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The Teams To Watch For At Overwatch Open

The Teams To Watch For At Overwatch Open
Overwatch is still a pretty young game as an eSport, but the industry has welcomed it with open arms and, as a result, we’re already seeing plenty of teams and competitions worth paying attention to. Ginx eSports TV will be airing the Overwatch Open finals, so we thought it high time to put together a must-know list of Overwatch teams that you need to know. To do so we’ve looked at the groups of the upcoming tournament and analysed the tea*+ms taking part, and given a bit of insight on how the team has been performing since they’ve been active as an Overwatch team. You’ll be able to tune in to watch the very best Overwatch teams battle it out for glory on Sky Channel 470 or Virgin channel 290 during 26-27 September at 17:00, 29-30 September at 17:00 and the grand finals on 1 October at 18:00.

Overwatch Open - NA Group A

Team EnVyUs
Current squad:
  • Captain - Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka (Flex)
  • Ronnie “Talespin” DuPree (DPS)
  • Timo “Taimou” Kettunen (DPS)
  • Christian “cocco” Jonsson (Tank)
  • Sebastian “chipshajen” Widlund (Support)
  • Jonathan “HarryHook” Tejedor Rua (Support)

A recognisable name in most eSports, EnVyUs is arguably the best Overwatch team right now, even after its shock loss to Rogue at the ESL Atlantic Showdown. In the run up to the finals, Nv hadn’t lost a game for an unbelievable number of matches, until its unexpected loss to Rogue anyway. That performance hasn’t dipped, however, and are still one of the favourites to win the Overwatch Open, so you should be tuning in to any matches that EnVyUs will be playing.

NRG eSports
Current squad:

Captain - Brandon “Seagull” Larned (DPS) Yomar “milo” Toledo (Tank) Carl “enigma” Yangsheng (Flex) Daniel “Gods” Graeser (DPS) Mark “Pookz” Rendon (Support) Tim “dummy” Olson (Support) NRG is one of the younger sides in the Overwatch eSports scene, but since it's formed of some strong players from Mixup it’s not a side to overlook. Seagull, in particular, is a considerable name in the world of Overwatch, and will be a big part of the team’s success.

Team Liquid
Current squad:

Tim “DaHanG” Fogarty (Support) Adam “MESR” De La Torre (Tank) Keven “AZK” Lariviere (DPS) John “Minstrel” Fisher (Support) Andrew "id_” Trulli (DPS) Shane “rapha” Hendrixson (Flex) After acquiring the roster of The Life of Hanzo, Team Liquid was one of the first big organisations to step into the Overwatch scene. The team itself has shifted a little since then and its success have been erratic, but it’s not a team to count out by any stretch.

Splyce
Current squad:

Captain - Bradford “PYYYOUR” Ross (Support) Matthew “clockwork” Dias (DPS) Nicholas "NinjaNick" Poulos (Support) Canaan “Shrugger” Carman (DPS) Ryan “sycknesS” Mitchell (Flex) Though Splyce may well be taking on Call Of Duty with a good deal of confidence, its Overwatch team isn’t quite as strong. Its results are mixed to say the least, and is less likely - in its current form - to manage much in the way competition success.

Overwatch Open - NA Group B

Cloud9
Current squad:

Captain - Kyle “KyKy” Souder (Flex) Greg “Grego” McAllen (Support) Lane “Surefour” Roberts (DPS) Adam “Adam” Eckel (Support) Derrick “reaver” Nowicki (DPS) Kevin “deBett” deBettencourt (Tank) With many big name eSports orgs getting into Overwatch, you can expect to see a lot of familiar names competing at higher level since many are simply acquiring the teams that have presented the best skills early on. This is no different with Cloud9, whose Overwatch team - previously the squad of Google Me - is posting a lot of podium placements (including a good number of first-place victories) and is considered one of the best rosters out there so far.

Fnatic
Current squad:

Warsi “Stoop” Faraaz Waris (Tank) André “iddqd” Dahlström (DPS) Scott “Custa” Kennedy (Support) Oliver “Vonethil” Lager (Support) Casey “buds” Mcllwaine (DPS) Matthew “coolmatt69” Iorio (Flex) Fnatic is actually one of the longest running professional Overwatch teams, with its original Battlefield squad coming over to play Overwatch competitively. That roster has since changed, and now the current team manages to post a decent set of results at all tiers of competition.

Method
Current squad:

Captain - Jacob “PsychoWaffle” Oyer (Support) Nick “exi” Dudek (Offense) Brandon “ultimawep” Wilson (Offense) Eric “Krawnnic” Beaugh (Tank) Randal “Roolf” Stark (Support) Gabriel “Snow” Ceregatto (Offense) A very young team and with no backing from a professional organisation puts Method at a huge disadvantage in an eSport that is becoming increasingly populated by the financing of big organisations. Its early results aren’t promising, which could mean the death of the team if they’re not persistent enough to face this uphill challenge.

Immortals
Current squad:

Captain - Jeremy “Jer” Santacruz Christopher “GrimReality” Schaefer (DPS) David “nomy” Ramirez (Tank) Athen “Aythen” Zhu (Support) George “Hyped” Maganzini (Flex) Brady “Agilities” Girardi (DPS) The roster of Sodipop was by no means the strongest one in the Overwatch scene, but it gives Immortals enough of a threat to compete among the best. The addition of a professional coach and bootcamp may well do enough to bring out the potential of these would-be champions.

Overwatch Open - Europe Group A

REUNITED
Current squad:

Thomas “Morte” Kerbusch (Support) Hendrik-William “Vallutaja” Kinks (DPS) Andrei “uNFixed” Leonov (Flex) Sergi “Winghaven” Torras (Tank) Harrison “Kruise” Pond (Support) Finley “Kyb” Adisi (DPS) Easily one of Europe’s best teams - if not //the// best - REUNITED has a long list of accomplishments in its short history, in the spectrum of Overwatch competitions. Expect to see this team competing in the later stages of most tournaments.

FaZe Clan
Current squad:

Eric “TwoEasy” van Hoorn (DPS) George “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha Viktors “Forsak3n” Bernevs Jared “zombs” Gitlin Russell “FCTFCTN” Campbell (Tank) Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty (Support) FaZe Clan’s original lineup wasn’t achieving very much, but since bringing in the talents of FCTFCTN and Rawkus it’s had a much more consistent performance to shout about. Whether it’ll be enough to compete with the best currently remains to be seen, but there’s every possibility that it will.

Ninjas In Pyjamas
Current squad:

Joona “Fragi” Laine (Tank) Kalle “hymzi” Honkala (Flex) Antti “kyynel” Kinnunen (Support) Lauri “mafu” Rasi (DPS/Flex) Joni “Seita” Paavola (Support) Joonas “zappis” Alakurtti (DPS/Support) NiP’s team has only been formed for a short while, but the team played previously as SG-1. They’ve managed some decent results, but currently the roster isn’t managing to prove it has what it takes to achieve anything at a major tournament.

Team Dignitas
Current squad:

Captain - Rasmus “Draceus” Waern (Support) Jose “BromaS” Antonio Ramos Gonzalez (Flex) Jiri “LiNkz” Masalin (DPS) Artur “art1er” Bischof (DPS) Seb “numlocked” Barton (Tank) Joshua “ToxikeN” Campos (Support) Dignitas’ middling results won’t get it much recognition in the Overwatch scene if it doesn’t pick up, though it has at least scored itself a couple of wins at Minors. It’s not yet been tested to its full extent, so we won’t know how the roster can handle a Major or Premier.

Overwatch Open - Europe Group B

Rogue
Current squad:

Captain - Kevyn “TviQ” Lindström (DPS) Jonathan “Reinforce” Larsson (Tank) Michaël “winz” Bignet (Flex) Dylan “aKm” Bignet (DPS) Benjamin “uNKOE” Chevasson (Support) Jean-Louis “KnOxXx” Boyer (Support) As the victors of the first Overwatch Premier - Overwatch Atlantic Showdown - there are a lot of expectations riding on Rogue. Its only match since didn’t go too well, so could we be seeing something of a fluke from the team? It still has a lot to prove, despite its huge success at ESL’s tournament.

Misfits
Current squad:

Nicholas “skipjack” Rosada (Tank) Jonathan “Kryw” Nobre (Flex) Terrence “SoOn” Tarlier (DPS) Andreas “Nevix” Karlsson (Support) Sebastian “Zebbosai” Olsson (Support) Nikolaj “Zaprey” Ian Moyes (DPS) The Misfits roster is in a bit of disarray of late, but if it can maintain some of its successes over the last few months then it could well go on to become one of the more significant Overwatch teams. It needs to stabilise if it’s to achieve anything, however.

ANOX
Current squad:

Captain - Kiryl “Anak” Nikalayenka (Flex) Alexei “Cypher” Yanushevsky (Fragger) Anton “Cooller” Singov (Support) Normunds “sharyk” Faterins (Tank) Ruben “Rubikon” Zurabyan (Support) Artem “kensi” Budiak (Fragger) ANOX definitely has a good roster and though its results don’t often match up, it’s a team that is waiting in the wings to really show itself. It needs to stand out at a Premier or Major to gain the confidence to really push itself further.

Luminosity Gaming
Current squad:

Arthur “EISSFELDT” Marx (DPS) Dominik “Ruster” Waffler (Tank) Vytis “Mineral” Lasaitis (Support) Kalle “Zave” Haag Nillson (Support) Tim “Mannetens” Byhlund (Flex) Jani “Tseini” Kähkönen (DPS) The huge roster shift that Luminosity Gaming had in August hasn’t had much of an effect on its performance, with a good showing at the competitions since. As with many others here, it’s not a team that will stand out, but it does have the potential to make it if the team pulls together.


  You can tune in to Ginx eSports TV to watch the Overwatch Open on 26-27 September, 29-30 September and 1 October on Sky Channel 470 or Virgin Channel 290.