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The First Two Overwatch League Expansion Teams Are Nearly Confirmed

Published: 27/Jul/2018 6:30 Updated: 27/Jul/2018 8:25

by Joe O'Brien

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The first two expansion teams for Season Two of the Overwatch League have been reported.

According to a report by ESPN, Blizzard is close to finalizing deals for franchises based in Paris, France, and Guangzhou, China.

The Paris spot will apparently be sold to McCourt Global, owners of the Olympique de Marseille soccer team, while the Nenking Group, the ownership group of the Guangzhou Long-Lions Chinese Basketball Association team, is set to buy the Guangzhou spot.

Both teams would be the second in their respective regions, with Season One of the league featuring the London Spitfire as the only European representatives, and the Shanghai Dragons as the only Chinese team.

Though these are the first details of specific expansion teams, it has previously been reported that Blizzard will look to add up to six new teams for Season Two of the league. These teams will join the twelve that competed in the inaugural season, which concludes with the grand finals between London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion on July 27-28.

To buy-in for Season One of the Overwatch League reportedly cost up to $20 million, but after an opening season that exceeded expectations in every metric Blizzard will apparently seek $30-60 million for Season Two, depending on a number of factors. These include competition for the spot, Overwatch player density and general population in the location.

Season Two of the Overwatch is expected to kick off in early 2019, but all new expansion teams will need to be confirmed by September 9 2018 at the latest, as that is the date on which the free agent signing window for new teams opens.

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Overwatch pros reacts as Gamsu announces return to LoL

Published: 21/Oct/2020 10:09

by Lauren Bergin

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Noh ‘Gamsu’ Yeong-Jin of Dallas Fuel has announced his departure from the Overwatch League in an emotional post– but there’s a twist. 

On October 17, Dallas Fuel main tank Gamsu officially announced his retirement from professional Overwatch.

With a track record that included positions on dominant teams such as the Shanghai Dragons, Gamsu’s announcement has truly rocked the Overwatch world. Not many could have predicted this to play out like it has.

While the announcement attracted a wave of disappointed fan tweets lamenting the announcement, Gamsu’s retirement, it also caught the attention of several notable figures in the Overwatch community.

OWL caster Soe Gschwind expressed her support by tweeting that she wishes him “all the best for the future”, commenting on his play style as being a “joy” to watch.

 

In addition to Soe, a collection of OWL players from across multiple different teams came together to wish Gamsu the best for his future. Notable names included Houston Outlaws’ DPS Jeffrey ‘blasé’ Tsang, Boston Uprising’s main tank Cameron ‘Fusions’ Bosworth and Seb ‘numlocked’ Barton of Toronto Defiant.

A final tweet from Jon Spector, the Vice President of the Overwatch League encapsulated the feelings of fans and colleagues alike, where he congratulated Gamsu for being ‘at the top of the world’ in both of his professional game titles: Overwatch and League of Legends.

Gamsu returns to League of Legends

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While Dallas Fuel have lost a legend, LoL has gained a new one.

Despite what seemed to be a devastating announcement for the Overwatch scene, there’s a silver lining: Gamsu is returning to League of Legends.

Before he made his name on the Overwatch stage the star player made a name for himself as the top laner for League of Legends behemoths Fnatic, with his skills helping score Fnatic third place in the 2016 EU LCS (the predecessor to the current European Championship, the LEC).

His return to the rift spark a great deal of discussion, with the most notable comment coming from current Golden Guardians support Choi ‘huhi’ Jae-Hyun tweeting “GAMSU TOP?”

The news even caught the attention of former Overwatch player turned Valorant pro for FaZe Shane ‘Rawkus’ Flaherty, who reminisced over Gamsu’s dominant performance as a top laner during his EU LCS days.

It’s safe to say that Gamsu had an amazing Overwatch career, but although he leaves the OWL behind he is back on the rift and ready to take on Runeterra.

League of Legends fans will be excited to see the return of a familiar face, and current professional players had best be ready for the return of a giant.