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With just five days left in the first phase of the Overwatch beta, the competitive scene decided to go out with a bang: The first continental clash in the young game. In absence of Europe's most decorated team, Team Melty, the North-American powerhouses Hubris and Not Enigma decided to take part in tonight's Gosugamers EU Weekly #2.



Casted by ZP_TV and hexagrams on the official stream, aswell as FishStix and AskJoshy on a secondary stream, up to 32 teams will battle it out for Gosugamers ranking points, bragging rights and 120$. In order to make your viewing experience more enjoyable, we will introduce you to some of the teams:


Favorites:



fnatic
  • [flag:nl] Thomas "Morte" Kerbusch
  • [flag:nl] Eric "2Easy" van Hoorn
  • [flag:ee] Hendirk-William "Vallutaja" Kinks
  • [flag:nl] Stefan "stefan" S.
  • [flag:ru] Andrei "uNFixed" Leonov
  • [flag:es] Sergi "Winghaven" Torras

Prediction: 2nd

With Melty out of the picture for this tournament Europe's hopes will lay on fnatic's shoulders. The former Battlefield 4 powerhouse impressed in earlier tournaments and is known as one of the most dedicated teams in Europe when it comes to practice regimes. However, as most European teams they are at a noticeable disadvantage compared to Hubris and Not Enigma for having a full roster in the beta for less than two weeks.

 

 

Not Enigma

  • [flag:us] Brandon "A_Seagull" Larned
  • [flag:us] Carl "enigma" Yangsheng
  • [flag:us] Samuel "oPlaiD" Lingle
  • [flag:us] Adam "Mesrawr" De La Torre
  • [flag:us] Matt "clockwork" Dias
  • [flag:us] Tim "dummy" Olson

Prediction: 3rd

The team build around Twitch fan-favorite A_Seagull and prominent Team Fortress 2 veterans recently got dethroned as North America's best in the first King of the Watch edition by Hubris. While having the most experience with the beta out of all competing teams and a wealth of individual skill to rely on, the team just didn't seem as dedicated and focused as other contenders yet. The ping-disadvantage against European teams could also prove to be a dangerous stumbling block. That being said, on a good day they could also steamroll through the entire bracket and take the crown.


Hubris

  • [flag:us] Matt "coolmatt69" Coolsman
  • [flag:us] Ronnie "Talespin" DuPree
  • [flag:us] Michael "ras" Penna
  • [flag:us] John "Minstrel" Fisher
  • [flag:ca] Dan "chump" T.
  • [flag:us] James "Esper" Southall

Prediction: 1st

After taking three straight tournament wins and dethroning Not Enigma as North America's strongest team, Hubris is going into this tournament as clear cut favorites. If they can adapt to the European meta and deal with the ping-advantage it will be hard for any team to stop them.


Underdogs:



HULKtastic Mix
  • [flag:de] Dennis "INTERNETHULK" H.
  • [flag:de] Daniel "snzzz" Lamprecht
  • [flag:nl] Jesper "Musashiiii" Maasen
  • [flag:fr] Richard "Pipou" Buscemi
  • [flag:se] Christian "coco" Jonsson
  • [flag:se] Sebastian "chipshajen" Widlund
  • [flag:es] Jose Antinio "Bromas" Ramos Giez
  • [flag:es] Jonathan "harryhook" Tejedor Rua

Prediction: 4th

While being a classic mixteam, the team build around their namesake INTERNETHULK had an impressive performance against fnatic in last week's Gosugamers cup, nearly eliminating them. Known for their impressive practice regiment of up to 8 hours daily and even more countless hours on public servers or initiating pickup games with other high level players, they might be in for yet another surprise result and may even take out one of the clear cut favorites.


Eccentric Gaming

  • [flag:se] Sebastian "Lewd" Andersson Seger
  • [flag:se] Andreas "Nevix" Karlsson
  • [flag:de] Nico "skipjack" Rosanda
  • [flag:ch] Nadir "leNadir" Laguerre
  • [flag:se] Martin "BUR1X" Buric
  • [flag:se] Andreas "Likely" Lindberg

Prediction: 5th - 8th

The suprise finalist of last week, Eccentric Gaming, will be looking to repeat their success. It will be interesting to see whether their last weeks performances are a indicator for the future or a one-off.


SG-1

  • [flag:fi] Kalle "hymzi" Honkala
  • [flag:fi] Jani "hocz" Laakonnen
  • [flag:fi] Antti "kynell" Kinnunen
  • [flag:fi] Tuomas "punpah" Kunnanamo
  • [flag:fi] Jukka "Rebeli" Kauppinen
  • [flag:fi] Dan "nugiyen" Nguyen
  • [flag:fi] Lauri "mafu" Rasi

Prediction: 5th - 8th

The former finish Team Fortress 2 powerhouse powergaming, now trying their luck in Overwatch under the name SG-1, has a wealth of competitive experience to rely on. They are a possible contender for the top end of the European scene in the future, but are currently at a disadvantage to other teams with the least time in the beta together. With a bit of bracket luck, they could make it to the top 4, however.

k1ck eSports Club

  • [flag:de] Nils "mztikk" Feierabend
  • [flag:de] Arthur "Eissfeldt" Marx
  • [flag:fi] Timo "Taimou" Kettunen
  • [flag:fi] Jesper "rulah" Sundell
  • [flag:dk] Christian "quad" Sørensen
  • [flag:de] Michael "michr" Rosen
  • [flag:se] Patrik "nkr" Flodin
  • [flag:es] Jorge "kalinka" Rodriguez Ortega

Prediction: 5th - 8th

One of the teams with the most diverse competitive backgrounds with former Day of Defeat, Team Fortress 2, Enemy Territory and Dirty Bomb players want to redeem themselves after a second round loss last week.

Mydong

  • [flag:se] Kevin "pluppie" Lindström
  • [flag:de] Artur "art1er" Boxana
  • [flag:se] Pelle "fazz" Söderman
  • [flag:se] Ted "koWAWAbEAR" Hansson
  • [flag:gb] James "2GD" Harding
  • [flag:at] Richard "noctis" Gansterer
  • [flag:se] Rasmus "Draceus" Wearn

Prediction: 5th - 8th

A mixteam formed out of the remains of the recent Planetkey Dynamics disband and duel shooter legends noctis, 2GD and fazz might be one of the stronger teams on the individual side of things. It will be interesting to see whether they can overcome the predicted lack of teamplay compared to teams that practiced with one another week in and out.

 

 

If you are planning on following the action, tune in to one of the following official broadcasters:

 

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