After a tumultuous start in Stage One of the North American League's US Division, which saw eUnited's Rainbow Six team fail to put a win on the board, it was evident to General Manager Matthew "Burns" Potthoff that changes needed to be made.
The first step of the process was completed when eUnited added veteran player Richie "Rexen" Coronado and promising rookie Evan "Kanzen" Bushore to the lineup, allowing the team to play in their more comfortable roles instead of out of position.
Next came analyzing the coaching staff. After internal discussion, the decision was made to elevate Matthew "meepeY" Sharples from his analyst position up to Head Coach. The results so far have been outstanding, as eUnited Rainbow Six played very competitively against Spacestation Gaming, who are widely considered the best team in North America, and most recently the squad dispatched the Susquehanna Soniqs in a quick 2-0 fashion to move on in Stage 2's GSL tournament.
However, with meepeY now working as a head coach, it became clear that an independent analyst was still needed to continue pushing eUnited Rainbow Six to the top. Quickly, the team of Burns and meepeY identified their target: Drew "DrewSpark" Spark-Whitworth, a Siege analyst operating out of the United Kingdom.
When asked about the change, Head Coach meepeY had this to say:
Drew brings years of experience not only in data collection but also in data analysis. With his keen eye for numbers, statistics and over all analytics, eUnited only keeps growing stronger. He'll be a fine addition to the roster. Welcome, Drew!
General Manager Burns added:
"I'm excited to welcome Drew to the eUnited family. Drew has an impressive data analytical approach to R6 and has shown he is more than capable of delivering complex numbers in a digestible manner. After moving Meepey to the head coach position, it was important that we found a new analyst immediately so Meepey wasn't overwhelmed with two positions worth of work. The path of the team has only shown an upward trajectory and I know Drew and Meepey will keep it that way. I'm looking forward to the rest of Stage 2 and seeing what the future holds!"
And lasty, a word from Drew himself:
I'm super excited to be joining eUnited! Early on in my Esports career I was involved in Call of Duty and the eUnited story throughout the CWL was captivating: all the personalities, the highs, the lows and the championships. For that reason, being a part of eUnited within Rainbow Six Siege and the NAL is an honour and I am excited for the future. I am ready to help create more stories with this organisation and the team!
It is important to note that while eUnited's Rainbow Six Siege team resides in Las Vegas, the coaching staff is located in Europe. The addition of DrewSpark to the team allows meepeY to work in tandem to achieve maximum efficiency, and to continue integrating a hybrid NA/European plan of attack to the North American League.