Fusion University Fusion University Contenders KR Rank #5 , the academy team of the Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #13 , have announced their move to Contenders Trials Korea. This follows Fusion University's victory in the Atlantic Showdown.
After proving time and again that we are the best in the West, a new challenge is calling.— Fusion University (@FusionUni) June 2, 2019
We are excited to announce that we will be participating in Contenders Trials in Korea for this upcoming season! #GoFU pic.twitter.com/8IoRLXUYxx
Team owner Tucker Roberts explained the reason the team is moving regions in a Twitlonger post. "For us the decision to move to Korea comes in part due to import restrictions," he said. "We don't want to have to part ways with players we believe in who are from outside the US."
Fusion University has four players on their roster from South Korea. Four of the team's players come from outside Korea, meaning one will have to be dropped to meet the league's import limit rule when playing in South Korea.
Rejoining Fusion University will be Elk , who is a two-way player for the Fusion. He did not play for Fusion University this past season and has played in four Overwatch League matches -- two in each stage.
This is the first instance of an academy team relocating to a region outside of their parent team's region.
As a result, Fusion University will be the second academy team to play in South Korea. The first is Gen.G Esports, the academy team of the Seoul Dynasty.
Trials Korea play begins June 4. Fusion University will need to finish in the top two of Trials to qualify for Contenders Korea 2019 Season 2.