Jake
Jake Lyon 
USA
Houston Outlaws
Opts for Sombra again
April 16, 2018
Jake whipped out a late game Sombra for the second time during Week 2 of Stage 3 in the Houston Outlaws 3-2 loss to the New York Excelsior.
ANALYSIS
Houston has been having a lot of trouble with control point maps recently and its fair to think it could be because of Jake's Sombra play. Jake, who is an excellent Phrarah player, seems intent to push Sombra on maps that she is less suited for than another hero in his slowly growing pool. So far all this has done is exacerbate Houston's problem of not being able to draw heat from LiNkzr.
Improving on Tracer
April 16, 2018
Jake is showing improvements on his flex heroes despite losing 3-2 to the Philadelphia Fusion.
ANALYSIS
Jake spent a lot of time flexing against Philadelphia, playing Tracer, Genji and Soldier throughout the series. His Tracer is definitely getting better as the team was able to hang with Philadelphia for the majority of the series without Linkzr having to do most of the work. Though it might still benefit the Outlaws to pickup a Tracer specialist in the offseason, they are managing just fine for now.
Jakerat forever
April 9, 2018
Jake did flex a bit in the Houston Outlaws 4-0 loss to the Boston Uprising, but continually found himself falling back to his comfort hero Junkrat.
ANALYSIS
At this point, Jake isn't gimping the Houston Outlaws as much as whoever is in charge of the roster. Jake has demonstrated that his abilities on heroes not named Junkrat are well below average for the Overwatch League. Houston's strategy seems to be keeping Jake doing what he does best, allowing LiNkzr to work around him and hoping for a good outcome. Until Jake's hero pool expands, Houston will be hoping for a meta shift or a miracle to win consistently.
Expanding his role
April 6, 2018
Jake showed his ability to flex onto other heroes in Houston's 3-2 victory over the London Spitifire.
ANALYSIS
The Outlaws performance has undoubtedly gotten a boost with the Stage 3 map pool being more conducive to Jake running Junkrat. While he did spend the majority of the series on his signature hero, he flexed off to Sombra and also to Tracer, showing improvement on both heroes. With Houston ultimately netting the win due to egregious mistakes by London, it remains to be seen whether or not Jake should be starting in this lineup.
Is officially the problem
March 19, 2018
In the Houston Outlaw's 3-1 loss to the San Francisco Shock, it became abundantly clear that Jake is now a problem for the Outlaws.
ANALYSIS
Despite having his hero pool issues brushed aside while Houston was winning in Stage 1, Jakes inability to play Tracer has emerged as a glaring weakness for Houston. His hero pool being out of favor in this meta has put most of the pressure on Linkzr to carry the team. Until Jake can stop being mostly dead weight, expect Houston to keep losing.
Continues to be a problem for Houston
March 14, 2018
While Houston certainly has more than one problem, the most evident one over the past few games has been Jake, and it was no different in the Outlaws' 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Valiant.
ANALYSIS
Jake was originally benched to start the series, possibly due to a reported illness, but was brought in and stayed in after Game 1. Despite being underrated in Stage 1, Jake now seems found out. He has been ineffective and rarely warranted attention from the Valiant, allowing them to focus down LiNkzr.
Weak link for Houston
March 4, 2018
Jake seemed to be slumping in Houston's 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Fusion on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
It was announced prior to the match that Jake had been recovering from flu-like symptoms earlier in the week. Based on his level of play, he looked like he may still be suffering. Usually a cunning player, many of his moves were telegraphed and easily countered by Philadelphia. Jake could never find consistent success despite resorting to use of his signature Junkrat on several occasions.
Junkrat god
February 25, 2018
Jake showed his talents off in a 4-0 victory over the Boston Uprising on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Jake subbed in for Clockwork on Lijiang Tower for his signature Junkrat spam. This worked ridiculously well on the triple tank lineup that the Uprising opted for and forced them to make mid-game adjustments that they were unable to effectively establish. Jake also made some great plays on Tracer, showing once again that he can do it all in a pinch and is an excellent resource to have for the Houston Outlaws.
Does it all for Houston
February 24, 2018
Jake was a jack of all trades hero in the 3-2 win against the London Spitfire on Thursday evening.
ANALYSIS
While Jake played excellently on every hero he swapped to during the series, his Junkrat, in particular, was a terror on Nepal and he added Tracer to his hero pool which helped close out the series on Ilios. His flexibility continues to aim for perfection and he'll only continue to excel as each series goes by. Continuously adding more heroes to his arsenal makes Jake deadlier as time goes on.
Flashy and impactful player
January 29, 2018
Jake was a menace to the Los Angeles Gladiators in the Outlaws massive 4-0 victory on Saturday evening.
ANALYSIS
Jake was nearly uncontested in his mayhem of the LA Gladiators. In Game 1 on attack, Jake opted for a Pharah pick and came out rockets blazing, scoring 2 double kills nearly instantaneously and helping his team cap the first point on Numbani in under one minute of game time. This set the tone for the rest of the match as Jake stayed on Pharah or opted for the hypermobile Tracer as the match and team comp demanded, always being a huge boon to his team and a terrible threat to the enemy.
Shows off his hero pool
January 26, 2018
Jake played another solid matchup as the Houston Outlaws swept the Florida Mayhem 4-0.
ANALYSIS
Jake did play his signature Junkrat several times throughout the series, but he also whipped out his rarely seen Genji on a few maps. Jake was highly successful in getting into the Mayhem's backlines regardless of his hero, keeping the supports out of the fight.
JakeRat strikes again
January 22, 2018
Jake earned player of the match honors for his incredible play in Houston's 4-0 rout of the Dallas Fuel.
ANALYSIS
Jake rained damage down on the heads of a disorganized Dallas in this series. Mainly playing Junkrat, but occasional switching off to Genji, Jake could not be denied. A driving force behind the Outlaws' success, Jake proved his doubters wrong, showing off the true depth of his hero pool.
Spams damages in attempt to zone
January 11, 2018
Jake attempted to lock down an aggressive Philadelphia Fusion in a 2-3 loss on Day 2 of Week 1 of the Overwatch League Season 1.
ANALYSIS
Jake had both an easy and tough job. In theory, his role was to just spam damage with Junkrat or Pharah to zone out Philadelphia Fusion's bursty and mobile DPS. This was easier said than done. Fusion's reliance on Genji and Tracer caused havoc on Outlaws' backlines as early as the first round of Dorado. It was only in the second round when Jake switched to Pharah on the offense did the bleeding stop. Pharah's consistent damage and aerial movement allowed Jake to avoid Fusion's burst composition while also damaging and zoning his opponents. This was the same case for Junkrat. Only, when the fighting became scrappy and hectic, such as on Eichenwald and Lijiang Tower, did the Jake's role fail. While Junkrat could lay down damage, it was too slow against Fusion's lightning-fast blitzes.
Impressive despite series loss
December 9, 2017
Jake played well in Houston Outlaws' 1-2 series loss on Thursday to Seoul Dynasty in the OWL Preseason.
ANALYSIS
Jake showed off his versatility throughout the series, from his attack Bastion on Junkertown to his now famous Junkrat to Pharah and beyond. Speaking of Junkrat, Houston's only win of the series came from an impressive showing from the Jake-rat, who demolished Seoul on point B on Horizon Lunar Colony in Game 2. Bombing himself to the rafters on attack, Jake was able to consistently take Fleta's Pharah out of the sky, dominating the space. On defense, Jake's spam was oppressive that Seoul tried everything in its playbook to avoid him and still failed. Showing off why he's one of the premier flex DPS players in the OWL, Jake hard-carried the Outlaws to a 2-1 victory. After getting taken out for Game 3, Jake re-entered the series in Game 4 on Numbani, where yet again his prowess on Junkrat did wonders. It was a hard-fought draw for both sides, as Seoul's whacky point A defense, featuring a tobi Torbjorn, was too much to overcome in the long run, but the fact that Jake's presence made this series a 2-1 Seoul win rather than a 3-1 or 4-0 win is promising for Outlaws fans looking forward.
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