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The Philadelphia Fusion Are BACK

Kevin Kinkead - February 13, 2019

Not sure about you, but I was pissed off when the Fusion lost in the Overwatch League finals last summer.

I expected more out of my man Carpe, but it just wasn’t his time. Those wankers from England, the London Spitfire, beat the Fusion in a best-of-three series to claim whatever trophy the Overwatch League hands out. Some guy named “Profit,” who is likely a total douche bag, ended up being the difference maker. He’s the Al Horford of esports.

But time heals all wounds, and the Fusion are back for a second season, which begins tomorrow night with a revenge game against the Spitfire.

There will be an epic watch part at Xfinity live, according to this press release:

Coming back with a vengeance!  The 2019 Overwatch League season kicks off with the long-awaited Grand Finals rematch between the Philadelphia Fusion and London Spitfire.  On February 14, the City of Brotherly Love’s first professional esports team will take to the main stage with three-time Overwatch Contenders North America Champion, Elk, and returning star, Carpe, as they begin their quest for the Overwatch League Championship title.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the Fusion will set the stage for over 700 pre-registered fans eager to kick off Philadelphia’s second season, including a live Overwatch gaming zone powered by N3rd Street Gamers and on-site prize giveaways.  The watch party will host its first-ever cosplay contest, featuring appearances of fans dressed as Overwatch heroes prior to a live stream of the match.

The Fusion, who are part of Comcast Spectacor’s portfolio of professional sports teams and live entertainment assets, were the assumed underdogs throughout the inaugural season and clinched the last spot in the Overwatch League Playoffs.  After an incredible display of perseverance, the Fusion advanced to the first-ever Grand Finals, finishing their season in second place.  The Overwatch League expanded to 20 teams for the 2019 season, with all teams competing at Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California.  Overwatch is a team-based, first-person survival game with more than 40 million players worldwide. Philadelphia’s nine-man roster includes players from eight countries.

I don’t know who this “Elk” dude is, but he’d better be good. I hope he’s a real blue collar, Philly type of athlete.

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The Philadelphia Fusion are Actually Going to Play in Philadelphia

Kevin Kinkead - November 30, 2018

You know me. Huge Fusion fan.

I was pissed when they lost to that London team in the Overwatch League final last season. I expected more out of my boy, Carpe.

One thing that bothers me is that the Fusion don’t have any American players and don’t even live or play in Philadelphia, but that changes this weekend:

Press release:

PHILADELPHIA FUSION TO COMPETE IN FIRST PROFESSIONAL OVERWATCH LEAGUE MATCH IN PHILADELPHIA AT LUCKY STRIKE – DECEMBER 1

Fans, Gamers and Esports Enthusiasts to Gather for Philadelphia Fusion’s First Professional Overwatch League Match in Philadelphia vs. New York Excelsior to be Streamed Live on Twitch

Amateur Matches, An Appearance from Gritty, and Access to Exclusive Merchandise Tee Up Fusion’s Homecoming Showmatch

WHAT:  The Philadelphia Fusion are here to play! On December 1, the Philadelphia Fusion will compete in the first full-squad professional Overwatch League match played in Philadelphia against their East Coast rivals the New York Excelsior.

Beginning at 3 p.m., the Fusion will set the stage for their hometown fans eager to watch the team compete live and in-person for the first time. The event will kick off with four pro-am matches focusing on fan engagement with the Fusion roster. Following those matches, the Fusion will take the stage at 5 p.m. for a 6v6 professional exhibition match against New York to see who will be crowned the “Champion of the East”. The entire event will be streamed live on Twitch.

The Fusion launched in January 2018 as one of 12 teams in the first season of the Overwatch League from Activision Blizzard. Heading into the 2019 season, the Overwatch League added eight new teams, bringing the league total to 20. Overwatch is a team-based, first-person survival game with more than 35 million players worldwide. Philadelphia’s nine-man roster includes players from eight countries.

WHERE:  Lucky Strike Philadelphia, 1336 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2018

2 p.m. – Doors Open

3 p.m. – Live Stream Begins

5 p.m. – Fusion vs. NYXL Exhibition Match

Alright, so it’s just an exhibition match, but it’ll be nice to welcome our boys back to town.

And Gritty will be there too.

Go Fusion.

Philly’s First Professional E-Sports Team Will Make Its First Visit To Philly

Kyle Scott - May 9, 2018

Yeah, you read that right.

Lost in the commotion of the Sixers’ e-sports team – which won the NBA 2K18 inaugural tip-off jam (kind of a disappointment in terms of viewership and competitiveness) – is the Fusion, who play in Activision’s Overwatch league. Problem: They play all of their matches in Burbank, California.

Hilarious Comcast-Spectacor press release:

Currently competing in the Overwatch League’s inaugural season in Burbank, CA, the Philadelphia Fusion are visiting their namesake city and future home for the very first time.  Located in the heart of South Philadelphia’s Sporting Complex, Fusion fans, gamers, and esports enthusiasts will congregate at 1100 Social of XFINITY Live! to meet and mingle with all 12 players of Philadelphia’s first professional esports team.

The welcome home party will feature live entertainment, autograph signings, player photo booths, and prize giveaways.  Fans will have the unique opportunity to play in the Gaming Zone powered by N3rd Street Gamers and receive coaching tips from players.

Apparently they’ll move to Philly sometime in 2019, but for now fans will have to settle for a meet-and-greet with a bunch of foreigners – literally, all of them – who live in California.

Conversely, the Sixers’ e-sports team, which has thus far only played in New York, actually lives in the area and trains at the Sixers’ practice facility in Camden, where they are able to leverage the support staff of an NBA team. Hashtag synergy and all. Meanwhile, Comcast’s team is about as authentic Philly as that stupid Authentic Fan campaign that features dolts in face paint waving a banner.

Side note: I’m not hating on e-sports, and the Fusion actually do have a small fan base here, but come on, at least pretend like Joona Laine and his (her?) teammate Josue Corona have stepped foot in Philly before.

Dallas Takes Another L

Kevin Kinkead - May 3, 2018

Ho hum, another Philly team beat the crap out of a Dallas squad.

This time it was your Fusion boys who just obliterated the most sorry ass group of gamers ever assembled, cruising by the Dallas Fuel 3-1 in last night’s Overwatch League matchup.

I watched a few of the clips and I have no idea what’s going on, just a lot of flashing lights and some British guy getting really excited:

American guy: “Everybody is so spread out for the Philadelphia Fusion. You’ll get a touch…”

British guy: “STILL (inaudible) UP! He still can use the graviton and now we’re in overtime! Self-destruct on the point! No chance for the Dallas Fuel!”

That’s wild.

Let’s check in on the standings real quick:

Look at your Fusion, hovering just above .500 and fighting for the last playoff spot.

Dallas, of course, sucks.

They’ve managed one win this entire season and they’ve only won nine maps total. That’s piss poor. If I was a Fuel fan, I’d be LIVID. Their Overwatch team is just as bad as the Cowboys, Mavs, and Rangers. The Stars were okay this year, I guess, but who really cares about ice hockey in Texas?