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Overwatch League teams
#1
remiska
9 Frags +

I decided to combine locations and rosters for owl teams, ill try to update it when new teams are anounced
we have our 12 teams and a date for season 1 of owl, teams youll finde belowe and a date is january 10

Seoul

Kevin Chous spot filled by Lunatic Hai

  • Gido
  • tobi
  • ryujehong
  • Miro
  • zunba
  • EscA

over.gg team page
about whoru and LEETAEJUN: "Well, we have a difficulty in taking Whoru to the team due to the Blizzard’s policy. We are open to every possibility for LTJ. You will be able to see our full roster once it is announced later. We will update our roster whenever new members are added." (all credits go to astr translation here see his comment and show appreciation for his translation)

Los Angeles

Immortals

  • GrimReality
  • Agilities
  • Fate
  • hyped
  • envy
  • KariV
  • Verbo

over.gg team page

Miami

Miami Heat-backed Misfits

  • Zuppehw
  • Zebbosai
  • Manneten
  • CWoosH
  • Logix
  • TviQ

over.gg team page

New York

Rumoured that LuxuryWatch Blue got picked up for this spot, owned by Sterling Equities, the organization that runs the New York Mets

  • Saebyeolbe
  • Pine
  • MekO
  • janus
  • Mano
  • JJoNak

over.gg team page
Fl0w3R is too tyoung to take part in the first season of owl (17 years, requaiered 18)

San Francisco

NRG

  • iddqd
  • sinatraa

over.gg team page

London

owned by Cloud9 but roster is not clear, for contenders season 1 they acquired Laser Kittenz but there are partly confirmed rumours that their trying to get korean players, which just got confirmed as they acquired kongdoo panthera its not confirmed that theyll be londons roster but most likely, future of c9 western players is not sure

  • wakawaka
  • Bdosin
  • Daily
  • Void
  • Fissure
  • Curious
  • birdring
  • Rascal

link to c9 kongdoo roster here
link to c9s eu (laser kittenz) roster here

Los Angeles v.2

(ideas for better name?)
no roster announced, owned by Stan and Josh Kroenke and their new esports business KSE Esports

Shanghai

Shanghai Dragons (not confirmed name of a team)
no roster announced, owned by Chinese Internet technology company NetEase Inc.

Boston

no roster announced, owned by Robert Kraft
Chris "HuK" Loranger Named "President of Gaming"

Austin-Dallas

Envyus

  • chipshajen
  • HarryHook
  • Mickie
  • cocco
  • EFFECT
  • Taimou

over.gg team page

Houston

OpTic
no roster announced, OpTic never had any overwatch roster

Philadelphia

no roster announced, owned by Comcast Spectacor (owner of the Philadelphia Flyers and sports branch of cable giant Comcast)

Not confirmed Chicago

deal between Blizzard and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wesley Edens not yet finalized and location might still change

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Here link to thread in which i tried to comobine available info about owl and overwatch scene once it starts

share in comments what team (roster) and city you would like to see in the owl, my picks are in the comment

Here a link to disscusion about London spots name: link

#2
bweesh
5 Frags +

BlessRNG praying for a Las Vegas team

#3
remiska
5 Frags +
bweesh [#2]

BlessRNG praying for a Las Vegas team

frogue got it, they need to have it, please have it!!!

#4
bweesh
2 Frags +

I hope it's not Rogue. I don't want to have to root for them

#5
remiska
6 Frags +
bweesh [#4]

I hope it's not Rogue. I don't want to have to root for them

the thing is rogue is an esport organization based in las vegas thats why its very likely theyll get this spot

#6
Concordia
0 Frags +

Didn't the Team CC roster is set for the Shanghai spot?

#7
remiska
4 Frags +
Concordia [#6]

Didn't the Team CC roster is set for the Shanghai spot?

is it? i dont remamber seeing this info anywhere, source?

#8
NotShade
4 Frags +
Concordia [#6]

Didn't the Team CC roster is set for the Shanghai spot?

iirc Team CC is NetEasy's entry to esport to understand the space a little more before building their OWL team. I think team CC will only compete in OPS.

#9
remiska
4 Frags +
NotShade [#8]

iirc Team CC is NetEasy's entry to esport to understand the space a little more before building their OWL team. I think team CC will only compete in OPS.

oh ok that makes sense, i dont know much about chinese scene but i was sure that if there was roster for shanghai spot i would have seen this info somwhere

#10
Pixelfish
6 Frags +

Remiska with the threads SeemsGood

#11
penda
1 Frags +

When did misfits confirm to buying into OWL

#12
remiska
4 Frags +
penda [#11]

When did misfits confirm to buying into OWL

they were one of the first 7 teams to be announced, i have this link from july 12th, so quite some time ago but it might have been known even earlier, i dont quite remamber

#13
remiska
4 Frags +

I would like to see rogue in las vegas and eunited somwhere in europe (paris? cologne?)
but because we might see one or even both of these rosters in some already occupied citys my reserve picks are kd panthera maybe as the 2nd seoul team (we already have 2 la teams) and blank esport in sydney (lets give austrians home team)

#14
harsha
0 Frags +
remiska [#5]

the thing is rogue is an esport organization based in las vegas thats why its very likely theyll get this spot

where would rogue get the money for this

(hint: they won't)

#15
darkcvc
4 Frags +
harsha [#14]

where would rogue get the money for this

(hint: they won't)

Investors? Seems like most of the other spots were acquired using outside investors and Rogue would probably have to do the same. I don't think Aoki has 20 million.

#16
penda
3 Frags +

Steve aoki has a net worth of 75 million, plus I don't think Rogue will struggle to find investors

#17
MuscleK
-3 Frags +

LWB for Boston 99.9%

#18
remiska
5 Frags +
MuscleK [#17]

LWB for Boston 99.9%

why do you think so? Considering they just hired huk and it seems like his role is to create team and lw blue had to pull out of apex because of earlier owl comitments it doesnt really make sens

#19
nei
5 Frags +
MuscleK [#17]

LWB for Boston 99.9%

Not sure about that. Probably most of LWB will go to C9 London since they were looking for koreans, but not all members (for example, Fl0w3r doesn't meet the age requirement). I'd say SBB and Mano at least, probably Pine too.

And tbh I hope Luna will get a spot in an OWL team, because I love that guy and he has the mindset to improve and deserves it imo.

#20
KuroiRyuu9625
0 Frags +
nei [#19]

Not sure about that. Probably most of LWB will go to C9 London since they were looking for koreans, but not all members (for example, Fl0w3r doesn't meet the age requirement). I'd say SBB and Mano at least, probably Pine too.

And tbh I hope Luna will get a spot in an OWL team, because I love that guy and he has the mindset to improve and deserves it imo.

Apparently the whole squad was picked up, and you could just have him sit on the bench for Pine until he's of age. Wouldn't be too surprising if they could use his year of birth to arrange something with the league, but I'm not sure C9 is where they're going.

As for Luna he's a bit lacking and as of right now I wouldn't quite say he deserves it. Yes he could improve but there are a good deal of proven choices that would be a better pick then him at the moment. Because of that I don't think there's an OWL spot for him in the near future but I do hope he gets to play at APEX again because he is a good support under the right conditions.

#21
remiska
5 Frags +
KuroiRyuu9625 [#20]

Apparently the whole squad was picked up, and you could just have him sit on the bench for Pine until he's of age. Wouldn't be too surprising if they could use his year of birth to arrange something with the league, but I'm not sure C9 is where they're going.

As for Luna he's a bit lacking and as of right now I wouldn't quite say he deserves it. Yes he could improve but there are a good deal of proven choices that would be a better pick then him at the moment. Because of that I don't think there's an OWL spot for him in the near future but I do hope he gets to play at APEX again because he is a good support under the right conditions.

i dont think you can put him on bench, every owl player (in squad or on bench) needs to be accepted by blizzard its not about playing, he cant even be on team
unless they keep him outside of owl team but in organization but im not sure if his parents would agree and its just bad idea in general
and personaly i also dont think their gowing to c9 but boston isnt likely either

#22
nei
5 Frags +
KuroiRyuu9625 [#20]

Apparently the whole squad was picked up, and you could just have him sit on the bench for Pine until he's of age. Wouldn't be too surprising if they could use his year of birth to arrange something with the league, but I'm not sure C9 is where they're going.

As for Luna he's a bit lacking and as of right now I wouldn't quite say he deserves it. Yes he could improve but there are a good deal of proven choices that would be a better pick then him at the moment. Because of that I don't think there's an OWL spot for him in the near future but I do hope he gets to play at APEX again because he is a good support under the right conditions.

The thing is, it's written you have to be 18 before April, the 5th 2018, and Fl0w3r is born in May iirc. So he can't even be signed before that, and I don't know if roster are going to be locked before the league begins.

#23
remiska
5 Frags +
nei [#22]

The thing is, it's written you have to be 18 before April, the 5th 2018, and Fl0w3r is born in May iirc. So he can't even be signed before that, and I don't know if roster are going to be locked before the league begins.

thats just my guess but i would say that blizzard will lock rosters before each season starts and make transfer windows (maybe one maybe more) during the season

#24
KuroiRyuu9625
4 Frags +
nei [#22]

The thing is, it's written you have to be 18 before April, the 5th 2018, and Fl0w3r is born in May iirc. So he can't even be signed before that, and I don't know if roster are going to be locked before the league begins.

Yeah, still I'd hope Blizz would put in clauses for players that will be 18 in that calendar year and allow them to be on the bench with the option of signing/playing once they hit 18.

In my opinion it would be a disservice to the league to not allow them to play because of their month or birth, specially for ridiculously talented players like Fl0w3r but hey, rules are rules right?

If for some reason they really can't do that then they could always send him to LWR until the next signing window. I'm also wondering if that's what LH will do with WhoRU, if he chooses to stay on board for the next 2 years.

#25
nei
3 Frags +
KuroiRyuu9625 [#24]

Yeah, still I'd hope Blizz would put in clauses for players that will be 18 in that calendar year and allow them to be on the bench with the option of signing/playing once they hit 18.

In my opinion it would be a disservice to the league to not allow them to play because of their month or birth, specially for ridiculously talented players like Fl0w3r but hey, rules are rules right?

If for some reason they really can't do that then they could always send him to LWR until the next signing window. I'm also wondering if that's what LH will do with WhoRU, if he chooses to stay on board for the next 2 years.

Yeah, but americans don't like to bend the rules unfortunately.

LW Red Fl0w3r and LH#2 WhoRU until they get older? Or maybe on loan for other teams such as KDP or MVP Space? In any case, I'm excited to see what's going to happen for them.

#26
remiska
4 Frags +

https://twitter.com/OverwatchBoston/status/900417200879792128
this answers it, no lw blue is not going to boston just as i said there is no team at all and huk is just now going to build it
btw the q and a is just going on on twitter of overwatch boston
and this https://twitter.com/OverwatchBoston/status/900420064721195011

ill later combine most interesting huks answers

#27
WeepZurkon
2 Frags +

rumors are that FaZe Clan is close to a deal to be a part of season 1 although there is no information on what market they will represent, although the Las Vegas teamhouse for Carpe, George and the boys might have something to do with it.

I think that we will see what comes up but i do believe that the current official teams plus FaZe, EnVy and a second European franchise in either Paris, Frankfurt, Cologne or Berlin will be where we launch the league from. negotiations will likely continue to take place for additional franchises for season 2 and beyond. expect Season 1 to last from early december to late april with double round robin league play and the opening round of playoffs taking place at a studio in Southern California with the Semis in a larger arena in town before going overseas for finals, likely in a city that will gain a team for season 2

#28
remiska
4 Frags +
WeepZurkon [#27]

rumors are that FaZe Clan is close to a deal to be a part of season 1 although there is no information on what market they will represent, although the Las Vegas teamhouse for Carpe, George and the boys might have something to do with it.

I think that we will see what comes up but i do believe that the current official teams plus FaZe, EnVy and a second European franchise in either Paris, Frankfurt, Cologne or Berlin will be where we launch the league from. negotiations will likely continue to take place for additional franchises for season 2 and beyond. expect Season 1 to last from early december to late april with double round robin league play and the opening round of playoffs taking place at a studio in Southern California with the Semis in a larger arena in town before going overseas for finals, likely in a city that will gain a team for season 2

thats a lot of info, and while it does make sens and sounds about right can you give any source?

#29
WeepZurkon
1 Frags +
remiska [#28]

thats a lot of info, and while it does make sens and sounds about right can you give any source?

the rumor about faze is something i heard on discord.

everything else is just guesses and speculation

#30
remiska
3 Frags +
WeepZurkon [#29]

the rumor about faze is something i heard on discord.

everything else is just guesses and speculation

so not confirmed in even the slightest

#31
Linerd
3 Frags +

A bit correction to make, it's NetEase, not NetEease

#32
remiska
4 Frags +
Linerd [#31]

A bit correction to make, it's NetEase, not NetEease

i actualy copied name from espn news article so they have it wrong :P http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/19972188/blizzard-announces-team-owners-locations-overwatch-league
fixed

#33
Garth_Nelson
0 Frags +

I think most teams if not all teams will use up the full 12 roster spots

#34
remiska
4 Frags +
Garth_Nelson [#33]

I think most teams if not all teams will use up the full 12 roster spots

personaly i dont think so, ill be supprised if more then one team gets 12 players, both apex season 3 and contenders allow more then 6 players and hardly any team uses it, unless they know theyll lack player during one of hte matches (rogue)
also just look at teams already confirmed for owl immortals misfits and lh , only immrotals has more then 6 players (well only 1 player more)

#35
KuroiRyuu9625
5 Frags +
remiska [#34]

personaly i dont think so, ill be supprised if more then one team gets 12 players, both apex season 3 and contenders allow more then 6 players and hardly any team uses it, unless they know theyll lack player during one of hte matches (rogue)
also just look at teams already confirmed for owl immortals misfits and lh , only immrotals has more then 6 players (well only 1 player more)

APEX teams have started making use of it the the past couple of seasons, this one more than before, but that's 8 players, so like you said I'm not sure many teams will go with a full 12 man roster. I'd say 8-10 maybe? Since you can get meta proof teams with that many.

I think right now most NA/EU teams have 6-7 with the extras being more for emergency than anything. The only teams I know for sure are trying to get 12 are Seoul and London but it remains to be seen it they stick to the max or not.

#36
KuroiRyuu9625
4 Frags +

According to ESPN, as mentioned in these post:
https://www.over.gg/5420/lw-blue-set-to-take-nyc-owl-spot-sources-say
https://www.over.gg/5419/lw-blue-in-nyc-for-owl

The the LWB squad would have been picked up by the NYC group. Not sure how I feel about this, on paper they're really good and I guess it was likely to happen somewhere given the lack of Korean spots compared to the general strength of the region, but yeah, interesting. As expected Fl0w3r is too young to be signed so Pine will probably be stepping in for him. Really unfortunate that one of the best and most versatile DPS players won't be in this year but I'm also interested in what they do with him.

The article also mentions Luminosity Gaming playing a part in this so I wonder if that was the main reason they didn't pursue an OWL spot with their own squad whether it was the current one or a rebuild.

#37
remiska
4 Frags +

updated post with with lw blue in new york, noted its only rumours for now
also really good read showing that korean esport scene is not on the level that could be considered proffesional (what i finde interesting is that russian organizations - navi vp, are as far as i know one of the most solid and reliable from players perspective) http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/20436459/luna-luxurywatch-blue-overwatch-scene-limbo

#38
remiska
4 Frags +
KuroiRyuu9625 [#36]

According to ESPN, as mentioned in these post:
https://www.over.gg/5420/lw-blue-set-to-take-nyc-owl-spot-sources-say
https://www.over.gg/5419/lw-blue-in-nyc-for-owl

The the LWB squad would have been picked up by the NYC group. Not sure how I feel about this, on paper they're really good and I guess it was likely to happen somewhere given the lack of Korean spots compared to the general strength of the region, but yeah, interesting. As expected Fl0w3r is too young to be signed so Pine will probably be stepping in for him. Really unfortunate that one of the best and most versatile DPS players won't be in this year but I'm also interested in what they do with him.

The article also mentions Luminosity Gaming playing a part in this so I wonder if that was the main reason they didn't pursue an OWL spot with their own squad whether it was the current one or a rebuild.

also you could have just posted link to espn article because thats a source for both of these threads ;) and it would take me half of links pressed (well 1 less)

#39
KuroiRyuu9625
3 Frags +
remiska [#38]

also you could have just posted link to espn article because thats a source for both of these threads ;) and it would take me half of links pressed (well 1 less)

Could have, but in case some conversation were happening in each thread, since I didn't write them myself.

#40
ManuxBaka
1 Frags +

Someone know why The Austin-Dallas sport ( probably for Envy) is still not confirmed ?

#41
remiska
1 Frags +
ManuxBaka [#40]

Someone know why The Austin-Dallas sport ( probably for Envy) is still not confirmed ?

maybe their still negotiating something?
i havent seen any information about envyus and dallas spot since original rumours so i dont think anyone without some inside info (and they prodably cant speak about it) knows what is going on

#42
darkcvc
4 Frags +
remiska [#41]

maybe their still negotiating something?
i havent seen any information about envyus and dallas spot since original rumours so i dont think anyone without some inside info (and they prodably cant speak about it) knows what is going on

I hope its because a Charlotte group is making a push to keep them there. Would love to have an Enyus home base close enough to drive out to see some Tourneys.

#43
FishStix
1 Frags +

I really, truly hope that there are another 4-8 teams announced before the start of the season. There are too many talented players in the game to only field 10 teams. If there are only 10 teams, even if each team has 4 substitutes, that's only 100 players. IMO there are easily 200-300 "pros" that deserve to make a living in this game.

Teams I'd love to see:

Melbourne/Sydney
Tokyo
Additional Korean teams (multiple LA teams means we could see multiple Seoul teams)
Seattle
Chicago
Paris
Berlin
Rio

#44
Scrubasaurus
1 Frags +
darkcvc [#42]

I hope its because a Charlotte group is making a push to keep them there. Would love to have an Enyus home base close enough to drive out to see some Tourneys.

i didn't even consider that possibility, you have now given me a sliver of hope to hold onto fellow charlotte-area overwatch fan

#45
KuroiRyuu9625
1 Frags +
FishStix [#43]

I really, truly hope that there are another 4-8 teams announced before the start of the season. There are too many talented players in the game to only field 10 teams. If there are only 10 teams, even if each team has 4 substitutes, that's only 100 players. IMO there are easily 200-300 "pros" that deserve to make a living in this game.

Teams I'd love to see:

Melbourne/Sydney
Tokyo
Additional Korean teams (multiple LA teams means we could see multiple Seoul teams)
Seattle
Chicago
Paris
Berlin
Rio

I'm thinking 12 or 16 would be the magic numbers though I'd be leaning more towards the latter (hopefully).

To add to your list:

Toronto - Sentimental favorite cause Canadian
Seoul/Busan - I'm thinking it would probably another Seoul team but if it wasn't the case Busan could be an alternative.
Katowice - The team might only have a single, or no, polish player but the scene itself would be my reason for having one.
Bangkok
Beijing
Moscow - Not sure how Russia would handle that one but hey.
Just to name a few, but yeah, I'd like to see a strong 16 team first season and my impression is that we'd see at least 12.

#46
Scrubasaurus
1 Frags +
FishStix [#43]

I really, truly hope that there are another 4-8 teams announced before the start of the season. There are too many talented players in the game to only field 10 teams. If there are only 10 teams, even if each team has 4 substitutes, that's only 100 players. IMO there are easily 200-300 "pros" that deserve to make a living in this game.

Teams I'd love to see:

Melbourne/Sydney
Tokyo
Additional Korean teams (multiple LA teams means we could see multiple Seoul teams)
Seattle
Chicago
Paris
Berlin
Rio

I couldn't tell you which teams I'd want to see by the first season, but I know there's quite a few places I'd want teams by the time the OWL hits its cap (I believe the end goal is 28? That could be wrong or it could change, though). I am going to go strictly outside of the United States because I feel you can use any number of large cities to fill in the rest of the open spots.

-Another South Korean team
-Tokyo
-An Australian team, Melbourne and Si-Sydney are probably the best two options, I would agree
-Paris
-Berlin
-Rio
-Moscow
-Toronto
-Beijing
-Taipei
-Bangkok (Didn't consider this until Kuroi's reply, but this would honestly be a good spot)
-2 to 3 other European teams, I wouldn't know which cities exactly but there are some good choices in Italy, Spain, England, Germany, and Russia in particular. Maybe Stockholm or Helinski could get a spot?
-Possibly another South American team depending on how well received the Rio spot is, either Santiago or Sao Paulo

These, on top of the 10 spots we already know, make up 23 to 25 spots. There are a lot of good places in the US, Canada, Korea, and Europe that could compete for the last 3 to 5. Of course, I doubt all of these spots will happen in the real world because I don't have a great understanding of how other countries would take to a global competitive league and how travel would work between countries already in the OWL and countries involved in my proposed cities.

#47
remiska
1 Frags +
KuroiRyuu9625 [#45]

I'm thinking 12 or 16 would be the magic numbers though I'd be leaning more towards the latter (hopefully).

To add to your list:

Toronto - Sentimental favorite cause Canadian
Seoul/Busan - I'm thinking it would probably another Seoul team but if it wasn't the case Busan could be an alternative.
Katowice - The team might only have a single, or no, polish player but the scene itself would be my reason for having one.
Bangkok
Beijing
Moscow - Not sure how Russia would handle that one but hey.
Just to name a few, but yeah, I'd like to see a strong 16 team first season and my impression is that we'd see at least 12.

when reading articles about owl teams when creating this thread i saw a lot articles say that 1st season will have 12 teams

#48
remiska
1 Frags +

OK from what i read blizzard plans to have 12 teams during 1st season, also this was said about 1st season:

The inaugural season is set to take place in Los Angeles to accommodate teams already stationed there. The regular season games are set to take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The teams are allowed to run up to five amateur tournaments in their respective regions, such as the Online Division and Regional Contenders.

#49
remiska
1 Frags +

ok i found the source for 12 teams for the 1st season of owl: http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/20298968/cloud9-buys-london-kroenkes-grab-la-overwatch-league-spots

Additionally, sources say Blizzard has set a goal of 12 teams for the first Overwatch League season.

#50
Loco
3 Frags +

I'd like a Scandinavian spot, most reasonably set in Stockholm :)

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