The Kickoff Countdown: Boston Uprising
We’re only twelve nights of sleep away from the kickoff exhibition matches of the Overwatch League! These matches will feature all twelve teams, and take place at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles from December 6-9. After those, the Overwatch League itself is only a short month away, starting on January 10. To mark the occasion, we’ll be covering two teams every week from now until right before Stage 1 of the League begins, ending our series of articles on January 8. In these posts, we’ll give you a rundown of the team members, some fun facts, and their schedule for the first leg of the Overwatch League. Today, we’ll start off with the Boston Uprising!
The Boston Uprising team is owned by Robert Kraft, CEO of the Kraft Group, a multi-billion dollar company that’s not only active in the manufacturing and real estate industries, but also owns several succesful sports teams. The prime example is the New England Patriots American football team, who have won the coveted Superbowl five times. Robert is a massive sports fan himself, and sees a bright future for esports. He was one of the first to make the move to buy a slot in the Overwatch League. He recently visited his Overwatch team in Los Angeles to wish them luck during the inaugural season. Boston itself has a long history of succesful sports teams as well, so the pressure is definitely on for this team to perform.
Variety is key
Boston Uprising’s roster is diverse, with ten players currently on board, along with a strong staff. The players, presented per role, are:
Nam-joo 'Striker' Kwon
Originally from Wonji, South Korea, Striker made his debut in Overwatch esports with South Korean team the ROX Orcas. His signature heroes are McCree, Soldier 76 and Widowmaker.
Stanislav 'Mistakes' Danilov
Russian player Mistakes has played for several Overwatch teams in the past: Prets, TORNADO ROX and 123. He also played in the Russian Overwatch World Cup team, losing to South Korea in the final playoffs of the Katowice Qualifier. He's mostly known for his Tracer play.
Jonathan 'DreamKazper' Sanchez
Hailing from California, DreamKazper was previously in teams Spicy Boys and Tempo Storm. His favourite heroes are McCree and Genji.
Yeong-jin 'Gamsu' Noh
Gamsu is the main tank player for the Boston Uprising, and is widely seen as the team captain. The South Korean is familiar with the esports industry, having been a professional League of Legends player for several teams before swapping to Overwatch. Before joining the Boston Uprising, he played for team CONBOX. His most seen heroes are Winston and Reinhardt.
Lucas 'NotE' Meissner
A Canadian player with a versatile hero pool, that's NotE. Before joining the Uprising, Meissner played for teams I'm Your Huckleberry and Toronto Esports. His most played heroes are D.Va and Zarya. Boston Uprising describes him as a flex tank.
Mikias 'Snow' Yohannes
Originally from Ethiopia, Snow moved to the United States when he was four years old. He's the most flexible support player in the Boston Uprising, most famous for his Ana and Mercy play. His previous Overwatch esports experience was in Toronto Esports.
Krisitian 'Kellex' Keller
Known for his great Lúcio play, Kellex completes the support part of the Boston Uprising roster. Hailing from Denmark, he's played in several esports teams before joining the Uprising: Fragsters, Grand Danois and most recently Team Singularity. He also played for the Danish Overwatch World Cup team.
Se-Hyon 'Neko' Park
A South Korean player who previously played in RX Foxes. He managed to place fourth in the Season 4 Overwatch APEX, which is a great result. His most played heroes are Ana, Mercy, Zenyatta and an occasional Sombra.
Connor 'Avast' Prince
Avast is another well-known Lúcio main, hailing from Texas, USA. He's previously played for teams I'm Your Huckleberry, -bird noises-, Hammers Esports and Luminosity Gaming Evil.
Woo-yeol 'Kalios' Shin
Labeled a true flex player, South Korean Kalios is known for his varied pool of heroes, and is seen a lot on Ana, D.Va and Zarya. He's played for teams wNv.KR, RunAway and Afreeca Freecs in the past, and competed in Season 4 of the Overwatch APEX with the latter.
Alongside their team players, Boston Uprising sports an extensive roster of staff. The most prominent staff member is their president of gaming: Chris ‘HuK’ Loranger, previously a famous professional Starcraft II player. He’s usually the front man you’ll see in Boston Uprising videos or communications. In recent interviews, Loranger has stated that when forming the team, they didn’t focus only on great player skill, but also on willingness to learn and be coached. To this end, the Uprising also has a strong coaching core, consisting of three coaches and an analyst. The head coach is Da-hee ‘Crusty’ Park, a South Koran player who used to coach RX Foxes, the same team player Neko came from. The assistant coaches are Tahitian Rollon ‘Mini’ Hamelin and American Jackson ‘Shake’ Kaplan. Both of them played extensively in Overwatch esports themselves since 2016. Finally, Mohid ‘MrBleeple’ Asjid is the team’s resident analyst.
Ready for combat
Boston Uprising is doing a good job at keeping their fans posted, as you can see on their website. They’ve published several short videos of their team members arriving in LA, their photoshoots, and so on. When the Overwatch League finally starts in January, they’ll have a fight ahead of them. Being placed in the Atlantic division of the league, they’ll start by facing off against the New York Excelsior and Florida Mayhem, who both sport excellent rosters themselves. The December exhibition matches will offer a fine comparison between the New York and Boston-based teams, as they’ll be facing each other for those as well. You can find the complete schedule for the Boston Uprising in the first stage of the Overwatch League below. Stay tuned for the second team highlight later this week, covering Dallas Fuel!
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- Josh McAllister