Just over a month after the demise of the REUNITED organisation comes the news that their former Overwatch roster have found a new home. In the interim period they had confirmed that former Slav Squad members sharyk and Rubikon had successfully completed their trials after picking up their first tournament win at the inaugural StriveWire monthly.
Their march on the road to recovery takes another important step today with the announcement on Twitter that they have joined the North American organisation eUnited.
Despite being a relatively new organisation founded in 2016, eUnited already has teams representing them in League of Legends, Gears of War, Call of Duty and Counter-Strike. The acquisition of the ex-REUNITED roster marks their first foray in to the world of Overwatch esports.
No details are yet known regarding which region the team intends to compete it, but the rate at which Europe's best talent has been skipping across the Atlantic has only increased since EnVyUs first blazed that trail back in April. Could eUnited be hot on the heals of Rogue with a move stateside? An team called eU playing in NA comprised of EU players? Let the memes flow.
Update 1: It has been reported by ESPN Esports that the organisation do intend to relocate the roster to North America with a view to securing a spot in Blizzard's Overwatch League:
"With the acquisition, eUnited owners Adam Stein and Jamie Daquino told ESPN they intend to move the mostly-European roster to the United States in hopes of participating in the upcoming Overwatch League, which is expected to begin in fiscal third quarter 2017. While no spot in that league is guaranteed, Stein and Daquino said they're committed to having this team take part."
The article also states that "will fly to South Korea in the coming weeks" but it remains unclear whether that is to take part in an as yet unannounced tournament or simply to benefit from the superior practice conditions.
Update 2: Kruise confirms that the trip to Korea is for bootcamp purposes
I will be coming back to Korea inside of the next few weeks for a boot camp with my team, expect a lot of streams and a fan meet up— Kruise (@KruiseOW) February 13, 2017
The new eUnited roster is:
- Hendrik-William "vallutaja" Kinks (DPS)
- Andrei "uNFixed" Leonov (DPS)
- Harrison "Kruise" Pond (DPS)
- Normunds "sharyk" Faterins (Tank)
- Ruben "Rubikon" Zurabyan (Flex Support)
- Thomas "Morte" Kerbusch (Support)