Saturday, 20 October 2018

Women In Overwatch: The Esports Industry From Their Perspective. Ft ChiXiaoTu, Geguri & Noukky

On July 28th, the London Spitfire captured history when they swept the Philadelphia Fusion in Game Two of the Overwatch League Grand Finals to win the series 2-0 and become the inaugural season winner of the league. In a mixture of my overenthusiastic jubilation of the team I followed winning the league and failing to do enough research on the subject, I made an erroneous tweet in saying that Spitfire General Manager Susie "Lil Susie" Kim became the first female Coach, Head Coach or General Manager to lead a team to a major esport title. Thankfully, I was corrected in this as there are a few others who've managed this achievement. It did however, get me thinking. We generally don't know a lot about women who work behind the scenes in Overwatch's top tier and how they go to where they are, so I decided to look into this further.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Report: LGD and Team China DPS Player Zheng "Shy" Yangjie Will Not Be In OWL For The 2019 Season

One of Contenders China's best players and the Overwatch Leagues hottest free agents in Zheng "Shy" Yangjie, will not be able to play in the second season of the Overwatch League due to him not being 18 before the expected age cut off date. Meaning that after the Overwatch World Cup has been completed, he will return to play at Contenders level.

Friday, 14 September 2018

One Notable Release From Each Overwatch League Team

It’s official, the 2018 season of the Overwatch League is in the book, with the Grand Finals being won by London Spitfire and the Atlantic winning the All-Star week end. All games have been played on stage and now a new more strategic one is about to begin. The league has entered it’s off-season and while most players will be able to get some rest and enjoy their off-season outside of the Overwatch World Cup, those made players made free agents will now be looking to find new teams to call home and new cities to represent. These matches now are going to be played by the backroom staff, not only of the original twelve teams that started in the league. But with eight new teams in Atlanta, Chengdu, Paris, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington D.C, that brings the leagues total amount of teams to twenty.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

No More Xqcuses: How Team Canada Could Be XQC’s Chance To Show He’s Overwatch League Ready.

When it comes to professional Main Tanks. Felix “xQc” Legyel is undoubtedly one of the better players in the world and is someone who's got the potential to be the best player at the position. Yet for someone so talented, he's currently found himself in the position where the 2018 Overwatch World Cup may be his last chance to prove that he's ready to take the next step from being a professional streamer, to being the best Main Tank in the Overwatch League.

Friday, 31 August 2018

From Ultimate Zero To Cloud9: Bok "Reapered" Han-Gyu's Coach Of The Year Deserving Season.

When you take a look at Cloud9’s overall standings in both the Spring and Summer splits in the NALCS, if you were just scanning the results without having any knowledge of how the season went. You would have thought that it was another solid season for the organisation and that the opportunity of going to the 2018 Worlds is a possibility. However, the team have a tumultuous season that has seen Cloud9 reach lows that have caused back lash from expecting Cloud9 fans to highs that make you think that they are back to being the dominant force in North America they once were. Throughout all of this there is one constant that has become clear at the end of the Summer Split. “Reapered” should not only receive coach of the Split, but is rightfully in contention for coach of the year.

Roster Reshuffle: Laws & Legion By Profit of Amber

With the Overwatch League’s first off season well into session now is the time for current teams to begin diving into the open market of tier 2 to look for potential upgrades.‘Roster Reshuffle’ seeks to theorise what signings are on the table for any of the original twelve teams that competed in season 1. The catch is that due to the exclusive window for expansion teams the best talents from the likes of Element Mystic or Runaway are most likely heading into one of the new cities. Specifically in the North American region the best talent is assigned mostly to academy teams meaning the pool for reshaping is even smaller for some teams. The last option is to trade for want away starting talent sat on the bench for an Overwatch League team currently.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Who’s Next In The Cockpit? A Look At Potential Spitfire Head Coaching Candidates

We're officially into the Overwatch League off season and while the excitement towards games is now due to die down over the next four to five months, we've hit speculation season as to who stays, who goes and who's on the outside looking in. One position that does need filling, is that of the London Spitfire's Head Coach. Despite being without a Head Coach since the firing of Lee "Bishop" Beoum-Jun, in the early part of stage two, the team managed to go on to win the 2018 Season. Now with there being plenty of down time to find the right coach, we will take a look into some of their options. 


Friday, 17 August 2018

RunAway: Korea's Team. Where Can They Go From Here?

In 2016 Yoon "Runner" Dae-Hoon was a popular Korean Overwatch streamer who had an ambition of running his own esports team at the professional level, this led to the creation of Overwatch team RunAway who joined Korea's APEX competition from the first season. Alongside his wife Lee "Flowervin" Hyuna, Runner has led RunAway from little known team, to Contenders Korea season two winners and being one of the most loved teams in the entire Overwatch scene. So much so that they could be considered as as Korea's team. It's the start of a whole new journey for the organisation that takes them into the potential future and where they could be when the second season of The Overwatch League begins.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

European, Korean & North American Contenders Players, Who We Must See In OWL Season 2 By Profit of Amber

With the Overwatch League's off season in full swing, season two of Contenders coming to a close and the Overwatch World Cup starting this weekend. It's the time of year where everyone who's played well over in their respective seasons, will now be linked with pastures new and potentially be ready to step up into the Overwatch League. With teams possibly looking to rebuild and at least six expansion teams coming into the league. Profit of Amber has taken a look at the players he feels will be ready to step up next season.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

From Team Manager To Grand Final Winning Coach: The Journey Of Chang-Geun “Changgoon” Park

The story of Changgoon's rise as a coach is one of the most interesting stories within the whole of the Overwatch League. GC Busan coming through the APEX season four challenger scene as an amateur team, didn't at the time have the player or coach names that would allow many to see them as a  contender, let alone a threat outside of head coach Ho-Cheol "Hocury" Lee. After they lost one of their main coaches in Jeong-Min "JFeel" Kim to rival organisation Kongdoo Unica. They took a unique approach when they turned in house for help from Chang-Geun "Changgoon" Park who was the teams manager at the time. It was an unorthodix approach, but one that worked out for the best for both GC Busan and Changgoon himself.


Friday, 27 July 2018

Gladplanes High: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. Playoff Review & Grand Final Preview

After seven long months of trials and tribulations, jaw dropping plays and C9’s and finally a stage win and then forced moral and team rebuild. The London Spitfire are an Overwatch League Grand Finalist and it’s been an extraordinary journey on the way to this point. After a strong start to the season, teams play slowly deteriorated to the point that it came down to one of the final weekends for them to be confirmed as a playoff team. This post will review the teams performance in the playoffs so far and review the Grand Finals that starts tonight.


Thursday, 26 July 2018

The Year of The Duck: The Rise, Fall and New Flight of Erland "NukeDuck" Holm

The EULCS and the European region has always been known for the strength of its Mid Laners. With players such as Rammus “Caps” Winther of Fnatic, Lukaz “Perkz” Perkovic of G2 and Chres “Sencux” Laursen of Misfits, there is once again an array of talent that has come to the forefront on the Rift. However, there’s a statement that analyst Martin “Defico” Lynge keeps making about Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm that’s starting to get harder and harder to refute when you look at his form this split. The Year of The Duck is upon us and it’s been a wild ride to get here!

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Jun-Young "Profit" Park - The Forgotten Carry

With only two more weekends of Overwatch league matches left until the end of the inaugural season, we're at the point where it will not only come down to how the teams play as a collective. But those special individual moments of brilliance that would have us go from the edge of our seats, to jumping up and down like madmen. One of the players in the league with this ability is Jun-Young "Profit" Park, the most underrated player on the Spitfire and in the Overwatch League.


Friday, 13 July 2018

An Interview with Chan-Hyung "Fissure" Baek On The Slasher Report

The Overwatch League playoffs are here and when the London Spitfire and Los Angeles Gladiators started their playoff series against each other on Wednesday 11th July, there was one noticeable omission from the Gladiator line up and that one player was their star Main Tank and MVP runner up Chan-Hyung “Fissure” Baek. Prior to this game, journalist Rod “Slasher” Breslau released information that the reason Fissure wasn’t playing was due to him wanting to leave the LA Gladiators as he wasn’t happy with being on an international team but also that he refused to communicate during a scrim as he wanted more effort from his teammates.


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Cloud9 & Will “Meteos” Hartman, The Perfect Re-coupling!

On Sunday night, after all of week three’s games had been played and with 100 Theives going 2-0 for the week and joint top for the split with a 4-2 record, news dropped they had traded starting Jungler Will "Meteos" Hartman to Flyquest for their Academy Jungler Andy “Anda” Haoung. To add insult to injury for Meteos, he’s been informed by Flyquest that they intend to continue with their starting  Jungler Lucas "Santorin" Tao Kilmer Larsen, leaving him to play in the Academy team. With Meteos rightfully not wanting to drop down a skill level after his performances in season 8, should it be time for Cloud9 to bring him for a third time during the Rift Rivals International break?


Monday, 25 June 2018

Hangar Talk: Introducing New British Hurricane DPS Players Michael “MikeyA” Adams & Herman “Nesh” Kobrin

We’re officially one week away from the start of the British Hurricanes defence of their Contenders Europe crown and with Contenders Europe season two taking place during OWL playoffs and off-season, the contenders scene is about to get it's own spotlight for the players to take a shine. With five weeks of matches and playoffs to come it's a good time to get into the Contenders and the British Hurricane. 


Friday, 22 June 2018

Nine Contenders Players To Look Out For Before Contenders Season Two

With Contenders trials in full swing and only a few weeks until the second season of Contenders starts, it’s now the perfect time to take stock and give notice to those players currently in Contenders who should be the ones to look out for throughout the season. We’ll take a look at two players from the Chinese, European, Korean and North America Contenders scenes and my reasons why they are the ones to look out for, as this season is an important one to make an impression with there being potentially six new expansion teams going into the Overwatch League.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

OWL Writers MVP Nominations Ft Benchmobdc, TisRobin, WolfofVillainy & Volamel

The inaugural Overwatch League regular season is down to its last week of competition. We’ve had almost six and a half months that’s currently seen six different teams make the playoffs, four different teams make the finals and two different stage winners with the London Spitfire winning stage one and the New York Excelsior win stage two and three. We’ve seen highlight reel plays such as the birth of Pine Time with his 4K as McCree on Illios vs Boston, Fissure’s Winston pummelling LA Valiants Pharmacy on Oasis or Linkzr popping off against the Spitfire on Widowmaker. We’ve had xQc, we've had controversy, we’ve had upsets and we’ve had what looks to be Shanghai going 0-40. The League has had it all!

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Aces High: An Interview With Spitfire 8th Man & Hypeman Josh "Squash" Moen

While the spot light week in ,week out is on the players and teams of the Overwatch League. If it wasn't for you the fans of the League, the Overwatch wouldn't have taken of as successfully as it has being an esport. With committed fans being both the soul and life blood of the scene, there's those fans who are the heroes that the scene needs and make it truly special. One of these fans who's become well known across the scene is Josh "Squash" Moen.


Monday, 4 June 2018

Can The Shanghai Dragons Rise From Their Atrocious First Season?

After another heartbreaking loss where the team had every chance to get their first win but threw it away repeatedly. The Shanghai Dragons have four games in the remaining two weeks to get that ever elusive first win and avoid becoming the first team in Overwatch League history to post a win-less season, joining professional sports teams the 2017 Cleveland Browns and the 2007 Detroit Lions to go an entire season with out winning. There's a lot of things that need to change for Shanghai to be at least a mid-table team and we're going to go through some of these to see if they can be a better team in season two. 

Monday, 28 May 2018

Aces High: An Interview With Spitfire Support Won-Sik “Closer” Jung

A lot can happen in a month or so and this is magnified in the Overwatch League. After a 5-5 stage three, the Spitfire took an internal review and decided that that the previous vision of a twelve man roster wasn't working out and they trimmed it to seven. One of the remaining seven players is shot calling support and Lucio god Won-Sik "Closer" Jung. Closer started his professional Overwatch career in the Korean challenger scene with MVP Space, playing in APEX Season three and then moving to GC Busan and become apart of the Royal Road winning Season four champions.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

London Spitfire: Stage Four, Week One - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

With a new stage comes a new met but also the return of the Spitfire’s rivalry weekend, with matches against the Houston Outlaws and the New York Excelsior, two teams that have consistently had the number of the Spitfire. After a bit of drama around what patch we will be playing on and the introduction of Brigitte, we’re finally underway in season ones, last stage. As you’re probably aware by now, the first week of the stage is always very much a game of hope and there was no different feeling coming into this weekend just gone.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Engines Stalling: Are The Spitfire In Free Fall or Expectations Too High?

After their match with the Houston Outlaw last night, the London Spitfire have a 5-6 record in their last 11 games. This has resulted in the Spitfire missing the stage three playoffs and has some Spitfire fans starting to lash out with comments claiming the team don't practice or work hard enough and the coaches are the actually terrible. It's in stark contrast with the reaction to the teams performance in the first two stages, so it makes me wonder are the Spitfire as bad as some sections of the Spitfire fan base think or are they overreacting because they gotten used to winning so soon?

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

London Spitfire: Stage Three, Week Five - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

We're two days away from the London Spitfire starting their stage four against their two biggest rivals in the New York Excelsior and the Houston Outlaws. With the two week break now complete, I felt it was time to delay this version of GBU, so that it would work as a steady reminder as to what happened in week five in our games against the Seoul Dynasty and the Shanghai Dragons. The team were eliminated from the stage playoffs prior to their games being played, so it pride at stake and two extra games to work out the kinks that had been on going throughout stage 3.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Aces High: An Interview With Team Manager Seung-Hwan “Robin” Lee

We all know that to be deemed as a contender, your team needs to have players, coaches and a management team that are of a championship winning quality. What gets missed more than often is that while these main roles become known as the faces of teams, they can’t do everything on their own and without a decent supporting staff, nothing is likely to be done on time or correctly. Team managers are the important cog behind the scenes that ensures that everything runs smoothly and when they do go away from plan, they focus on resolving it so that other areas of the team don’t have to worry about that. This is even more important, when you have a roster built from players from another country as while you need to do your general tasks. Helping them acclimatise to their new home is possibly one of the hardest things. This is where Seung-Hwan "Robin" Lee comes into his element.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The Meta That Prevents Saebyeolbe Being The Worlds Best DPS Player

It’s the end of stage three, the Confetti has fallen, the NYXL have celebrated after defending their title as stage winners and the team are all together on the ramp getting interviewed about how they just trounced the undefeated Boston Uprising 3-0. It comes to Saebyeolbe’s turn to be interviewed and right at the end he says seven words in perfect English “I’m the best Tracer in the world”. After reviewing his performance against the Uprising in the finals, it’s hard to disagree with him, as he’s slowly separated himself from Nam-Joo "Striker" Kwon of the Uprising and Joon-Yeong "Profit" Park of the London Spitfire. The one problem with this is the upcoming changes in the meta after the introduction of Brigitte and the possibility of going to an anti-Tracer meta. It's this meta that has the potential to silence Saebyeolbe due to the DPS pool that could be available to DPS players, got me thinking. While he is the best Tracer in the world, he’s not the best DPS player in the world.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

British Hurricane: Contenders Europe - Group Stage Review

We may be in the final two week stage break, before we enter stage four and while the London Spitfire are currently in the air hangar's, getting repaired and refuelled. The British Hurricane academy team are currently preparing in Poland for their LAN semi-final and hopefully final to end season one of EU Contenders. While the playoffs being on Friday May 12th, we're going to review to the group stage went for the team and what they cane expect going forward. So it's time to goggle up and fang out as we go back over the season so far.

Friday, 4 May 2018

The Forgotten Chef: The Importance Of Gamsu

When you think about candidates for the most valuable player, you will generally pick the player who has stood out the most or had a couple of amazing performances. When you take a look at the Boston Uprising, you’d likely select star DPS player Nam-Joo “Striker” Kwon as their MVP. He’s stepped up and taken the team to another level during their recent 13 game winning streak. If you were looking at players around the league and how valuable they are to their teams, there’s a chance that you would look towards Hyun-Seok “Aaron” “Bischu” Kim, his ability to translate which enables Chan-Hyung “Fissure” Baek the opportunity to be a difference maker from the main tank position. Finally if I asked you about the most valuable chef’s in the league, you’re highly like to mention chef Heidi of the Philadelphia Fusion. What if I was to tell you that there is a player in the league, that happens to play for the Uprising and can fill all three of these criteria? What if I told you that this player was the forgotten chef Yeong-Jin “Gamsu” Noh!


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

London Spitfire: Stage Three, Week Four - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Week four of stage three and so far the has been a stage to forget when it comes to results. With a lot of what if's and could've been's. The results this stage could very well be 5-1 instead of the 1-5 that we currently faced going into the week. This week we saw the rematch against Fissure and the Los Angeles Gladiators, which is very quickly becoming a rivalry game in the eyes of Spitfire fans and then facing the new and improved 4-2 San Francisco Shock. 

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Aces High: An Interview With Spitfire General Manager Susie "LilSusie" Kim

When you think of Susie Kim there's one thing that come to mind, that she is the original esports Mum. Susie has been helping to guide young professional gamers through the rigours of the Starcraft II and League of Legends esports scene over the last decade. After working as an esport specialist for Twitch.TV, Susie has now come over to the Spitfire as General Manager to help guide the team to the league title and to help the teams Korean players acclimatise to living in the United States of America.   

Thursday, 26 April 2018

A Seagull Stuck In The Fuel Spill

(Picture from Blizzard)
On the 23rd of September 2017, Team Envyus announced the signing of former NRG star player and popular streamer Brandon “Seagull” Larned. There was a buzz of excitement around the signing of Seagull, as he filled a much needed void within Team Envyus with his ability to play Flex DPS, in particular his Genji and Pharah and his potential partnership with Effect. Projectile DPS was a position that Envyus were desperate to find someone to play and they had their guy in Seagull. Just days before the North American Contenders Season One finals on 8th of October 2017, Team Envyus officially announced that they would be taking part in the Overwatch League representing the City of Dallas as the Fuel. Envyus fans had a confidence that they had a chance to contend in the Overwatch League and they were about to see their new signing help beat Faze Clan in the finals 4-0.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

London Spitfire: Stage Three, Week Three - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Week three was on paper the toughest week of the stage for the Spitfire as they had to play not one but two undefeated teams in the Boston Uprising and the LA Valiant. Despite being 1-3 for the stage so far, the team still currently have an outside shot of reaching the stage playoffs with a top four finish. While they are 1-3 going into the week, the Spitfire could very easily be 3-1 instead with a couple of 2-3 defeats that could have swung the other way. 

Sunday, 22 April 2018

The Underestimation Of Hooreg

When you think of the London Spitfire's DPS core, the first two names that come to mind are Ji-Hyeok "Birdring" Kim and Joon-Yeong "Profit" Park who are widely known for their hyper carry styles of play that can turn a game on it's head. There is however, a third DPS player within the Spitfire team that seems to be largely under appreciated when it come to his play style, that DPS being Dong-Eun "Hooreg" Lee.


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Aces High: An Interview With Spitfire Off-Tank Seung-Hyun "WooHyaL" Sung

(Photo Credit: Blizzard Ent)

Looking back from the start of the Overwatch League to being at the mid-way point of stage three, there has been one hero that has been a must pick in every composition so far. D.Va! With the ability switch from attack to defence with ease and with how influential she can be with a well-placed Self-Destruct Ultimate or a well-timed Defence Matix to eat up an ultimate, having a player on your team who can play her well is a key component for any team in OWL right now. Luckily for the Spitfire they have one of the best D.Va players in the league in former GC Busan player Seung-Hyun “WooHyaL” Sung.

Monday, 16 April 2018

London Spitfire: Stage Three, Week Two - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

I thing it's official to say that the Overwatch gods have forsaken the Spitfire when it's come to the schedule as it's one thing of the few things that hasn't gone in the Spitfires favour all season. Having to play two of our strongest opposition in NYXL & Philadelphia Fusion and out kryptonite in the Houston Outlaws means that we have a harder start to the season than almost anyone else. Week two started with a game against the Florida Mayhem and ended with that rematch from the stage two playoffs with the Fusion

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

London Spitfire: Stage Three, Week One - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

We're now into the second part of the season after seeing the Spitfire finish with their second top three finish of the season. Once again it started with the rival week with games with the Houston Outlaws and the New York Excelsior meaning that it was likely to be an all or nothing week results wise. With a change in meta and the Excelsior coming off winning stage two. Everything was up for grabs to start the stage. 

Friday, 6 April 2018

2018 Overwatch League Transfer Window Grades

The signing window is officially over! The players on the roster from April 4th are the players who will be playing for OWL teams from now until the end of the season. With the window now closed, it’s the perfect time to review the current team rosters and evaluate what moves worked, what moves need time and what moves look like they’ll bomb from the get go. The first tests of team management are in, so let’s take a look at the outcomes.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Aces High: An Interview With Spitfire Coaches Chang-Geun “Changgoon” Park & Jeong-Min “Jfeel” Kim

The first two stages of Overwatch Leagues inaugural season have been successful for the London Spitfire and has resulted in winning the first stage and coming in third in stage two. This has made the Spitfire one of the front runners for the overall season title, that many thought they would be prior to the season starting. The team looks a little different now to the one that started the season, with departure of former Head Coach Beoum-Jun "Bishop" Lee halfway through stage two, the challenge of leading the Spitfire has fallen to the teams other two coaches: Chang-Geun "Changgoon" Park and Jeong-Min "JFeel" Kim.


Saturday, 31 March 2018

London Spitfire: Stage Two, Week Five & Playoffs - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The playoffs were all but confirmed at the end of week four after successful wins against the San Francisco and the Seoul Dynasty. This meant that the two remaining games against the Shanghai Dragons and Dallas Fuel were all but formalities in the run up to the stage two playoffs and the prospect of free Spitfire OWL is always something to be enjoy. It also means that stage two, week five of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is another extended version.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

London Spitfire: Stage Two, Week Four - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

It's week four of the stage two regular season and with it comes another week where the Spitfire face a team near the bottom of the standings in the San Francisco Shock in the first game of the week and then to face another top tier team in the Seoul Dynasty. With the playoffs just around the corner and four games left, it's the business end of the season and it's London's time to shine.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Hangar Talk: An Interview with The British Hurricane

March 11th marks the return of Contenders under a new format with its link to the Overwatch League. Season one will have the British Hurricane be one of 12 teams fighting it out to be crowned champions and known as the best up and coming team in Europe. Before Contenders starts I’ve been able to ask the guys who’ve been picked up to represent the UK as the academy team for the London Spitfire a few questions.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

London Spitfire: Stage Two, Week Two - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Week one of stage two was the hardest week of the stage and saw the Spitfire splitting their matches two matches for the weekend with a loss to the Outlaws, but once again beating the Excelsior in 5 map fashion. The second weekend of the stage gave the team a more forgiving set of opponents in the 3-13 Florida Mayhem and the surprisingly resurgent 9-5 Philadelphia Fusion, who were 3-0 in stage two coming into our game this weekend. 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Cloud9: The Great American Major Shuffle

A little over a month has now passed since Cloud9 did the unthinkable in becoming the first team from North America to win a CSGO Major tournament. ELeague Boston was the perfect springboard to the 2018 season for a team that was created during the great American shuffle of August 15th 2017 and have since gone on to a second place at CS Summit 2, a quaterfinal finish at IEM Katowice and in the process becoming ranked #3 in the world according to HLTV. The team were formed to be a North American champion and will be looking forward to their chances for retaining their Major title at Faceit London in September.


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Aces High: An Interview With Support Seung-Tae “Bdosin” Choi

With Stage one having reached its completion, there were a few iconic moments from the 3-2 victory the London Spitfire gained against the New York Excelsior. The first was the comment made by Jong-Yeol "Saebyeolbe" Park stating his reasons for wanting to see the Spitfire beat the Houston Outlaws coming back to bite him, the second was the moment of elation the team showed, especially Jeong-Seok "NUS" Kim and Seung-Tae “Bdosin” Choi when they clinched the stage by reverse sweeping NYXL. Finally the moment after, when realisation of their success but the incoming meta changes would take effect meaning the Spitfire had to prove they deserved their win. This episode of Aces High, is an interview with one of the leagues most aggressive and effective supports Seung-Tae “Bdosin” Choi


Saturday, 24 February 2018

London Spitfire: Stage Two, Week One - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Scheme scheme, plot plot. London Spitfire took that number one spot. Keep coming at them, it won't stop. London Spitfire took that number one spot. Yes stage one is done, finitio, over. It resulted in the Spitfire having to play 14 hours of games, to beat the two teams that beat them in week five, the Houston Outlaws and New York Excelsior, but the team came through to win stage one. Now after two weeks off, stage two begins in possibly the hardest way it could, once again playing rivals Houston and New York. 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Blackwatch Watch List - Stage Two

Stage one ended with a thrilling playoff final in which the London Spitfire came back from 0-2 down to reverse sweep the New York Excelsior in one of the best series we've seen so far. The off season has seen plenty of trades and free agent signings that have shaken up the OWL landscape, from the win-less Shanghai Dragons to the stage victors London Spitfire. Today I’m going to pick out the seven players I feel that are going to be influential for their team for better or worse.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Hangar Talk: Welcome To Hurricane Airspace

From the moment that the Blizzard announced that the Contenders tier two series would continue and be a building block towards playing in OWL, there has been speculation as to who the London Spitfire would be fielding in their academy team for the new season starting in March. Would the Spitfire continue with the spicy Korean feel that the main team has or would they look to a more European team similar to the one Jack wanted to field as part of his original OWL team. Well the wait is over and we can announce that it will be one of the best European teams in the tier two scene that will represent our academy. Welcome to the British Hurricanes!!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Rise of Se-Yeon “Geguri” Kim & The Shanghai Dragons

It’s the first ever mid stage break in Overwatch League history, the London Spitfire have just won the first stage with a 12 man roster and it seems that most teams are looking to this model to improve their own chances of winning. One of these teams are the Shanghai dragons, who were the only team not to win a game last stage. While their roster is improving, it isn’t at the same level as the rest of the league and they need to change this fast. 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

London Spitfire: Stage One, Week Five & Playoffs - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The first stage of the London Spitfire's inaugural season is officially in the books and this week was a week full of action, as it saw both week five of the regular season and the playoffs being played in one weekend. This weekend ended up with the Spitfire starting off low before rising up and obtaining the result that every Spitfire fan wanted. Without further ado, it's time to look into how the final week went for the Spitfire did in this weeks The Good, Bad & Ugly.


Sunday, 4 February 2018

The Tea Party That Started An Uprising

When Blizzard first announced that they were going to follow the American sport franchise system for the Overwatch League. Robert Kraft, well known for owning sports teams within the state of Massachusetts, jumped at the opportunity to enter the esport scene and became the first owner in Overwatch league history by buying the Boston spot. While some teams picked up some of the biggest named players and teams available to them. Boston took a different approach to building their roster, but one that is well known with in the state. They brought a moneyball approach to esport.