In a nail-biter of a match, the Los Angeles Valiant fell short against the Los Angeles Gladiators, missing their first opportunity to qualify for the play-ins next weekend. The Valiant will have to beat the San Francisco Shock in the last match of the regular season to keep the dream for a season title alive.
The Valiant have gone through an exemplary transformation during the regular season and are looking to crown their redemption arc with a playoff participation. In a tight series against their regional rivals, the team couldn’t find the much-needed victory. During the first half of the series, DPS player Kyle "KSF" Frandanisa delivered two of the best maps he’s played in his career.
The Valiant gave away multiple big timebank advantages during the series, succumbing to a beastly performance by Lane “Surefour” Roberts in the second half.
Tonight at approximately 5:15 p.m. PDT, the Valiant will face off against arguably the best team in the Overwatch League, the San Francisco Shock. While the Shock are already qualified and set for their seed, the team around head coach Da-hee "Crusty" Park is known to not give an inch to opposition no matter the circumstances. In stage 2, the team completed the “golden stage”, not losing a single map during the 7-game period.
The Valiant are considered an underdog but have shown that they can upset the big dogs such as when they inflicted the first regular season loss upon the Vancouver Titans in stage 3.
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If the Valiant were to be beaten by the Shock, the Chengdu Hunters would be entering the play-ins instead. The Hunters are of course rooting for a Shock victory and have changed their twitter icon to that of the Shock in order to show support for their potential good samaritans.
The Chinese organization have already professed their allegiance for the Gladiators in a tweet prior to last nights match.
Depending on tonight’s result, you will be able to either watch the Valiant or the Hunters in the play-ins which will start on Friday. The play-ins are a qualifying tournament for the last two spots in the playoffs. Depending on seeding, teams will have to either win one or two matches in order to qualify.