Los Angeles Gladiators Off-Season Changes Part 4: Taking the Mantle

Redemption Arc?

On November 6th the Gladiators had announced Ji-hyeok “birdring” Kim would be joining as a DPS players. Originally Birdring was on the London Spitefire. His first year with the team he helped them win in the Grand Finals. Then in season two had been inconsistent in the team’s 16-18 year.

After the Spitfire had won the first stage of the Overwatch League Inaugural Season, Birdring was mysteriously benched and many had wondered why. Later, on August 1st, 2018, Birdring had told fans he had a wrist injury, which was the reason he hadn’t played stages 2-4. The Spitfire would go on to win the Grand Finals and be the Inaugural Season Champions.

Going into the 2019 season, Birdring would become inconsistent, showing flashes of his 2018 form but still falling short in performances. Then in the Spitfire’s match against the San Francisco shock in the OWL Playoffs Looser’s bracket, Birdring would be absent, citing mental issues as his reason for not playing.

Birdring’s signing has left the OWL community split. While many believe this is an amazing steal for the Gladiators, others have said his inconsistency is a red flag. No matter the side of the spectrum you land on, Birdring will be looking to prove himself in the 2020 season.

Show up and Show out

On November 12, the Gladiators had announced the signing of Gia Huy “MirroR” Trịnh. After this, the Gladiators would not only have their Flex DPS, but also confirm their first six players. Before joining the Gladiators, MirroR was a member of Uprising Academy.

MirroR had spent much time bouncing around in North American contenders, spending time on Second Wind. Then went to One.PoinT, after going to NRG Esports before he finally ended the season with Uprising Academy. It had been a busy year for the young man, as he spent time trying to prove himself, getting a name for his Pharah and Genji play.

With this being MirroR’s first year in the Overwatch League he has alot to prove. Along with replacing João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles who was the Gladiators previous DPS in the first two seasons of OWL he has a big pair of shoes to fill.

Prove It

The Gladiators have taken a risk by signing both Birdring and MirroR. While Birdring is a veteran and was part of a championship roster, he has suffered major inconsistency issues. Coming into the 2020 season, he will be judged heavily for his play.

On the other hand, MirroR is an unproven rookie on the OWL stage. With him not only needing to come into prove himself as the only rookie on a team of veteran players, but also as a replacement for Hydration.

These players will be ones to watch for the 2020 season and will either become breakout sensations or disappointing prospects.

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