Jan 10 2017 - 9:27 pm

Ex-Reunited players eye move to US or South Korea

With Overwatch's European scene in decline, the roster is open to relocation.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Screengrab via OGN/YouTube

Reunited's former Overwatch roster is looking to relocate from Europe to North America or South Korea.

Reunited ceased operations earlier this after the organization failed to secure investment. The now unsigned roster—which is hoping to stick together while they look for a new organization—is open to playing in any tournament. But there just aren't any major events planned in Europe.

"Reunited had only four official matches in almost four months now," former player Andrei "uNFixed" Leonov told Dot Esports. "It's been a month since we came back from Korea and we still have nothing [planned.]"

That's why the ex-Reunited roster is looking toward North American esports organizations.

"We are willing—and even prefer—moving overseas," former Reunited support Thomas "Morte" Kerbusch added. "It's no secret that the majority of teams, tournaments, and support for Overwatch are all currently North America–based."

Organizations were approaching the roster even before the official shutdown, uNFixed said. Reunited itself spent nearly a month looking for additional investments to keep the company alive, and even considered the idea of selling the whole company, but nothing stuck. Founders Frederik Kragh Christensen and Christian Jantzen point toward "the timing of the Overwatch League conflicting with [their] internal financial model" as the major issue, they said in a statement.

During that time, however, organizations approached the roster, expressing interest in signing the players. "Our hands were tied since Reunited was technically still operating," uNFixed told Dot Esports. "Now we are finally free to explore."

Reunited could once easily have been considered a top-tier Overwatch team. the team placed second in ESL's Overwatch Atlantic Showdown in August last year. The team exited early from the Overwatch Open in September, struggling to demonstrate the dominance they held early on. After being invited to South Korea to participate in the Overwatch APEX Season 1 tournament, Reunited placed fifth—though they did beat out a number of impressive South Korean and North American Overwatch teams.

The former Reunited roster dropped Norwegian DPS player Stefan "ONIGOD" Fiskerstrand and Spanish tank player Sergi "Winghaven" Torras for Normunds "sharyk" Faterins and Overwatch World Cup Team Russia captain Ruben "Rubikon" Zurabyan. And those recent lineup changes are expected to change the team's course.

"With the lineup changes, we are confident we can return to the global top very soon again," Morte said. "That's the only place we feel at home."

Today - 4:08 pm

Kungarna, Immortals advance to Overwatch Winter Premiere finals

Team Liquid and Renegades will not move on.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Andrej "babybay" Francisty hides just out of view while the rest of Kungarna baits compLexity Gaming into position in the second floor corridor inside the Dorado ziggurat. Babybaby, on pink-haired tank hero Zarya, peeks out from the side and unleashes graviton surge just as Michael "mykL" Padilla launches his D.Va self destruct bomb from the first floor, right into the mess of compLexity players upstairs. And that's the majority of compLexity just melted by the massive bomb combo.

With four compLexity players down, Kungarna is able to cruise right to the finish.

As one of the only two unsigned teams heading into Next Generation Esports' Overwatch Winter Premiere, Kungarna took many opponents by surprise. Some questioned whether they'd be able to get out of the first phase of group stages. But it's going to be hard to overlook Kungarna after their incredible run in the round of six. The team fell only to Team Liquid on day one and Immortals on day two, going undefeated on day three.

Heading into the finals, which begin Jan. 27 at PAX South in San Antonio, Texas, Kungarna doesn't have to worry about Team Liquid. Along with Renegades, Team Liquid will not move on to the LAN finals for the Overwatch Winter Premiere. Instead, Kungarna will take on Immortals, compLexity Gaming, and Luminosity Gaming next week.

Renegades' early departure from the Overwatch Winter Premiere will likely shock fans, given the win streak the newly acquired team started the tournament with. But on day four of the round of eight, everything changed: They started losing and never stopped. Through the round of six, Renegades put up a fight, taking one round each match, but weren't able to take a full series. With the whole team moving to Detroit to live and play together, Renegades is surely hoping to regain their initial success.

The single elimination finals bracket begins Jan. 27 and will continue into Jan. 28. The tournament will be broadcast live on both the PAX Arena and NGE Overwatch Twitch channels.

Jan 19 2017 - 9:19 pm

Overwatch players honor friend with heartfelt send-off

The tribute was organized by a Philippines-based gaming collective.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Processing the death of a friend is never easy. But it can help to grieve where you spent time together—even if that happens to be the battlegrounds of Overwatch.

When the team at games website Too Much Gaming lost their beloved colleague Willem Den Toom, they took to Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch to express their pain. Using Toom's favorite Overwatch heroes—Pharah, Reinhardt, Symmetra, Zarya, and Lúcio—and Hanzo, the group of friends coordinated rocket launcher and fire strike sendoffs toward Overwatch map Eichenwalde's moon as a gun salute for their friend.

"Wherever you are, may the payload be always moving, the point always contested, no one trickles out, and may there always [be] a healer on your team," Toom's friends posted to YouTube. "We miss you, big guy. This Play of the Game is for you."

Toom suffered a heart attack and died at 35 on Jan. 16, Too Much Gaming editor Carlos Herdandez told Mic. "He was loved by many and his loss pretty much struck waves in various communities in the gaming community here in the Philippines," Hernandez said. "Overwatch was the one game that we play together regularly after a long day. It's one of his favorite games." Honoring Toom in Overwatch was an obvious choice for the group.

The video ends with each player sending off Hanzo's dragonstrike ultimate, unleashing a continuous stream of swirling dragons toward the moon.

H/t Mic