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The Boston Uprising began play in the Overwatch League last season. Boston was considered one of the longshots when the year started, with odds of 50-1 to win the Overwatch League, but the Uprising came on strong from Stage 2 onwards. They are now seen as one of the dark horses entering 2019.

Boston Uprising Owners

This team is owned by Bob Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots. Kraft is known for taking a very hands-off approach to his sports teams, and he has done the same with his Esports franchise.

Boston Uprising 2018 Year in Review

With very few superstars on their roster coming into their inaugural season, Boston wasn’t given much of a chance. That suited Uprising manager HuK just fine though, and the low expectations at the beginning of the year seemed to fuel the team throughout the season.

HuK focused on chemistry when putting together the Uprising, and he was rewarded for that decision. He didn’t sign any players that had big egos (save perhaps the now-disgraced DreamKazper), so his team was more than willing to listen to coaching and fully embrace what he and the coaching staff preached.

It didn’t take long for HuK’s strategy to pay off. The Uprising were an impressive 6-4 in Stage 1 and Stage 2 before breaking through in a big way in Stage 3. Boston was a perfect 10-0 during Stage 3, with the Uprising being the only team to beat the New York Excelsior during the stage. The Uprising proved their coaches’ strategies work by winning all five of their tiebreaker rounds, and they were undefeated on both Junkertown and Oasis. They knocked off the Los Angeles Gladiators 3-0 in the semifinals before being swept by the New York Excelsior in the Stage 3 Finals though.

Such a stunning loss carried over into Stage 4, and the Uprising posted their worst record yet. They went just 4-6 in the stage, yet fortunately for the franchise that was good enough to put them in the OWL Playoffs at the end of the year. Boston couldn’t escape its poor form from Stage 4 though and lost in the Quarterfinals to the Philadelphia Fusion.

Boston Uprising Roster

HuK decided to bring just three players back from last year’s initial roster, and he completely changed things up when it came to his DPS players.

First things first though. Gamsu was named the team’s captain after a fantastic season in 2018. The former League of Legends top laner for both Team Dignitas and Fnatic used that prior experience to become a consummate team player, and he was seen as one of the best tanks in the league last year.

NotE is also back in his flex tank role, where he was on D.Va often, and Kellex has returned to be one of the team’s supports. He was on Mercy in 96 percent of his time in the lineup last year.

AimGod is back too. He was signed on in the middle of the season and didn’t feature in many matches last year. AimGod played in just seven matches, and the Uprising were just 2-5 in the matches that he played.

Since the end of the season, Boston has added five new players from five different countries. At the DPS role, the Uprising brought aboard Colourhex and blasé. Both players were on developmental teams last year, but HuK saw enough to sign them. The are the only two primary DPS players on the roster.

Tanks Axxiom and Fusions were signed from developmental teams too. Each player spent a little bit of time on Boston’s academy team before being signed as a full-time member of the Uprising, so the coaches got to see them up close and personal.

The most recent addition to the Uprising is Alemao. The Brazilian support has impressed at the Overwatch World Cup, but he has only played in Brazilian competitive leagues to this point. His growth should be something to keep an eye on.

Boston Uprising 2019 Preview

Once again, the roster looks underwhelming, but last year taught us all to trust HuK. There is a method to his madness, and this is going to be one of the best coached teams in the Overwatch League this year. Although there are major concerns at DPS to the point that a DPS-heavy meta would likely crush the Uprising, the play elsewhere should be solid. Boston should make it back to the playoffs in 2019, but the organization doesn’t have the talent to be a true contender.

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