London Spitfire had a solid run in Overwatch League Preseason. Our analyst Austin White continues his feature on players to watch for London fans. In case you missed the earlier installments, check out part one and part two!
Previously known as Cloud9 the London Spitfire are one of the twelve teams in the inaugural season for the Overwatch League. They went through a number of iterations before becoming the twelve-man roster they are today. They started with NA and EU teams competing as Cloud9 before acquiring KongDoo Panthera, one of the top teams in Korea. They later acquired another top Korean team, GC Busan and combined that roster with KongDoo Panthera’s to form what is now the London Spitfire.
|Won-sik “Closer” Jung||London Spitfire||Support|
|Seung-tae “Bdosin” Choi||London Spitfire||Support|
|Seung-hyun “WOOHYAL” Sung||London Spitfire||Tank/Flex|
|Jun-ho “Fury” Kim||London Spitfire||Tank/Flex|
|Joon-yeong “Profit” Park||London Spitfire||DPS|
|Jong-seok “NUS” Kim||London Spitfire||Support|
|Ji-hyuk “birdring” Kim||London Spitfire||DPS/Flex|
|Jae-hee “Gesture” Hong||London Spitfire||Tank|
|Hyeon-woo “HaGoPeun” Jo||London Spitfire||Support|
|Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim||London Spitfire||DPS|
|Dong-eun “Hooreg” Lee||London Spitfire||DPS|
|Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek||London Spitfire||Tank|
Welcome to part one of the multi-part series; “Meet the Spitfire”.
We’ll be giving you an introduction to each player on the London Spitfire roster, as it stands, as we enter the preseason of Blizzard’s inaugural season of the Overwatch League (OWL).
First up, a two for one with; Ji-hyuk “birdring” Kim (top), and Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim (lower).
On 10 August 2017, Cloud9 (C9) officially announced their acceptance as an Overwatch League (OWL) franchise. The 8th franchise to be announced, and the only team representing Europe, Cloud9 began readying for OWL’s Inaugural Season.
London Spitfire Logo has been confirmed.
The team announced their press release today. The roster has yet to be confirmed. Cloud9 combined aspects of Kongdoo Pathera and GC Busan, two teams out of Korea to create the team. There has been no official word on the roster yet.
League sources have told us that Cloud9 is exploring the idea of putting together a Contenders Season 2 team. The strategy behind this move is that it would allow them to keep players under contract in case they want to sign them to Overwatch League contracts in the future. Contenders contracts are considerably cheaper than their Overwatch League counterparts. This makes it a reasonable option for an organization to lock up promising players on the cheap.
Overwatch League rumors tell a wild tale about the London Spitfires. Cloud9 are closing in on their signing window pulling in large amounts of investor funding to build rosters which may or may not work. Winning Overwatch League Season One is the goal, but at what cost to fans and players?
The San Francisco Shock and London Spitfires? Overwatch League team names and hype surrounding them are starting to become the latest trend in news hunting among journalists. Even we took a look around to see if there were any hints out there. What we do know is many teams are filing for trademarks of their respective properties. We have seen a few hints out there so far, but nothing is officially confirmed yet. So far the unconfirmed names we have learned are: