Los Angeles Gladiators vs Atlanta Reign
This is where things get a lot more complicated. The Los Angeles Gladiators are, without a shadow of a doubt, the better and more capable team when compared to the Atlanta Reign. They're not, however, particularly consistent. They're still struggling to maintain a certain level of excellence and one cannot, in all fairness, predict how well they'll perform and whether or not they'll get their hands raised.
They're favored here for a very good reason, but they haven't always been on the mark, and while it's still the very start of the competitive season, these games can, in a way, end up mattering a lot more than most folks expect.
Be that as it may, the Gladiators are most definitely a cut above. Their only losses came at the hands of the Dallas Fuel (2-3) and the San Francisco Shock (2-3) -- two teams that are quite literally the very best the Overwatch League has to offer. And even though the Gladiators failed to come out on top, they were still capable enough to put up a fight and go the distance which, in all fairness, matters immensely. It's not much of a consolation prize, but it's still a feat worthy of mentioning. It means they're right up there, neck and neck with two of the biggest and most capable giants in the league.
Atlanta Reign, on the other hand, are both really good and somewhat underwhelming. It depends on the day, their preparation, and whom they're scheduled to compete against. In other words: many different factors influence and affect their play, and we've seen both their staggering highs and a few baffling lows as well.
Their most recent 2-3 loss to London was quite underwhelming, and we mean that in more ways than one. They held their own, in all fairness, but were unable to really keep up with SparkR's incredible Soldier 76 and Hadi's equally game-changing Reinhardt. These two stood out in all the right ways and basically had Atlanta's number right from the very get-go.
And so, if the Reign couldn't handle what London brought to the table, what hope do they have against a much more layered team like the Los Angeles Gladiators? It's not that simple, we know, but the point stands nonetheless. The boys in white and purple are better across the board, and they'll surely prove it as well.
|Los Angeles Gladiators||1.18||1||Win|