In the aftermath of the Overwatch World Cup, some Overwatch League teams signed some of the competition’s breakout stars. We also got announcements from the new Hangzhou squad, New York and Dallas as well. Let’s see what the League’s teams have been up to.
Fusions will be joining us on a two-way contract with @TOesports.
After orchestrating the UK’s upset over the Americans at the World Cup, British main tank Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth signed to Boston on a two-way contract. The team also added DPS Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse and tank player Min-seob “Axxiom” Park from Toronto Esports, the Uprising’s now-former Contenders affiliate. The Canadian organization abruptly announced their departure from Overwatch in a Twitter meltdown, but those players are still under contract with the Uprising organization, so they’ll play under a new brand. As for the parent squad, Boston now has three main tank options at their disposal, with Gamsu still a preferable first choice. Given the tank-heavy compositions prominent in the competitive scene, maybe Boston is just getting ready to run them.
Please give a warm welcome to the newest member of the Dallas Fuel, @rCk_ow!
Dallas added a new flex player to their roster, Richard “rCk” Kanerva of Finnish powerhouse Team Gigantti. The Fuel have a new D.va specialist to work with, filling in the hole left by Seagull’s return to full-time streaming. And rCk will free some of the burden off of Mickie to be even more of a Brigitte specialist than he already is.
Despite being the last Chinese team to reveal their branding, the Hangzhou Spark was the first to announce multiple signings. The first was Chinese World Cup star Xu “Guxue” Qiulin on main tank from LGD gaming. The rest of the signings were Korean Contenders players, with DPS Kyeong-bo “GodsB” Kim, Flex Sung-uk “Ria” Park and Tank Da-un “NoSmite” Jeong coming from X6 Gaming, DPS Jae-hwan “Adora” Kang, Jun-ki “Bazzi” Park and Support Hyeong-Geun “Revenge” An coming from Seven, and Ho-jin “iDK” Park from Lucky Future Zenith. X6 Gaming won the first season of Korean Contenders and was a mainstay of the Korean scene before disbanding in October. Seven, meanwhile, were relegated out of Korean Contenders this past season. Hangzhou has picked up players that can show a diverse pool on DPS. With Guxue leading the way, the Spark has put together a formidable roster.
New York Excelsior:
You already know who it is
The Excelsior promoted another player from their Contenders roster, DPS Yeon-kwan “Nenne” Jeong. Nenne is known for his Tracer and Widowmaker play, working with Yeon-oh “Fl0w3r” Hwang’s, also promoted to the Excelsior, projectile heroes to make XL2 a dominant force in North American Contenders. The problem now is the main NYXL roster has five DPS players on their roster, after Saebyeolbe, Pine and Libero. Some may see this as a plethora of riches, with the team deploying many different DPS lineups throughout the season to keep teams guessing. I see it as the Excelsior not having consistency in the role if the team tries giving everyone equal time.
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