REUNITED cease operations, roster to stick together

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REUNITED have ceased all operations, citing financial concerns, but the roster is planning to stick together to seek new opportunities.

The organization, known primarily for their Overwatch team, made the announcement on their website Monday. The post notes that the move is due to "a range of reasons," but that the primary concern is financial.

"The main reason ... is the timing of the Overwatch League conflicting with our internal financial model, as we are running out of money."

The post also confirms previous reports that the team was in talks with several traditional sports entities but that uncertainty regarding the acquisition of spots for the Overwatch League had stalled out the talks.

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The post from REUNITED says that they are in favor of the Overwatch League, but that the timing of the announcement "came at the worst possible moment" for the organization.

Several of the former REUNITED players took to Twitter to confirm that they would remain as a team and attempt to find a new organization.

The roster has been one of Europe's top teams since even before the game's release. During the game's inaugural post-release season, the team became known for Harrison "Kruise" Pond's in-your-face Lucio play, Hendrik-William "vallutaja" Kinks' hitscan performances and some incredible Genji play shown off by DPS Finley "Kyb" Adisi.

Kyb, who later left the team's starting roster but remained under contrac, has also recently announced that he is a free agent.

Their best placement at a premier event was a second-place finish at the ESL Atlantic Showdown, held at Gamescom. Reaching the grand finals, they lost 3-1 to Rogue.

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Besides the Overwatch team's strong results, the organization was also notable for being a player-owned organization akin to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Astralis. In a previous interview in August 2016, REUNITED co-founder Frederik Kragh Christensen talked about the model, noting it was a risk.

"So we actually decided to take a bet on this, because we thought that this was a huge chance, you know? We also believe that, in a few months, we're going to be in the same position that Astralis are in CS, where they have to choose between big tournaments because it's so packed, hopefully."

However, instead of a CS-like ecosystem, the reveal of the Overwatch League at BlizzCon 2016 points to a more centralized structure for the game's competitive future. The league has already attracted potential interest from big names in the traditional sports space.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.

Toronto Esports sign ONIGOD

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Toronto Esports have signed former REUNITED player Stefan "ONIGOD" Fiskerstrand.

ONIGOD started his Overwatch career on Nordic Alpha before joining REUNITED last year to compete in the Overwatch APEX Season 1, where they placed 5th-8th.

"With Onigod and some revamping of our old roster we will continue to strive to be the best team in Overwatch, with our main focus in Esports as a whole to be the most dominant Canadian and Toronto based team," said General Manager of Toronto Esports Chris "HuK" Loranger.

According to Friday's press release, ONIGOD will be moving to the Toronto Esports house in February.

"I’m also really excited about moving to Toronto and meeting all the members of the team and getting set up in the team house," he said. "I feel like we will have great success."

The Toronto Esports roster is now as follows:

  • Stefan "ONIGOD" Fiskerstrand
  • Jason "Jaru" White
  • Lucas "NotE" Meissner
  • Sam "Hexo" Bouchard
  • Jorge "NGvisator" Alomoto

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.

PENTA Sports sign toca

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Danish player Mathias "toca" Maegaard has been signed by PENTA Sports,

PENTA qualified for DreamHack Winter 2016 through the BYOC qualifier, and finished in 5-6th place. In a December statement to over.gg, PENTA coach Henry "Cuddles" Coxall said that the team felt they were underperforming and roster changes needed to be made in order to succeed in 2017.

toca joins current PENTA players Hugo "Flippy" Perhirin, Sebastian "BALLOC" Berendt, Theo "Tek36" Guillebaud and Sakib "Emperor" Γ‡itaku. The roster has yet to be finalized heading into the 2017 season.

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.

PAX South to host Overwatch Winter Premiere live finals

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The Overwatch Winter Premiere will hold its live finals at PAX South 2017, tournament organizer NGE announced Wednesday.

A press release from NGE revealed the finals location, noting that the PAX Arena stage would play host to the North American tournament's finals over the first two days of PAX South, starting on Jan. 27.

In the release, NGE co-founder and CEO Andy Vander Woude said that he felt the venue at PAX would be fitting to the tournament's scale.

“The Winter Premiere was designed to highlight the best talent of Overwatch in North America," It’s only fitting to bring these all-star teams to the PAX Arena stage, where their effort and talent can be celebrated by an even wider audience.”

The Overwatch Winter Premiere began in December and features two group stages, with the second already in progress. After the second group stage, two more teams will be eliminated, and the tournament will move to the live finals. FaZe Clan and Citizen7 were both eliminated after the first group stage. The event also previously featured teams like Cloud9 and Fnatic, but both organizations subsequently received invites to the OGN Overwatch APEX tournament in Korea.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.

Fl0w3R on LW Blue's APEX hopes: 'I am expecting us to come first among others in the group'

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DPS player Hwang "Fl0w3R" Yeon Oh recently moved to LW Blue from sister team LW Red and got his first tournament victory with that team today as they defeated Misfits 3-1 in the opening day of group play at OGN Overwatch APEX Season 2.

After the win, Fl0w3r answered some questions for an interview with Inven Global's HyunJun "Hevve" Lee. For the moment, it seems the team's newest player is cautiously optimistic about the team's chances moving forward in a group that also includes Afreeca Freecs Red and Lunatic-Hai.

"I am expecting us to come first among others in the group," he said. "I feel confident, but I am also aware that there are many strong teams out there. We are very cautious about all the teams we will meet in the tournament."

Formerly known as nanohana, Fl0w3R developed a reputation as one of the region's scariest DPS players during his time with sister team LW Red. After the name change was reverted and he was Fl0w3R once more, OGN caster Erik "DoA" Lonnquist recalled an old Korean frag video on Twitter, which contained some excellent Widowmaker play from him under that alias.

When asked about the reason for his name change, the DPS player said he was using Fl0w3R but a coach told him that he should find a handle with "more impact."

"That's how I came up with the name nanohana. There still was varied opinion surrounding my nickname because some preferred nanohana while others preferred Fl0w3R. I personally prefer Fl0w3R."

Fl0w3R also said that he and the rest of both LW rosters were happy with the change, which saw him swap places with Lee "NoName" Won Jae.

"LW Blue is the team that is made to win, and I think it was a necessary measure to swap certain players. Both LW Blue and Red teammates are happy with that decision, and I feel the same."

APEX will continue on Jan. 20, featuring Cloud9 vs. CONBOX Spirit in Group C and Kongdoo Panthera va. Fnatic in Group D. LW Blue's next match is Feb. 3, when they will face Lunatic-Hai.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.

Gods joins Cloud9 Overwatch; KyKy steps away from starting roster

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Cloud9 is making some changes to their Overwatch roster just a few days before they compete at OGN Overwatch Apex Season 2, as they've signed former NRG eSports DPS Daniel "Gods" Graeser, Cloud9 announced Sunday. To make room for Gods, the team also announced that Kyle "KyKy" Souder will be stepping away from the starting roster.

"I’m very excited to be joining Cloud9," Gods said in a statement. "Becoming part of such an amazing organization is definitely a huge opportunity for my career, and I can’t wait to see all that we can accomplish together. I’m also excited to be joining this roster of incredibly skilled players who know what it takes to win at the highest levels and are putting in the work to make that happen."

Gods was dropped by NRG in October, having been a part of the organization since they picked up Mixup's roster at the beginning of August. Before joining Cloud9, Gods was a member of Team USA at the Overwatch World Cup, helping the team advance to the playoffs before losing to eventual champions South Korea in the quarterfinals.

Though KyKy remains inactive on Cloud9's roster, he tweeted that he would be coaching Team EnVyUs during OGN Overwatch Apex Season 2, though Envy's captain Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka later clarified that KyKy is trying out for a coaching position.

OGN Overwatch APEX Season 2 is set to begin on Jan. 17 in Seoul, South Korea.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports whose journalism idol is Dino Ghiranze. You can follow him on Twitter.

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