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 style of plays 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 style of play, 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.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Southampton Bloggers Go Mauritian With Lakaz Maman

When it comes to events ran by Southampton Blogger, the ones that happen on a Sunday tend to be my favourite as it’s likely to involve food and good company. I’m a foodie at heart and for me, the more colourful and different spices there are the better. So when the opportunity arose for me to have brunch at Lakaz Maman in Bedford Place, Southampton. It was too good of an opportunity to pass up.


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.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Checking Out The Men-Ü Salon Southampton

If there’s one thing that I’ve noticed over the last four months since becoming a parent, it’s that all self care has gone out the window. I’ve regularly forgot to use my skin care products, looked at my hair and think it can last one more month and let my beard grow to a length where it starts to look a shaggy mess. That was until recently when I went into the Men-Ü salon in Southampton to slowly start sorting my life out again.


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.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Underwear With Bodybranded

When it comes to the clothes we wear, most of us want to feel both comfortable and stylish at the same time. While it’s not always possible to achieve this outcome as it depends on the item of clothing you choose, it can be done when it comes to the essentials, boxers and socks. It’s here that bodybranded have you covered with a wide variety on offer, they won’t be leaving you to go commandos, that’s your decision.


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.


Saturday, 3 February 2018

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

Week four was meant to be the Spitfire facing the final boss in the now 6-1 Seoul Dynasty who were joint top of the league and the slowly improving yet still 0-7 Shanghai Dragons. In truth what happened was that the London Spitfire themselves turned into the final boss and absolutely destroyed both Seoul and Shanghai in convincing 4-0 fashion. With the Spitfire sitting pretty at the top of the league, it's now time to dive into this weeks, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Aces High: An Interview With Main Tank Jae-Hee “Gesture” Hong

Week four of Overwatch Leagues first stage is here and the London Spitfire have started the split well. They currently have a record of 5-1, putting them in tied first place with both the New York Excelsior and the Seoul Dynasty, cementing themselves as a contender for the stage at the very least. Week four also means that we’re starting to see which players are taking their opportunities to claim regular places with in the first team. Today’s Aces High features an interview with one player who's been a regular first team player in the early stages. Main tank Jae-Hee “Gesture” Hong.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

OWL: Five Free Agents That Should Be Signed Before Stage Two

We're just over half way through stage one of OWL and we're just getting an idea of which teams are in a good position and which are in need of some sort of improvement to turn their fortunes around. The free agency period began January 22nd and any players not assigned to an OWL team can be picked up. Today I'm going to be choosing five players who I feel would make an intimidate impact to these teams. I'll state what team I feel would be the best fit for both player and team. 

Friday, 26 January 2018

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

Stage one, week three technically should have been an easier week for the London Spitfire with games against the San Francisco Shock and the Boston Uprising both being more than winnable. While the Shock went a long with the script, in a 3-1 win for the Spitfire. Boston decided that they were going to have their own revolution against their British overlords and handed the Spitfire a 2-3 loss and their first defeat of the season.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

My Baby Sleep Essentials

When you have a new born baby, the first three months seem to be the hardest period. It's the period where you're unsure what cry means what and you have to cycle through every possible answer until you find the right one. While there's not a lot that can help you learn the cry, there are a few good items on the market which will help when it comes to getting your little one to sleep. 

Monday, 22 January 2018

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

Week two of the London Spitfire’s inaugural season was expected to be harder than the week before with the Spitfire facing off against two of the best teams in the west, The Dallas Fuel and the Los Angeles Valiant. The results however were the same as the week before, smashing Dallas 3-1 on Friday (early hours Saturday for us European fans) dropping The Fuel To 0-4 and then being pushed to the very last map against a strong Valiant side, putting them 2-2.


Saturday, 20 January 2018

The Fuel Pipes Leaking In Dallas

Week two is officially in the books and if there's one big story to talk about, it's the fact that the Dallas Fuel are not living up to expectations. Dallas were everyone's preseason favourites to be the best team from the west, with the right skill set to challenge the three Korean teams (Seoul Dynasty, New York Excelsor & London Spitfire). Two weeks in however, the Fuel are currently sitting at 0-4, have lost the battle of Texas and the first meaningful eClasico in Overwatch League history. 

Sunday, 14 January 2018

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

On Thursday January 11th the Spitfire kicked off their campaign in the inaugural season of the Overwatch League against the Florida Mayhem. If your anything like me, you've been counting down the days since preseason for opening weekend to begin and you wouldn’t have been disappointed. Now that the games are meaningful and the first week is complete, I’m going to provide my views on how the weekend went with The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.


Monday, 8 January 2018

Aces High - Meet The Spitfire

The London Spitfire are the sole European team to participate in the Overwatch Leagues inaugural season, so they carry the hope and expectations of an entire continent on their shoulders. The Spitfire are a combination of teams and organisations who have all come together with the intention of winning OWLs first season. They are currently based in Los Angeles ready to start season one before they move on to London for Season two. The second part of my Aces High series focuses on the team and their background ready for the start of the season.

Monday, 1 January 2018

OWL: Blackwatch Watch List - Stage One

There's officially one hundred and thirteen players that comprise the twelve teams that partake in the inaugural season of the Overwatch League. With the season set to start on Wednesday January 10th and to be split up into four stages, I've comprised a watch list of players who's performances I'm most interested in for various reasons. I've chosen eight players from across the four main positions of play (DPS, Tank, Support & Flex) with an explanation as to what part of their game I’m looking into the most. So let’s begin the Blackwatch: Players to watch list.