The Los Angeles Gladiators, one of Overwatch League's two LA-based teams, will debut in the first season of the league as part of the Pacific Division. Here's everything we know about them.
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LA Gladiators team information
- Owners: Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
- This is one of the largest sports brands in America, owning both the LA Rams NFL team and the Denver Nuggets NBA team, along with several others and Arsenal FC. They're some of the big money behind Overwatch League and also own several stadiums, TV stations, plus other media entertainment companies.
- Division: Pacific
- Social links: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
LA Gladiators roster
The Gladiators roster is made up of a distributed selection of players from around the globe. They come from an equally wide range of teams, with success across a number of different tournaments, though none had notable success at the highest levels of APEX.
- Lane 'Surefour' Roberts, DPS, Canada
- Joon-seong 'Asher' Choi, DPS, South Korea
- João 'Hydration' Pedro Goes Telles, DPS, Brazil
- Aaron 'Bischu' Kim, Flex, South Korea
- Luis 'iReMiix' Galarza Figueroa, Tank, Puerto Rico
- Jonas 'Shaz' Suovaara, Support, Finland
- Benjamin 'BigG00se' Isohanni, Support, Finland
In addition, Timothy 'Tim' Albanese, David 'Dpei' Pei and Kevin 'Kez' Jeon lead the management team as assistant coach, head coach and manager respectively. The Kroenke family forms upper management.
LA Gladiators skins
The Gladiators team skins and jersey use a purple, black and white pallette. Here's the shots of their t-shirt and team jersey:
Like all team jerseys and t-shirts, these are purchasable on the Blizzard gear store.
LA Gladiators schedule
The Gladiators were not supposed to beat Spitfire in preseason, but that's exactly what they did. On stage nerves, home town advantage, underdog luck, or simply superior tactics, it was the first massive upset in Overwatch League. They lost their second match, an LA derby against Valiant, but have still proved themselves more than capable of tackling with the best, and done quite a lot of damage to those calling season one's winners predictable. How well they do over a longer period remains to be seen.
Season One - Stage One
- Wed Jan 10 @ 18:00 PST vs. Shanghai Dragons
- Sat Jan 13 @ 03:00 PST vs. Seoul Dynasty
- Thu Jan 18 @ 18:00 PST vs. Philadelphia Fusion
- Sat Jan 20 @ 13:00 PST vs. New York Excelsior
- Wed Jan 24 @ 20:00 PST vs. Los Angeles Valiant
- Sat Jan 27 @ 15:00 PST vs. Houston Outlaws
- Thu Feb 1 @ 18:00 PST vs. Florida Mayhem
- Fri Feb 2 @ 20:00 PST vs. Boston Uprising
- Wed Feb 7 @ 18:00 PST vs. San Francisco Shock
- Fri Feb 9 @ 16:00 PST vs. Dallas Fuel
Stage one title matches will be that final week on Friday, February 9 at 17:00 or 19:00 PST - likely the later slot as that is the purpose of the Pacific Division. The Gladiators aren't one of the favourite teams to make it, but team synergy may pull them through over the raw talent of Korean-only teams.