Hopefully they can all work their language issues out and get a cohesive team along with the tank-line. Blizzard has officially the cities of Atlanta, Georgia and Guangzhou, China to the league, expanding its reach and bringing it to more fans across the globe. The first clubs to participate are the Dallas Fuel and Los Angeles Valiant, along with expansion side Atlanta Reign. We'll post the Twitch link up here the day of. His team would also release him, as he would admit that he did not want to play professionally anymore.
Dallas Fuel fans react during a watch party last spring. However, after repeatedly throwing games and griefing, he would be banned from all Blizzard-sanctioned events. He held a lot of controversy back then for throwing broadcast games, something he eventually admitted. The franchise took to Twitter to announce a launch event with a capacity for 350 fans. He has shown some great strides, both as a person and a player, and hopefully, he can show those improvements off this season.
Masaa comes from Team Gigantti, with history on a couple of other Contenders teams before Team Gigantti. Moving to the tank lineup for Atlanta, the formidable tank duo from Korean Contenders team Element Mystic will join the roster. Speaking of Masaa, he is a Finnish player who formerly played for the European Contenders team. The Paris team would be backed by McCourt Global, a holding company ironically based in Los Angeles. The brand seems to be pushing a theme of second chances — possible hints towards their roster makeup. Coming in at 13 on our power rankings for Overwatch League Season 2 is the Atlanta Reign. In March, led a in Huya, and now holds a 34.
This team has a clear Korean backbone, but is also relatively diverse. His main hero is Lucio, but can also flex onto Mercy when needed. With a roster of 20 total teams—nine of them outside of the United States—the Overwatch League will welcome dozens of new players as and original teams continue to shuffle their lineups. Rounding out the tanks is Gator, the main tank from the original Goats team. He can play Genji and Pharah, more a projectile than a hitscan player, but still able to flex. Other staff for the Atlanta team include Dimitri Couturet as assistant coach, Cas van Andel as player development coach, Danny Mychakov as data analyst, and Jeong Dong-min as translator. The flexibility the league seems to be giving Toronto for its brand reveal is a first for the league which has typically sought to keep firm control of such releases.
Not to mention, the communications will have to work well fast, with their roster having six different languages. Guangzhou The Overwatch League will add three new Chinese teams for the 2019 season. The league has previously stated the goal of moving fully into local markets by the 2020 season, though it has not fully committed to that timeline. They've yet to reveal their team names, rosters and emblems, but Blizzard has revealed the companies paying for their entry. Alongside Erster is one of the most popular Overwatch streamers, the hitscan specialist Dafran.
The group is led by Drew McCourt, president of real estate investment firm McCourt Global. With only eight total in their roster, Atlanta will need to show their ability to adapt as they do not have a lot of flexibility with their support and tank lineups. For all those wondering — we are here to confirm. With the exclusive signing window for expansion teams having closed on October 7, imminent announcements seem more likely with every passing day. The first identity of the eight new Overwatch League franchises has been unveiled, and it has come in the form of the Atlanta Reign.
We have seen examples in the past of Dafran not always doing his best, but the hope is that Dafran has changed and will perform his best this season. Notably missing from the announcement is a , which was finalizing negotiations for a final spot in the League last week along with Guangzhou, according to. Rounding out the tanks is Gator, the main tank from the original Goats team. Kodak is the other support for the Reign and has shown off his strong Zenyatta play on the German Overwatch World Cup team in 2018, despite showing less than ideal results in the Paris Qualifier. He would also play for the German national team in the 2018 Overwatch World Cup.
The core of Korean players along with mixed in talent from over the globe seems interesting. The full roster has not been announced. Owned by Cox Enterprises and operated by Atlanta Esports Ventures, the Reign have put together quite the impressive lineup, despite having no veterans of the Overwatch League from Season 1. This rating will be a little more in depth, considering I have more time than a week to look over the teams, especially the new ones. Also with a few players on the team having made less than ideal decisions in the past, that puts a slight damper on their potential as a team.
It will also feature several changes to the regular season schedule, which will allow for players to have more breaks, according to the league. However, he is also known to be somewhat of a wild card, and may not be the most reliable regarding the desire to consistently play at his best ability. He currently is playing for , helping them reach the finals of Season 3 in their first season in Contenders. Masaa was known for his strong Lucio play, as well as his Mercy. We chose a name that reflects that intention. The company, which rebranded from its previous title, , in April, has this year. The event will see 350 fans in attendance and will also be live-streamed on Twitch.