Los Angeles Gladiators: Overwatch League's answer to the LA Rams and Denver Nuggets

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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.

For everything else Overwatch League related, check our dedicated post.

Interested in one of the other teams? Here you go:

Dallas Fuel | LA Valiant | San Francisco Shock 
Seoul Dynasty | Shanghai Dragons 
Boston Uprising | Philadelphia Fusion | Houston Outlaws 
London Spitfire | New York Excelsior | Florida Mayhem

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

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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

LA Gladiators team 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

Preseason

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

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.

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