Around the OWL: Paris team name leaked, Manneten resigns to Mayhem Academy
After some reddit sleuths uncovered a trademarking website with the possible future names of certain Overwatch League expansion teams, it was revealed that Paris OWL may soon be unveiled as Paris Eternal for their branding into the 2019 season.
This website has been instrumental in the past for leaking the Seoul Dynasty and Shanghai Dragons branding last season as they sent in their logo idea for review through the same website. While this source has been valuable in the past, a last minute change is also possible en route to Blizzcon 2018.
Will Paris make it permanent?
The Paris OWL organization has been heavily favored to do big things in Season Two of the Overwatch League after their roster unveiling late last month. To add to their fully stacked lineup, the organization may have inadvertently revealed their team name after reddit users found the tag ‘Paris Eternal’ as one of the newest additions to a trademark website used by Blizzard and Overwatch League owners.
While this source has been useful in the past, there’s still no guarantee as to what the actual team name will be until its unveiled by Paris themselves. Until then, there’s much to be speculated on as to whether or not Paris will be a force to be reckoned with in the Overwatch League.
As more and more expansion rosters get announced, several teams are opting for Korean players to fill their ranks and are focused on optimizing the most out of their teams to get great performances on stage. Paris have opted for a different route and their nationalistic endeavor may just pay off if the players on board can operate at a high enough level.
Manneten to Mayhem Academy; Boston Uprising make two signings
After being let go by the team to perform player trials for other Overwatch League rosters, the path to a new home has come full circle for Tim “Manneten” Bylund as he signed the dotted line for Florida Mayhem Academy.
Manneten may be upset at not getting an offer for another OWL competitor, but the new atmosphere being developed in Florida may bode well for him over the course of this season as he looks to prove himself in the Contenders scene.
At the moment, he joins fellow Swedish flex player Carl “crems” Aspehult and Johannes “Shax” Nielsen, a Danish DPS player who impressed mightily during his stint at the Overwatch World Cup Qualifiers. Mayhem Academy still do not have enough members for a full roster with their total still sitting at five.
With all the negative headlines that have lingered over the Boston Uprising these past few weeks, the new signings of Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse and Park “Axxiom” Min-seob could provide a well needed turning of the page as Uprising rebuild their lineup.
After the departure of Neko and the apparent contract issues still ongoing with Striker, Colourhex is a welcome addition that could make waves in the Overwatch League given the line of successful DPS players that have come before him. His projectile prowess makes him a threat on a multitude of heroes and he can continue his growth alongside a dominant supporting group of Gamsu and NotE.
Axxiom is finally getting his chance at the biggest stage after a turbulent few years floating from different Overwatch Contenders teams throughout the whole process. As a new member of the Boston Uprising, he may not have the skill just yet to usurp the starting position of Team Captain Gamsu, but being under his wing will be vital to success as he tries to gain confidence in a new surrounding.