The final 2018 season of Overwatch Contenders wrapped up over the weekend, with the finals of Korea, Australia and South America taking place. Contenders will change dramatically in 2019, with the reduction of teams from 12 to 8 and two seasons a year compared to three. The change for lesser-developed regions, like South America, should not be overly dramatic since the best players are concentrated on the best teams.
One team has dominated South America’s Overwatch scene for most of 2018, Based Tryhards, formerly known as Brasil Gaming House. The consistent lineup featuring the likes of Neil, Honorato, Liko, and Dudu posted several undefeated seasons, the majority of the 2018 Brazilian World Cup team and the first South American players signed by an Overwatch League team. The Boston Uprising signed support player Alemao to their main squad and Argentinian DPS player Klaus to their academy team.
With such a record of success, it’s hard for other South American teams to get attention outside of the region. Prominent Latin American organizations like Isurus Gaming, Black Dragons e-Sports, and XTEN have teams competing. Pain Gaming, another prominent org, dropped their Overwatch team and they turned themselves into LFTOWL, one of the major surprises at the end of 2018.
And like other regions, Contenders South America has teams that rose up through the Contenders Trials ranks. One of those teams is Suquinho Nation, a squad that, despite having a 2-3 regular season record, made the season playoffs. They lost in the first round to Argentine powerhouse Isurus Gaming.
I spoke with Suquinho Nation’s manager Victor “Broukz” Luiz and DPS player Hiago Suguita “Delevingne” Baldi about their organization, Overwatch in South America, and the potential for more South American players in OWL.
(Note: This conversation took place before the South America Contenders final, in which LFTOWL defeated the two-time defending champions Based Tryhards.)
RC: Tell me a bit about your organization? Did it go by any other names? What are your ambitions? Any other games besides Overwatch?
SN: Our org started to be something funny that would attract attention by its name and make people cheer for us. This is our only name so far. We’re hungry for the top. We had a goal for this last contenders, and we achieved it. This next one we expect to bring more results and be a lot more feared. Our main game is Overwatch, and we intend to stay here for now!
RC: This past season was your first in SA Contenders. What was playing through trials like? Do you have to go through trials again to qualify for next season?
SN: We weren`t very worried about trials. Matter of fact we were confident we could be first place in trials, but we had a slip up on the first few weeks, and we didn’t finish at first. We won’t have to play trials again since we got third place on our group this season, so we’re already qualified!
RC: How did this roster come together?
SN: Most of the roster was a team of friends on the first year of the game and we split up for a time till we decided to come back with this roster for contenders, with some additional new pickups from other teams we felt would be a good addition.
RC: What is the esports scene in Brazil like? How does overwatch compare to other competitive games?
SN: The esports scene in Brazil is becoming bigger every day. We have lots of good teams and players that play a bunch of games all over the world under international orgs, and that says a lot about Brazil investment. We almost never have international teams with Brazilian orgs. Not sure what the cause is, but we have a real lack of investment in the region even with such talent in this world.
RC: Brasil Gaming House/Based Tryhards has dominated South American Overwatch. What makes that team so good? Do you think other South American teams can catch up to them?
SN: Based/BGH is a team that puts a lot of effort into the game and even as the best on the region for a really long time they didn`t lack on training and effort on evolving as a team. I personally know a lot of members of LFTOWL, and I’m sure they will be real contenders with BASED.
RC: You played in the first round of the playoffs against Isurus Gaming. What went into preparing against a team as strong as them?
SN: We try to focus as much as possible on getting really good with goats, and we honestly achieved it. But on the game, we lacked so much adaptability when they played something we weren’t expecting it. But it was a good learning experience!
RC: So far, the only SA Contenders player with an OWL team is Alemao. Does the region have the players to compete in OWL properly?
SN: I’m sure of it, we have Klaus and Alemao getting on the international level, and you will absolutely hear their names. We honestly just the need the opportunities. We have so much talent!
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