Welcome to an all new week and it’s time for your Overwatch News Recap. Once again the news is packed with a lot of Overwatch League roster changes and more.
More releases, new teams officially announced, the scene is not sleeping in the off-season. Let’s go through all the news in order of announcement.
Houston Outlaws – Two players moved to staff role
It was to be expected that Clockwork would not be on the roster come this season, seeing as he could not live up to expectations. He will stay with the organization though, in a non-player role, which resolves around administration and behind-the-scenes work. For more information, read Clockwork’s Twitlonger.
A similar fate has struck Mendokusaii as well, but after he moved to Texas some time ago, this also was just a formality. He will be staying with the Houston Outlaws as a content creator, streaming and creating hero guides. This way he can also take care of his mental health. He also said that he still wants to play professionally, but at his own pace and when he is ready.
London Spitfire – New head coach
The winners of Season 1 have picked up KwangBok “Coach815” Kim as their new head coach. Coach815 has a long history in esports, beginning his career in 2007 for Starcraft. He has a lot of experience when it comes to Blizzard games, and has a long list of successful first place achievements under his wings. He transitioned to Overwatch as the head coach of MVP Space in OGN Apex Season 4 in 2017.
Dallas Fuel – Two players released
📣ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT 1/2: We’d like to extend our love and appreciation to @chipshajen for his time with #TeamEnvy and the Dallas Fuel. We wish him all the best in the future. pic.twitter.com/66FffZdWTV
— Dallas Fuel (@DallasFuel) September 4, 2018
News that a lot of Dallas fans dreaded, but appeared inevitable. Chipshajen was completely removed from the roster. Even though he has not played on stage for quite some team, he was one of the foundations of Team EnvyUs and will definitely leave a hole.
The same can be said about Cocco, who could not keep up with the level league play, and his release from the roster also did not come as much of a surprise. He will stay with the team though and will transition into a position as an assistant coach.
All other players have been resigned for the next season. A full update can be found on the Dallas Fuel website.
Florida Mayhem – Six players released
Thank you all for the hard work you have put in from the moment you became Misfits and during season 1 as Mayhem. We wish only the best for these talented individuals. pic.twitter.com/WcGpp2wsR7
— Florida Mayhem (@FLMayhem) September 5, 2018
After the huge player drop from the Shanghai Dragons last week, the second to last team dropped a similar amount of players. A total overhaul was definitely necessary for the Mayhem. The organization held tryouts throughout August, where over 50 players, and the ex-Mayhem players, competed for spots in the next season. Only Sayaplayer, TviQ and aWesomeGuy from the old lineup, made it to the roster.
What a journey, from Misfits into Mayhem. I have no regrets or hard feelings towards anyone. I hope the Mayhem will see success in season 2. Special shoutout to @LogixOW whom I have been teammates with since Mousesports. Gonna be weird to play with a different hitscan 😛 https://t.co/NeEFsSQfzw
— Johan Klingestedt (@CwooshOW) September 5, 2018
Eight new Overwatch League teams announced
We can’t wait for the #OWL2019 season!
While most of the six expected new teams were already rumored, Blizzard has now made it official. Instead of the expected six, eight new teams will be added for Season 2. Bring the league total to 20.
Three new teams have been added to the Asia region, to be more specific, China. Hangzhou, Chengou and Guangzhou will join the Shanghai Dragons to represent China.
The North American region will receive another four teams, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington D.C. and Atlanta.
Europe had little luck yet again, and will only add one more team to the Overwatch League, Paris.
The full news can be found on the official Overwatch League website.
Toronto and Splyce
As rumored prior to the announcement, Splyce will indeed be involved with the new team for Toronto. Splyce was involved into Overwatch from early on, but dropped their team due to the unknown future, just before the announcement of the Overwatch League.
Splyce is now co-founding the team with OverActive Media, a company that delivers esports and video game entertainment to the Canadian market.
The team will be led by Chris Overholt, the new CEP and President. Before diving into esports, he has been the CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee and has over 20 years of experience with professional sports. This should translate well into managing an esports team and is an interesting path Toronto is taking, as both founding companies are involved with esports already.
Not a lot is known about the team yet, but we know who their Assistant General Manager will be: Kate Mitchell. She was the GM of the Overwatch Contenders team Last Night’s Leftovers, which were the first non-sponsored team to defeat an OWL academy team. Prior to that, Kate was the GM of Team Kungarna, who were playing on Contenders trials.
The team itself will be led by businessman, investor and entrepreneur Mark Ein. He is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capitol Investment Corp. IV and Venturehouse Group LLC, as well as the founder and owner of the Washington Kastles in the World TeamTennis league, and owner of Washington City Paper. The team will cover the capital region including all of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Los Angeles Valiant – Four players released
We thank them for their contributions to the team and wish them continued success in their careers. https://t.co/NoJ3PUt4kt pic.twitter.com/lb60hgeRJq
— Los Angeles Valiant 👼 (@LAValiant) September 7, 2018
One of the last team to release their players, now only London Spitfire is left to announce any releases, although unlikely. Again all releases were pretty much expected, as none of them saw much playtime during the season.
Had a blast these past 2 or so years with @Immortals and @LAValiant. I have no regrets and will be forever grateful to them for showing the world to me and pushing me to reach for more! You guys are family, and I'm glad I got to share all these experiences with you. Love you guys
— Christopher Schaefer (@Grimreality) September 8, 2018
With 2 years representing @Immortals @Valiant i’ve learned & grown beyond expectations. I’m so thankful for the opportunities given which came with incredible memories to cherish. Looking forward to where I find myself next. Thank you, much love♥️ #VALLA pic.twitter.com/0Z55FIHYYi
— Stefano Disalvo (@Verbo) September 8, 2018
Rumors from Benchmob
Again, this is nothing official yet, but definitely something to keep in mind. Dave “Benchmob” C., a freelance Overwatch writer, tweeted on Sunday, Thursday 6, the OWL playoffs might include eight team, instead of the former six. The first six will go into the playoffs by their standings, while the last two will play another “tournament” to gain entry.
Sources: Season 2 OWL playoffs expected to include 8 teams, 6 of which will be determined by regular season standings, while the final 2 (the 7 and 8 seeds) will earn entry through a separate “play-in tournament” that will take place following the regular season. https://t.co/fA5Pjrw8e3
— dave c (@benchmobdc) September 6, 2018
Congratulations to Fusion University, who have won the North American Contenders Season 2 on Friday, now two times in a row champions. The Philadelphia Fusion Academy team was beating the NYXL Acadamy team, XL2, in a dominating 4-0.
Another week with a lot of news to digest this week, and with the signing window now open (since September 9) for new franchise teams, it will only get more interesting.
Have a look at our website for news about the Overwatch World Cup Group Stage in Los Angeles from last weekend, and catch more Overwatch on Friday, September 14, with the OWWC Group Stage in Bangkok, Thailand. The first match will be Denmark against Thailand and it is starting at 10am local time (or 5am CEST and September 13, 8pm PDT).
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