#ATHOW | We are excited to announce that we have re-entered into overwatch by acquiring the Masterminds Overwatch Contenders team for the upcoming season!— Athletico (@AthleticoES) November 9, 2018
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Arguably the most significant name to be listed on the announcement is termo , who will be coming out of retirement to continue playing. He announced that he was stepping away from competitive Overwatch in mid September. His DPS partner will be usmc , who played on the final iteration of the Masterminds GC Masterminds GC Inactive roster prior to their acquisition by ORDER ORDER Contenders AU Rank #2 in late August.
The tank lineup will consist of Gob and xZoL (formerly known as Kiki). Gob entered temporary free agency after he was not included in the unveiling of ORDER's new roster for the next Contenders season. He played under both the Blank Blue Blank Blue Inactive and ORDER banners during Contenders Australia Seasons 1 and 2, finishing 3rd-4th with both teams in both seasons. xZol, on the other hand, played mostly with Legacy Esports Legacy Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #0 in the past contenders season as flex tank. On one occasion he was seen playing with Blank Esports Blank Esports Contenders AU Rank #5 in one of their group stage matches against Xavier Esports Xavier Esports Contenders PAC Rank #5 . He finished 5th-8th with Legacy Esports last Australian Contenders season. He also played on the Australia 2017 Australia 2017 Inactive World Cup team. They made it to the Blizzcon finals, but were knocked out in the quarterfinals by silver medalists Canada.
The final two introductions come in the team's supports, Eevee and Muni . Similarly to Gob, Muni played on Blank Blue until the roster was acquired by ORDER, but unlike Gob was not a part of the ORDER roster after the announcement. He only played two matches with Blank Blue, one in the group stage of Contenders Season 1 Australia against SereNity SereNity Inactive and another in their quarterfinals match against JAM Gaming JAM Gaming Inactive . His support counterpart Eevee has no past recorded official matches with any teams. Athletico is the first Contenders-level organization he has been a part of.
The Athletico brand is not foreign to Competitive Overwatch, having fielded another team under the name Athletico CAMO during 2017. Although the squad of Athletico CAMO never participated in any Contenders competition, they did participate in the CyberGamer OCE Circuit and ESL ANZ Season 1 during 2017. The team placed fourth and first respectively.