coach for the LA Gladiators. While the Gladiators, who utilized a mixed roster consisting of both English speaking and Korean pros were frequently been a force in the regular season they struggled come playoffs. 

We asked the Justice coach why his former team was unable to get over that hump. 

“I think one of the strengths of the coaching staff in LAG was understanding the meta quickly. However, mastering the meta was a lot harder,” Galt said. “The teams in season 2 of the Overwatch League relative to the first season had a big step up in terms of average player skills and in terms of the coaching department. I don’t think the Season 1 Playoff teams (Fusion and Spitfire) got weaker; the entire League just got stronger.”

Galt then pinpointed that the double-edged sword of a mixed roster may have cut a little too deep and hurt the team overall. 

“I think one of LAG’s weaknesses was their ability to communicate,” Galt added. “The Gladiators’ players are all very smart players, especially Roar who ended up as one of our shotcallers. He played a big part in LAG’s comms but there were definitely times where not all the information he wants to convey gets through. That’s why LAG offered English and Korean language lessons for the players the whole year round. A mixed roster has its pros and cons.”

Speaking of Roar, Qing praised the rookie main tank who will be joining him on the Justice for Season 3 for his innovation stating he would “add his own spin to the strategies the coaches come up with”. 

Ben Pursell For Blizzard EntertainmentRoar and JohnGalt will be reunited on the Washington Justice.

“There are a lot of factors in building a team, which go beyond the qualities of any individual player,” the coach replied when asked about other former players of his he would like to see in a Justice jersey. 

Outside of the Overwatch League, Galt said he was impressed with what he saw at the Contenders Gauntlet when he was in Seoul, South Korea. 

“You can see everyone’s passion shining through. Everyone wants to win, to show that their region is strong. There’s a sort of regional pride that I have only seen in the World Cup prior. There’s a lot to prove, many players and staff wanting to show their hard work off,” the Singapore coach added. 

As far as players who impressed him, in addition to Yaki and Sparkle, Thailand’s 16-year-old Talon Esports DPS prodigy Patiphan Chaiwong stood out. 

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentThe Justice will have 5 homestands in season 3.

“For many people in the audience, it’s their first or second time seeing Patiphan, but in the Pacific region, he’s already known as one of the sharpest players here.” he said.

Due to his age, Patiphan won’t be able to play in the Overwatch League for another two years, but just like how players are scouted by professional sports teams at a young age, the same thing now applies to esports. 

“There are a lot of players from every region I am carefully looking at – players that showed great stride in their progress as a pro player through the last few Contenders seasons.” 

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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale


Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.