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As France’s lone OWL Season 2 team, the Paris Eternal come in at 8th in ESTNN’s power rankings. The Eternal’s lineup consists primarily of players from European Overwatch Contenders and experienced players from OWL Season 1.
Paris General Manager, Michael “Mex” De Wit, and team manager, Lisa “lizlin” Lingvall, both worked for Rogue alongside Eternal players NiCOgsh and SoOn. Julien “daemoN” Ducros, Former LA Valiant assistant coach and head coach for Team France, joins the Eternal as the head coach, becoming one of the youngest head coaches of the League at 22. Félix “Féfé” Münch will assist daemon. He’s a player development coach with prior experience with European Contenders Season 2 champions Eagle Gaming. Joni “Seita” Paavola, strategic coach and staff member of Team Finland, and Kyle “KyKy” Souder, assistant coach and former coach for Cloud9, EnVyUs, Dallas Fuel, and Houston Outlaws will also join the Eternal staff.
Terence “SoOn” Tarlier is the first big name drafted by Paris Eternal. Considered one of the best French DPS players in the world, SoOn excels on Tracer, McCree, and Widowmaker. He was the star DPS for the Los Angeles Valiant during Season 1 and represented Team France in the 2017 and 2018 World Cups. SoOn has the experience, mechanical ability, and game sense to make him a staple player for Paris Eternal.
George “ShaDowBurn” Guscha is a projectile player, better known for his Genji and Pharah plays. He competed in OWL Season 1 for Philadelphia Fusion but stayed on the bench most of the season. ShaDowBurn will be the projectile specialist for Paris Eternal, but with a vast hero pool, he will also be able to pick hitscan or off-tank heroes depending on the team’s need.
Nicolas “NiCOgdh” Moret is the third Team France player joining Paris Eternal. He won the European Contenders Season 2 with Eagle Gaming, and took part in the 2017 and 2018 World Cup for France alongside SoOn and BenBest. NiCOgdh is famed for his Genji but played as an off-tank for his national team.
The last DPS to join Paris Eternal is Karol “Danye” Szcześniak, a flex DPS player who represented Poland in the 2017 World Cup in Katowice. Danye has a wide hero pool and performs well on Genji, Hanzo, Sombra, Pharah, McCree, and Zarya. While he may not be part of the starting team, he will be a valuable substitute player for complex situations.
Benjamin “BenBest” Dieulafait is the most popular tank on this roster and considered one of the best main tanks on the League. His performance on Reinhardt secured his place in Team France for the 2018 World Cup, where he exceeded expectations. Fans have high hopes for his return in the OWL, so BenBest needs to prove he deserves his place on the starting team.
Scouted by Seita, Roni “LhCloudy” Tiihonen is the second main tank for Paris Eternal. He played in the European Contenders for Team Gigantti, after most of the roster joined bigger teams for OWL Season 1. LhCloudy mainly plays Reinhardt and Winston and will be facing BenBest for the spot of Eternal’s main tank.
The off tank for Paris Eternal is Finnbjörn “Finnsi” Jónasson. He is a flexible off tank, able to pick any hero depending on the situation. Despite being part of LA Valiant in OWL Season 1, Finnsi stayed on the bench all season and never had the opportunity to prove his worth. As the only off tank playing for Paris Eternal, Finnsi will finally join the main stage.
The last French player joining Paris Eternal is Damien “HyP” Souville, a flex healer known for his Zenyatta and Ana plays. He played with BenBest for GamersOrigin, and then joined Eagle Gaming alongside NiCOdgh, helping the team winning Overwatch PIT Championship – Europe Season 3 and Overwatch Contenders Season 2: Europe.
Harrison “Kruise” Pond makes his grand entrance in the Overwatch League after negotiations fell through regarding his enrollment for the Utah Jazz in OWL Season 1. He played as the main healer for Team England in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 World Cups. Kruise has played competitive Overwatch since late 2016. Kruise reached the second place in the Overwatch Contenders Season 1 North America with Toronto Esports, Boston Uprising’s academy team.
Luís “Greyy” Perestrelo is the final player added to the Paris Eternal roster, and the first Portuguese player to make it to the OWL. He is known for his incredible aim on Zenyatta, but his mechanical abilities didn’t shine in his previous teams. He reached the 3-4th spot of both Overwatch Contenders 2017 Season 1: Europe and 2018 Season 1: North America, playing respectively for Cloud9 and Optic Gaming.
Paris Eternal will start the season against the defending champion, London Spitfire.
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