London Spitfire reportedly set to drop entire OWL roster & staff - Dexerto
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London Spitfire reportedly set to drop entire OWL roster & staff

Published: 30/Sep/2020 22:53

by Theo Salaun

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Recent rumors are indicating that the Overwatch League’s London Spitfire are in the process of releasing their entire 2020 roster and coaching staff during the offseason prior to the 2021 OWL season.

The Spitfire won the OWL’s Grand Championship in the league’s inaugural 2018 season, ran it back for a top-10 finish in 2019, and subsequently scrapped their entire roster and rebuilt for 2020 with a team full of mostly rookies. 

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Now, the cycle has come full circle as the Spitfire, once again, appear to be dropping everyone and hitting a full reset on their roster for 2021 following a disappointing seventh-place finish in the OWL Asia Playoffs.

Although London finished 17th out of 20 teams in the overall 2020 standings, the Spitfire did show some real promise with their rookie class and this move, if confirmed, will likely come as a major surprise to fans. Conversely, it presents an incredible opportunity for teams who may be interested in a player like Gil-seong ‘Glister’ Lim’s DPS prowess.

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A capable and incredibly confident hitscan damage-dealer who is known for his Widowmaker, Ashe, McCree, and Tracer, Glister will easily be the most coveted of the Spitfire’s roster should they all get released. Back in February, I asked him how he feels about Widow duels and he replied simply: “I actually don’t know how to lose Widow 1v1s.”

Glister would quickly become one of the league’s highly touted free agents should he hit the open market and, if The Esports Observer’s Kevin Hitt’s sources are to be believed, that may be happening sooner than later. 

As Hitt reports, the team is “in the process of releasing or trading its entire roster and coaching staff” in an effort to rebuild from scratch sourcing local, Western European talent, much like the Vancouver Titans, who scrapped their talented roster during the 2020 season in an effort to build around North Americans.

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While London may try to rebuild around new, local talent, the rest of the league will fight over the newly released talents. One team in particular that could look to bring in Glister and even his impressive flex-tank teammate, Se-won ‘BERNAR’ Shin, is the New York Excelsior.

After yet another disappointing playoff finish from a team that dominates the regular season each year, New York should be looking to cement a hitscan DPS and flex tank alongside their talent at the other positions. Although NYXL has two hitscan DPS already rostered, Glister has proven to exist in a different tier of carry potential. That makes New York an excellent candidate to pry him should other teams fail in doing so.

CS:GO

HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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