Upcoming North American team Immortals have signed a new support, Verbo, after a trial period. This move allows Chance, who was filling in the role, to move to his intended position of coach for the team. Verbo will also be the in-game leader for Immortals, shotcalling from his position as majority Lucio.
The official announcement describes Verbo as vocal and ambitious, and the team and organisation hope he will be able to lead Immortals into future successes despite his young age of 17.
Verbo originally trialled for Immortals in the Alienware Merry Melee in early December. Immortals performed at a noticeably higher level in that tournament, beating Cloud9 in two separate best-of-threes to take first place. They then compounded that with a victory in the smaller BTV Cup and eventually managed to directly qualify for the NGE Winter Premiere by winning the fourth qualifier over Kungarna, LG, and Fnatic.
Even before Verbo had trialled, Immortals appeared to be a team on the verge of breaking into the elites of North America. They have had a string of promising results and deep tournament placings since their Overwatch Open performance and contain the raw ingredients necessary to spice up the top of the North American scene.
New addition Verbo stated in the announcement:
It’s awesome to see how much Immortals cares for the well being of their players under the organization, and I’m proud to be part of it now. I’m extremely excited to see what the future holds for me. I’ve always been a leader, and will continue to do so on Immortals.
Immortals signed the Sodipop roster before the Overwatch Open, the team’s first and only major LAN. The organisation has always stressed how much they value building up developing talent, and the new addition of Verbo is no exception. At the team’s first outing as Immortals though they were unable to field their full lineup due to nomy’s visa issues and have been playing with pieces missing since.
Verbo’s predecessor, Jer, parted ways with the team in early October, shortly after their 0-2 losses to Fnatic and Cloud9 at the Overwatch Open. As the team worked to find a support replacement, they also had to weigh up the pros and cons of replacing their tank, nomy, because of his visa situation.
Immortals brought in Chance initially to play tank but found that he was far more naturally suited to the coach role due to his knowledge, professionalism, and ability to improve the team. He then moved to Lucio to fill in for the team as they continued the search for a support replacement.
Chance has now made the move to full-time coach for Immortals, hanging up the Sonic Amplifier to more broadly support the team.
The Immortals roster is now:
- Christopher "GrimReality" Schaefer (DPS)
- Brady "Agilities" Girardi (Flex DPS)
- George "Hyped" Maganzini (Flex)
- David "nomy" Ramirez (Tank)
- Athen "Aythen" Zhu (Flex Support)
- Stefano "Verbo" Disalvo (Support)
- Zac "Chance" Palmer (Coach)