Overwatch League Season 2 Team Preview: Houston Outlaws – Daily Esports
The Houston-based Overwatch League staff simply missed out on the playoffs within the inaugural season. They had been thought-about some of the mediocre groups within the league, they usually had highs and lows. But how will they fare within the second season? Did the Outlaws fill within the holes of their roster that stored them from reaching the playoffs?
As a recap, I’m going over every Overwatch League staff and what’s modified for the reason that inaugural season. Each staff can have its personal article overlaying which gamers and coaches left, and who has changed them. After going over the modifications and my opinions on them, I’m going to charge them very like my weekly collection final season. This ranking might be a little bit extra in-depth, contemplating I’ve extra time than every week to look over the groups, particularly the brand new ones. I’ve already achieved a lot of the league, however there nonetheless are six groups to go, together with Houston.
The problem for Houston was to alter just a bit, sufficient to enhance and hold the synergy. Did they do sufficient? Let’s look into the roster of the Houston Outlaws.
Damage gamers (DPS)
The DPS gamers for the Houston Outlaws are Jiri “LiNkzr” Masalin, Jacob “JAKE” Lyon, Won-hyeop “ArHaN” Jeong, and Dante “Danteh” Cruz.
Let’s begin with the gamers who had been on the Outlaws final 12 months: Linkzr, Jake, and Arhan. These three had been rotated out and in of play final season. The flashiest one was Linkzr, a Finnish Widowmaker and McCree participant who was at all times dangerous to face towards. Jake, who was on the American staff, was the vocal staff captain. Jake’s most recognized hero was Junkrat, however he may additionally play Soldier: 76 and Pharah at degree. Last however not least was Arhan, who was signed partway via the primary season. He used to play for Korean staff Meta Athena, however was recognized for his nice play for former Korean tremendous-staff Afreeca Freecs. He is thought for his Genji, however may additionally deal with Tracer and Hanzo at a excessive degree.
The new addition to the staff is Danteh, who obtained traded to Houston from the San Francisco Shock. He was some of the improved Overwatch League gamers final season, growing into an incredible Tracer and Sombra participant. He fills in that Tracer function, one thing the Outlaws didn’t have final season and arguably wanted to be high tier. The solely downside with this signing is the three different gamers in his place he has to play higher than.
The tank gamers for the Houston Outlaws are Austin “Muma” Wilmot, Matt “coolmatt” Iorio, and Alexandre “SPREE” Vanhomwegen.
All three of those gamers had been on Houston final season, with Muma and Coolmatt getting probably the most time. Muma is their essential tank, arguably one of the best Western essential tank on the planet. He performs Reinhardt and Winston, working effectively along with his teammates. Coolmatt, the D.Va participant, was very underrated and sensible. Spree didn’t get an excessive amount of playtime as a Zarya essential, however has already seen a number of time on stage thus far in season two.
The help gamers for the Houston Outlaws are Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty, Daniel “Boink” Pence, and Chris “Bani” Benell.
This help line stays unchanged from final 12 months, with Rawkus and Boink being the primary two gamers but once more this season. Rawkus is the primary help, his trademark heroes being Ana and Zenyatta. Boink is the flex help, primarily enjoying Lucio and Mercy. Bani is a really versatile help, able to enjoying each essential and flex help if wanted. Bani is thought for his Zenyatta, Lucio. and Mercy play.
The participant who left the Houston Outlaws is Russell “FCTFCTN” Campbell.
FCTFCTN is a essential tank participant, primarily enjoying Reinhardt and Winston. He by no means obtained any playtime over Muma, who deserved that essential tank function. He ended up being the one participant launched from the Outlaws, shifting onto the Florida Mayhem’s academy staff: Mayhem Academy.
There had been additionally two gamers who left the roster of the Houston Outlaws, however they’re nonetheless within the group. These former gamers are Lucas “Mendokusaii” Håkansson and Matthew “Clockwork” Dias. Mendokusaii was recognized for his very long time within the Overwatch scene, enjoying for Cloud9. He joined the Outlaws however by no means performed a recreation, changing into a full-time content material creator for the group after the primary season ended. Clockwork got here in as a Tracer participant, however by no means gelled with the squad in-recreation. He did find yourself being helpful for the staff, although – sufficient for the group to signal him as an assistant coach after the primary Overwatch League season ended.
Starting staff and prediction
The beginning roster for the Houston Outlaws must be Danteh and Jake on DPS, Muma and Coolmatt on tank, and Rawkus and Boink on help.
This staff simply missed the playoffs final season, solidifying their mediocre season. They made the Stage 1 playoffs, however by no means sniffed the postseason afterward. Was the one signing of Danteh sufficient to place them over the sting and make them a playoff staff?
I’m giving them a 6.5/10. The Outlaws improved the place they wanted to, however with how way more this season will depend on versatility, they didn’t do sufficient. Their help line remains to be mediocre at finest, they usually have too many DPS gamers to solidify a lineup. Especially with how all three tanks are wanted this stage, I can’t see them beginning as robust as they did final season. Hopefully they will do effectively and show me improper, however this largely American staff gained’t be that good this season.
For extra Overwatch League insights, test my evaluation on the Philadelphia Fusion.