Almost all of the teams for the Overwatch League are set and ready to go. Here, we’ve taken a detailed look at the rosters of half of the teams. Note that some are missing; we’ll include them in part two of this in-depth report.
If there are any additions to any of these teams, we will update this page to reflect that and include update notes here.
San Fransisco Shock
The Shock had the most star-studded introduction to date, with NRG investors Shaquille O’Neal, J.Lo, Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch and Michael Strahan introducing the lineup in the video posted to then-Overwatch San Francisco’s Twitter.
— San Francisco Shock⚡ (@SFShock) September 28, 2017
Most of the management is a direct import from NRG Esports, with Owner Andy Miller and President Brett Lautenbach leading the organisation. Andrew Baker will manage the team as he had for NRG previously. Furthermore, they brought in the Selfless Gaming’s former owner Brad Rajani as headcoach, who was previously known for assembling one of North America’s finest rosters, of which Sinatraa was also part of.
- Supports: Dhak and Sleepy
- DPS: Babybay, Danteh, Sinatraa and IDDQD
- Tank: Nomy and Super
- Flex: Nevix
The Shock’s DPS players already made headlines well before their official announcement when Sinatraa was reportedly picked up for $150,000 a year by NRG, SF Shock’s parent company. Tracer seems to be his go-to hero, with over 15 hours of esports playtime on the British hero clocked in. He’ll be playing alongside some heavy-hitting DPS heroes like Kungarna and Splyce’s former DPS player Babybay, likely to complement Sinatraa’s Tracer with his own Soldier: 76. Former Denial Esports and Arc 6 player Danteh was listed as a DPS player in the announcement teaser, though he had shown some play with D.Va before her most current build back when he was with Denial Esports. Finally, NRG and Team Sweden alumni IDDQD’s McCree is objectively one of the most well-known in the Overwatch scene, though his pick rate shows that he is far more of an all-around DPS player than the other DPS on his team, with sufficient time packed into Soldier: 76 and Tracer as well.
Dhak should be familiar for Selfless fans, as the Lucio main saw great success while under the lion banner. He did compete in the Sydney Qualifier of the World Cup as part of Team Spain, but unfortunately failed to make it to BlizzCon after a 0:3 loss to Team Sweden. His support partner in crime, Sleepy was mostly known for his work with Tempo Storm before he left the roster in early March, moving through a few smaller teams before being picked up by the Shock.
Rounding out the roster are the two dedicated tanks of Nomy and Super. Nomy should be familiar to Immortals fans, while Super was most recently seen with LG Evil in Contenders Season Zero and Kungarna in Contenders Season One. Both tank players seem to favor Reinhardt, as Nomy has over 21 hours of tournament play on him to Super’s 17. However, Super is a bit more flexible onto Winston, with 17 full hours played of the hero in competitive matches. It’s likely that 17 year-old Super will mostly play Flex tanks for the team once he is able to join the roster late next season. Both him and Sinatraa will not be eligible to play from the beginning because of age restrictions.
Nevix is the most recent addition to the Shock. The Swedish all-rounder has been recruited as a Flex Tank player but has previously played Flex Support as well as DPS for Misfits. He was recruited a full month after the intial roster announcement, rounding out the teams requirements for role flexibility.
The Kraft Group’s OWL organization’s first official signing was of their President of Gaming Chris “HuK” Loranger just before summer’s end. HuK was well known in the Starcraft scene, playing for the likes of Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses. He was part of Toronto Esports since August of 2016 as its manager and stayed for a year until he left shortly after being announced in his position at Boston Uprising.
Meet the Uprising. pic.twitter.com/ii1YGtM77D
— Boston Uprising (@BostonUprising) October 26, 2017
- Support: Snow, Kellex
- DPS: DreamKazper, Striker and Mistakes
- Tank: Gamsu, NotE
- Flex: Kalios
Toronto Esports fans should be familiar with Lucas “NotE” Meissner and Mikias “Snow” Yohannes. The two played together on HuK’s old team, where they qualified for Contenders Season 0 and finished in 9th-12th place. NotE mainly played D.Va for Toronto while Snow played Zenyatta and the occasional Mercy.
Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez’s run with TempoStorm and Spicy Boys made him a popular Twitch streamer until he came back into the competitive scene thanks to the Uprising; you’ll likely see him on Soldier: 76 and Genji. Stanislav “Mistakes” Danilov’s Tracer is his most dominating hero for both his time on 123 and Team Russia, according to Winston’s Lab records. Though his highlight in the official Boston Uprising introduction video has him featured as McCree, Kwon “Striker” Nam-Joo’s main hero seems to be Tracer, having over five hours of competitive play clocked in as the DPS hero during his time on ROX Orcas. This could be a hint at a hero pool adjustment and moving him more towards a generally hitscan orientated selection.
Kristian “Kellex” Keller will be stepping in as the final support of the roster, having over ten hours of official tournament play on Lucio from Team Singularity and Team Denmark combined.
Shin “Kalios” Woo-yeol will be a Flex Tank, hailing from Afreeca-Freecs Blue where he played mainly D.Va and Zarya. Rounding out the roster is Noh “Gamsu” Yeong-jin, the final main tank of the squad. The former CONBOX player was well known for his Winston and Reinhardt play. League of Legends fans may also recognize the player from his time as a mid laner for Samsung Galaxy Blue, Team Dignitas and Fnatic.
Finally, Connor “Avast” Prince and Se-hyeon “Neko” Park were the most recent additions to the Uprising, coming on board in early November. Avast’s Lucio was last seen on LG Evil, working with the likes of Houston Outlaw’s Jake and San Fransisco Shock’s super before moving on to the Uprising. Neko, meanwhile, will be playing Flex Support; he was last seen on NC Foxes mainly playing Zenyatta and Ana.
The team will be coached by Park “Crusty” DaHee, assisted by Jack “Shake” Kaplan and Rollon “Mini” Haemlin, along with analyst Mohid “Mr. Bleeple” Asjid.
New York Excelsior
New York Excelsior rose to the occasion the day before Halloween, unveiling not only their team name and logo, but also their website and roster all in one go. The team had been rumored to acquire the LW Blue roster since August, when V.C Sterling – a sister company to the New York Mets – was said to have started finalizing the contracts of those players. Fast forward to the final day of the player signing period for OWL season 1 and most of the old LW Blue roster was on board.
— NYXL (@NYXL) October 30, 2017
- Support: Ark, JJonak
- Support / DPS: Pine
- DPS/Flex: Libero
- DPS: Saebyeolbe, Fl0w3r
- Tank: Janus, Mano
- Off Tank: Mek0
Pine, Saebyeolbe, Janus, Mano and Mek0 are all from LW Blue while Libero is from Meta Athena. LW Blue did well to place third in Season 2 of APEX and in the 5-6th range in Season 3, but dropped out of APEX Season 4. It seems as though, however, each teammate will be taking up the same role that they did in their LW Blue spot.
JJonak is the relative unknown in this roster, having only joined LW Blue about two weeks before they were rumored to be picked up by New York Excelsior. With LW Blue having dropped out of APEX just as JJonak joined, there is very little – if any – data on JJonak’s performance.
Hong “ArK” Yeon Joon was a support for LW Blue’s sister team, LW Red, since February. The Lucio main helped his team reach the top of APEX Season 4 Challengers. The team came in the 5th-6th range overall in that season’s major tournament.
Last but not least is Yeon-oh “Fl0w3R” Hwang, the last remaining player from the LW Blue roster. He was announced as part of the team in the middle of the Overwatch World Cup hype, where his Widowmaker was showcased during his matches against the United States in the fourth Quarterfinal and the Grand Final against Canada. Other than the occasional Widow, Fl0w3r also plays Genji, Soldier: 76 and Junkrat.
Per a tweet from ESPN Esports’ Jacob Wolf, Hyung Sang “Pavane” Yu and Hyeongseok “WizardHyeong” Kim will both coach and manage the team, while Andrew Kim will assistant coach and Scott Tester will serve as the Director of Player Personnel. Both Pavane and WizardHyeong were coaches and analysts for Luxury Watch. Tester was an Esports Coordinator at Blizzard Entertainment before moving into his current position.
It was assumed that Fuel will have the entire team from their parent organization, Team EnVyUs, transfer over. Those players – Chipshajen, HarryHook, Taimou, EFFECT, Mickie and Seagull – round out the majority of the roster. Despite that, ex-Fnatic and Arc 6 Support player Custa was the first official signing revealed by Fuel. A few days later, the final “mystery player” was revealed to be a teammate of Custa’s, Canadian Tank player xQc. After that, the rest of EnVyUs was confirmed.
— Dallas Fuel (@DallasFuel) October 9, 2017
- Support: Chipshajen, Custaa
- Support / Flex: HarryHook
- DPS/Flex: Taimou
- DPS: EFFECT
- Flex: Mickie, Seagull
- Tank: xQc, cocco
Team EnVyUs is considered by many to be one of the “classic” teams of Overwatch, having started their investment in the game in early 2016, while it was still in beta. Since then, the team has had numerous successes, including first place at APEX Season 1 and, more recently, winning Overwatch Contenders Season 1 NA.
xQc and Custaa’s run in Arc 6 was fairly successful since the team’s first forming in May of 2017. Though they started their run with a bang, winning the Alienware Monthly Melee May 2017, they failed to repeat the same amount of success outside of that win elsewhere. Their final achievement was at the BEAT Invitational Season 2, with a third place finish behind Immortals and Rogue. While xQc mostly played Winston on both Arc 6 and on Team Canada, Custaa played Ana, Zenyatta and Mercy.
Dallas’ name is likely inspired by the recent $35 million investment deal received by EnVyUs from the Hersch family, who is a major investor in natural gas and oil.
— Florida Mayhem 🌴💣 (@FLMayhem) November 2, 2017
The Florida Mayhem is a direct import of their parent company Misfits. Mineral, their former Lucio player, has transitioned to the coaching role for the team. As of this posting, the team does not have any other team members outside of the six from Misfits.
- Support: Zebbosai
- Support / Flex: Zuppehw,
- DPS: TviQ, Logix
- Flex / Tank: Manneten
- Tank: CWoosH
Misfits had a successful run in the EU Overwatch scene. They placed fourth overall in the Overwatch PIT Championships Europe and most recently took second place in Overwatch Contenders Season 1 EU.
The team had a 32-14 record and won eight out of the ten last games played. They mostly played a 2-2-2 composition, with Zuppehw and Zebbosai on support while Tviq and Logix took on the DPS roles and CWoosH and Manneten played as tanks.
Misfits’ color scheme seems to be inspired by the Miami Heat, which invested an undisclosed amount in Misfits early this year. The team’s original orange was changed to the dark red currently seen today in Misfit’s logo.
OpTic Gaming is most well known for their Call of Duty squad – and their very passionate fans – but now they’ve extended into the world of Blizzard and Overwatch with their Houston OWL spot.
— Houston Outlaws (@OutlawsOW) October 31, 2017
- Support: Rawkus, Boink
- Support / Flex: Bani
- DPS: Jake, Clockwork, LiNkzr, Mendokusaii
- Flex: coolmatt, SPREE
- Tank: Muma
Five of the players – Clockwork, Boink, Bani, Muma and coolmatt – hail from FNRGFE. The team, made up of former Fnatic, NRG and Gale Force Esports team members (hence the name) held the 3-4th range spot during both Season Zero and Season One of Overwatch Contenders NA. They also got fourth in the BEAT Invitational Season 2.
Rawkus and SPREE played together on FaZe Clan before moving onto this Houston squad where the two helped the team claim second place overall but fell to EnVyUs in the Grand Finals of Contenders Season 1 NA. Rawkus played the non-Lucio support while SPREE often chose D.Va, Zarya and, occasionally, Soldier: 76.
LiNkzr was on Team Gigantti before the Outlaws and helped the team win Contenders Season 1 EU against Misfits. Jake was most well known for his work on LG Evil before moving on to the Outlaws while Mendokusaii was on Cloud 9.
The team will be coached by TaeYeong “TaiRong” Kim, Adam “MESR” De La Torre and HyeonWoo “HyeonWoo” Kim; the Outlaws will also be managed Matt “Flame” Rodriguez. TaiRong coached Afreeca Freecs while MESR played on Team Liquid before retiring from playing in favor of coaching. Flame is an analyst ranging from Alienware Monthly Melees to the Overwatch World Cup qualifiers from this year.
An in-depth look at the rest of the teams (London Spitfire, Philadelphia Fusion, Soul Dynasty, Shanghai Dragons, Los Angeles Valiant and the Los Angeles Gladiators) will be released in part two of this series. Keep it locked at Winston’s Lab for more details.