Chants of “Wings Out” pierced the walls of the casting booth on the second day of the Semifinals. The LA Valiant and London Spitfire were ready to fight for the chance to book their ticket to Brooklyn and the inaugural Overwatch League Grand Finals. Over the chants, Mitch “Uber” Leslie quipped to his casting partner Matt “Mr. X” Morello: “Only one team can take flight.” Read more …
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|
The Overwatch League’s Playoffs have been a roller-coaster so far. The first round was an unpredictable rodeo, and the Semi-Final round started with even more upsets and excitement. London Spitfire took on Los Angeles Valiant in the final match on day 1 of the Semi-Finals. Could the Spitfire continue their decimation of the LA teams on their way to the Finals? Or were the Valiant primed to revenge their fallen brethren in Purple, and bring down the high flying Aces of London? As the dust settled, London emerged victorious, going into their Thursday matches with Los Angeles up 1-0. Read more …
After a rather disappointing start from the London Spitifre in their first Playoff match, they had to change things up. The Gladiators themselves came in as the clear favorites this times around. And what a great match that was, the Spitfire finally back to playing as a unit, with great plays from each player. Especially Birdring and Profit played out of their minds and had some of the best games in a while. A well-deserved win in the second match, which will be decided in the third and last match.
Game 2 of the Overwatch League Quarterfinals began before either team stepped on stage. The rivalry between the London Spitfire and the Los Angeles Gladiators is steeped in history – a history that centers on Gladiators main tank Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek. After trading Fissure to LA after Stage 1, the Spitfire have never won a match against their former teammate. That record was on pace to continue, until the Gladiators released an explosive statement right before the match.
The final weekend of Stage 4 saw a lot of intense matches and a lot of changes to the teams gunning for playoff hopes. We are now set and have our final six teams ready. However, Stage 4 showed a lot of promise on what this league could be in the future. With teams coming back like the Dallas Fuel, and the L.A. Valiant topping NYXL in the last match.
The first game of Thursday evening’s events was also the most important, with the Houston Outlaws and Philadelphia Fusion going at it to secure their spot in the playoffs. Here’s how the day went down.
These rankings are highly fluid, not necessarily indicative of League positioning, and based on what I see during play. Like all Power Rankings, a team on a hot streak may find themselves higher than one with more wins, just as a team on a cold streak may be relegated lower on the list than their Table position would suggest. If you disagree, let me know. If you agree, well let me know too so we can laugh at those who don’t. Read more …