March 16, 2018

The mid season pick-up window is finally upon us, as teams will try to get their hands on the best players outside of the Overwatch League. Here are the best five western free agents out of a team, in no particular order.

Michaël “winz” Bignet

The Frenchman, previously seen on Rogue and in the World Cup for Team France, is an asset to any team. He is selfless, has a team-oriented mentality and can play any role at a high level: his mechanics have not deteriorated, as seen in his Quake Champions stint. Best of all, winz’s mind for the game is arguably unparalleled in the West, being the driving force behind Rogue’s reign of dominance. Winz still has a lot to prove, and has all that it takes to make it into the League.

Adam “Adam” Eckel

Often overshadowed by his other support teammate, Adam was still a key component of the Cloud9 of old. Still relevant in a meta that favors Mercy, Eckel is a world class Lucio and has enough experience to teach any rookie a thing or two. Most teams could benefit from a player like Adam to make their support lineup meta-proof, as well as add some shotcalling where necessary.

Russell “FCTFCTN” Campbell

The absence of FCTFCTN from the Overwatch League came as a shock to many. The American tank player has been a force to be reckoned with in his role since the release of the game, and has more big stage experience than many other main tanks in the league. He boasts a solid Winston, but made his name known for his Reinhardt play: in a quickly shifting game like Overwatch, having Campbell on a team can be an easy fix to cover for several weaknesses.

Daniel “dafran” Francesca

The most controversial player in the game has been living a resurgence ever since he started streaming again. Regardless of his absence from pro play, he came back with a vengeance and began tearing through the European ladder, as well as filling in for scrims in his spare time, while still stating he has no interest in pro play. The months away from the game did not change one fact: dafran is still one of the best DPS players in the world, and would be an upgrade for any Western team in the league. The only real question is: does dafran himself want to retake his throne?

Randal “Roolf” Stark

The second player stuck in the Cloud9 conundrum is Roolf. After Cloud9’s weak runs in the early seasons of Contenders, Stark showed everyone he still had the skills during his time in Team Canada at the World Cup. He was one of the better Zenyatta’s at the tournament, with extremely strong mechanics and an incredible fragging potential. In the past, he has showcased a solid flexing capability too, and he could without a doubt become strong in any other support if the meta required it. Roolf is the perfect player for any team looking to spice up their offensive potential.

Who do you think would make good additions to existing teams? Any newly signed player will be able to start playing on February 21st.


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