Continuing its week of player signing announcements, the London Spitfire is finally calling in some support.
Flex support Owen “Prov1de” Warner is joining London’s 2022 roster, the team announced today. Though he has a contentious past in the Overwatch League, the Spitfire is willing to take a chance on this Contenders talent.
Prov1de, who used to be known as Slur, was a staple in the European Overwatch Contenders scene in 2019. He was picked up by the Los Angeles Valiant before the 2020 season began, part of the team’s rookie-based roster, but was dropped after screengrabs emerged of him using racial slurs in 2018.
He apologized for the incident and later ended up retiring from professional play in August 2020. After being cleared to play again by the Contenders circuit earlier this year, he joined DarkMode in North American Contenders. The team came in second place in two of the region’s monthly tournaments in 2021.
“Excited to prove to people I’ve changed for the better not only as a player but as a professional and as a person in the last two years,” Prov1de said on Twitter.
He’s the first support signing for the London Spitfire ahead of the 2022 season. This week, the Spitfire announced that tank Daniel “Hadi” Bleinagel is returning next year alongside longtime Philadelphia Fusion off-tank Gael “Poko” Gouzerch. London standbys Johannes “Shax” Nielsen and William “SparkR” Andersson will be joined by rookie Jamie “Backbone” O’Neill in the DPS line.