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Brother Against Brother: Meta Athena

Hello there! This is the start of a new series called “Brother Against Brother”. Here I’ll talk about the history of a particular team whose players are now pitted against one another in the Overwatch League. There are many examples of this phenomenon across a variety of regions, but the most prolific example by far is Korea’s Meta Athena.

The bonds forged on an Overwatch team are some of the strongest out there. This game requires extreme degrees of teamwork and skill – so the five other players on the field with you can become fast friends if you press your Q’s right. Those bonds can’t possibly last forever, though. It’s a DPS-eat-DPS world out there, and these players are all gunning for the same thing – a spot in the Overwatch League. While these players have earned the opportunity of a lifetime, it comes with a cost. Few know this better than the players listed below.

 

Many and Varied


Meta Athena alum are on no less than five Overwatch League squads right now. The team’s ability to train players to be flexible and stick to a plan has definitely been noticed by scouts and managers across the Overwatch League, and Meta Athena has, by that same token, proven to be one of the most prolific sources of OWL talent on the planet.

Kim “Libero” Hye-sung plays for NYXL, while Kim “NUS” Jong-seok made his way to the London Spitfire for their first championship run. Texas took a pair of Meta Athena stars, Jeong “ArHan” Won-hyeop in Houston and Kim “EFFECT” Hyeon for the Fuel. Further south, the Florida Mayhem have proven themselves big fans of Meta Athena’s talent – they have three former players themselves. Choi “Kris” Jun-soo, Ha “Sayaplayer” Jeong-woo and Kim “aWesomeGuy” Sung-hoon have all ended up with the Mayhem, where new GM Scott “BEARHANDS” Tester is hoping to pull on past synergies in his new, mostly-Korean squad.

It’s not a bad idea, either – Meta Athena was always an interesting team to watch. Libero was often the architect of some ridiculous play or another thanks to his endless hero pool (though ridiculous didn’t always mean effective. They, were entertaining at least!)

 

When high ground Mei rollouts or Bastion set-up plays failed, the team’s crazy mechanical skill would often win the day, or at least right the ship.

Sayaplayer in particular made a name for himself as a mechanical savant, much like Philadelphia’s Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee. That capability has carried over into his time with the Florida Mayhem, where his frightening accuracy and game sense were often the only things keeping his team from crushing defeat. (The Mayhem instead settled for the normal kind of defeat, which is when you lose, but at least walk away knowing that you can still beat Shanghai. Probably.)

 

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