Less than a month away from the start of Overwatch League’s Season 2, hype is starting to build up big time. Everyone is tweeting the number of days that are left with hopes to make them pass faster. Does it work? Not really. But what does work is learning about the team you’ll be cheering on!
Last article in the series, we talked about Houston’s DPS players, you can read it here. This time, we’re focusing on who’s shielding the damage and eating ultimates, and sometimes they do the damage themselves! Let’s go ahead and view their Tanks.
Name: Matt “coolmatt” Iorio
Birthday: July 29, 1989 (29 years old)
Country: United States
Jersey Number: 69
The Houston Outlaws’ star D.Va player. Sometimes referred to as one of the world’s best on the hero. He plays the role of Houston’s flex tank. His pool of preferred heroes is composed of D.Va, Zarya and Soldier 76. He joined the Outlaws as part of their original Inaugural Season roster.
Coolmatt had his introduction to esports through the MMO Firefall, where he played for Team Hubris for around a year. After Overwatch’s release, he transitioned from the game and was signed by Team EnVyUs. After this, there was a period of time in which he changed teams very often, lasting around two months in each. That is until he was signed by Fnatic, where he stayed for a year. He managed to compete with them in major tournaments like Dreamhack Winter 2016, Overwatch Open and Major League Gaming Vegas, and place high in every one of them.
As the Overwatch League was closing in, he decided to leave the team. He joined FNRGFE, where he joined almost all of his current teammates in the attempt to qualify. The team achieved 4th place in Overwatch Contenders North America Season 0 and 1, results that gave almost all of the team the opportunity to be signed to the Houston Outlaws. That same year he participated in Overwatch World Cup 2017, but after qualifying in first place in Santa Monica, they were beaten by South Korea in the quarterfinals, the team that later on went to win it all.
Name: Austin “Muma” Wilmot
Birthday: August 17, 1998 (20 years old)
Country: United States
Jersey Number: 17
Houston Outlaws’ main tank. Also a contender for the title of world’s best Winston. His preferred hero pool is made up of all main tank heroes, Orisa, Reinhardt and Winston. He was the League’s first openly LGBT player and joined the Outlaws’ roster as part of their original squad.
Muma’s career in esports predates Overwatch. He used to play Team Fortress 2 with the widely acclaimed Team Froyotech. As many players did, with Overwatch’s release he changed from game, and with it, from team. He joined at an unknown date a team named 20bOink, and left at an unknown date as well. His career in professional Overwatch started when he joined Gale Force eSports. He participated with them in various weekly tournaments and qualifiers, finishing with high results each time.
He left the team as Overwatch League loomed over the horizon, wanting to be part of it. After some time, he joined FNRGFE with coolmatt and most of the players that are still his teammates. He participated in Overwatch World Cup 2018 with Team USA. The team managed to score 1st place in Los Angeles qualifiers again, but they were beaten in quarterfinals once more. This time however, by Team UK in the most unexpected victory in all of Overwatch history.
Name: Alexandre “SPREE” Vanhomwegen
Birthday: June 4, 1995 (23 years old)
Jersey Number: 7
Houston Outlaws’ certified Zarya specialist, and one of the best in the League on this hero. His hero pool, like most off tank players, is composed of Zarya, D.Va and Soldier 76. He joined the Outlaws’ as part of the original roster. Overwatch League Inaugural Season’s holder of the record of most eliminations per 10 minutes.
His competitive esports career in Overwatch started in 2016 with the launch of the game. He’s been part of a large number of teams throughout the years, some big ones, some a bit smaller. His debut in tournaments was with Team Project, where he only played one tournament, on On Point! He then moved to team Ninjas With Attitude, where he got outstanding results in the European scene, however, due to lack of organization, the team wasn’t signed by any major Team, so they disbanded and joined other squads separately. After these events, he joined Luminosity Gaming Loyal, where he played in major tournaments, like the Overwatch Carbon Series and Overwatch Winter Premier.
As the Overwatch League started getting closer, he decided that in order to be able to participate, he would need a team that was gonna play on Overwatch Contenders. With this decision, he left Luminosity and signed with FaZe Clan. They managed to get 5th place in Contenders Season 0, and fought their way up to 2nd place for Season 1. As a result, when the time came, he was asked to join the League with Houston. SPREE also has some Overwatch World Cup experience in him. He played with Team Benelux in 2016 but couldn’t get past the European qualifiers. Likewise, again on 2017 with Team Belgium, but the story repeated itself in the Santa Monica Qualifiers.
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