The final week of October was filled with esports news and action. The Toronto and Atlanta Overwatch League franchises unveiled their new brands and rosters while the Canada Cup and CS:GO brought some of the top competitors in their respective titles to EGLX in downtown Toronto for the weekend; meanwhile TwitchCon brought many people in the esports world to San Jose for the Fortnite Fall Skirmish grand finals and Call of Duty Doritos Bowl.
Although it was previously announced that Toronto and Atlanta would have official teams representing their respective cities in the Overwatch League next year not much else about them was known. This week both cities made initial reveals regarding their branding and rosters.
The Defiant will be representing the city of Toronto. The team will be sporting a color scheme similar to that of the Raptors – the city’s NBA franchise – and the slogan Rise Together, both of which were a remarkable success with the hometown crowd. That night Toronto was also able to meet its first head coach, Beom-joon “Bishop” Lee, previously the coach of notable teams such as LDSF, Cloud9 and Kongdoo Panthera.
The first two players on the roster have also since been announced. Toronto will begin building their roster with Kang-jae “Envy” Lee and Se-hyeon “Neko” Park, two players with long competitive histories competing in both the APEX Challenger series as well as the first season of the Overwatch league. These veteran players and coaches are an excellent starting point for the Toronto Defiant and can leave fans confident that the team will be highly competitive in its inaugural season.
Atlanta also got in on the action this week. First announcing their key staff members including the head coach for the upcoming season who will be Brad “Sephy” Rajani, an OWL veteran himself serving as a coach with the San Francisco Shock last season.
They followed these announcements with the unveiling of their brand, the Atlanta Reign, which has also been met with great enthusiasm from the fans.
Atlanta wasn’t done there though, they have also announced their full roster for the start of the upcoming season:
Tanks: Hyun-Jun “Pokpo” Park, Dong-Hyeong “Daco” Seo and Blake “Gator” Scott
Supports: Petja “Masaa” Kantanen and Steven “Kodak” Rosenberger
DPS: Jun “Erster” Jeong, Ilya “Nlaaer” Koppalov and Daniel “Dafran” Francesca
With all of these announcements it is very hard not to be excited for the second season of the Overwatch League, and there should be even more announcements in store over the coming weeks.
The Canada Cup brought many top Fighting Game players from around the world to compete in all of the most popular fighting games. Most notable among these individualized tournaments were the StreetFighter V portion, as it was a Premier event on the Capcom Pro Tour, and DragonBall FighterZ.
The StreetFighter V finals came down to an epic match between Tokido and JWong where ultimately Tokido emerged victorious. Matches from the entire top 8 will be rebroadcast due to some technical issues at the venue; the exact timing of this rebroadcast will be posted on the official Capcom Fighters Twitter page.
The WESG regional finals for Counter Strike were also held at EGLX this past weekend and TDC emerged victorious. A combination of the CLG Red and Team Dignitas rosters they proved to be far and above their competition and will be representing Canada at the World finals in China this March.
The Fornite Fall season ended with an incredible display of talent at this year’s TwitchCon where the top duos in the world battled it out for the $400 000 grand prize. The finals consisted of six grueling matches between the best players in the world but ultimately it was Dennis “Cloak” Lepore and Turner “Tfue” Tenney of FaZe Clan that emerged victorious.
The finals were scored similarly to the online tournaments anyone can compete in: a point was awarded for 3 kills, a second point at the 5 kill mark and a third at the seven but unlike online events each additional kill over 7 was worth an additional point. Teams also got one point for a finish in the top 5 and an additional point as well as $50 000 for a victory royale in any of the matches.
Cloak and Tfue were able to get the ever elusive victory royale in the third match and combined for the most eliminations out of any duo in the tournament which netted them an additional $60 000. Their ability to consistently survive until the end of matches while picking up more kills than anybody else gave them the victory and over half a million dollars in prize money.
Full VoD’s will be available later this week on the official Fortnite Youtube Channel.
The Fall Skirmish wasn’t the only major esports event taking place at TwitchCon this past weekend though; Call of Duty also debuted its new Blackout (battle royale) mode with its first ever competitive tournament. The Doritos bowl pitted four teams lead by famous streamers against the general public and each other.
Ninja, Courage, DrLupo and Shroud were the four captains and they selected teams that would compete against the general public. Over the course of four one hour long sessions the teams competed to see who could accumulate the most points. In the end it was Shroud and his crew that emerged victorious with 499.5 points, over 60 more than Courage’s team which eventually finished second.
The Doritos Bowl was Call of Duty’s first attempt at entering the competitive Battle Royale environment and by all means was a success. Fans of the franchise and of the new Battle Royale games are seeing two incredible structures combined.