A new roster was revealed as 2017 drew to a close, bringing together talented free agents under the name Sleeper Picks. J3sus, Aythen, Graceful, Insomniaq, Dcop and Kyb are set to play under the guidance of their coach, IBCrazy, in the upcoming North American Open Division.
Introducing the "Sleeper Picks" roster for the upcoming Overwatch Open Division:@j3sustv 🇺🇸@Kybb 🇬🇧@aythen 🇺🇸@Gracefulow 🇸🇪@Insomniaq123 🇺🇸@DcopOW 🇲🇽— Dcop (@dcopOW) December 31, 2017
Dms are open for any organizations/academy teams interested in the squad.
The team features two well known names at DPS, J3sus and Kyb. J3sus was a long time member of Renegades, staying with the team until its disbandment following the conclusion of Contenders Season One. Whilst Renegades never managed to escape from the middle of the pack for long, the team did consistently remain competitive, qualifying for a multitude of North American tournaments. Known for his time with REUNITED and Laser Kittenz, Kyb has been a prominent player in the scene for an extended period of time, with experience in major tournaments such as the Overwatch Open and the Atlantic Showdown.
Graceful and Dcop make up the Sleeper Picks' tank lineup. Following his time with Splyce and a brief stint with a rebuilding NRG roster, Graceful joined MEGA Esports, playing with the team in the second season of the Pacific Championship. He became a free agent following the team's sixth place finish in the major event, as MEGA looked to shake things up before Contenders Pacific in 2018. After making a name for himself as a quality main tank on Spicy Boys, Dcop joined the East Wind roster that would eventually be signed by Evil Geniuses.
Lastly, Aythen and Insomniaq are the team's support players. Aythen was a member of the Sodipop roster that was signed by Immortals, playing with the team until he was released alongside Nomy in July last year to make way for envy and KariV. Insomniaq is the least experienced player on the roster, formerly playing for Toronto Esports until NotE and Snow were picked up by the Boston Uprising. However, he earned respect during his time with the team and has the opportunity to further prove his worth alongside his support partner Aythen.
Whilst the six players have not extensively shared time together previously, there are a few occasions where they crossed paths. Kyb played on Renegades alongside J3sus during a short trial with the team, whilst Aythen and Dcop played together on Flyte. Most recently, J3sus and Dcop played on The Frenchmen and the Henchmen in the Heroes Rumble.
The Sleeper Picks are currently open to offers from organisations, especially potential deals with Overwatch League academy teams and are set to play their first match in the North American Open Division on the 6th. Sporting a combination of the old guard and fresh talent, the team has the potential to make serious noise as North American Overwatch kicks off.