eUnited Overwatch Shifts Attention From World Cup to Overwatch Contenders Season 1

By: Zachary Lange

For club and country.

Last weekend, two members of the eUnited Overwatch roster, Harrison “Kruise” Pond and Isaac “Boombox” Charles, represented the United Kingdom at the Overwatch World Cup 2017 qualifier held in Santa Monica, California. Of the eight teams in attendance, only two would advance to the World Cup playoffs.

The U.K. team cruised to victory, going an undefeated 15-0 in overall map count en route to secure a playoff spot for the World Cup in Anaheim, California that will take place during the first weekend in November.

“Playing in the World Cup representing the U.K. felt amazing,” Kruise said. “So much pride involved as the U.K. is normally a letdown. It felt good to smash the competition and I’m looking very forward to doing so again at Blizzcon.”

“I felt a lot of pride and weight on my back to do the U.K. proud, as U.K. esports is usually underestimated,” Boombox said.

Some major keys to victory for the U.K. squad were the presence of eUnited’s Overwatch coach Elliott “Hayes” Hayes, who helped break down key matchups against upcoming opponents according to Kruise, and the superb team communication displayed throughout the weekend.

“Some of the main reasons for our success were our strong individual mechanics and are confident shot callers who know the game inside and out,” Kruise said. “Every player knew what to do and listened very well.”

With a dominant performance at the World Cup qualifier out of the way, the two players are now practicing with the full eUnited roster to prepare for Season 1 of the Overwatch Contenders league, looking to repeat as champions of the European region.

For Boombox, this upcoming season should represent a higher challenge than last with a larger emphasis on different team roles.

“I feel comfortable for the next Contenders season but it should be a greater challenge this season,” Boombox said. “Fans should expect a bigger variety in compositions and strategic plays for this season.”

Kruise agreed with his teammate, and also added that later in the season certain in-game tactics may shift with various changes that happen as the game continues to be updated.

“I am not 100 percent sure as of right now,” Kruise said. “The meta seems like it may change, but you never know until you’ve played a good few weeks. It always takes time to adjust and for the best team composition to arise.”

Whatever the obstacles to overcome may be, the team is highly confident going into the season, looking to reclaim the title of season champions and add some additional hardware to the shelves.

“It means everything (to repeat as champions),” Kruise said. “Most of eUnited Overwatch have been here since day one, and it feels great winning, and nothing feels better than winning with a team you enjoy playing with. We are all good friends.

“Fans can expect us to do the same thing all over again, we are a very confident team, season one is ours to win and you’ll see us do just that.”