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The London Spitfire cemented their name in the history of Overwatch League when they became the 2018 inaugural season champions. They had a bit of a lukewarm 2019 season and by the time off-season rolled around and free agency started up more players were being released then were being signed. Fans watched as their favorite players dropped the London colors, support star Seung-tae “Bdosin“ Choi, DPS stars Joon-yeong “Profit” Park and Ji-hyeok “birdring” Kim all left the team.
Finally after weeks of silence, the Cloud9 owned London Spitfire have announced their 8 man roster for the 2020 season. Of the old guard only one name remains, flex support player Yung-hoon “Krillin” Jung. The rest of the roster is comprised of second tier Overwatch Talent from the Contender’s scene with the exception of flex support player Sung-hyeok “Highly” Lee who played last season with the Seoul Dynasty.
Our Thoughts: I can sympathize with fans scratching their heads over seeing an entirely new roster for a team that were Champions under two years ago. The league is filled with star players that have made huge names for themselves over the past two season and the London Spitfire didn’t pick up a single one. It’s not to say that this roster can’t perform, but there is something to having experience on the professional level. The Florida Mayhem employed similar recruitment strategies through the 2019 season as they picked up high profile Korean talent, but weren’t able to make much use of the players they put together. I see the London Spitfire struggling in the earlier season at best and becoming the next Florida Mayhem at worst. It’ll remain to be seen if the London Spitfire can reclaim any of their former glory, but I think the sad truth of the situation is that they may have peaked early and now are just going to crash and burn.
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