In the first stage of the Overwatch League, the Boston Uprising have made an impressive showing. A large reason for this source of power comes from their newest breakout star. British main tank and shot caller Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth has redefined the team. Initially, Fusions was signed as a two-way player. His time was to be split between the Boston Uprising, and their Contenders team, Uprising Academy. That way, he could provide former player Young-jin “Gamsu” Noh with back-up when necessary.
However, when Gamsu was traded just two days before the start of the season, the Uprising needed him. Immediately, Fusions was called up to the full time roster, and made his debut with the team during their first match of the season. Facing off against the powerhouse that is the NYXL, the Uprising proved that this fresh roster wasn’t something to be brushed aside so easily. Pushing them to a map draw, and earning a map win of their own, the team made an excellent showing, and it’s hard to know if they would’ve done the same without Fusions.
Why Is Fusions So Important?
So, why is he so important to the team? His playstyle fits the same sort of aggression that Gamsu liked to show when playing Winston. With Lucas “NotE” Meissner playing a tentative and tactical D.va, this leaves room for Fusions to break through and lead the charge into the enemy lines. By protecting when he’s required to do so, allowing resident support sniper Minseok “AimGod” “Jeff” Kwon to get necessary picks, Fusions holds the team together in game. He’s their stronghold – both as their main tank, and as their teammate.
On top of his flexible playstyle, Fusions also took up the role of shot caller. A now running joke among both the Overwatch League community and the talent, Fusions can be heard from the first three rows at the Blizzard Arenas. He’s loud, yes, but he isn’t angry. Instead, he’s tactical, and he’s quick. His understanding of the game puts him in the perfect position to call things out for his team. As Kristian “Kellex” Keller said in a recent interview, “He just tells us what to do since he knows more than any of us”.
His ability to shot call, paired with his optimistic attitude, makes him the perfect leader. As heard on comm’s insights provided by the League, Fusions is always making sure that the boys keep their heads up. With playoffs being a very real possibility, Fusions made sure that everyone knew what they were to be doing, while also ensuring that they could be doing it. When things don’t go their way, it’s still important to have a tether to the game to ensure that your frustrations don’t tip you overboard.
What This Means For Stage 2
Going forward, this same attitude will be imperative. With many people anticipating a meta shift, they’ll need this strong anchor to make sure that they survive. Last season, the Uprising fell from glory. After their undefeated Stage 3, the meta shifted with the introduction of Brigitte. The Uprising, sadly, were unable to keep up, and therefore stumbled to get back on their feet.
This time around, they need to stay on top of the game. Fusions is at the center of that. With how well he’s gelled with the rest of the team, it’s important for him to continue his success. Though talks of him being traded circled around early last week, those rumors seem to have settled. Which, for the Uprising, is wonderful news. Many players can suit the main tank role. However, it’s hard to think about Boston parting with Fusions after all he’s done.
As they head into their second stage, the Uprising have a tough schedule ahead of them. Their first two games are against playoff contenders Atlanta Reign and the Toronto Defiant. The tank battles, here, will be something to watch. Whether they choose to run GOATs or DPS, the tanks are still important. Fusions and his leadership will show how well the Boston Uprising can fair against the best of the best. And, in the end, they can earn another shot at a stage championship!
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