Saturday, 10 August 2019

Preparing The Seige: A Look At Europe and North American Contenders At The Raleigh Major

The final Major on the Rainbow Six Siege calendar has arrived, with the 16 top teams in the world all preparing to enter the Raleigh Convention Centre from August 12th to compete for the honour of being the first winners of an American major. Here at HaloOfThoughts, we are going to break down what to expect coming in.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Atlanta Reign Off-Tank Dong-Hyung "Daco" Seo Is Still With The Reign, Despite Branding Removal.

Atlanta Reign Off-Tank Dong-Hyung "Daco" Seo is still apart of the Reign organisation and has not been told he will be released from the organisation, despite him recently removing all Atlanta branding from his social media pages, sources with knowledge of the situation as told haloofthoughts.


Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Aces High: An Interview With London Spitfire DPS Jun-Young "Profit" Park

With the Overwatch League and the London Spitfire in the home stretch of the 2019 season, attention is starting to head towards the playoffs in both the play-in tournament and the playoffs to make the Grand Finals. Stage 4 has started off strongly for the Spitfire, despite the teams surprising loss to the Florida Mayhem they sit on a healthy 3-1 record going into their final 3 games of the stage. Today’s Aces High features an interview with the teams star DPS player who's been able to return to the heroes he's known for due to the arrival of Role Lock and is the current Grand Finals MVP Jun-Young "Profit" Park.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Report: Cai "Krystal" Shilong Is Not In LA With Hangzhou Teammates, Still In Sparks Headquarters. Wanted To Join Boston Uprising.

This is an update regarding yesterday's post you can see here

Hangzhou Spark DPS player Cai "Krystal" Shilong is not with the team in Los Angeles and is currently at the teams Shanghai Headquarters, despite the Spark indicating that he had returned to the team sources close to the situation have told haloofthoughts.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Hangzhou Spark Management Were Allegedly Aware Of Cai "Krystal" Shilong's Absence

Upper management of the Hangzhou Spark was allegedly aware of the reason as to why DPS player Cai "Krystal" Shilong required to return to China and the reason why his return delayed, sources close to the situation have told haloofthoughts.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

The Undervaluation of Hyo-Jong "Haksal" Kim

What if I told you that Hyo-Jong "Haksal" Kim of the Vancouver Titans is the most undervalued player in the 2019 season of the Overwatch League? You are likely to think that this is a bad take and usually you would be right. However, despite having a very strong season so far, Haksal is the most undervalued player in the league this season!

Monday, 22 July 2019

Why The Philadelphia Fusion & The Guangzhou Charge Trades Makes Sense

LANimals assemble and let Fragi frag, these are the two slogans to come from the recent trade where the Philadelphia Fusion traded Main Tank Joona "Fragi" Laine to Guangzhou Charge for Flex DPS Findly "Kyb" Adisi last week. The Charge also on the same day brought the contract of Off-Tank Bischu to complete their stage 4 roster. While a lot of people are confused by the trade, haloofthoughts will look to break the trade down that was reported here first.

Friday, 19 July 2019

How London Grounded Themselves In Stage 3 & Need To Take Flight In Stage 4

When you think of how good the London Spitfire is, your first thoughts are likely taking you back to stage 1 and 2 of 2018, the incredible stomping during the playoffs when they took aim at the Gladiators, Valiant and Fusion on their to winning the inaugural season and the fact they have at least 3 world-class players in their positions in Fury, Gesture, and Profit. 

Sunday, 14 July 2019

The MVP Case For Jin-Hyeok "Dding" Yang

With the stage 3 finals of the 2019 season now upon us, we are at the perfect point to start thinking about the end of season awards and which players deserve them. The league MVP is the most prestigious award a player of the league can have and by definition its awarded to "the player judged to be the outstanding player in a sport during a particular season or championship". One player that this applies to is the Shanghai Dragon's Flex DPS Jin-Hyeok "DDing" Yan.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Guangzhou Charge Trade Finley "Kyb" Adisi For Joona "Fragi" Laine, Trade cash for Hyung-Seok "Bischu" Kim

The Guangzhou Charge have traded DPS player Finley "Kyb" Adisi to the Philadelphia Fusion for Main Tank Joona "Fragi" Laine and also traded cash considerations for Los Angeles Gladiators Off Tank Hyung-Seok "Bischu" Kim, sources with knowledge of the trade have told haloofthoughts. 

Monday, 8 July 2019

Report: Grunto eSports release Harbleu, Have Longstanding Discipline Problem With Their Team

Former Grunto Flex Anthony "Harbleu" Bello, quit North American Contenders team Grunto eSports after ignoring team wide warnings on behaviour and not wanting to be temporarily benched, prior to the team replacing him sources with information around the situation have told haloofthoughts.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Report: How 2-2-2 Will Affect The Overwatch League & Contenders

The 2-2-2 Composition lock will be implemented prior to stage four of the Overwatch Leagues 2019 season but will not be used in Contenders until either The Gauntlet or the first season of 2020, league sources have told haloofthoughts.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Report: Boston Uprising Had Benched Supports Kristian "Kellex" Keller & Min-Seok "AimGod" Kwon

The Boston Uprising benched both of their starting Support players in Kristian "Kellex" Keller and Min-Seok "AimGod" Kwon to start stage 3, after the pair told Uprising staff that neither wanted to play on the same team with the other, multiple league sources confirmed to haloofthoughts.


Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Sources: The Shanghai Dragons Have Completed A Trade For Toronto Defiant's Off Tank Kang-Jae "Envy" Lee

The Shanghai Dragons have acquired Off Tank Kang-Jae "Envy" Lee from the Toronto Defiant for cash, league sources have told haloofthoughts.


Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Report: Samsung Morningstars Main Tank Simon "Chubz" Vullo Has Been Banned From Overwatch Contenders Europe For Two Weeks Due To Toxicity.

Samsung Morningstar Main Tank Simon "Chubz" Vullo has been replaced by Richard "PIPou" Buscemi, after Chubz's was banned by Blizzard for the first two weeks of the season.


Thursday, 16 May 2019

Report: The Overwatch League Will Not Be Implementing The 2-2-2 Composition Lock For Stage 3

The Overwatch League have confirmed to all 20 teams that their will be no composition lock for stage 3 of the 2019 season.


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Report: Florida Mayhem Are Close To Signing WGS Armament’s Gargoyle, Karayan & O2 Blast’s Myunbong

The Florida Mayhem are reportedly close to signing WGS Armament tank duo Beom-Jun “Gargoyle” Lee, San-Ha “Karayan” Choi and O2 Blast Support player Sang-Min “Myunbong” Seo from Contenders Korea.

Friday, 3 May 2019

Burning Blue: An Interview With Main Tank Min-Seok ”OGE” Son

With their homestand complete and the Dallas Fuel firmly locked in for the stage two playoffs, I’ve spoken to OGE about some of his current thoughts the homestand weekend, the Houston Outlaws, the Fuel right now and the All-Star/Overwatch World Cup.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Barely A Gang, Definitely Not Outlaws: A Look At The Houston Outlaws In Their Current State

Ultimate Weekend Dallas is in the book and while it was the homestand for the Fuel, it was also a chance for the Houston Outlaws to play in their home state for the very first time. The outcome for Houston wasn’t what the team wanted, with their first result being a 4-0 loss to Seoul and then losing the Battle of Texas to the hometown boys Fuel 3-1, thus continuing the abysmal early season for the Outlaws. We’ll be going through where everything has gone wrong for the Houston Outlaws and how they can’t go Texas Hard or Ante Up!

Friday, 26 April 2019

Halo’s Expectations: Budlight Dallas Homestand

The first of two team home events is here with the Dallas Fuel hosting their homestand weekend at the Allen Event Centre on Saturday and Sunday. With their being a sold out crowd of 4,500 expected for each day, it’s time to go through what I expect to happen over this weeks games


Friday, 19 April 2019

Report: Atlanta Reign Off Tank Dong-Hyeong “Daco” Seo Was Benched Due To Behaviour

The Atlanta Reign allegedly benched their starting Off Tank Dong-Hyeong “Daco” Seo for the first two weeks of stage two, after the team had reached their limit with his behaviour.

Monday, 8 April 2019

Report: Envy Release Mads “Fischer” Jehg After Accusations Of Leaking The Uprising/Valiant Trade

North American Contenders academy team Envy released DPS player Mads “Fischer” Jehg from their roster, after Envy’s coaching staff accused him of being the player who leaked information to the Boston Uprising players about the now failed Uprising-Valiant trade.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Report: How The Uprising & Valiant Trade Broke Down

On March 22nd a four player trade between the Boston Uprising and the Los Angeles Valiant involving the Uprising's Main Tank Cameron "Fusions" Bosworth & DPS William "Asking" Vetter and the Valiant's Main Tank Pan-Seung "Fate" Koo & DPS Kyle "KSF" Frandanisa, was due to be officially completed and announced, ready for the start of Stage Two. However, sources have advised a series of events that was dictated by the Los Angeles Valiant, that lead to the trade being cancelled.

Friday, 29 March 2019

Sources: Boston Uprising In Talks To Acquire Hangzhou Sparks Cai “Krystal” Shilong

The Boston Uprising are in talks with the Hangzhou Spark for Flex-DPS player Cai “Krystal” Shilong, after a failed attempt to trade for Los Angeles Valiant duo Pan-Seung “Fate” Koo & Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa. Sources have advised that the Boston Uprising have turned their attention to Krystal and are looking to acquire him via trade to bolster their DPS core.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Aces High: An Interview with DPS Hee-Dong “Guard” Lee

When the London Spitfire announced they were signing Guard as the teams newest DPS player joining Birdring and Profit this off season, most people expect him to be playing a supportive role as the team’s third DPS. Guard formerly of Element Mystic from Contenders Korea, has come into the Overwatch League and shown that there’s more to his play than just his famed Sombra and Tracer and when he was introduced into the starting line up in place of Birdring after an 0-2 start, he gave the team another weapon to utilise in his ability to Sombra in Goats and adapt to the team needs on the likes of Brigitte. London have gone on to win 3 of the 4 full games that Guard has played in and now look set to going forward with him in the starting line up.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Through The Apex: A Beginners Guide To The Early Pro Meta

As we go past the first month of Apex Legends, we’ve been fortunate enough to have already seen a number of tournaments being played. The biggest events so far have been the two days of Twitch Rivals Streamer Challenge and DrDisrespects CodeRed tournaments. Kings Canyon have so far run over everyone in their path, as a combination of Dizzy, King Richard, Mendokusaii & Ninja won day one of Twitch Rivals and both CodeRed tournaments and Scott’s Totts consisting of Mendokusaii (Again), Nmplol & OverpoweredOW on day two of Twitch Rivals. With so much tournament play being had so early in the games cycle, it’s given us a great example of what the professional meta could look like in both the best legend compositions and the best guns in the game.


Sunday, 17 February 2019

Apex Legends: NA Twitch Rivals Streamer Challenge Event Day 1

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the best on two weeks, you should be fully aware that Respawn Entertainment has hit the ground running with their new Battle Royale game Apex Legends. Having hit 25 Million players in the first 8 days of release, not only have Respawn gone after Fortnite's title as the best Battle Royale game in the market, they are also going to support the game as an esport and will start to do this with the Twitch Rivals was 50k Streamer Challenge Event.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Aces High: On Guard & Krillin It, Behind Robin & Coach Kim’s Flight Plan

As of February 14th in Burbank, California, the 2019 season of the Overwatch League beings with the London Spitfire starting the defence of their inaugural league title against the team they beat in the Philadelphia Fusion. While the off season has been a busy time for most teams around the League, London have had the rare opportunity of only requiring to make a few moves to the team that many consider as one of the strongest.


Sunday, 20 January 2019

Halo's 2019 Pre-Season Power Rankings

As many power rankings showed last year it can be hard to hit the nail on the head with a dead certainty for title contender and who may languish around at the bottom of the league but the countdown is on and with the season starting in less than a month, it's pre-season power rankings time with every analyst and fan having their own opinions of which teams are the best and looking likely to get win the entire season. With this I've dropped my power rankings into the masses and see where we end up once the season has played out. There are now Twenty teams in the league and all twenty have locked in their rosters for the opening games for the season, which provides the chance to take a look at the teams and evaluate their chances.


Saturday, 5 January 2019

Halo's Headlines: Top Stories Going Into The 2019 OWL Season

On February 14th the 2019 season of the Overwatch League starts again with the London Spitfire taking on the Philadelphia Fusion in a rematch of the 2018 finals. The off season has been long and full of drama with roster moves being made by all twelve original franchises and the eight new expansion franchises selecting their players for the new season. With a little more than month left until the season begins, we’re going to take a look at some of the bigger stories going into the new year.