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TITANS STOMP OUT GLADIATORS

Match at a Glance

  • Result: Vancouver Titans win 4-2
  • Player of the Match: Ju-Seok “Twilight” Lee
  • Stat: Twilight as Moira got 68 Coalescence kills and 212 eliminations 
  • Match VODs

The Vancouver Titans got a slippery win in a thrilling six-map series against the Los Angeles Gladiators in Sunday’s winner’s bracket action. The Titans are known for adapting their tactics to counter their enemy’s playstyle and that’s exactly what gave them the edge in the end. 

Control of the point seesawed rapidly on first map, Busan—but the Titans’ healers supported their damage dealers just a bit better to take a 2-0 win. The Gladiators fought back immediately by handing the Titans their first defeat on King’s Row this season, largely due to Lane “Surefour” Roberts’ ability to find flanking angles with Reaper and secure several devastating multi-eliminations.

The Titans answered on Temple of Anubis by having Hyo-Jong “Haksal” Kim’s Doomfist hunt down Surefour. Haksal spent the rest of his time uppercutting the rest of the Gladiators in a 3-2 win for Vancouver. 

As the Titans continued to focus on Surefour, his damage partner João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles was able to step up for the Gladiators as Pharah on Rialto. On the Gladiators’ time-bank attack, Hydration snuck behind the Titans’ double-shielded Bastion defense to blow it away, allowing his team to push the payload and tie up the match. 

Despite the Gladiators’ clever strategies, it was clear over the two final maps that the Titans had figured out how to deal with their opponents. Twilight did a ton of work as Moira on Lijiang Tower, building Coalescence before his counterpart in every battle. Vancouver was then able to quickly dismantle the enemy damage dealers as they defended Point B on Eichenwalde, sending the Gladiators to the loser’s bracket.

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THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM FOR NYXL AGAINST REIGN

Match at a Glance

  • Result: New York Excelsior win 4-2
  • Player of the Match: Hae-Seong “Libero” Kim
  • Stat: Libero as Doomfist got 76 final blows
  • Full match VOD

The NXYL couldn’t beat the Atlanta Reign in the regular season, but on Sunday they got their first win against them when it counted the most, extending their run through the winner’s bracket. The Reign were powerful throughout the match, but couldn’t overcome the patience and execution that New York brought to the table—or the Bastion comps centered around Jong-Ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park.

Although the Reign made things close on the first two maps, Busan and King’s Row, with expert hero play from both sides, it wasn’t enough to stop the NYXL from taking a 2-0 lead as they showed sustained aggression across a number of prolonged teamfights.

The Reign chose Hanamura as the third map and broke out of the mold, with Andrej “Babybay” Francisty playing a lethal Ashe. The NYXL didn’t have an answer to the unusual hero pick, and the Reign took a confident 2-1 win.

Rialto was where Saebyeolbe’s Bastion uncorked a reign of terror. Despite being held just before Point B on their own attack, the NYXL set up a brilliant defensive meat grinder of their own, holding on for more than four minutes to deny Atlanta a tie match. Support Seong-Hyun “Jjonak” Bang helped by playing an ultra-aggressive Ana that prevented Jun “Erster” Jeong’s Pharah from displacing the Bastion setup from above.

Match point didn’t seem to faze the Reign, who took Lijiang Tower 2-0. Main tank Blake “Gator” Scott’s integration into the team continued to look impressive as his Sigma dished out huge damage and worked with Dusttin “Dogman” Bowerman’s Moira to keep their team alive and kicking on the point. 

Despite the valiant effort, the NYXL made full use of their Bastion setup once again on the sixth map, Numbani, finishing their attack with three minutes in the time bank. Ultimately, it was insurance they didn’t need, as they prevented the Reign from completing the map—sending them down to the loser’s bracket.

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