Overwatch League Expansion Team Profile: Atlanta Reign

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Overwatch League Expansion Team Profile: Atlanta Reign

THE SQUAD

dafran (Daniel Francesca)

  • Nationality: Denmark
  • Role: DPS
  • Teams
    • Streamer for NRG Esports
    • Selfless Gaming
  • Popular streamer and Torbjörn player
  • Intentionally threw games in Competitive Season 5 to get out of professional play

Erster (Joon Jeong)

  • Nationality: South Korea
  • Role: DPS
  • Teams
    • Lucky Future Zenith
    • Ardeont
  • Consistent and high-performing on the best Chinese Contenders team

NLaaeR (Ilya Koppalov)

  • Nationality: Russia
  • Role: DPS
  • Teams
    • Last Night’s Leftovers
    • Owly Six
  • Former CS:GO player

DACO (Dong-hyeong Seo)

  • Nationality: South Korea
  • Role: Flex
  • Teams
    • Element Mystic
  • Reign will be his second professional team 

Gator (Blake Scott)

  • Nationality: USA
  • Role: Tank
  • Teams
    • Atlanta Academy
    • GOATS*
  • Main tank of the famous GOATS team that brought the current meta to fruition
  • In a two-way contract with Reign and its Academy team

Pokpo (Hyun-jun Park)

  • Nationality: South Korea
  • Role: Tank
  • Teams
    • Element Mystic
  • Only in Contenders for two seasons
  • Barely old enough for OWL

Kodak (Steven Rosenberger)

  • Nationality: Germany
  • Role: Support
  • Teams
    • Team Germany 2018
    • 6nakes

Masaa (Petja Kantanen)

  • Nationality: Finland
  • Role: Support
  • Teams
    • Team Gigantti
    • NYYRIKKI Esports

Atlanta Reign's Potential

For the time being, dafran is the only Reign player with weight behind his name. Not to doubt the skills of his teammates, but it is very likely dafran will be spearheading the team’s popularity, ability, and overall attention. Lucky for Reign’s marketing team, dafran is a popular streamer on Twitch, known for trolling and not taking the game as seriously as his peers. Unfortunately for the Reign, he has a controversy due to that funny “toxic gameplay.” In June 2017, dafran was suspended from all Blizzard events and banned for throwing games in ranked for Competitive Season 5. This caused him to be benched from the starting roster of pre-OWL superstar team Selfless Gaming. After all that, dafran quit playing professionally and claimed that competing and scrimmaging had “made [him] very depressed and bored.”

Every member of the eight-man squad has several seasons of Contenders and LAN experience. However, like most of the Expansion Teams, none of their roster has played in the Overwatch League. Due to their lack of experience, it may be difficult for the Atlanta Reign to make a name for themselves in their inaugural Overwatch League Season. 


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