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Open Division EU S2 Team thread
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poi98

This Open Division saw the rise of new talents and the return of some old glory...
But lets see who will fight for Contenders after the 10 matches of regular season
Here the 16 teams that are in the playoffs and will fight for a place for the contenders trials( 4 spots avaible=semifinalist go Trials).

Ordered by seed( the first 3 went 10-0 all the others 9-1)

Samsung Morning Stars Blue: Linepro,DNCE,DragonEddy,thebigone,Najiny,LUFT.
First place for one of the two mainly italian rosters(DNCE is korean and linepro is spanish)
backed by Samsung (That built a Gaming House for both Black and Blue). The regular season went amazing for them. Helped by an affordable schedule (but they proved themselves beating both Augmented Authority and Project6 ) they have smashed their way to rank 1.This new meta is a perfect fit for them : their teamwork with Rein-Zarya-Brigitte(LUFT-DragonEddy-Linepro)is awesome and they are probably the best team in this tier on this comp. Linepro Brigitte is even better( imho) than the ones we have seen on OWL thanks to his aggressive playstyle.DNCE is a great Zenyatta,Najiny can play a lot of heroes at really high level and thebigone give the team the solidity they need. Trials are near for them.

Northern Lights: Lateks,Leodeddz,Caspere, Riverboat, Exorath, Zekor.
Before the start of the Open Division they were probably the favourite for the final win. But,
unfortunatly, during the regular season 2 members of this scandinavian team( MrBeck and Henzu) decided
to take a break from competitive Overwatch. Even if this could have been a big problems for them they
found in time two excelent players in replace. One coming from a team that actually is 10-0( Exorath from Big Nice as flex supp) and an not really know dps( Riverboat) who showed some impressive ability in the last games ( they beat Birb Bois 3-2 and Samsung Morning Stars Black 3-1). The rest of the team played togheter for a long time: a sort of union between Vivi's Adventure and b0nkers with some Jigsaw.Lateks and Leodeddz are a scary tankline, Lateks has always been one of the top European tanks
but he has never took what he deserves, now is the time. Caspere and Zekor are 2 ultra-experienced players and this will be a big boost during playoffs.The team to beat.

Big Nice: Moursi.
Ending 10-0 but with no teammates left Moursi has to hurry before the playoffs. 4 players ( Evojke Exorath
TracK Hypnott) had better offers (some confirmed some rumored) and Dids had a wrist injury.
He has a week to find 5 man. Obviously a big disadvantage for this team but Moursi is a great Off-Tank and he is smart. A surprise?

KOLESIOSTWO: a polish mix with most notably Matth and Danye.They had an infernal schedule but still managed to be the team with the better OMW%.
The beat One.Point,Golden Sausage and others big team. This Saturday they lost 3-0 against Samsung Morning Stars Black but they looked really solid even in the loss.Before losing to SMSB they were the team one step above the others but even if they are now considered "humans" they are a scary team to face against. Danye and Matth are one of the best dps duo in Europe with this meta.They can beat everyone.

One.PoinT:Scaler,Mowzassa,brussenn,Frost,Phatt,Hortic.
Half of the last Portugal World Cup team is in this team. The meta-shift will not help them.Mowzassa probably better than some OWL-Wiston and he is amazing on creating spaces. But this meta will not exploit too much those abilty. His experience and ability will for sure find a solutionfor this but this right now is and handicap for them. They have a great support duo: Phatt is a great main support and Scaler has already proven himself during the time with Golden Sausage and now they are ready for the big pubblic. Hortic, Frost and brussen give this team flexibilty and skill. A team to look for.

Osh-Tekk Warriors: a team from the Middle-East.
An unknow team based in Middle-East made their way to 9 victories and to the 6th seed. They didnt really impressed:their schedule was pretty easy and in the first big match against Samsung Morning Stars Blue they pretty almost got smashed. I dont give them a lot of hopes...but ending at 6th seed is still a big results and no one should understimate them. From Middle-East with fury.

Koord Narwhals: ottr and boys.
This team has been around the T2/3 scene for quite a long time( with many team changes)and this position is their opportunity to shine. Ottr will lead them throught a good playoffs run. They can contest the big, and with a good bracket they can hope in the Trials. They will swim or they will drown?

Wind and Rain:Derencko,Tek36,zYKK,milkyman,Ascoft,Sardis.
Second try for this org to enter Overwatch at biggest level besides OWL. The add of some ex-Primordial players( Tek36,zYKK) will give them a lot of firepower. Derencko and Sardis are the most knowed Czech players( for more than one reason) and they will make their nation proud. In their run they losed to Golden Sausage but they managed to get a good OMW%. They will see the sun this time?

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Augmented Autorithy: Midna,Wayfast,Jofi,Dannedd,TwolzZ,KaaslsBaas.
One of the youngest team( only Midna is over 18th) showed a lot of talent during regular season. Seed-penalized by the Ence drops out ( like Samsung Morning Stars Black) they dont fear anyone ( they losed in a really close game against Samsung Morning Stars Blue) and they are on a Contenders level at their peak.Midna is also contesting Bimbz and Legol for the national main tank of the next OWC so he will not take a break until that.Danned is an incredible and awesome player: his junkrat is pure pleasure. Jofi, Wayfast and co will SoOn prove their talent to the Europeans.Stay Tuned!

Birb Bois: Wat7,Vinarra,Veineless,michr,Adi,Massie.
Veineless michr is the experience made support duo: both have been played since the beginning and both have obtained great results. Veineless has also played a lot with Wat7( NWA,Team Dignitas, etc..) one of the best and understimated ( by the main audience) main tanks in the West. Him and Vinarra ( the best spanish Dva) are a scary tank duo. They losed 3-2 in a super close match against Northern Lights, but this only proves how much they are competitive for the Trials. Low seed but great team.

Samsung Morning Stars Black: Claris,Quatermain,Carnifex,Nisa,Bimbz,Fighter.
4 Italian from the last OWC team+2 koreans can only make a good team. Claris is an INSANE player ( OWLS2 confirmed you heard that here at first)
and with Carnifex Widow they have a deadly double sniper dps duo. Nisa-Quatermain are in list for the best support duo prize and Bimbz and FighteR as grit warriors.They have a strange playstyle but if they are on their day they are unstoppable( try ask KOLESIOSTWO players). They losed 3-1 to Northern Lights and the Ence drop out penalized them but they can beat anyone so the seed doesnt really matter.Claris Hood is coming for the Europeans heads!

Sparrow Shock: MrGertex,Legol,tia.
Another italian based team with some great hopes. If you think Poko was the first D.Va ults killer you are wrong. MrGertex have been doing Poko Bomb since
a long time ago. He is a Picasso of D.Va ults. Legol is an amazing aggressive Rein player, be careful with him on the opposite team. Tia bring some experience
and some good supports plays.They beat Konige 3-0 on the last day( big results ).Tank line for the win!

Mantic0re: french based team.
The teamwork is their strenght. Onnipresnt team in the lower tier competition have reach OD playoffs and now is seeking for something more ( i honestly see this difficult but who knows?). They beat some good teams ( like Gangang) and they losed to One.PoinT. The Lion will Roar or will Meow?

Little Ducklings:Ruape,ToxikeN,Bromas,khave.
We are talking about big names here. 2 spanish national team players, a great finnish tank in T2/3 and khave.This meta-shift will help them a lot. Experience and grit for the playoffs

Golden Sausage: Izzy,Fae,A10,Teux,Niwor,Berglund.
The best logo in all Overwatch is back lead by the big brain of Izzy. A team mixed with proven talents and new promises: first of all Fae ( old dps for The oompaloomaps) who is one of the best phara in europe( and a great dps overall). Teux( ex-Primordial) probably want revenge for last Trials and he will
carry hard. Berglund and Niwor are both certanities and A10 is a big prospect for EU OW.They losed to KOLESIOSTWO but managed to beat a lot of high/top teams.Brace yourselves the Sausage is back!

Team Qlash: Asso,Jericho, Ares.
This is Italy's Open Division. Last on seed but first for the hearts. Team Qlash made it throught the difficulties. Not really the most competitive team
for Trials but they already make us italian overwatcher proud. Lets go boys!

Ps: i know i forgot a s( Teams) in the title

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Moursi no longer has a team? monkaS

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Path to Poi

Great write up as always, is it true that Dafran was on an Open Division team? Do you know anything about how his team did?

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poi98
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Ty! He was on Gangag ( as a replace afaik) with players like french Kyb,but his team didnt make the top 16th...they had a rough schedule and they losed to Mantic0re and Primate

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Great posts as usual Poi!

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poi98
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Thanks man :)

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darkcvc
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Awesome write up. Cant wait for trials!

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yoo DNCE back in the picture!!

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questn123
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naisu

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Sayabi
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PoiChamp report as always! Thanks for the useful info <3

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murasaki
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im a simple man, i see a poi thread, i upvote
good job as always

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NaifGs
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Middle eastern team poggers.

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Damn this was so informative!!! I was just looking for open division info today, glad this popped up! Good work.

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poi98
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All brackets here https://liquipedia.net/overwatch/Open_Division/2018/Season_2/Europe

And from Battlefly Big Nice seems to be composed by
Moursi
PrimoDulce( ex RNG main tank)
Kevster (great swedish dps previously on Last Night Leftovers)
TracK( norwegian dps previously on Thats a Disband and now on LNL...maybe he is just a replace until they find someone but not sure)
IPN( Angry Titans flex support sub)
Dennia( previously on Mosaic, BP and 123)

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darkcvc
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Damn Moursi found some great players

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sgbros1
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can iPN be a starter on a legit team at last? :BlessRNG:

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POGGERS

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poi98
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Manticore have releasead their roster which now will play under the name Rentless

And Invision will play for Wind and Rain.

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poi98
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Samsung Morning Stars Blue
Northern Lights
Augmented Autorithy
one.poinT
Are the 4 teams qualified for Trials....good luck to all of them :).
Ps( Northern Lights won open finals over SMS Blue, one.poinT come third and Augmented Autorithy fourth)

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Northern Lights looked great.

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wentaway
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Yep they basically 3-0ed everyone except Morning Stars Blue in the 2 finals, which they sort of dominated anyway, Riverboat's Hanzo was nutty btw.

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The fact that Trials will be played on old patch will damage them tho....while SMS blue will probably get a boost...i think on trials will be more close( Still NL proved to be Contenders to Contenders title S2 )

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