In some esports, there is a mindset that South Korean players are the best in the world. They are the most mechanically gifted, they are the smartest, and they come from the birthplace of esports as we know it today. The best of the best usually hail from South Korea, and Overwatch has not been an exception to the rule. With the South Korean talent that we have in Overwatch, they have built themselves quite the reputation since the birth of Overwatch as an esport.
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When the Philadelphia Fusion announced that Elijah Hudson “Elk” Gallagher would be promoted to the team’s roster going into Season 2, the former Fusion University player was so excited he forgot to send out a tweet. And when he did, he couldn’t even find the words to express his excitement:
Super excited to be joining @Fusion for OWL S2, so excited its hard to even coherently make words about it but its amazing and woooOOOO!
— Elk (@elk) September 25, 2018
“Elk has been an outstanding player for us both in game and out,” said Philadelphia Fusion president Tucker Roberts. “That’s why we promoted him to captain Season 2. It’s easy to forget how young he is given his maturity and professionalism. He plays a cerebral style and studies the game constantly. We’re all very excited to have him join Fusion for the 2019 season.”
Speaking with Elk last night, it was easy to see the maturity that Roberts and other Fusion veterans commonly bring up when it comes to his promotion. Elk spoke of his growth as a player with not only the guidance he received as part of Fusion’s academy team, but from professional Overwatch players who took the time to give him advice when he reached out to them. The support main is hoping to use his new platform to not only improve his role in-game, but give support back to the Overwatch community in hopes of helping other passionate players reach their dreams.
The final stage of the 2018 Overwatch World Cup Qualifiers takes place this weekend in Paris, France and it looks to be a full-on battleground for EU teams. September 20-22, six European teams will fight to see who joins South Korea, Finland, USA, Canada, China, and Australia at Blizzcon in November. To get there, however, any team will have to work their way through the onslaught of EU’s brightest.
Atlanta will be joining the Overwatch League for Season Two and began their journey by announcing five new members of their staff. Most importantly, their head coach!
As first reports come out of the new team signing period this week. Washington has picked up a few key roles for their roster. You can find all the details here.
The Los Angeles Valiant revealed September 7 that they will not be renewing the contracts of three players and a former player turned assistant coach for the upcoming 2019 season of the Overwatch League.
Bring the Roster Mayhem
After only winning 40 of their 167 played maps in Season 1, Florida Mayhem has undergone one of the most dramatic roster changes in all of esports history. Of the team that was once known for their meme-tastic, bromantical entrances to the Blizzard Arena stage, only three players remain. Read more …
Today Overwatch League officially announced the eight new teams joining for season two. Totaling eight new teams for the start of season two. The player signing window for expansion teams beings this week, we will see how quickly players get picked up.
In a recent announcement Blizzard posted an FAQ to outline how player signings will go for Season 2 of Overwatch League. This post seems to get ahead of any issues going on right now with players being contacted by teams and agents. Here are some thoughts.
This past week the Philadelphia Fusion had released three players from their roster. Here are some of the details surrounding the release.