Connect with us

Esports

What went down so far in the PCS 2021 Spring Split playoffs

Avatar

Published

on

LoL Teh “GravityWillFall” Wi-Liam

The PCS 2021 Spring Split playoff is now full steam ahead as we head into the last six teams who have a shot in taking home the gold as well as a spot in the upcoming MSI 2021.

Day 1 started out great with two enticing games that saw BOOM Esports and Impunity drop down into the lower bracket. Day 2 however, was less than ideal, especially for both the teams mentioned earlier. Impunity lost to Berjaya Dragons in two straight games while BOOM Esports bowed out after losing to Hong Kong Alliance.

Impunity vs Berjaya Dragons

A clash between two neighbouring nations, both Impunity and Berjaya Dragons went at it in the first lower bracket match of the day. What makes this a must-watch match between two SEA titans is that Berjaya Dragons went with the same picks for both games, ending the first in 30 minutes and the second in just 22 minutes.

You can check out all the games here:

Impunity vs Berjaya Dragons

BOOM Esports vs Hong Kong Attitude

In the second match of the day in the lower bracket, we saw BOOM Esports take on Hong Kong Attitude. It was a very back-and-forth game between the two teams as BOOM Esports took the first win in under half an hour. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to deter HKA from sweeping the next two games in a convincing fashion.

You can check out all the games here:

BOOM Esports vs Hong Kong Attitude

Day three was reserved solely for the first upper bracket match between PSG Talon and J Team. With the former taking the tournament by storm and dropping only one game throughout the entire group stage, it was an uphill task for J Team.

PSG Talon vs J Team

As the semifinals were a best-of-five series, J Team could ill afford to let PSG Talon gain momentum going into their match. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for them as PSG Talon made sure they booked their slot into the winner bracket finals in a three-nil sweep.

They also utilised both Udyr and Rell to their fullest, picking them in all three of their games. Tristana was also picked up for the first and third game, showing their prowess with her time and time again. All three games ended around 30-odd minutes with J Team having no answers to respond with.

You can check out all three matches here:

PSG Talon vs J Team

Beyond Gaming vs Machi Esports

Day four was all about the second semifinal match in the winner’s bracket, this time featuring Beyond Gaming and Machi Esports. Both teams have performed well during the group stages and it was always going to be a tough fight.

Beyond Gaming were able to take the first match but Machi Esports came back swinging in the second game. Sadly, they couldn’t keep it together as Beyond Gaming steamrolled them in the third and fourth game, ultimately ending in a 3-1 win to bring them into the winner bracket finals.

Still to come…

The PCS 2021 Spring Split playoffs are going to be on a break right now with the second round of the lower bracket matches to be played on 9th and 10th April respectively. As for the winner bracket finals, they will be played on 16th April.

QuickPoll

Who do you have your money on?

PSG Talon
Thank you for voting!

Beyond Gaming
Thank you for voting!

Coinsmart. Beste Bitcoin-Börse in Europa
Source: https://www.gosugamers.net/lol/news/54151-what-went-down-so-far-in-the-pcs-2021-spring-split-playoffs

Esports

Unknown 9Z Team eliminates Vitality from BLAST Premier Showdown

Avatar

Published

on

The unknown 9z Team managed to eliminate Vitality in the first round of the BLAST Premier Showdown, in what is likely Cédric “RpK” Guipouy’s final game withthe French team.

9Z, a team that qualified for the Showdown through the South American qualifier, was marked as the heavy underdog going into the series. To make things worse, the team was forced to play with Rajohn “easTor” Linato as a stand-in. 

Vitality seemed to be in control of the game on the first map, as it comfortably won 9z’s Nuke map pick. It was in-game leader Dan “apEX” Madesclaire who showed his team the way, as he topped the charts at the end of the map. 

Going into the second map, Vitality seemed set to win the series in a comfortable 2-0 fashion. 9z had not played Overpass much recently, and even against weaker South American opponents the team only had a 25% winrate.

The first half went as expected. 9z got a small lead on the favored CT side and reached halftime with 9 rounds to its name. 

But Vitality failed to close out the game and as its defense fell flat, 9Z took advantage by extending its lead to a surprise victory. Pushing the series to a third map was already surprising, but 9Z went above and beyond that. They crushed Vitality to start off the third map and took an unexpected 9-0 lead. Vitality looked stunned and disorganized but eventually managed to gather themselves.

In what looked like the start of a historic comeback, the Frenchmen closed the gap. At 13-10, they had won eight maps in a row and were in control of the economy. But thanks to some incredible heroics by Santino “try” Rigal, 9z did the unthinkable and won the map. Vitality is eliminated from the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, and 9Z will get the chance to continue the dream run in the next round against Heroic.

This is also a devastating blow for Vitality and an unfortunate end to RpK’s run with the team. The team has suffered early eliminations in a string of events and while this could partially be explained away by the consistently stiff competition, a loss to a little-known 9z squad shows that Vitality has some deep problems right now. The team is set to replace RpK with Jason “Kyojin” Nguyen moving forward, but only time will tell if that’s enough to get the team back on top.

Coinsmart. Beste Bitcoin-Börse in Europa
Source: https://win.gg/news/7887/unknown-9z-team-eliminates-vitality-from-blast-premier-showdown

Continue Reading

Esports

2021 Call of Duty Mobile World Championship Announced

Avatar

Published

on

Activision announces a $2 million prize pool while revealing details of the tournament.


An amazing opportunity has been announced for Call of Duty fans by Activision. They have officially revealed that they’re bringing back the Call of Duty Mobile World Championship, presented by Sony, which starts on June 3. A total prize pool of $2 million (USD) has also been announced.

Criteria for participation

Sony’s newest flagship smartphone, Xperia 1 III, will be the official mobile device of the World Championship. The Call of Duty Mobile World Championship will be open to everyone across the world. Players who meet the minimum ranked criteria can participate in the game events and qualify for the regional stages. An official list of all regions will be released soon. Players must attain level 10 or higher to take part in Ranked Multiplayer matches. They can also participate via tournaments, the details of which will be revealed later by Activision. Players must be 18 or more to participate in the tournament at the time of registration. The whole tournament will be broadcasted on the newly made COD Mobile Esports YouTube channel.

Five stages of the tournament

Single play mode will be the first stage of the tournament, where players should score at least 60 points in 10 matches on any of the four weekends. The players that have successfully cleared Stae One will then proceed on to Stage Two, which is team play. At this point, the players will form teams and play in them for the further rounds. Qualifiers are the third stage, where an elimination-style format will be used to cut down the competition. Then, the top scorers will go on to the next round called the Regional Playoffs. This will further carry out the elimination process of the players and only the top players will proceed to the World Championship Finals.

Coinsmart. Beste Bitcoin-Börse in Europa
Source: https://estnn.com/2021-call-of-duty-mobile-world-championship-announced/

Continue Reading

Esports

Abby Trott on bringing League of Legends’ Gwen to life

Avatar

Published

on

League of Legends fans will recognize Abby Trott as the voice behind its new champion Gwen; the peppy skirmisher brandishing a giant pair of scissors as a weapon. Now that Trott is voicing Gwen, Daily Esports sat down with her (virtually) to learn a little of what the process is like.

Talking with Abby Trott on voicing League of Legends’ Gwen

“I love the layers of Gwen’s character. There’s an excitement and curiosity about her that’s almost childlike,” said Trott. “As someone who is newly alive and not knowing how long it will last, she has this sense of urgency. I think the writers did such an expert job of weaving all of these threads into her dialogue.”

Fans of other games and anime will recognize Trott as Nezuko in Demon Slayer, the immensely popular anime. They may also recognize her as the English singer of “Lifelight,” in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s theme song. Sharp-eared fans will even spot her as the voice behind Ribblepede, the adorably disgusting “rack o’ ribs” in Bugsnax.

Even while voicing such a wide range of characters, keeping her performances “grounded” is key to making a character relatable to Trott. “I think a good performance can make a character relatable. Believable,” she said. “In ‘the industry,’ the the phrase ‘grounded’ gets chucked around a lot. I aim to keep my performances grounded in truth; there’s always a piece of myself in there.”

Voicing Gwen is all about her personality

Players will definitely be able to hear Trott’s personality in Gwen’s lines. There’s excitement when she sees mountains for the first time in Summoner’s Rift. But there’s also anger, and even regret, when confronting other champions.

“Voicing video game characters can be tricky, since you don’t always get to see a script ahead of the recording session,” said Trott. “I’m a bit of a gamer myself and I want to make the player’s experience as immersive as it can be. With Gwen, I was mostly challenged by maintaining her unique Mid-Atlantic accent, combining elements of American and British English while remaining genuine. Luckily, I had the help of an excellent dialect coach, D’Arcy Smith, and an amazing team from Riot to guide me. It takes a true collaboration between the writers, directors, audio engineers and designers, actors, artists and more to bring a video game character to life. And I’m proud of where we landed with Gwen.”

Of all the lines that Trott recorded for Gwen, one of her favorites is when Gwen meets Viego, the resurrected king who accidentally created the Shadow Isles when trying to bring his deceased wife back to the land of the living. “Viego. She hasn’t forgotten you. And I haven’t forgiven you,” says Gwen. She isn’t dropping this grudge, even after a thousand years.

Trott’s other favorite quote? “Bad jokes are a waste of life.”

Abby Trott’s journey in voice acting

Trott’s experience in acting is a worldly one, starting in Japan and taking her across the globe to the United States. While working in Tokyo, Trott’s first professional opportunity came while doing voices for puppet characters in children’s musicals in Japan. There, Trott says, she fell in love with acting.

“My first opportunity to do voice acting professionally came when I was living and working in Tokyo. I have a background in acting and music, and I was performing in some children’s musicals around Japan,” Trott said. “The company I worked for needed voices for the puppet characters in the show. I auditioned and ended up booking some of those roles. I found that I absolutely loved it. The human voice can express so much. I had always been a fan of cartoons and video games growing up, but I never thought of voice acting as a profession that was accessible to me.”

She realized at that time that she wanted to pursue VO seriously, and that, in order to do so, she would have to leave Tokyo. This was because the opportunities that she was looking for, in recording animation and video games, were more rare in Japan than in the states. A few months later, Trott was in New York, working three jobs and taking voice 0ver classes in-between.

A contest with League of Legends alumni

It was around this time that Trott discovered an online voice acting contest hosted by Bang Zoom! Entertainment in LA. Trott had to make two videos, one for VO and one for Talent, by the very next day. After much hard work on her videos, she almost didn’t send them in because she was “terrified of what people would think.” However, Trott’s brother offered her a much-appreciated confidence boost, telling her to just go for it. With this support, she entered.

“Very surreally, I ended up winning,” said Trott. “Fun fact: the incredibly talented Patrick Seitz (Kog’Maw, Renekton, Lucian) and Keith Silverstein (Shen) were two of the judges. The studio flew four of us to Los Angeles for the finale, and I realized that this is where I needed to be. Six months after I moved to NYC, I moved out to LA… and I’m still here! Gettin’ all up in your video games.”

Gwen is set to release on April 15, and Trott hasn’t had a chance to play as her yet. However, according to her, that’s okay. “Honestly, I struggle to enjoy games when I have to listen to myself. It’s hard to get swept up in the fantasy when it’s ME. I still get sweaty palms when I hear the Smash Bros theme….”

Coinsmart. Beste Bitcoin-Börse in Europa
Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/abby-trott-on-bringing-league-of-legends-gwen-to-life/

Continue Reading

Esports

A team debrief ahead of the 2021 Overwatch League season

Avatar

Published

on

The 2021 Overwatch League season is starting up soon. Here is a debrief of the big moves and changes that teams have made over the off-season.

Alongside Eastern division specialist Bonnie Qu, we will give you a rundown of the rosters, a player to watch and a small description of the changes that these teams have made leading into the 2021 Overwatch season. (In order to keep track of the new players joining teams in Overwatch League’s 2021 season, they will be italicized).

2021 Overwatch League – Western Division

Atlanta Reign

Overwatch League 2021 debrief

DAMAGE: Kim “Edison” Tae-Hoon, Oh “Pelican” Se-hyun, Kai ”Kai” Collins
TANK: Blake “Gator” Scott, Xander “Hawk” Domecq
SUPPORT: Petja “Masaa” Kantanen, Seunghyun “Ir1s” Kim

Player to watch: Pelican

The Atlanta Reign have always been a mid-table team that has struggled in tournaments. But, the signings they’ve made toward the end of the season hinted at more depth. During the off-season, they made two big moves with Pelican and Kai. The latter was a standout performer on the Los Angeles Valiant, but the former is a highly-touted prospect. During the preseason press conference, both Kai and Indy “SPACE” Halpern mentioned their excitement for Pelican. The Reign look to be improving on last year but we’ll have to see if they can win some tournament games.

Boston Uprising

DAMAGE: Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse, Hong “im37” Jin-ui, Kim “Valentine” Byeong-ju
TANK: Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth , Leyton “Punk” Gilchrist, Seo “Stand1” Ji-won
SUPPORT: Sangmin “Myunb0ng” Seo, Kim “Faith” Hong-gyu

Player to watch: Valentine

The Boston Uprising is looking to come out of their rebuild. They’ve kept the core members that led them through last season. But, they also added some good rookie talent with Valentine and Faith. Valentine, in particular, was noted by Samir “Tsuna” Ikram of the Paris Eternal as a rookie to fear. They also originally added three veteran players with im37, Stand1 and SoOn, but SoOn was released due to visa issues. Either way, the new coaching staff seems to be an improvement, with Kim “Lori” Seung-hyun as the new head coach. Hopefully, the loss of SoOn doesn’t effect the team too much and they rally to a better 2021 Overwatch season.

Dallas Fuel

DAMAGE: Kim “Doha” Dong-Ha, Kim “Sp9rk1e” Yeong-han
TANK: Euiseok “Fearless” Lee, Choi “Hanbin” Han-been
SUPPORT: Kwon “Fielder” Joon, Kim “Rapel” Jun-keun, Seungsoo “Jesce” Lee

Player to watch: Sp9rk1e

The Element Mystic super-team has been assembled. To debrief, all former Overwatch players and coaching staff of the pre-2021 Korean contenders team have joined the Dallas Fuel. This includes the Korean core of the Paris Eternal from last season, but also free agents from all over the league. Doha is the only remaining player from last year’s Dallas Fuel but the additions look great. Specifically, Sp9rk1e was one of the key reasons Paris won a tournament last season. Unfortunately, their hitscan player Jung “Xzi” Ki-hyo had to retire due to health concerns. This leaves a hole in their team but they seem to be hunting for a replacement for the Overwatch League’s 2021 season. The only issue now is whether they can fit together fast and work around the departure of Xzi.

Florida Mayhem

DAMAGE: Sangbeom “BQB” Lee, Junki “Yaki” Kim, Baek “Checkmate” Seung-hun
TANK: Beomjun “Gargoyle” Lee, Minseok “OGE” Son
SUPPORT: Namjin “Gangnamjin” Kang, Sungjun “SLIME” Ki

Plater to watch: OGE

The Florida Mayhem looks to keep up their good form from last season. They had to make some significant changes, with their main tank going to the Shanghai Dragons. They ended up signing OGE and they also decided to pick up SLIME off of free agency. After adding rookie Checkmate, the Mayhem seems to be very similar to last season. However, the signing of OGE is one that is debatably positive. He didn’t perform well last season despite fans knowing his potential. If Florida wants to challenge the top teams, the 2021 Overwatch season rides on OGE and his synergy with the Mayhem.

Houston Outlaws

DAMAGE: Dante “Danteh” Cruz, João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles, Jungwoo “Happy” Lee, Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa, Jacob “JAKE” Lyon
TANK: Shin “PIGGY” Min-jun, Cho “JJANGGU” Myung-heum
SUPPORT: William “Crimzo” Hernandez, Enrique “Joobi” Triana

Player to watch: PIGGY

The Houston Outlaws have culminated a very interesting team over this off-season. They’ve kept some damage players and even seen the surprise return of Jake to their roster. However, they’ve revamped their tank line and support line. From Talon Esports, Piggy and JJANGGU are the new tank duo who have plenty of experience together. The support line is interesting too, as underrated flex support Crimzo will be paired with rookie Joobi. As a team with immense DPS depth, it all relies on the tankline, especially Piggy. Jake brought up how he is very good on Sigma, and can help carry them to victory this Overwatch season.

London Spitfire

DAMAGE: Jeffrey “blasé” Tsang, Dom “Hybrid” Grove, Johannes “Shax” Nielsen, William “SparkR” Andersson
TANK: Daniel “Hadi” Bleinagel, Mikkel “Molf1g” Djernes
SUPPORT: Riku “Ripa” Toivanen, Kristian “Kellex” Keller

Player to watch: Hadi

The London Spitfire has made their 2021 roster with the core of their contenders team, the British Hurricane. That contenders team was the most dominant in Europe, so they deserved their shot in the Overwatch League. They added some proven talent to the core they had in Blasé and Shax. But, now we get to see the best tank line in contenders in the Overwatch League. Out of the two, Hadi was pointed out by Kellex as the one to watch. His proficiency in rush compositions and flexibility on the main tank role makes him an interesting player to keep an eye on. We’ll have to see if the contenders coordination leads to success at the main league.

Los Angeles Gladiators

DAMAGE: Kim “Birdring” Ji-hyeok, Chris “MirroR” Trịnh, Kevin “Kevster” Persson
TANK: Indy “SPACE” Halpern, Kim “MuZe” Young-hun
SUPPORT: Jinseo “Shu” Kim, Grant “Moth” Espe, Kim “Skewed” Min-seok

Player to watch: MuZe

The Gladiators are arguably one of the most improved teams of the off-season. They snagged two of the top support players in free agency in Shu and Moth, instantly improving their backline to one of the best on paper. They kept the damage players they had at the end of last season, keeping faith in their talents. Lastly, they got a new rookie main tank in MuZe. Fans knew he was good from his time in Korea, but Space truly believes he can lead the Gladiators to victory. In the preseason press conference, he loved having a rookie main tank to teach and loved his aggressive playstyle. As the rest of their roster is very experienced, the progress of MuZe is key to the Gladiators challenging the top teams in 2021 Overwatch League.

Paris Eternal

DAMAGE: Nikolai “NaGa” Dereli, Stefan “Onigod” Fiskerstrand, Samir “Tsuna” Ikram
TANK: Elliot “ELLIVOTE” Vaneryd, Daniël “Daan” Scheltema
SUPPORT: Alberto “neptuNo” Molinillo, Emir “Kaan” Okumus

Player to watch: Tsuna

The Paris Eternal has changed heavily since last season, building a full European squad. Taking the best from all over contenders, the team is the definition of a mixed roster. None of the players have the same nationality, but some do have experience with one another. The experienced players from the Overwatch League aim to make this roster competitive, especially with the potential they have. Tsuna, in particular, showed moments of brilliance last season. So, if the Eternal surprise goes, it’ll be because of Tsuna.

San Francisco Shock

DAMAGE: Namjoo “Striker” Kwon, Sean Taiyo “ta1yo” Henderson, Charlie “nero” Zwarg, Lim “Glister” Gil-seong
TANK: Matthew “super” DeLisi, Hyobin “Choihyobin” Choi, Myeonghwan “Smurf” Yoo
SUPPORT: Minki “Viol2t” Park, Juseok “Twilight” Lee, Brice “FDGod” Monsçavoir

Player to watch: FDGod

The San Francisco Shock is going for the three-peat. Much like after their first championship win, they’re making moves on the fly and adapting by adding more depth. The losses this year are more drastic; with their main support Moth, flex player Rascal and hitscan ANS all leaving. But, they added Glister, Nero and FDGod as their replacements. With how key their depth was last year, these new players will have to step up when needed this Overwatch season, especially FDGod. His play for Paris was amazing but now he has to lead a championship team to a third title. He doesn’t have the substitute chance like the damage players do, as he is their only main support. If he can fit and work though, the Shock will remain the team to beat.

Toronto Defiant

DAMAGE: Andreas “Logix” Berghmans, Heesu “Heesu” Jeong, Lee “Na1st” Ho-sung
TANK: Adam “Beast” Denton, Sumin “SADO” Kim, Minhyuk “Michelle” Choi
SUPPORT: Park “Aztac” Jeong-su, An “AnSoonJae” Soon-jae, Jungwon “Lastro” Mun

Player to watch: SADO

The Toronto Defiant have rebuilt their core for the third time in three seasons. However, this might be the year they climb out of the bottom. They took the head coach and two key players from the Fusion last year: Heesu and SADO. But, they also took some good free agents and rookies. However, considering that the Defiant hasve always had a main tank issue, it all rests on whether SADO can work well with the Defiant roster. He was one of the best players on the Fusion last year, but the team is much different now. We’ll have to wait and see if the Defiant can work together and win in Overwatch’s 2021 season.

Vancouver Titans

DAMAGE: Dalton “Dalton” Bennyhoff, Jiri “LiNkzr” Masalin, Minki “Teru” Kim
TANK: Abtin “ShRedLock” Shirvani, Nathan “frdwnr” Goebel
SUPPORT: Randal “Roolf” Stark, Anthony “Fire” King

Player to watch: Teru

The Vancouver Titans are still trying to recover from their surprise collapse at the start of last season. They got more time to complete the roster in the off-season, but they wanted to keep the players who played well for them. This includes main tank Shredlock, main support Roolf and damage player Dalton. However, the new signings do give some hope. Linkzr is a top tier hitscan when hot, and Frdwnr and Fire were underrated on the Reign. Yet, the signing of Teru is the most promising to fans of the Titans. Linkzr mentioned that the hype around Teru is justified and he can’t wait until people see him play. Along with the new signings, Teru will have to play well for the Titans to progress this 2021 Overwatch season.

Washington Justice

DAMAGE: Lee “TTuba” Ho-Sung, Jang “Decay” Gui-un, Taehee “Jerry” Min, Kim “Assassin” Sung-won
TANK: Kim “Mag” Tae-sung, Junho “Fury” Kim, Sungwook “Ria” Park
SUPPORT: Huichang “BeBe” Yoon, Wonsik “Closer” Jung

Player to watch: Mag

The Washington Justice went from a bottom tier team to challenger due to their playoff run at the end of 2020. A lot of things went their way and it was clear the team had potential. So, they removed the parts they could improve upon and went to free agency to evolve. They got great talent in Fury, Closer and Jerry, in order to help improve depth and add talent. However, the signings of Assassin and Mag are what could bring the Justice to a higher tier. Mag, in particular, was a main tank that players knew about for years. But, he was too young to join the league. Now, however, he is the main tank for a team looking to surprise many. Super specifically mentioned how he can’t wait to face Mag and see him grow. Alongside veteran Fury, the Washington Justice look scary for Overwatch 2021 and are a good dark horse candidate.

2021 Overwatch League – Eastern Division

Chengdu Hunters

DAMAGE: Yi “Jinmu” Hu, Huang “Leave” Xin, Lei “Jimmy” Yujia, Nian “Kaneki” Liu
TANK: Luo “Elsa” Wenjie, Ma “LateYoung” Tianbin, Ding “Ameng” Menghan, Qiu “GA9A” Jiaxin
SUPPORT: Li “Yveltal” Xianyao, Tan “Nisha” Li, Cao “Farway1987” Jiale, Zhou “Mmonk” Xiang

Player to watch: Head coach Wang “RUI” Xingrui

Everyone’s favorite pandas are back at it again in 2021, with much of the core roster that first established the Hunters as bringers of chaos still intact. They’ve often struggled with adapting to certain metas but, with a full 12-person roster, that could very well change. The most exciting member of Chengdu’s 2021 Overwatch squad is their head coach, RUI, who departed the team at the end of 2019 and returned this past off-season. He was responsible for many of the Hunters’ wacky compositions and strategies in their first season. RUI will no doubt be invaluable in helping the team find new ways to circumvent expectations.

Guangzhou Charge

DAMAGE: Ou “Eileen” Yiliang, Zou “MYKaylee” Zijie, Choi “ChoiSehwan” Se-hwan
TANK: Oh “Rio” Seung-pyo, Kim “Jihun” Ji-hun, Nam “Cr0ng” Ki-cheol
SUPPORT: Park “KariV” Young-seo, Kim “Mandu” Chan-hee

Player to watch: Cr0ng

The Charge have made some major changes this year, with several core players moving over to other teams in the league. Despite that, there’s no shortage of talent here, with league veteran Kariv as the team’s new starting flex support and rising star MYKaylee stepping into the damage position. The 2020 MVP candidate, Cr0ng, is the key player on this roster, having made a name for himself through his game-changing Sigma play last season. He’ll provide some much needed stability to this mostly new roster as they look to finally break out of the middle of the pack.

Hangzhou Spark

DAMAGE: Kim “GodsB” Kyeong-bo, Park “Architect” Min-ho, Zheng “Shy” Yangjie, Seo “Seominsoo” Min-soo
TANK: Xu “Guxue” Qiulin, Jia “LiGe” Chengjie, Shin “Bernar” Se-won, Lee “Takoyaki” Young-hyun
SUPPORT: Park “IDK” Ho-jin, Tong “ColdesT” Xiaodong, Liu “M1ka” Jiming, Lee “MCD” Jeong-ho

Player to watch: Shy

The Spark’s 12-man roster is full of rookies and veterans alike. Rookie players LiGe and MCD have played in Contenders for years prior to joining the team. This gives them some degree of preparedness for the league. On the veteran side, flex player Seominsoo was a core part of the Vancouver Titans’ roster that made it to grand finals in 2019. Meanwhile, Guxue has led Team China to double second-place finishes in the Overwatch World Cup. The one to watch this year, however, is Shy, a rookie damage player who’s been playing professionally since 2016. His arrival in the 2021 Overwatch league has been highly anticipated, though it remains to be seen whether he can live up to the expectations.

Los Angeles Valiant

DAMAGE: Cai “Krystal” Shillong, Liao “MoLanran” Yang
TANK: Han “Silver3” Haibo, Wen “NvM” Yelin, Cheng “ShowCheng” Yu
SUPPORT: Zhang “Highbee” Zening, Qi “Wya” Haomiao

Player to watch: Krystal

Following the surprising announcement that the Valiant had released their entire roster, the team assembled a new entirely all-Chinese squad. There are a couple of familiar names here, with Krystal and Wya having been in the league before. But, other than that, all others are rookies. The Valiant has a tough task ahead of them; every team in the Eastern division has been capable of beating one another at some point, and it’s hard to imagine that a team of mostly unproven talent will be able to rise to the occasion. Still, if the Valiant does manage to move mountains, it will be on the back of Krystal. Krystal was previously removed from the Spark for misconduct but he has since proven himself as a gifted flex player.

New York Excelsior

DAMAGE: Lee “FEATH5R” Seung-woo, Lee “Ivy” Seung-hyun, Lim “Flora” Young-woo, Kim “Gwangboong” Gwang-won
TANK: Jo “Yakpung” Gyeong-mu, Kim “Bianca” Dong-wook
SUPPORT: Bang “JJonak” Seong-hyun, Jo “Friday” Min-jae

Player to watch: Gwangboong

Returning NYXL fans will notice that the only recognizable part of the team’s 2021 roster is inaugural MVP JJonak. The departure of core players like Kim “Mano” Dong-gyu and Park “Saebyeolbe” Jong-ryeol might have come as a shock, but the new players are more than capable of stepping into their shoes. There’s an abundance of raw talent on this team, especially when you look at their damage lineup. Gwangboong, in particular, has the mechanics and potential to become one of the league’s best damage dealers. It will be interesting to follow the NYXL’s journey in the 2021 Overwatch League and to see whether this new team has what it takes to rise to the standards of its predecessors.

Philadelphia Fusion

DAMAGE: Lee “Carpe” Jae-hyeok, Josue “Eqo” Corona, Niclas “ShockWave” Jensen, Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun
TANK: Gael “Poko” Gouzerch, Kim “Mano” Dong-gyu, Choi “HOTBA” Hong-jun
SUPPORT: Kim “Alarm” Kyeong-bo, Daniel “FunnyAstro” Hathaway, Yang “Tobi” Jin-mo

Player to watch: Mano

The Fusion are currently grappling with visa issues but the strength of their available roster is nearly formidable enough to render those issues irrelevant. With fan favorite Carpe leading the charge once again and Overwatch veteran Tobi joining the support line, the Fusion are looking poised to finally break their second-place streak. The player to watch here is Mano, previously the main tank for New York Excelsior. Mano is widely regarded as one of the best and most consistent main tanks in the world. He’s proven capable of both carrying and supporting, and that flexibility will be key as the Fusion works on building their team’s new identity in Overwatch League 2021.

Seoul Dynasty

DAMAGE: Kim “FITS” Dong-eon, Park “Profit” Jun-young, Park “Saebyeolbe” Jong-ryeol
TANK: Hwang “Marve1” Min-seo, Hong “Gesture” Jae-hui, Lim “Toyou” Hyun-woo
SUPPORT: Kim “Creative” Young-wan, Jung “Anamo” Tae-sung

Player to watch: Toyou

The Dynasty are coming into 2021 looking for some stability; something that has often eluded them. They finished second in the season playoffs last year but struggled to find their footing through the regular season. They alternated constantly between incredible highs and disappointing lows. The presence of veterans Saebyeolbe and Anamo will be helpful when it comes to stabilizing, but new addition Toyou fills a crucial spot in their tankline. The Dynasty’s best showings have always been when they’re able to run both of their main tanks, Marve1 and Gesture, at the same time. However, they’ve struggled otherwise. Toyou will hopefully allow the Dynasty much more flexibility when it comes to composition and strategy.

Shanghai Dragons

DAMAGE: Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun, Lee “LIP” Jae-won, Jung “Erster” Joon, Bae “Diem” Min-sung
TANK: Kang “Void” Jun-woo, Koo “Fate” Pan-seung
SUPPORT: Kim “Izayaki” Min-chul, Lee “Leejaegon” Jae-gon, He “Molly” Chengzhi

Player to watch: Leejaegon

The Dragons were on the warpath in 2020, topping the league with only two regular season losses. They aren’t expected to slow down any time soon this year, even with a new main tank. Their fast and ruthless playstyle is largely dictated by their likewise fast and ruthless main support, Leejaegon. Leejaegon manages to be one of the best supports in the league while also holding the title for most deaths. Look to Leejaegon to be a barometer of the Dragons’ success this season. If they can keep up with him, they’ll remain a force to be reckoned with.

Coinsmart. Beste Bitcoin-Börse in Europa
Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/a-team-debrief-ahead-of-the-2021-overwatch-league-season/

Continue Reading
Esports4 days ago

chessbae removed as moderator from Chess.com amid drama

Esports3 days ago

DreamHack Online Open Ft. Fortnite April Edition – How To Register, Format, Dates, Prize Pool & More

Esports5 days ago

Why did Twitch ban the word “obese” from its predictions?

Esports3 days ago

Hikaru Nakamura drops chessbae, apologizes for YouTube strike

Fintech4 days ago

Australia’s Peppermint Innovation signs agreement with the Philippine’s leading micro-financial services provider

Esports19 hours ago

Free Fire World Series APK Download for Android

Esports5 days ago

Hikaru Nakamura accused of striking Eric Hansen’s YouTube channel

Esports5 days ago

Fortnite: Blatant Cheater Finishes Second In A Solo Cash Cup

Esports4 days ago

Twitch bans Adin Ross after ZIAS uses Homophobic slurs during his stream

Esports5 days ago

LoL: LCS MSS Lower Bracket Finals Recap- Team Liquid vs TSM

Esports5 days ago

The best way to play Hecarim in League of Legends season 11

Esports4 days ago

Coven and Abomination highlight the new TFT Reckoning Traits

Esports5 days ago

Atlanta FaZe advance to the Grand Finals at the Stage 2 Major by defeating Dallas

Esports5 days ago

Broodmother reworked, Necronomicon removed in 7.29 update

Esports4 days ago

Ludwig has announced when he’ll end his subathon Twitch stream

Esports3 days ago

Apex Legends update 1.65 brings five new LTMs for War Games

Esports2 days ago

Ludwig Closes Out Month-Long Streaming Marathon in First Place – Weekly Twitch Top 10s, April 5-11

Esports2 days ago

Position 5 Faceless Void is making waves in North American Dota 2 pubs after patch 7.29

Esports5 days ago

Gambit vs Heroic ESL Pro League Season 13 betting predictions

Esports2 days ago

Fortnite: Patch Notes v16.20 – Off-Road Vehicle Mods, 50-Player Creative Lobbies, Bug Fixes & More

Trending