After an April Fool’s Day filled with mild pranks from a few Overwatch League teams, the OWL airwaves took a turn for the serious on Tuesday, as teams announced a slew of trades and personnel changes in advance of Stage 2 of the 2019 season.
The Atlanta Reign have built a multi-national team with little name recognition – aside from a certain DPS – and are looking to make a grand entrance in OWL Season 2. The team is comprised of both South Korean players, many from Contenders team Element Mystic, and EU-based players. Highlights include Team Germany’s flex support Kodak and former Team Gigantti member Masaa. However, all eyes will be on infamous streamer and DPS Dafran to see how he handles the public spotlight.
|Steven “Kodak” Rosenberger||Atlanta Reign||Support/Flex|
|Seo “Daco” Dong-hyung||Atlanta Reign||Tank/Flex|
|Petja “Masaa” Kantanen||Atlanta Reign||Support|
|Park “Pokpo” Hyun-Jun||Atlanta Reign||Tank|
|Jeong “ErsTer” Joon||Atlanta Reign||DPS|
|Ilya”NLaaeR” Koppalov||Atlanta Reign||DPS|
|Daniel “Dafran” Francesca||Atlanta Reign||DPS|
Vancouver Titans 4-3 San Francisco Shock
This weekend saw the culmination of the first stage of Overwatch League’s second season. Eight teams entered after finishing atop the standings during Stage One, but only one could be crowned winner and walk away with the lion’s share of the $500,000 on the line ($200,000 for 1st place). Every analyst saw this coming down to an inevitable Titans v Excelsior finish…they got that half right, as the Titans were there, but joined by the San Francisco Shock. Read more …
As a main tank, it’s a hard life. Trust me, I know.
Even with the GOATs meta allowing tanks their time to shine, the lack of dynamic play has bored a lot of viewers. For those who like GOATs, however, the common response is, “You just have to know what to look for.” Read more …
OverwatchScore Recaps are back!
Austin ‘thinkhard’ White and Brittany “Briggsycakes” Gonzalez recap this past weekend’s matches. We’ve developed a new format to hit each match quickly in case you missed them. So sit back, and enjoy 4 days worth of games in about 2,000 words or so. Read more …
Finally, after months of waiting, the first Watchpoint of Season 2 aired — and provided the much anticipated opening week schedule. There were some big changes that will be implemented in season 2 in the hopes of providing a much more dynamic year and taking into consideration the players’ needs.
First, the eight expansion teams were formally introduced. In the Atlantic Division, the Atlanta Reign, Paris Eternal, Toronto Defiant, and Washington Justice were added, along with the Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, and Vancouver Titans for the Pacific Division.
In the last few months, six of the eight new expansion teams participating in Overwatch League’s second season have revealed their branding and team colors. Fans eagerly await branding reveals, whether to see how new teams fit in the League or to find out how ugly the jersey they’re buying for their favorite player will be. In any case, I found that many media outlets have posted brand updates, but haven’t really passed judgement on them. That’s what I’m here for.
The Atlanta OWL franchise has branded itself as the Atlanta Reign with an early morning branding announcement. Atlanta Reign will be part of the Atlantic Division are the first of the eight expansion teams to announce their name, colors, and general branding.