This Is How We Do It In Philly:
A Look at the Upcoming Preseason Match Between Philadelphia Fusion & Florida Mayhem
With a 12-man roster composed of pro players from FaZe Clan, 123, Ardeont, Team Gigantti, Cloud9 EU and more, Philadelphia Fusion is one of the most culturally diverse Overwatch League teams. And with fan favorites like Carpe (Jae-Hyeok Lee) and BoomBox (Isaac Charles), Fusion is also one of the most hyped teams going into the preseason on Dec. 7.
Here is the full team roster:
- Issac “BoomBox” Charles – United Kingdom
- Jae “Carpe” Hyeok Lee – South Korea
- Joona “fragi” Laine – Finland
- Georgo “ShaDowBurn” Guscha – Russia
- Hong Jun “Hotba” Choi – South Korea
- Giuseppe “Joemeister” Gaetano Gramano – Canada
- Alberto “Neptuno” Gonzalez Molinillo – Spain
- Jeonghwan “DayFly” Park – South Korea
- Gael “Poko” Gouzarch – France
- Josue “Eqo” Corona – Israel
- Simon “Snillo” Ekstrom – Sweden
- Sumin “SADO” Kim – South Korea
On Dec. 7 the Philadelphia Fusion will be facing Florida Mayhem, the first matchup of the preseason. So we asked our followers: Who will you be rooting for?
Twitter user @Shadowwace was quick to put in his vote for Philadelphia Fusion. Why? He tweeted:
And I have to say, I agree.
Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee is a South Korean player known for his incredible DPS mastery, including a mind-blowing Tracer. Viewers commonly refer to him as the best Tracer they’ve ever seen. His FaZe Clan team placed second in Overwatch Contenders Season 1: North America.
Mastering a DPS hero like Tracer requires immensely accurate and fast reaction times. If anyone else were to understand what it takes to master a DPS hero, it’s Georgii “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha (who was also on that deadly FaZe Clan team), known to many as the “Genji God.”
One YouTuber, Dave Cho – after watching hours of ShaDowBurn gameplay – explained: “What makes ShaDowBurn such a good Genji is that he has game sense. Like, even though he pulled out his blade and got nano-ed […] he jumped out of there to find the Mercy. Because if he didn’t kill [the enemy team’s] Mercy, she would’ve rezzed [back when Resurrect was Mercy’s ultimate ability]. He knows what’s more important and focuses on winning for the team, more than getting kills.”
Another YouTuber put it more simply: “HOLY SHIT this guy is inhuman!”
ShaDowBurn’s exceptional DPS skills are no surprise to his long-term fans. They know him best as a professional Team Fortress 2 player, praised for his DeathMatch skills as a soldier who landed crazy airshots on other players.
Of course, they wouldn’t stand a chance against Florida Mayhem – or any teams in the Overwatch League for that matter – without a balanced team. That’s where infamous Zenyatta main Isaac “BoomBox” Charles comes in, or talented professional Lucio player, Alberto “NeptuNo” Gonzalez Molinillo, speed boosting his team to the capture point.
BoomBox played on United Kingdom’s Overwatch World Cup team, which placed in the top 10 teams worldwide. As a player for Cyclone, BoomBox’s team came in first again and again and again in many European tournaments.
In an interview with Overwatch Score, Philadelphia Fusion’s head coach Yann “Kirby” Luu stated that every single player signed onto the roster is “a super good player.”
“The well-known names are all good,” he continued, “but even the players who are a bit of a question mark for the community when they saw our roster, I can assure you that they will be very surprised by them.”
Rocking orange and black jerseys, the team colors “have a special place in the heart of Philadelphia sports fans,” noted the Overwatch League‘s official team announcement, “as they are also the official colors of the professional ice hockey team known as the Philadelphia Flyers (another team owned by Fusion’s parent company Comcast Spectacor).”
To further pay homage to Philadelphia, the team name and logo reflect the “velocity, dynamism, and creative energy that is generated by bringing distinct parts together to produce something new.” But that’s not only a science lesson: It’s further reflection of the team’s makeup.
Comcast Spectacor CEO Dave Scott said in a press release: “The Fusion roster features players and coaches from North America, Europe and Asia, which reflects the international makeup of Philadelphia, as well as our brand’s promise, a ‘fusion’ of players from all across the world.”
With a DPS-heavy roster, it’s safe to say that Philadelphia Fusion will be a very aggressive team. But they’ll also be a lot more flexible, a 12-man team compared to Florida Mayhem’s official six-man roster. It seems that anything Florida Mayhem throws at them, the Philadelphia Fusion can bend to meet it.
And break it.
In that same Overwatch Score score interview, Kirby went on to say that having 12 guys on the roster will give the team more control.
And let’s be honest. We’ve seen Carpe all but destroy on the North American server. And we saw South Korea dominate in the 2017 Overwatch World Cup. These are things you can’t unsee.
So my prediction is that Philadelphia Fusion – with their flexibility, diversity and “creative energy” – will come out on top against Florida Mayhem.
Check out Philadelphia Fusion’s upcoming Overwatch League schedule here.
And follow Philadelphia Fusion on Twitter for team updates.
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