Atlanta Reign roster reveal confirms Dafran will join the Overwatch League - Dexerto

Atlanta Reign roster reveal confirms Dafran will join the Overwatch League

Published: 29/Oct/2018 12:10 Updated: 7/Aug/2020 13:18

by Joe O'Brien


The Atlanta Reign Overwatch League expansion franchise have announced their full team for Season Two.

Notably, the announcement includes confirmation that Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca will in fact be joining the Overwatch League as a player for Atlanta.

Dafran’s entry to the Overwatch League was reported well in advance of the official announcement. Between reports surfacing and the official announcement, however, Dafran maintained that the rumors were false and that he wouldn’t be joining the league.

One of the most popular streamers in Overwatch, Dafran originally made his name as a professional player for Selfless in the pre-OWL era before a high-profile suspension for his in-game behavior led to his retirement from competition.

Dafran said at the time of his retirement that he had no interest in returning to professional play and would likely go back to his previous job working at McDonald’s. Instead, he ultimately ended up becoming a full-time streamer, now among the most popular in Overwatch.

Atlanta is the first expansion franchise to build a team entirely from Overwatch League rookies. Though not all have confirmed their full rosters, so far at least Paris, Washington, Toronto, and Guangzhou will all feature a minimum of one Season One veteran.

For the rest of the squad, Atlanta looked to the various Contenders divisions around the world. The final Reign roster features players that were previously competing in Europe, North America, China and Korea, from teams including Lucky Future Zenith, Element Mystic, and Team Gigantti.

Season Two of the Overwatch League will kick off on February 14, 2019. It’s possible Atlanta will see action before then in pre-season matches, as took place ahead of Season One, but nothing has yet been announced.

The Atlanta Reign roster:

Player Role Previous Team
Daniel ‘Dafran‘ Francesca DPS
Jeong ‘Erster‘ Joon DPS Lucky Future Zenith
Ilya ‘NLaaeR‘ Koppalov DPS Last Night’s Leftovers
Seo ‘DACO‘ Dong-hyeong Flex Tank Element Mystic
Blake ‘Gator‘ Scott Main Tank Last Night’s Leftovers
Park ‘Pokpo‘ Hyun-jun Main Tank Element Mystic
Steven ‘Kodak‘ Rosenberger Support 6nakes
Petja ‘Masaa‘ Kantanen Support Team Gigantti

Overwatch cosplayer gets ready for Halloween as a perfect Mercy

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:39

by Nate Searl


Halloween is almost upon us, and cosplayers everywhere are preparing for the holiday. This Overwatch Mercy cosplay goes above and beyond when bringing this angelic healer to life and deserves some extra recognition. 

When Overwatch came out back in 2016, there were only three healers, and Mercy was one of them. A lot has changed since then and there are a lot more Heroes, and the hero herself has seen quite a few changes. Despite this, she remains a fan favorite, especially for cosplayers.

There are plenty of awesome OW cosplays out there, but Hanxiaoyue really brings her to life with the help of @Anka_Ephemere on Twitter. The two collaborate for a fantastic rendition with excellent photography and visual effects.

Mercy cosplayer preps for Halloween

Despite the fact that Witch Mercy is Mercy’s Halloween skin, Hanxiaoyue went with the Winged Victory skin with some extra spooky effects, and she nailed it. Starting with her hair, she puts her blonde hair in a ponytail and parts her bangs. It is held back by a golden crown with wing-like ear guards, just like in the cosmetic. To cap it off, she includes the fern-like plants behind her ears.

For her attire, she dons a white tunic with gold embroidery held up with a brown rope. On her arms and legs, she wears bracelets. On her back, she has Mercy’s signature wings, modeled directly off of the skin. Then, there is of course the staff, which is perfect down to the last little leaf.

If the cosplay itself wasn’t impressive enough, the graphic design that goes along with it really gives it life. @Anka_Ephemere includes two shots with Mercy on a dark and fiery battlefield, and then another two with her at what appears to be Ilios Ruins.

The first two images are fitting for the hero, as she is a beacon of hope and light on the battlefield. The Winged Victory skin also based on the Goddess Nike and works well with the other images on Ilios, which is an Overwatch map based on Santorini in Greece.

This is one of the most impressive Mercy cosplays out there, and Hanxiaoyue really brings the character to life along with @Anka-Ephemere’s photography and graphic design.