Nearly two months after the official release of Overwatch, the newest IP from the legendary game developer, Blizzard Entertainment, one of the most recognizable organisations in eSports, Fnatic, announced that they signed an Overwatch roster.
According to the official announcement on fnatic’s website, the team is a carefully scouted group of players, almost all of them known in the scene before being signed to fnatic. The teams Flex player Matthew “coolmatt69” Iorio, Support Scott “custa” Kennedy, DPS Casey “buds” McIlwaine (seriously, what’s up with that name?), and Tank Warsi Faraaz “Stoop” Waris (does he have little birds to scout out opponents?) came from the North American team nubris. Rounding out the six man roster, Swedish André “iddqd” Dahlström will DPS, while his countryman Oliver “Vonethil” Lager Supports. The team will be coached by Robert “Roflgator” Malecki, who can already boast some Overwatch coaching experience, even though the game was officially released a short while ago. Helping to put his coach’s strategies in action will be the in-game leader Vonethil from the Support position. This makes sense to me, as Supports can usually concentrate more on the glow of the game instead of killing people. Unless he plays Ana, of course. That mom is seriously hard to play.
Fnatic’s Operations Manager Florian “DRUNKKZ3” Le Bihan said that Fnatic was interested in the game as an eSport since the early days of closed beta. They carefully scouted the lineup. It seems as if the organisation wanted to have a team worthy of it’s name and history once it entered the scene. Reading the announcement, it seems as if the organisation is taking their move into the budding Overwatch pro scene seriously, intending to provide their new branch with the full range of support, worthy of a professional eSports squad. The team is going to be based in North America in lieu of Europe, where the rest of fnatic’s infrastructure is situated, because the majority of the roster hail from NA. I just hope that the Swedes won’t experience distressing homesickness in the different continent.
If Fnatic thinks that the players are worth signing, I will assume that they are really good and wait for a chance to see them in game. The reputation of Fnatic as an organisation grants them protection from my innate scepticism.