Overwatch League is just around the corner, with its preseason scheduled to start in December and the regular season to get underway in January. To date, twelve teams have confirmed their participation in the tournament; two of which who already announced their official OWL team names and at least six franchises somewhat revealing their tentative lineup having signed pre-existing pro teams to represent their cities.
It’s hard to keep track for the uninitiated so starting today we are previewing the teams we already know set to participate in the upcoming premier Overwatch tourney and our initial predictions of their chances.
*Do note that the roster is still not finalized as registrations close on October 30th. The rule states that each team must have a minimum of six players and can name up to twelve players for each squad. So expect the player list to evolve as the season draws near.
- Timo “Taimou” Kettunen (DPS/Flex)
- Kim “EFFECT” Hyeon (DPS)
- Brandon “Seagull” Larned (DPS/Flex)
- Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangchod (Flex)
- Christian “cocco” Jonsson (Tank)
- Sebastian “chipshajen” Widlund (Support/Flex)
- Jonathan “HarryHook” Tejedor Rua (Support/Flex)
Why They Matter: Essentially Team EnVyUs, Dallas Fuel is easily the strongest and most successful North American team at the moment. Known for their teamwork, adaptability, and super effective DPS in form of Taimou and Effect, they are winners of the recently concluded Overwatch Contenders Season 1 North America and their lineup have been boosted with the inclusion of projectile specialist Seagull. While some skeptics will question his inclusion as well as how well he can gel with the team, that doubt can be safely cast aside based on his debut performance versus FaZe Clan.
Needless to say, not only will they be one of the teams to beat, but also the team with the biggest chance of defeating the trio of Korean teams; Lunatic-Hai (Seoul), C9KongDoo (London) and LW Blue (New York) in OWL.
San Francisco Shocks
- Andre “iddqd” Dahlstrom (DPS)
- Andrej “babybay” Francisty (Flex/DPS)
- Dante “Danteh” Cruz (DPS/Flex)
- David “nomy” Ramirez (Tank)
- Daniel “dhaK” Martinez Paz (Support)
- Nikola “sleepy” Andrews (Support)
- Jay “sinatraa” Won (DPS)
- Matthew “super” DeLisi (Flex)
Why They Matter: Formed off the backbone of NRG players, San Francisco is akin to the All-Star team in the current Overwatch League. Having drafted superstars in the likes of “Danteh” from Arc 6, “nomy” from Immortals, “dhak” from Selfless and “sleepy” from Tempo Storm, this move goes against the trend of most teams, who drafted in whole squads to compete in the OWL but it also elevates NRG from an average roster to a team filled with A-Grade players.
An inspired move or a disaster waiting to happen? Only time will tell but we can’t wait to see the prodigious ‘Mr 150K’ sinatraa wreck havoc in the OWL scene.
Team Seoul (Seoul Dynasty?)
- Kim “EscA” In-jae (DPS)
- Moon “Gido” Gi-do (DPS)
- Kim “zunba” Joon-hyuk (Flex)
- Gong “Miro” Jin-hyuk (Tank)
- Ryu “ryujehong” Je-hong (Support/Flex)
- Yang “tobi” Jin-mo (Support)
- Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun (DPS)
- Byeon “Munchkin” Sang-beom (DPS)
- Koo “xepheR” Jae-mo (Flex)
Why They Matter: The quintessential Korean team, Lunatic-Hai is one of the most storied Korean Overwatch teams in the world, having won back-to-back seasons (2&3) on the APEX circuit. With the likes of Ana God “Ryujehong” within their ranks, Lunatic-Hai carries the pride of Seoul on their shoulders to show the world that the Koreans are miles ahead of their NA and EU counterparts.
While they had a disappointing season 4 on APEX – being eliminated by finalists GC Busan in Group Stage #2, the extra preparation time may be the blessing in disguise for these boys – and bounce back they did as they convincingly defeated their arch-rivals from APEX S3 finals, Cloud9 KongDooo 3-1 at the recent OGN Supermatch finals. They also boosted their roster with the inclusions of DPS specialists ‘Fleta’ and ‘Munchkin’ along with “xepheR” on flex and the impact was apparent as they tore their opponents to shreds as seen below.
For now, this is our clear pick for the champions of the first-ever Overwatch League.
The inaugural Overwatch League season is set to kick off January 10, 2018, with the preseason starting December 6, 2017. The regular season concludes in June 2018 and will be followed by the playoffs and finals. All regular season games will be played at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles for the inaugural season.
Stay tuned to part II for more teams as soon as they’re announced within the next few weeks.