Team United Kingdom United Kingdom World Cup Rank #5 main tank ChrisTFer has announced he will be stepping down from the World Cup roster to pursue coaching. In his place, Fusions of the British Hurricane British Hurricane Contenders EU Rank #3 will be stepping up to compete with the rest of his fellow countrymen at Blizzcon.
We as a team couldn’t thank @ChrisTFerOW any more for all the hard work and dedication he’s put into the team.— Team UK Overwatch (@7LionsOW) October 3, 2018
We’re proud to have Chris represent the 7Lions at both the 2017 & 2018 Overwatch World Cup and we lad to have him as part of our coaching staff, going into Blizzcon https://t.co/QCIWq17b87
This announcement marks the end of ChrisTFer's competitive chapter in Overwatch. Prior to his involvement with Team United Kingdom, he competed in Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 2 Europe with 6nakes 6nakes Inactive , who made the postseason playoffs. Their playoff run was cut short by Winstrike Team Winstrike Team Contenders EU Rank #4 in the quarterfinals.
I should clarify I have no intention of playing again and will commit everything to become the best coach.— ChrisTFer (@ChrisTFerOW) October 3, 2018
Most of 6nakes ended up splitting after the season, and are looking for new organizations to play within the upcoming competition. ChrisTFer was one of the players that did not elect to seek a new banner to play under.
Fusions on the other hand was a part of the British Hurricane roster that both won Contenders 2018 Season 1 Europe and disappointed its fans in the second season of European Contenders competition with a 9th-10th place finish.
The Hurricane's most recent finish demoted them to Contenders Season 3 Trials to face off against rising talent for another spot in Contenders. The Trials period will begin on October 13 and conclude near the end of the month on the 28.
Team United Kingdom's first match at Blizzcon will be against Team United States United States World Cup Rank #3 on Friday, November 2 at 7:15 p.m. EDT (4:15 p.m. PDT). Their match will be the third quarterfinals match that day, with the China China World Cup Rank #2 and Finland Finland World Cup Rank #6 quarterfinals match preceding their own.