Team Envy, operator of the Dallas Fuel Overwatch League franchise, has signed an Overwatch Contenders NA team.
Team Envy has signed the roster formerly playing under EnVision Esports, which finished in the top four of Season One.
The team will compete under the Envy brand in Contenders season two, which kicks off on July 3rd. As Team Envy, the squad inherits the name formerly carried by the squad that became Dallas Fuel, which in its time as Team Envy was one of the most successful and storied teams in the world.
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— Team Envy (@TeamEnVyUs) July 2, 2018
Eight of the Overwatch League teams created academy squads to compete in Season One of Contenders in 2018. Seven of those competed in Contenders NA, while the London Spitfire’s academy squad, British Hurricane, competed in and won Contenders EU.
The Dallas Fuel wasn’t one of those teams, however, and with the Overwatch League team also not having a full twelve-man roster, it meant that the Fuel was unable to put on internal scrims, which many teams credited as a useful practice tool.
With the changes to Contenders roster rules for season two, it makes more sense than ever for Overwatch League teams to have an academy team in the tournament. Teams will be able to designate up to four players on their Overwatch League roster as “two-way” players, enabling up to two at a time to move down to Contenders. It’s a good solution for players who would otherwise be sitting on the bench in the league – as some of the Dallas players did for periods during Season One.
Unlike the Overwatch League, however, Contenders isn’t franchised, which means that the new Team Envy will also have to fight to retain its spot in the tournament each season.