The Los Angeles Valiant put themselves in a prime position to excel in the Overwatch League’s first season playoffs. After a regular season that started sub-optimally, the Valiant ended the season with a stage title and a bye to the semifinals of the season playoffs.
The Valiant had to wait on the sidelines to find out their opponents in the semifinals thanks to being the regular season Pacific Division champions. Unfortunately for the Valiant, they went face to face with the team that would eventually become the Overwatch League champions, the London Spitfire.
With this in mind, here’s how we’d grade the Valiant’s season playoff performance when all was said and done.
Season playoffs: C
Coming into the season playoffs, the Spitfire could have been considered one of the underdogs to win the season title. London underperformed in the regular season, despite winning the Stage 1 title after looking strong in the opening few weeks.
Things changed for the Spitfire with the new meta and a revitalized DPS duo, and like the Los Angeles Gladiators before them, the Valiant eventually bent to London. The results of the games, 3-1 and 3-0 in the Spitfire’s favor, were uncharacteristic of the Valiant, as Los Angeles seemed to stumble with the new solo healer and double sniper meta.
By their standards, the Valiant did not play up to expectations when facing down the Spitfire in the semifinals, as they allowed London to set up their game without much resistance. The Valiant had no answer for anything London did as they rolled to victory, and they were only able to take one map away from the Spitfire all series.
As we would find out a week later, the Spitfire rolled over all of their opponents in the same oppressive manner as they did the Valiant en route to their championship title. Still, the Valiant had to have been disappointed with their average result after ending Stage 4 on such a high note.