London Spitfire have been flying high since their stage one victory, and now there’s a Goose to their Maverick. London Spitfire have debuted their new Contenders team, British Hurricane. Just like Spitfire, British Hurricane takes on blue colors and a homage to the Royal Air Force. The Hawker Hurricane, the team’s namesake, flew alongside the Supermarine Spitfire in the Battle of Britain.
What is very different from the Spitfire is Hurricane’s roster, which has selected talent from across Europe. Fans who have followed the pre-Overwatch League competitive scene may recognize former players from Cloud9’s Europe squad, 123, and Singularity. The full roster was released in a press statement:
Main Tank - Cameron ‘Fusions’ Bosworth (United Kingdom)
Off Tank - Hafþór ‘Hafficool’ Hákonarson (Iceland)
Flex DPS - Finley ‘Kyb’ Adisi (United Kingdom)
Hitscan DPS - Phillip ‘Kragie’ Krag Brems (Denmark)
Main Support - Ryan ‘CrusaDe’ van Wegen (Netherlands)
Support - Daniel ‘FunnyAstro’ Hathaway (United Kingdom)
Flex Support - Jakob ‘bock1’ Kleveland (Sweden) |
Coach - Nicholas ‘ShiftyOW’ Travis (USA) | @OverwatchTactic
Manager - Ysabel ‘Noukky’ Müller (Germany) | @NoukkyIzzy
London Spitfire have drawn criticism for their South Korean roster, but the organization backing the team up is solidly British. In a recent roundtable, Paul “Redeye” Chaloner of partnered organization Code Red Esports spoke about Cloud9’s plans to not only bring the South Korean roster to London to experience the culture, but to aggressively pursue and cultivate British talent. This is a very clear first step, and it’ll be interesting to see how high British Hurricane can fly in Contenders.