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London Spitfire releases players and coaching staff after disappointing 2020 Season

Cloud9's Overwatch team is set to undergo yet another overhaul as they have confirmed seven players and the entire coaching staff are free to look opportunities elsewhere.

From winning the Overwatch League in Season 1 to a complete roster shakeup for Season 4, the London Spitfire has become a shadow of its former self.

After a disappointing third season which featured a brand-new roster following the departure of all members of the OWL winning squad in 2018, the London Spitfire have announced that all the players and the coaching staff will be leaving the organisation for 2021.

 

The players listed on the official social media announcement are:

  • Park "Babel" Sang-jun
  • Park "Clestyn" Sang-jun
  • Jung "Although" Hyun-wook
  • Kim "Jihun" Ji-hun
  • Lee "Highly" Sung-hyeok
  • Lee "Schwi" Dong-Jae
  • Yunghoon "Krillin" Jung

While officially, some players like Lim "Glister" Gil-seong or Se Won "Bernar" Shin are still under contract, they are likely to be traded to other Overwatch League teams.

London Spitfire
London won OWL Season 1 with a completely different roster (Photo: Blizzard Entertainment)

According to The Esports Observer, Cloud9 is looking to build a European roster for next season, with their Overwatch Contenders squad, British Hurricane, poised to become the core for the new London Spitfire come 2021.

This responds to a new strategy developed by the org, as they want their feeder team to function as a platform for up and coming talent from the EU region, giving them a more clear identity within Europe and Western audiences as a whole.

Whether their new strategy pays off remains to be seen, of course, but with the likes of former OWL players Kristian "Kellex" Keller and Riku "Ripa" Toivanen, the all-European London Spitfire could become a force to be reckoned with when OWL Season 4 rolls around.

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