With the start of the Overwatch League signings, I thought it'd be fun to make a team of free agents looking for a team currently.
So a bit of preface, it's been made clear that players that already have a team can join a different team in the OWL, meaning that a player from the current Immortals roster could go and join the Seoul team in the next few months. Given that fact, I wanted to keep the list down to just players currently looking for teams or are on unsigned teams. Also in building the team, I'm going to use a 2/2/2 comp to show the most diverse players that I can. Now with the housekeeping out of the way, let's get into it why don't we?
First on the DPS side I'm recommending Buds from the pug team FNRGFE. A diverse player with hitscan heroes like Widow and Soldier 76, and projectile characters like his nutty Genji. Showing these characters does him a favor in games by giving his team multiple looks and a chance to counter play the opposition by switching from sitting back and attempting to get picks to forward aggression with his newly buffed Reaper.
Buds does have his drawbacks, as any player does. He has a tendency to use an ultimate after the fight has been won or lost for the most part, giving away a powerful ability for next to nothing. His aim also has been streaky when he's under pressure. With FNRGFE he has improved his aim a bit, here's to hoping he can clean up the rest of his game to get to the height I know he is capable of.
Sinatraa (Free Agent)
In current overwatch, you absolutely need a Tracer to succeed and for my money, you can't go wrong with Sinatraa when it comes to skill. His former team (RIP Selfless) ran a comp that heavily featured Tracer when it wasn't commonplace to do so. His skill with Tracer doesn't just involve getting kills, his harassment of the enemy team makes him impossible not to pay attention to. Sinatraa has incredible aim, bursting down squishier enemies in one clip and getting tougher enemies to back off in two. All this does not mean that Sinatraa can only play one hero, he also has a mean Zarya, and with the character being projected to be back in the pro meta he could get the chance to show his skills off with her again.
There are a few minor problems Sinatraa does have, the biggest one being an attitude problem. Sinatraa almost seems like he doesn't want to play when things aren't going his way, or when they are, or just if it's cloudy outside. The guy has his anger problems is all I'm saying. I can't claim to know how well he works with teammates in game, but it is not just about how you conduct yourself in game anymore, in the pro landscape with the OWL you will need to behave like an adult in game and out. He is a very young kid though, so someone is needed to help guide him to being more mature.
BERNAR (Free agent)
In his former team, BK Stars, Bernar held the Off Tank/DPS flex role. He'd play D.Va to mitigate damage and peel for his teammates, then switch to Soldier to deal damage out, meaning he could give you a third DPS on the team. His D.Va play is consistent and he can give you time on Zarya, who recently is getting tried out for new buffs and could be coming back into the pro meta. Being on a team with shooters like Carpe and Bunny, it makes it hard to stand out, but without Bernar there to protect them and soak up a few bullets when needed, they could never shine and prosper when it's go time.
A thing you could knock Bernar on is his being not the absolute best at any of his characters, he is very much a Jack of All Trades, Master of None. I do like his D.Va play, but you could get people above his level in other places. The thing is, you won't find many people with a character pool his size either. You are gambling on how well Bernar can play five different characters in one game, but I'm willing to make that bet.
Emongg (free agent)
Emongg is in a weird place right now. He was an absolute terror on Roadhog back when he was viable in the meta, now picking up a new tank. After a rough start on Winston, he has dramatically improved, being only hampered by team issues keeping the now defunct Selfless. Picking up a new hero in Overwatch is hard, but Emongg handled it well and kept himself from being a detraction for his team.
Emongg, like everyone, does has his problems. While his Winston play has improved greatly, it is still not where it could be, but practice and time makes us strong. Also he has a tendency to go off on his own and overextend, leaving him dead and his team short a member, perhaps a leftover from his time on Roadhog. These things can lead to a lost team fight or a lost game but here's to hoping that Emongg can turn himself around.
dhak (free agent)
Support is like being at the Center position for a basketball team, you don't realize how important one is until you need a good one. Even with the OWL on the horizon, support won't be a glamorous position to play in but that's why people like Dhak are so important. Currently a free agent after Selfless disbanded, he would be a great pick up for an OWL team. Dhak has two of the biggest things you need in a support, survivability and a willingness to be in the action. Mainly a Lucio player, he keeps his teammates living far longer than they should be by peeling and having decent aim with a projectile hero.
A problem with Dhak you could exploit is the fact is that he doesn't have as big of a hero pool as his contemporaries, his Lucio is strong but his other heroes do not measure up. In keeping up he could possibly flex on to a Somba flex role or pick up Ana as she seems to be making her way back into pro play. Versatility is the name of the game in Overwatch and it would be in Dhak's best interest to get some of it in his life.
custa (Arc 6)
On the opposite side of the spectrum we Custa from unsigned team Arc 6. Playing most every support beside Symmetra he has a good sense of when a character isn't working out and when to switch. He can take the Mercy play for his partner in the support class Gingerpop and keep the team ahead in the alive count, big in the current meta where deaths are fast.
While he is very good at most supports, Custa doesn't have a great Ana which could be bad if she finds her way back into the pro meta. Also Custa doesn't have great survivability on any of his characters which makes him a bit of a glass cannon. He'll give you a quick ultimate but he might not be around to enjoy it with you, leaving the rest of the team to clean up after him. Custa has improved recently, putting Arc 6 in a much better place, using Transcendence to keep himself alive but coming in to help a Genji to clean up after a won fight, or using some really well placed Sombra ultimates to stop a push before it starts.
There's no doubt there will be an abundance of good new combinations of players that will be coming into the first season of the Overwatch League. I'll be keeping an eye on any signings to the first seven teams.
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