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Gladiators avenge loss, defeat Shock in Midseason Madness final

Sep 29, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Fans raise a tifo during the Overwatch League Grand Finals e-sports event at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Gladiators avenged an earlier loss to the San Francisco Shock by beating them 4-2 on Saturday to win the Overwatch League Midseason Madness tournament.

The Gladiators, who lost to the Shock on Friday in the upper bracket final of the double-elimination tournament, had to take the long route back on Saturday.

Relegated to the lower bracket final, they defeated the Atlanta Reign 3-1 to earn another shot at the Shock.

The tournament final was a best-of-seven, after all previous rounds were best-of-five.

The Gladiators won $500,000 and four league points with the win, while the Shock settled for $250,000 and three points.

In the final, Los Angeles charged out to a 3-0 lead thanks to victories on Ilios (2-1), Eichenwalde (3-1) and Watchpoint: Gibraltar (4-3).

But the Shock, who had won their previous three matches in the tournament after garnering a first-round bye in the qualifying round, recovered to win the next two maps: 1-0 on New Queen Street and 2-0 on Lijiang Tower.

The Gladiators came up with the clincher, however, winning 5-4 on Dorado. Kim “Shu” Jin-seo of the Gladiators was named the match’s MVP.

Earlier, the Gladiators pulled away from a tied match to put away the Reign. Los Angeles won 2-0 on Ilios, but Atlanta came back with a tying 4-3 win on King’s Row.

The Gladiators then advanced with a pair of narrow wins, 1-0 on Watchpoint: Gibraltar and 1-0 on Colosseo.

Midseason Madness prize pool, league points:
1st place, $500,000, 4 points, Los Angeles Gladiators
2nd place, $250,000, 3 points, San Francisco Shock
3rd place, $125,000, 2 points, Atlanta Reign
4th place, $75,000, 1 point, Philadelphia Fusion
5th-6th place, $25,000, 1 point, Shanghai Dragons, Hangzhou Spark
7th-8th place, no money, 1 point, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws
9th-12th place, no money, 1 point, Seoul Dynasty, Toronto Defiant, Dallas Fuel, London Spitfire

–Field Level Media