The Atlanta Reign: Dark Horse from Georgia

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While Atlanta may not have been the first place people would have looked for a new Overwatch League team to arise, it certainly isn’t one people are complaining about.

Announced on August 2nd, the League slot was purchased by Atlanta Esports Ventures, a joint ownership by Cox Enterprises and Province, and was one of the earliest announced expansion teams being added for the second season of the OWL. The roster is made up of eight players from six different countries and will make for an interesting setup moving into their debut season. Similar to what we did with the Eternal, each role will be looked at and scored (1-10) followed by an overall team analysis and prediction.

 

SUPPORT: 6.8

The support duo of Masaa and Kodak hails from EU Contenders.

Masaa played as a part of NYYRIKKI Esports up until early 2018 when he became part of the Giganti Contenders roster. During his tenure with RIKKI, Masaa did not find consistent success and the team often found itself placed on the low end of minor tournaments. However, with Giganti, Masaa helped the team place very highly in Contenders, finishing second season one and losing only to Eagle Gaming in season two.

His partner, Kodak, has been a part of many teams. His most notable showings were as a part of the Germany World Cup team in 2018 as well as his place on the 6nakes roster in Contenders season two. Before those two positions, Kodak bounced around several minor German teams following a good run with the 123 roster in mid-2017 and found highs and lows with the teams he was a part of.

The concern with these two is a lack of real experience at high levels of play as neither has been in the upper levels for longer than a year. Yes, Kodak played at the World Cup and Masaa had great success with Giganti, but those positions are only so telling and there’s a worry that the two of them may not be able to fully hold their own against some of the best the world has to offer in the OWL.

 

TANKS: 7.4

Reign’s tank line is made up of Pokpo, Gator, and flex-tank DACO.

Both Pokpo and DACO come from the Korean Contenders team Element Mystic which found relative success, placing upper middle of the pack in season one and dropping to the season two champions RunAway in the semi-finals in season two. They were a solid front line for their team and will be able to easily adapt to a higher level of play as their environment in Korea was already suited and paced just behind that which the OWL requires.

Gator is a two-way player for the team which makes him a part of their Contenders Academy team unless absolutely needed in the OWL. He comes in as previously part of the NA team GOATs which pioneered the now-standard 3-3 composition. It’s doubtful he will get much play time in the League because of his place as a two-way player, but he is still a part of the roster.

 

DPS: 7.5

Atlanta’s damage dealers are certainly a strength for the team. The trio of NLaaeR, Erster, and one that will remain unnamed till a little later, provide the Reign with a backbone they can lean on.

NLaaeR has been around since the early days of the scene, starring on many minor teams, but most recently was a part of the Last Night’s Leftovers squad that made quite a splash in NA Contenders after strong showings in both seasons of Trials, placing 1st in both. In Contenders, he had decent showings and was able to make a name for himself.

Erster comes from Chinese Contenders as he was a part of the Lucky Future Zenith roster that tore through both seasons, claiming 1st place in each along the way. Specializing with several projectile heroes, Erster hopes to bring a sound complement to the hit-scan play of NLaaeR.

Now, about the elephant in the room, Dafran will be making his return to professional play as a part of the Reign. Dafran needs little introduction as he was a part of the dominant Selfless roster pre-OWL and was widely considered as one of the best hit-scan players in the world. Time will tell if Dafran is mentally able to make a comeback after being out of the scene for over a year now.

 

OVERALL: 7.2

The largest weakness for this team is their support line. While not bad players in their own right, Masaa and Kodak do not have the level of experience several of their teammates have. It’s entirely possible they could come out and wow everyone, but the opposite is also probable. Another issue that may show itself early on is the language barrier that will no doubt exist between the Korean and Western players. With their tank line being two-thirds Korean but their support line and two DPs being European, effective communication may pose itself a problem in the early goings for the team. Given time, however, Atlanta will have the ability to show off to other teams and be a dark horse coming in without major star power similar to Boston last year.

 

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The Atlanta Reign: Dark Horse from Georgia