Paris Eternal

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Paris Eternal
The logo for Paris Eternal displays a stylized Gallic rooster.
Founded7 September 2018
LeagueOverwatch League
ConferenceAtlantic
DivisionNorth
Team historyParis Eternal
(2018–present)
Based inParis, France
ArenaZénith Paris[1]
Colors                   
OwnerDrew McCourt
Head coachYun "Rush" Hee-won
General managerMichael De Wit
WebsiteOfficial website
Uniforms
Paris Eternal Jersey.svg

Paris Eternal is a French professional Overwatch esports team based in Paris, France. The Eternal compete in the Overwatch League (OWL) as a member of the league's Atlantic North Division.

Founded in 2018, Paris Eternal began play as an OWL expansion team in 2019 and is one of two professional Overwatch teams based in Europe. The team is owned by Drew McCourt, owner of DM Esports, who also owns Eternal Academy, an academy team for the Eternal that competes in Overwatch Contenders.

Franchise history[edit]

OWL expansion[edit]

On 7 September 2018, Activision Blizzard announced that DM Esports owner Drew McCourt (son of Frank McCourt owner of Olympique de Marseille) had purchased an expansion team based in Paris for Overwatch League's second season for more than $20 million.[2][3] On the investment of the franchise, McCourt noted, "Du point de vue d'investisseur à l'échelle mondiale dans le domaine du sport traditionnel, le développement de l'e-sport, et de l'Overwatch League notamment, est remarquable (translated: From a global investor's point of view in traditional sports, the development of e-sport, and the Overwatch League in particular, is remarkable)."[4]

On 8 November, the team held a launch party in which they revealed their team name as Paris Eternal, as well as their entirely European roster and coaches.[5][6]

Inaugural season[edit]

On 16 February, Paris Eternal had its first regular season match against the defending 2018 OWL champions London Spitfire, in which Paris claimed a convincing 3–1 victory.[7] Paris ended Stage 1 with a 3–4 record and did not qualify for the Stage 1 Playoffs.[8] After Stage 1, head coach Julien "Daemon" Ducros left the team and was replaced by Félix "Féfé" Münch.[9][10] Paris ended the season with a disappointing 11–17 record, did not manage to yield a winning record in any stage, and did not qualify for any of the stage playoffs nor the season playoffs.[11]

Team identity[edit]

On 8 November 2018, the Eternal brand was officially unveiled. The team name alludes to the eternal flame that has burned under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris since 1921.[12] The logo depicts an infinity symbol inscribed within the Gallic rooster, France's national symbol. The team's colors are blue, burgundy, white, and gold, with the former three colors reflecting that of the French flag.[6]

Personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Paris Eternal roster
Players Coaches
Role No. Handle Name Nationality Previous team
Damage 10 NiCOgdh  Moret, Nicolas   France  Eagle Gaming 
Damage 99 SoOn  Tarlier, Terrence   France  Los Angeles Valiant 
Damage SP9RK1E (I)  Jung Ki-hyo  South Korea  Element Mystic 
Damage Xzi (I)  Kim Yeong-han  South Korea  Element Mystic 
Tank 17 BenBest  Dieulafait, Benjamin   France  Young and Beautiful 
Tank Hanbin (I)  Choi Han-been  South Korea  Element Mystic 
Support 7 HyP  Souville, Damien   France  Eagle Gaming 
Support 9 Kruise  Pond, Harrison   United Kingdom  Toronto Esports 
Support 47 Greyy  Perestrelo, Luís   Portugal  GGEA 
Head coach
  • Yun "Rush" Hee-won

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (TW) Two-way player
  • (I) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injury/Illness

Latest roster transaction: 25 October 2019.

Head coaches[edit]

Paris Eternal head coaches
Handle Name From To Span Ref.
Daemon Julian Ducros 23 October 2018 2 April 2019 161 days [9][13]
Féfé Félix Münch 3 April 2019 16 October 2019 196 days [10][14]
Rush Yun Hee-won 24 October 2019 18 days [15]

Awards and records[edit]

Seasons overview[edit]

Season P W L W% MW ML MT MD Pos. (league) Pos. (conf.) Playoffs Earnings
2019 28 11 17 .393 46 67 3 -21 14th 5th Not eligible $0
2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 ±0 TBD $0

Individual accomplishments[edit]

All-Star Game selections

  • Kruise (Harrison Pond) – 2019

Academy team[edit]

On 27 February 2019, the Paris Eternal announced their Overwatch Contenders academy team as Eternal Academy.[16] After finishing with a 2–5 record in their first season, Eternal Academy became the first OWL academy team to fail to qualify for the next Contenders season; they finished Season 2 Trials in fourth place with a record of 2–3.[17][18]

Seasons overview[edit]

Year Season Region OWC regular season OWC playoffs Interregional
Finish Wins Losses Win %
Eternal Academy
2019 1 Europe 7th 2 5 .286
2 Europe Did not qualify
Regular season record 2 5 .286
Playoff record 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hayward, Andrew (21 August 2019). "Update: Five More OWL Teams Confirm Homestand Venues". The Esports Observer. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  2. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (7 September 2018). "It's official: All 8 new teams coming to Overwatch League have been revealed". Dot Esports. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Esport - Overwatch League : Un McCourt à Paris" [Esport - Overwatch League: A McCourt in Paris]. L'Equipe (in French). 7 September 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Overwatch League: six nouvelles franchises, dont une à Paris" [Overwatch League: six new franchises, including one in Paris]. La Croix (in French). AFP. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  5. ^ Abbas, Malcolm (8 November 2018). "Paris Eternal storm their way into the OWL". Dot Esports. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Introducing the Paris Eternal" (PDF). Overwatch League. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  7. ^ Coby, Alex (16 February 2019). "Paris Eternal rolls over London Spitfire as Overwatch League champions lose again". The Sun. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  8. ^ August, Charlotte (17 March 2019). "Overwatch League Recap: Stage 1 | Week 5 | Day 1". ESTNN. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  9. ^ a b Richardson, Liz (2 April 2019). "Paris Eternal head coach daemoN steps down". Dot Esports. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  10. ^ a b Richardson, Liz (3 April 2019). "Paris Eternal promote Féfé to head coach". Dot Esports. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  11. ^ R., Olivia (15 September 2019). "Overwatch League standings at the end of the regular season". win.gg. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  12. ^ Marshall, Cass (8 November 2018). "Paris Eternal unveils their Overwatch League branding". Heroes Never Die. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  13. ^ Mary-Justice, Amelia (23 October 2018). "New Paris OWL roster includes SoOn, ShaDowBurn, more fan favorites". Inven Global. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  14. ^ Lyons, Ben (16 October 2019). "Paris Eternal part ways with head coach Féfé". Gamereactor UK. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  15. ^ Kennedy, Mandii (24 October 2019). "The Paris Eternal Welcome Element Mystic Damage Star Sp9rk1e, Head Coach Rush, and Assistant Coaches Levi and Aid". The Game Haus. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Overwatch Contenders Paris Eternal Academy : composition, roster, logo". Millenium (in French). 27 February 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  17. ^ Chen, Ethan (21 May 2019). "Paris Eternal releases Overwatch Contenders roster Eternal Academy". Daily Esports. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  18. ^ Richardson, Liz (20 May 2019). "Eternal Academy drop roster after Contenders Trials". Dot Esports. Retrieved 24 May 2019.

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