Road to BlizzCon: Team Finland
Back at it again with another Road to BlizzCon. Today we take a look at the Scandinavian country of Finland, where an Overwatch League roster of players have amassed to prove they can become champions. Let’s jump on in!
Team Finland has carved their path as one of the top nations of competitive Overwatch since the beginning. Comprised of Paris Overwatch League coach Joni “Seita” Paavola, general manager Petri “Procyh” Hämälä, and community leader Nasim “Nasse” Haque, the Finnish World Cup team is “stacked.” Managing to place 4th overall in the Overwatch World 2016, Finland has always shown a competitive edge that no one had expected. During their Group Stage C performance, Team Finland encountered South Korea multiple times but always fell short of of a win. However, resilience is the name of the game for Finland, even when they failed to make it to BlizzCon in 2017 it never slowed their momentum, especially when 2018 rolled around. They had a plan, they had the talent, it was time to execute it.
Coming out of the Incheon Qualifiers in South Korea, Finland showed the world they had the fire power to take down the infamous South Koreans. After easily running through Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, and Taiwan, many thought the Finnish were primed for success. Their big match was against the South Korean team which everyone expected to clean sweep the competition, but Finland had other plans. After fighting tooth and nail against Team South Korea, it all came down the final round of the final map on Nepal Sanctum. Finland looked like they were going to be the first team ever to beat South Korea in their home country, but seemingly out of nowhere the Koreans came and ambushed the Finnish slowly breaking down their point defense on a 99% to 99% reverse in an overtime crunch and win 3-2, in perhaps one of the craziest Overwatch matches we’ve seen to date. Korea was once again victorious, though this time showed signs of vulnerability.
Joonas "zappis" Alakurtti
Former off-tank player for the Florida Mayhem and Team Gigantti, zappis has participated in the Overwatch World Cup since 2016. With a mastery on heroes like D.Va, Zarya, and Roadhog, zappis can stand toe-to-toe with the best of them on the battlefield, even going as far as being an in-game leader and shot-caller for the team.
Joona "Fragi" Laine
Currently playing for the Philadelphia Fusion, Fragi is a true fragger like his name implies. Also a former member of Team Gigantti alongside zappis, Fragi can play Winston and Orisa, but his true power is unleashed when he plays Reinhardt. Regarded as the best Rein in the west.
Benjamin "BigGoose" Isohanni
A top-tier support player for the Los Angeles Gladiators, BigGoose is the man with the big curly hair and big heals. Always on his A-game when it comes down to playing Lucio, Mercy, and even Torbjorn if needed. BigGoose has also played for Team Gigantti prior to Overwatch League.
Jonas "Shaz" Suovaara
When you think of BigGoose, Shaz should also come to mind. Currently the flex-support for Los Angeles Gladiators and formerly Team Gigantti, Shaz has been an integral part to the Gladiators success in the early to late stages of season one. With a flex pool of Zenyatta, Ana, and Sombra, Shaz is the guy for the job.
Timo "Taimou" Kettunen
Dallas Fuel DPS and former player for Team EnVyUs, Taimou gained a following through his hilarious and exciting streams on Twitch. The Finnish superstar has shown the world the raw talent that comes from his region. His key heroes are Widowmaker, Mcree, Sombra, and Roadhog. Taimou is also notable for being an outspoken player in the community, not afraid to reveal his true feelings on stream or Twitter about the current state of Overwatch. We expect to see Taimou pop-off!
Jiri "LiNkzr" Masalin
Currently playing for the Houston Outlaws and formerly Team Gigantti, LiNkzr is a force of DPS prowess you don't want to mess with. Back in season one of the Overwatch League, when LiNkzr had a good game the Outlaws would win even if they weren't doing so hot. Can you say "carry"? LiNkzr can play Widowmaker, Mcree, Genji, and Hanzo at a high level. We hope to see the DPS power unfold from LiNkzr during the World Cup.
Tuomo "Davin" Leppänen
Currently plays DPS for Team Gigantti and is a young prospect with a lot of potential. He excels at the Tracer role with his shifty and aggressive play style.
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