Winter Assembly Viewer's Guide

Helsinki Convention and Exhibition Centre in Finland will play host next weekend to the Overwatch Winter Assembly tournament. €5,000 is on the line and has attracted the four best Finnish teams, including the sleeping behemoths of Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Beginning on Friday, 3rd February and running until Saturday, 4th February, Winter Assembly's Overwatch tournament will feature a double-elimination invite bracket. Ninjas in Pyjamas begin by playing SkitLite Gaming, while over in the other arm of the bracket Helsinki REDS faces ENCE eSports.

For the lower level teams, including one Russian side, there are also two BYOC Overwatch tournaments with smaller prizepools of €1,640.

Winter Assembly

Prize Distribution

  • 1st: €3000
  • 2nd: €1400
  • 3rd: €600

Schedule

Friday 3rd February

  • 07:00 EST / 13:00 CET / 21:00 KST - Upper Bracket Round 1: NiP vs. SkitLite
  • 10:00 EST / 16:00 CET / 00:00+1 KST - Upper Bracket Round 1: Helsinki REDS vs. ENCE
  • 13:00 EST / 19:00 CET / 03:00+1 KST - Upper Bracket Final

Saturday 4th February

  • 05:00 EST / 11:00 CET / 19:00 KST - Lower Bracket Round 1
  • 08:00 EST / 14:00 CET / 22:00 KST - Lower Bracket Final
  • 12:00 EST / 18:00 CET / 02:00+1 KST - Grand Final

Broadcast Talent

Finnish Overwatch duo Jokke "Puuppi" Saarinen and Tomi "Tombha" Rinne will be casting the action live from Assembly, while the ESL duo of Jason Kaplan and Mitch "Uber" Leslie will cater to the English speaking audience from their studio.

Finnish cast from Assembly
English cast from ESL

Teams

Ninjas in Pyjamas

  • Joonas "zappis" Alakurtti (DPS)
  • Lauri "mafu" Rasi (DPS)
  • Kalle "hymzi" Honkala (Flex)
  • Joona "fragi" Laine (Tank)
  • Antti "kyynel" Kinnunen (Support)
  • Aleksi "Zuppehw" Kuntsi (Support)

Ninjas in Pyjamas were the favourites to take DreamHack. They had been going from strength to strength within Europe since being denied at the Overwatch Open, but once again were halted in a fantastically close game before even making the finals. Since then they've been utterly silent, other than rumours of them plowing through the remaining European teams in scrims. This Finnish side is respected by their peers across the globe for their impeccable synergy and knowledge of how to get the best of their chosen compositions.

They have yet to get any LAN win under their belt, but they are monstrous favourites at Winter Assembly. For them to lose this tournament would be a catastrophe for the team, unparalleled in Overwatch so far. Although a win here may not mean much for a team that has shown the potential to be top-five in the world, it's a small opportunity to show that they are still alive, at the very least.

It will also be an interesting insight into how NiP have reacted to the new patch. The shifts appear to be less volatile than in previous patches and NiP are renowned for sticking to their strengths - occasionally to their detriment. At some point the tank masters will have to add a new chapter to their playbook; have they done so already?

Helsinki REDS

  • Roope "Ruape" Kurkela (DPS)
  • Eemeli "Woomera" Ikonen (DPS)
  • Ville "prettyWise" Mikkonen (Flex)
  • Jani "Exceed" Kosonen (Tank)
  • Miika "BBR" Tekoniemi (Support)
  • Toni "Effix" Hurme (Support)

Much was made of the arrival of Helsinki REDS into Overwatch as they represent the esports arm of popular Finnish ice hockey club IFK Helsinki. The team was formed in November 2016 and has been slowly making improvements through the lower level cups around in Europe.

Since forming they have appeared in Coil Overdrive #1, beating a few teams before falling to Fragsters (now Grand Danois); they also played in Underdogs Season 4 in December where they were beaten up immediately by Tornado ROX and Vitality.

Helsinki REDS finally took their first tournament win in Coil Overdrive #13, beating a number of smaller European teams and overcoming rival Finnish side Drift Klubben in the final.

The Winter Assembly field appears fairly open between the three lower-tier Finnish sides to the outside eye. Much will come down to their initial game against ENCE eSports.

ENCE eSports

  • Mikael "SKYTRiXSHA" Silvennoinen (DPS)
  • Samuli "BAITO" Karppinen (DPS)
  • Ville "Desperado" Palmu (Flex)
  • Roni "lhcloudy" Tiihonen (Tank)
  • Ville "Trickwide" Saastamoinen (Support)
  • Riku "Ripa" Toivanen (Support)

ENCE announced that they were building an Overwatch roster last year and held open trials, concluding in early January. Having only been together for a month, this is the newest team of the four but their roster is not lacking experience or ambition individually.

ENCE said in an early statement that they are looking forward to Assembly as "it will be good to test where we have gone in a month and how much progress there has been". This is the first match that this Finnish side has played together and they're keeping their cards close to their chest.

With no record of prior games and some decent individual players, this team could come anywhere from last to second place.

SkitLite Gaming

  • Kaapo "Kryma" Laine (DPS)
  • Kalle "Cali" Puuska (DPS)
  • Miikka "Dragonce" Kumpula (Flex)
  • Julius "Julletin" Jokila (Tank)
  • Veikka "Talisman" Laine (Support)
  • Otto "Celne" Laine (Support)

SkitLite have been the most frequent participants in cups out of the teams present, but have placed consistently poorly in many throughout the last two months. They took wins over myRevenge and Beat Instinct, two lower European teams, but have lost to b0nkers, OW.QQ, mousesports (now Riders), xackers and more without taking a map.

To be fair this could still indicate a level capable of beating ENCE or REDS, if they step up at LAN and perform well against other comparable teams. The other two teams have not shown much but are unlikely to be on the level of tier-two European teams like Riders, b0nkers, etc.

There is almost no chance of SkitLite delivering an upset against NiP in the first match of the tournament, barring divine intervention, but the closest match of Winter Assembly could well be their next game in the first round of the lower bracket.

#1
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I don't think nip has any dps players tho.....quad tank for life

I don't think nip has any dps players tho.....quad tank for life
#2
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DG0117I don't think nip has any dps players tho.....quad tank for life

Zappis is a good dps

[quote=DG0117]I don't think nip has any dps players tho.....quad tank for life[/quote]
Zappis is a good dps
#3
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Rather than complicate matters by labelling mafu and hymzi offtanks or both flexes, I felt it best to leave the roles in the way they played before triple tank. This will be more relevant if they revert at any point in the near future and everybody knows their usual composition.

Rather than complicate matters by labelling mafu and hymzi offtanks or both flexes, I felt it best to leave the roles in the way they played before triple tank. This will be more relevant if they revert at any point in the near future and everybody knows their usual composition.
#4
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I mean Roadhog is still insane and Hymzi has a very good Genji, also Zappis is a good hitscan player, so his soldier and McCree are pretty good. NiP are the original 3 tank player, and I doubt hReds, ENCE or Sktlite will be good enough to beat that

I mean Roadhog is still insane and Hymzi has a very good Genji, also Zappis is a good hitscan player, so his soldier and McCree are pretty good. NiP are the original 3 tank player, and I doubt hReds, ENCE or Sktlite will be good enough to beat that
#5
4 Frags +

ez4ence

ez4ence
#6
-1 Frags +

Wish there really were the best 4 finnish teams. Well the BYOC tournament will have way better matches anyway, since there are teams that could easily come in 2nd in the non-byoc aswell.

Wish there really were the best 4 finnish teams. Well the BYOC tournament will have way better matches anyway, since there are teams that could easily come in 2nd in the non-byoc aswell.
#7
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D357R073RWish there really were the best 4 finnish teams. Well the BYOC tournament will have way better matches anyway, since there are teams that could easily come in 2nd in the non-byoc aswell.

Can you tell names of those teams though, curious? The myth of panic Esports or?

[quote=D357R073R]Wish there really were the best 4 finnish teams. Well the BYOC tournament will have way better matches anyway, since there are teams that could easily come in 2nd in the non-byoc aswell.[/quote]

Can you tell names of those teams though, curious? The myth of panic Esports or?
#8
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4 Laines in the first match :thinking:

4 Laines in the first match :thinking:
#9
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Kryma4 Laines in the first match :thinking:

:D

[quote=Kryma]4 Laines in the first match :thinking:[/quote]
:D
#10
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EZ FOR ENCE

EZ FOR ENCE
#11
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"4 best Finnish teams" The writer seems to have no idea about Finnish scene, ENCE haven't played single official game and skitlite have lost all of their officials against other Finnish teams almost. Teams such as NG, DK and Panic could easily beat any of these teams except NIP.

"4 best Finnish teams" The writer seems to have no idea about Finnish scene, ENCE haven't played single official game and skitlite have lost all of their officials against other Finnish teams almost. Teams such as NG, DK and Panic could easily beat any of these teams except NIP.
#12
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NiP hReds and SkitLite all definitely deserve to be there, when you look at their results in the past. Ence's invitation over DK is questionable in terms of skill, as Sideshow wrote, yes, there is a possibility that the team has developed into a top contender in the finnish scene, but there is also a fair chance of seeing them flop. Best of luck to all the teams attending (casual and pro)! Sadly this time I'm only joining in as a spectator, but looking forward to a 8-16 team 'pro' tournament with qualifiers instead of a full invite 4-team bracket for the summer version of Assembly.

NiP hReds and SkitLite all definitely deserve to be there, when you look at their results in the past. Ence's invitation over DK is questionable in terms of skill, as Sideshow wrote, yes, there is a possibility that the team has developed into a top contender in the finnish scene, but there is also a fair chance of seeing them flop. Best of luck to all the teams attending (casual and pro)! Sadly this time I'm only joining in as a spectator, but looking forward to a 8-16 team 'pro' tournament with qualifiers instead of a full invite 4-team bracket for the summer version of Assembly.
#13
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I was merely quoting the Winter Assembly announcement when I said the "4 best finnish teams", I think I made it clear in my write-up of the teams that these are not world-class sides. Unless the Finnish scene has some underground regular circuit happening I don't see how you can claim NG, DK, and Panic could 'easily' beat these teams, even if they do prove to be better teams.

I was merely quoting the Winter Assembly announcement when I said the "4 best finnish teams", I think I made it clear in my write-up of the teams that these are not world-class sides. Unless the Finnish scene has some underground regular circuit happening I don't see how you can claim NG, DK, and Panic could 'easily' beat these teams, even if they do prove to be better teams.
#14
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ezforHREDS

ezforHREDS
#15
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SKYTRiXSHAD357R073RWish there really were the best 4 finnish teams. Well the BYOC tournament will have way better matches anyway, since there are teams that could easily come in 2nd in the non-byoc aswell.
Can you tell names of those teams though, curious? The myth of panic Esports or?

Out of the non-boyc the only team that could really come 2nd is DK, they have proven to be very close to the level of hREDS. DK is also clearly above Skitlite or ENCE. Panic has been quite lackluster, but could possibly beat ENCE.
Out of the non-boyc teams there is also voidchild who has proven to be better than panic. Don't think they are at the event tough.

If there actually were qualifiers we would probably looking at something like 1NiP, 2/3 hREDS/DK, 4 Skitlite, 5 VC, 6-7 Panic/ENCE

[quote=SKYTRiXSHA][quote=D357R073R]Wish there really were the best 4 finnish teams. Well the BYOC tournament will have way better matches anyway, since there are teams that could easily come in 2nd in the non-byoc aswell.[/quote]

Can you tell names of those teams though, curious? The myth of panic Esports or?[/quote]

Out of the non-boyc the only team that could really come 2nd is DK, they have proven to be very close to the level of hREDS. DK is also clearly above Skitlite or ENCE. Panic has been quite lackluster, but could possibly beat ENCE.
Out of the non-boyc teams there is also voidchild who has proven to be better than panic. Don't think they are at the event tough.

If there actually were qualifiers we would probably looking at something like 1NiP, 2/3 hREDS/DK, 4 Skitlite, 5 VC, 6-7 Panic/ENCE
#16
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Will we see Admirable joining the Winter Assembly AGAIN to share a drink with us and maybe even do some coverage about the NiP stompage?

ps. hReds will take 1 map from NiP in the finals.

Will we see Admirable joining the Winter Assembly AGAIN to share a drink with us and maybe even do some coverage about the NiP stompage?

ps. hReds will take 1 map from NiP in the finals.
#17
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Every finnish team is beating tier 2 and top teams now or what? Anyways, I am so hyped for our debyt and the LAN matches and damn it is great to be the underdogs #ez4ence ))
Also great to see sideshow active like during the tf2 days, keep it up man!

Every finnish team is beating tier 2 and top teams now or what? Anyways, I am so hyped for our debyt and the LAN matches and damn it is great to be the underdogs #ez4ence ))
Also great to see sideshow active like during the tf2 days, keep it up man!
#18
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samiWill we see Admirable joining the Winter Assembly AGAIN to share a drink with us and maybe even do some coverage about the NiP stompage?

ps. hReds will take 1 map from NiP in the finals.

sami = roque? :o

[quote=sami]Will we see Admirable joining the Winter Assembly AGAIN to share a drink with us and maybe even do some coverage about the NiP stompage?

ps. hReds will take 1 map from NiP in the finals.[/quote]
sami = roque? :o
#19
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Its interesting how were worse than any other team becouse we have not played ant officials, no need to be mad weku.

Its interesting how were worse than any other team becouse we have not played ant officials, no need to be mad weku.
#20
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SKYTRiXSHAIts interesting how were worse than any other team becouse we have not played ant officials, no need to be mad weku.

To be fair it is a relevant argument for the point of you being in the top 4 teams in Finland.

[quote=SKYTRiXSHA]Its interesting how were worse than any other team becouse we have not played ant officials, no need to be mad weku.[/quote]
To be fair it is a relevant argument for the point of you being in the top 4 teams in Finland.
#21
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SKYTRiXSHAIts interesting how were worse than any other team becouse we have not played ant officials, no need to be mad weku.

I can't rank you as a good team since you have 0 official matches, no need to be mad though, just do well at assembly :--)

[quote=SKYTRiXSHA]Its interesting how were worse than any other team becouse we have not played ant officials, no need to be mad weku.[/quote]

I can't rank you as a good team since you have 0 official matches, no need to be mad though, just do well at assembly :--)
#22
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Admirablesami = roque? :o

ofc :)
You coming?

[quote=Admirable]
sami = roque? :o[/quote]

ofc :)
You coming?
#23
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My long lost brother ;______;

I won't be there... this time

My long lost brother ;______;

I won't be there... this time
#24
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awww you make me so sad :(

awww you make me so sad :(
#25
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ZP in for Uber on the English cast https://twitter.com/JKaplan/status/827152257519063040

ZP in for Uber on the English cast https://twitter.com/JKaplan/status/827152257519063040
#26
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i can't believe ads has another sami, i'm jealous af

i can't believe ads has another sami, i'm jealous af
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