Philadelphia Fusion

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Philadelphia Fusion
The logo for the Philadelphia Fusion features a stylized letter P with orbiting atoms in the team's colors.
FoundedSeptember 20, 2017
LeagueOverwatch League
ConferenceAtlantic
DivisionSouth
Team historyPhiladelphia Fusion
(2017–present)
Based inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania,
United States
Arena
Colors              
OwnerComcast Spectacor
Affiliation(s)Fusion University
Main sponsorARRIS
WebsiteOfficial website
Uniforms
Philadelphia Fusion Jersey.svg

Philadelphia Fusion is an American-based professional Overwatch esports team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Fusion compete in the Overwatch League (OWL) as a member of the league's Atlantic South Division.

Founded in 2017, Philadelphia is one of the league's twelve founding members and is the first professional esports team based in Pennsylvania. While the Fusion in 2020 will play their home matches at The Met in Philadelphia and Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City,[1] Fusion Arena, a 3,500-seat dedicated esports arena in south Philadelphia, will serve as the Fusion's permanent home beginning in 2021.[2][3] The team is owned by Comcast Spectacor, who also own Fusion University, an academy team for Philadelphia that competes in Overwatch Contenders.

Yann "Kirby" Luu was appointed the team's first head coach and led Philadelphia to the inaugural season Grand Finals where they lost to the London Spitfire.

Franchise history[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

On September 20, 2017, Overwatch developer Activision Blizzard officially announced that Philadelphia Flyers owner Comcast Spectacor had acquired the rights to the Philadelphia-based Overwatch League franchise.[4][5] With the purchase, the franchise became the first professional esports team to be based in the city of Philadelphia.[6] Dave Scott, CEO at Comcast Spectacor, said that his decision to buy into the league was based on research that showed there were over 300,000 Overwatch players in the market.[7] "I was surprised as we started to look at this seriously a few months ago, just the number of gamers worldwide being in the hundreds of millions," he said. "It’s amazing when you really get into it — 350,000-plus Overwatch players in this market."[8]

On November 1, the franchise name was revealed as the Philadelphia Fusion.[9] Shortly afterwards on November 3, their roster was revealed.[10]

Early years (2018–present)[edit]

Philadelphia opened their inaugural season with a 3–2 victory over the Houston Outlaws on January 11.[11] On January 25, Philadelphia upset the undefeated New York Excelsior, which marked New York's only loss in Stage 1.[12][13] During the Stage 2 playoffs, the team defeated the Stage 1 champions London Spitfire in the semifinals, though they lost to the New York Excelsior, 3–2, in the stage finals.[14] The team then missed both the Stage 3 and 4 playoffs. They claimed the sixth seed in the season playoffs[15] They defeated the Boston Uprising in the quarterfinals, 2 games to 1. They then faced the three-time stage champions Excelsior, who the Fusion defeated 2 games to 0, which sent them to the Grand Finals. They faced the Spitfire in the Grand Finals; the Spitfire defeated the Fusion 2 games to 0.[16][17]

For their 2019 season, the team was lead by co-head coaches Go "NamedHwi" Se-hwi and Elliot "Hayes" Hayes.[18] The Fusion had a solid Stage 1 performance, finishing the stage with a 5–2 record and making it to the Stage 1 Playoffs, but they lost 0–4 in the semifinals to the San Francisco Shock.[19] After posting 3–4 and 4–3 records for Stage 2 and Stage 3, respectively, Philadelphia failed to qualify any other stage playoffs. A 3–1 victory over the Seoul Dynasty in their final regular season match gave the Fusion a 15–13 season record and qualified them for the Play-In Tournament.[20] Philadelphia fell 2–4 to the Shanghai Dragons in the first round of the tournament, ending their hope of qualifying for the season playoffs.[21]

Team identity[edit]

On November 1, 2017, the franchise name was revealed as the Philadelphia Fusion; the name "Fusion" was inspired by the word's origin, "which surrounds the process of several distinct entities coming together to create a new whole that generates power and heat. The team’s marks depict a visual of speed and energy as the Philadelphia Fusion stand at the genesis of an amazing journey." The logo and official colors were also released. The logo for the Philadelphia Fusion features a stylized letter P with orbiting atoms, a call-back to the team's name, in the team's orange and black colors. Dave Scott noted that the colors, which are the same as that of the Philadelphia Flyers, were chosen as they are "the colors of passion here in Philadelphia." [22][23]

Sponsors[edit]

On January 21, 2019, Philadelphia Fusion received an official jersey sponsorship from telecommunications equipment manufacturing company ARRIS.[24]

Personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Philadelphia Fusion roster
Players Coaches
Role No. Handle Name Nationality Previous team
Damage 3 snillo (TW)  Ekström, Simon   Sweden  123 
Damage 15 Eqo  Corona, Josue   Israel  Zengaming eSports 
Damage 18 Carpe  Lee Jae-hyeok  South Korea  FaZe Clan 
Damage 1 Kyb  Adisi, Finley   United Kingdom  Guangzhou Charge 
Tank 9 SADO  Kim Su-min  South Korea  N/A 
Tank 21 Poko  Gouzerch, Gael   France  GamersOrigin 
Support 8 neptuNo  González, Alberto   Spain  Cloud9 EU 
Support 17 Elk (TW,I)  Gallagher, Elijah   United States  Fusion University 
Support 42 Boombox  Charles, Isaac   United Kingdom  eUnited 
Head coach
  • Vacant

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

Latest roster transaction: July 17, 2019.

Head coaches[edit]

Philadelphia Fusion head coaches
Handle Name From To Span Ref.
Kirby Yann Luu November 4, 2017 January 14, 2019 1 year, 71 days [25][26]
NamedHwi Sehwi Go January 15, 2019 October 11, 2019 269 days [18][27]
Hayes Elliot Hayes January 15, 2019 October 11, 2019 269 days [18][27]

Awards and records[edit]

Seasons overview[edit]

Season P W L W% MW ML MT MD Pos. (league) Pos. (conf.) Playoffs Earnings
2018 40 24 16 .600 93 80 2 +13 6th 4th Grand Finals $525,000
2019 28 15 13 .536 57 60 3 -3 10th 4th Not eligible $50,000
2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 ±0 TBD $0

Individual accomplishments[edit]

All-Star Game selections

  • Carpe (Lee Jae-hyeok) – 2018, 2019
  • Poko (Gael Gouzarch) – 2018, 2019

Academy team[edit]

On January 29, 2018, the Fusion formally announced their academy team, Fusion University (FU), that would begin competition in the North American division of Overwatch Contenders.[28][29]

The team won all three North American championships in 2018,[30][31] as well as the first North American East championship in 2019. After winning the first Atlantic Showdown, Fusion University announced that they would be moving from the North American division to compete in Korean Trials; the move was reportedly made to abide by the new region lock rules, which were implemented in 2019 Season 1, though FU was given a season-long grace period.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chan, Eric (August 27, 2019). "The Fusion are bringing the Overwatch League home in 2020 with 3 homestand weekend events". NBC Sports Philadelphia. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Kern, Reina (March 25, 2019). "Fusion Arena to become the newest state-of-the-art gaming facility". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Chinchilla, Rudy (March 25, 2019). "In Announcing Esports Arena, Philly Looks to Capitalize on a Booming Industry". NBC 10 Philadelphia. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Fernandez, Bob (20 September 2017). "E-sports goes pro, as Comcast buys a professional 'Overwatch' franchise for Philly". Philly.com. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  5. ^ Palmeri, Christopher; Smith, Gerry (20 September 2017). "Comcast Buys Philadelphia Esports Team". Bloomberg. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  6. ^ Stressman, Sydney (April 23, 2019). "Philadelphia Fusion Moves to South Philadelphia". Select Greater Philadelphia Council. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "Comcast buys into video game league with team in Philly". The Philadelphia Tribune. Associated Press. September 22, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  8. ^ Booton, Jen (September 20, 2017). "Philadelphia Flyers CEO Joins Esports League Aiming To Mirror Conventional Sports". Sport Techie. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  9. ^ Goslin, Austen (1 November 2017). "Philadelphia Fusion are the newest addition to the Overwatch League". Heroes Never Die. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  10. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (3 November 2017). "Philadelphia Fusion announces international Overwatch League roster". Dot Esports. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  11. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (January 11, 2019). "New York Excelsior, London Spitfire, Philadelphia Fusion impressed fans at Overwatch League day two". Dot Esports. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  12. ^ Luongo, Cody (February 9, 2018). "ESI Gambling Report: Overwatch League Stage 1 Playoffs". Esports Insider. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  13. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (January 25, 2018). "Philly Fusion's win over NYXL proves no one is unbeatable in the Overwatch League". Dot Esports. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  14. ^ Nguyen, Steven; Craffey, Liam (26 March 2018). "New York Excelsior reverse-sweeps Philadelphia Fusion to win Stage 2". ESPN. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  15. ^ Lingle, Samuel (June 15, 2018). "Seoul Dynasty's loss cedes an OWL playoff spot to Philadelphia Fusion". Dot Esports. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  16. ^ Waltzer, Noah (28 July 2018). "London Spitfire wins inaugural Overwatch League title". ESPN. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  17. ^ Bright, Ryan (28 July 2018). "London Spitfire duo master Philadelphia Fusion to claim first Overwatch League title". NBC Sports. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  18. ^ a b c Shepard, Kate (January 15, 2019). "Overwatch: Fusion Staff's New Roles". The Game Haus. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  19. ^ Richardson, Liz (March 23, 2019). "Vancouver Titans and San Francisco Shock advance to Overwatch League stage one finals". Dot Esports. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  20. ^ Howard, Brandon (August 30, 2019). "Overwatch League 2019 Play-Ins Preview". TheGamer. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  21. ^ "Charge, Dragons advance in OWL play-in tourney". ESPN. Reuters. August 31, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  22. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (November 1, 2017). "Philadelphia Flyers owner Comcast Spectacor unveils its Overwatch League team—Philadelphia Fusion". Dot Esports. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  23. ^ George, John (November 1, 2017). "Comcast Spectacor unveils name of new pro esports team". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  24. ^ Fitch, Adam (January 21, 2019). "Philadelphia Fusion receives sponsorship from ARRIS". Esports Insider. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  25. ^ Philadelphia Fusion (March 1, 2018). "Put me in coach". Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via Twitter.
  26. ^ Philadelphia Fusion (January 14, 2019). "Staffing Announcement". Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via Twitter.
  27. ^ a b Shepard, Kate (October 11, 2019). "Fusion Announce Departure of Head Coaches Hayes and NamedHwi". The Game Haus. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  28. ^ "Philadelphia Fusion Reveal Fusion University Contenders Roster". Dexerto. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  29. ^ "Fusion University". Philadelphia Fusion. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018 – via YouTube.
  30. ^ O'Brien, Joe (14 May 2018). "Fusion University Wins Overwatch Contenders NA Season One - Final Placements". Dexerto. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  31. ^ Meyer, Guilherme (14 May 2018). "In Case you Missed Anything: Esports Weekend + Monday News Recap". Inven Global. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  32. ^ Richardson, Liz (June 2, 2019). "Fusion University moving from North American Contenders to Korean Trials". Dot Esport. Retrieved June 2, 2019.

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