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Overwatch League Season 2 Preview: Paris Eternal

Paris Eternal

Out of the eight new expansion teams, the Paris Eternal are the only team to have an all European roster, which consists of both veterans of the Overwatch League and newcomers. The Eternal have a lot of individual talent joining the team, but it will be up to their coaches to bring them together if they want to make a name for themselves this season.

ROSTER

Paris Eternal
Photo courtesy of the Paris Eternal

COACHING

The most hype-inducing aspect of the Paris Eternal has to be their solid coaching staff. While there are many unknowns surrounding the team’s players, fans of the Eternal can rest easy knowing that they are in capable hands.

The trio that is daemoN, Seita, and Féfé is going to be a major source of strength for the Paris Eternal. DaemoN took up the interim head coach position for the Los Angeles Valiant during Stage 2 as the Valiant. DaemoN has a lot of experience working with the French players on the Eternal as he was also the head coach for Team France during the 2018 World Cup.

Seita and Féfé

Alongside daemoN, Seita has an exceptional amount of experience in the EU Overwatch scene. Seita was the head coach of Team Finland during the 2018 World Cup. He was also the head coach of Team Gigantti from 2017-2018. Féfé was a head coach for Eagle Gaming and managed to win season 2 of EU Contenders.

The three of them together have more experience working with EU talent than most coaches in the league. They will use their knowledge and familiarity with the players to their advantage as they guide them through season 2. However, it is the addition of Kyky to the roster has some fans raising a collective eyebrow.

Kyky

Paris Eternal, Kyky
Photo courtesy of Medium.com

A polarizing figure in the community, this is not Kyky’s first rodeo at the Overwatch League. He was briefly head coach for the Dallas Fuel. There has been a lot of doubt regarding Kyky’s leadership capabilities since his less-than-stellar departure from the Fuel alongside player Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim. However, his brief stint being an assistant coach for the Houston Outlaws put him in a more positive light.

Unlike the Fuel, most of the Outlaw’s only had nice things to say about Kyky and were sad to see him go. His rocky start in the Overwatch League has many wondering if he will be a detriment to the Eternal’s otherwise stacked coaching roster. However, it is important to keep in mind that Kyky will be an assistant coach, and not in a major leadership role. This position might prove to be a great place for Kyky to shine and truly start over.

PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Kruise

Paris Eternal, Kruise
2018-09-21 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

Kruise popped off during the 2018 World Cup while playing for Team UK. He is most well known for his time playing on Toronto Esports prior to their rebranding earlier this winter. Kruise has shown to be one of the stronger new support players coming into season 2 of the Overwatch League. His amazing shot calling and skills on Lucio, Mercy, and occasionally Genji make him one of the Eternal’s top players to keep an eye on this season.

SoOn

Paris Eternal, SoOn
2018-09-23 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

SoOn is one of the major faces of Western Overwatch. An incredible DPS player SoOn is also known for his leadership abilities. He is one of the most experienced players on the team next to ShaDowBurn. SoOn started out playing for both Misfits and Rogue, which were two of the top teams prior to the formation of the Overwatch League.

During his time on the Los Angeles Valiant, SoOn proved to be one of the team’s greatest strengths. SoOn is one of the best Widowmakers in the league and impressed viewers everywhere as he hit headshot after headshot on various opponents. Valiant fans were devastated when the news that SoOn was moving on to Paris Eternal dropped. SoOn will be a major pickup for the Paris Eternal; his experience having already played for an Overwatch League team sets him apart from the rest of his teammates and will be an advantage for the Eternal as they look to get their feet wet this season.

LhCloudy

Before joining Paris Eternal, LhCloudy was the main tank for Team Gigantti. Team Gigantti is the birthplace of many notable Finnish players in the Overwatch League such as Joona “fragi” Laine and Jiri “LiNkzr” Masalin. LhCloudy is best known for his Reinhardt and Winston. He is rumored to be starting over BenBest, which has come as a surprise to many Eternal fans. BenBest showed off his incredible Reinhardt skills while playing for Team France during the 2018 Overwatch World Cup. This is a major chance for LhCloudy to step up to the plate and show what he can do.

ROUGH ROADS AHEAD

The Paris Eternal have a rough stage one ahead of them. They will be facing off against some of the strongest teams from last season in their first games.

Paris Eternal
Schedule courtesy of the Paris Eternal

 

LONDON SPITFIRE

The Eternal’s first matchup will be against last season’s champions, the London Spitfire. Talk about an unfair start, this game is going to be a doozy for the Paris Eternal. The London Spitfire have more than proven themselves to be worthy opponents on the battlefield. The London Spitfire are projected to be one of the best teams coming back into the Overwatch League, alongside the New York Excelsior and Philadelphia Fusion.

Though the majority of the Paris Eternal have played together professionally, it is uncertain how they will do on the main stage. The Spitfire have an entire season under their belt, on which they came out on top. The Eternal have a major challenge in front of them as they look to face last season’s champions.

LOS ANGELES GLADIATORS

Headliner
(Image Courtesy of Robert Paul of Blizzard Entertainment)

The Eternal’s second game will be against the Los Angeles Gladiators. The Gladiators finished strong last season, despite internal issues with main tank Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek during the Grand Finals. During the offseason, Fissure found a new home on the Seoul Dynasty. His departure has planted a seed of doubt in the minds of many concerning how the Gladiators will fare during Season 2.

The Gladiators had a rocky start to Season 1, but  they ultimately came into their own throughout the remainder of the season. Lane “Surefour” Roberts became one of the best Widowmaker players in the league. Now classified as a flex player, Surefour has proven to be capable of playing multiple roles which will be a major strength for the Gladiators going into Season 2.

Along with Surefour, the Gladiators have an unstoppable support duo in Benjamin “BigGoose” Isohanni and Jonas “Shaz” Suovaara. Even without Fissure, the Gladiators are a strong team and will prove to be a challenge for the Paris Eternal.

ATLANTA REIGN

The Atlanta Reign will be the first fellow expansion team that the Eternal will face. The Atlanta Reign are looking to be fairly strong opponents just based on the talent they’ve brought onto their roster. Main tank Blake “Gator” Scott is on a two-way contract with Atlanta Academy and he popped off during Season 3 of NA Contenders. Alongside Gator, Hyun-jun “Pokpo” Park and Dong-hyeong “DACO” Seo, the Reign’s tank line is looking strong. Fans will see star streamer Daniel “dafran” Fresca on stage this season as well. Though dafran himself is a major catalyst for the team, they are looking good overall.

The Reign, much like the Eternal, have a lot of individual talent on the team. Coaching will have a huge impact on the Reign as well, with Brad “Sephy” Rejani keeping an eye on things. Sephy, former head coach for the San Francisco Shock, is looking to come back into the Overwatch League to show what he’s got as a coach after a successful run with Contenders team, Last Night’s Leftovers. It will be interesting to see how these two new teams match up against one another.

VANCOUVER TITANS

Seoul Dynasty's Must-Watch Games
Courtesy of Vancouver Titans

While they are one of the new expansion teams, The Vancouver Titans are already an established team coming into season 2. The players are formerly of Korean Contenders team, RunAway. The team has a long history, one that was once filled with uncertainty.

The Vancouver Titans are more like a family than a team. They have amazing synergy with one another and out of all the expansion teams, they’re looking to be the ones to beat. With their rich history and a stacked roster, the Eternal will have an uphill battle with this match.

WASHINGTON JUSTICE

It is uncertain how the Washington Justice will do going into Season 2 but most are projecting them to be in the bottom three by the end of this season. They had a rocky start with drama concerning General Manager Kate Mitchell’s management of the team and their budget. Despite bringing Hyeong-seok “WizardHyeong” Kim and Joon-hwa “Janus” Song on board from the New York Excelsior, the Justice look disheveled in comparison to the other expansion teams. This might prove to be one of the easier matchups for the Eternal going into Season 2.

PHILADELPHIA FUSION

Overwatch League
Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

The Philadelphia Fusion have consistently been in the top five of most official power rankings. Finishing second last year, the Philadelphia Fusion have a lot to prove going into Season 2.

So does ShaDowBurn.

Meta allowing, ShaDowBurn will be playing against his former teammates come March 17. It will be interesting to see ShaDowBurn face off against Josue “eqo” Corona, who took ShaDowBurn’s starting spot on the Fusion late last season. While there is hopefully no bad blood between them, it will be exciting to see how ShaDowBurn’s new team stacks up against the Philadelphia Fusion.

Will Paris Make the Playoffs?

When it comes to the Overwatch League, anything is possible. As we learned last season with NYXL, sometimes the best team might not be able to make it into the Grand Finals. Paris is a young team, but they look more organized than most of the new expansion teams. They have a lot of individual talent that has the potential to shine in the current meta. It helps that three of their players are also Overwatch League veterans. They can help guide the newcomers along this new journey. Along with the veterans, their coaching staff definitely gives them an advantage that most other teams don’t have.

Schedule-wise, Stage 1 is going to be rocky for the Eternal. Once they get past it and find their groove, they have a good chance of at least making it into the top ten by the end of the second season which means potential playoffs depending on where they finish and the new playoff format.

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