2020 Philadelphia Fusion season

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2020 Philadelphia Fusion season
Head coachKim "KDG" Dong-gun
OwnerComcast Spectacor
Arena(s)
Results
Record2–0 (1.000)
Place

The 2020 Philadelphia Fusion season is the third season of the Philadelphia Fusion's existence in the Overwatch League and their first under head coach Kim "KDG" Dong-gun. The team will look to improve upon their 15–13 record from 2019 and return to the playoffs after missing them the previous season. The Fusion will host three homestand weekends in the 2020 season, with the first two taking place at The Met in Philadelphia and the third at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.[1]

Preceding offseason[edit]

Organizational changes[edit]

In September 2019, Director of Overwatch Operations Yann "Kirby" Luu, who was also the head coach of the team in 2018, left the team.[2] Less than a month later, both co-head coaches Se-hwi "NamedHwi" Go and Elliot "Hayes" Hayes announced their departures from the team.[3] The team found their replacement on October 25 with the hiring of former Seoul Dynasty head coach Kim "KDG" Dong-gun. Additionally, the team promoted Roston Yoo from team manager to assistant general manager the same day.[4]

Roster changes[edit]

Free agents
Role Player Contract
status
Date signed 2020 team
Handle Name
Damage Carpe Jae-Hyeok Lee Free agent October 23 Philadelphia Fusion[5]
Damage Snillo Simon Ekström Free agent October 30 Philadelphia Fusion[6]
Legend
     Re-signed/Retained by the Fusion.
     Departed from the Fusion.

The Fusion enter the new season with two free agents, four players which they have the option to retain for another year, and three players under contract.[7] The OWL's deadline to exercise a team option is November 11, after which any players not retained will become a free agent. Free agency officially began on October 7.[8]

Acquisitions[edit]

The Fusion's first acquisitions of the offseason were announced on October 30. The team traded tank Shin "BERNAR" Se-won and support Kim "Fuze" Tae-hoon from Fusion University to the London Spitfire in exchange for tank Kim "Fury" Jun-ho, signed former Toronto Defiant DPS Lee "Ivy" Seung-hun, acquired support Daniel "FunnyAstro" Hathaway from the Atlanta Reign, and promoted support Kim "Alarm" Kyung-bo from Fusion University. Additionally, the team announced that DPS Josue "Eqo" Corona as part of their roster, although he had been let go from the team earlier in the month.[6] On November 25, the team announced that they had acquired DPS Jeong "Heesu" Hee-su from RunAway, although he would not turn 18, and thus inelegible to play, until late March.[9]

On November 26, the acquisition of DPS Philip "ChipSa" Graham, a popular streamer, was announced.[10] This signing proved to be controversial, as several figures in the professional Overwatch community criticized the signing. Namely, Envy Gaming content creator Justin "Jayne" Conroy noted his lack of professional experience and accused the Fusion of nepotism, as ChipSa's brother Chris "ChrisTFer" Graham works as an assistant coach for the team.[11]

Departures[edit]

The Fusion's first free agent to depart from the team was support Alberto "neptuNo" González, who had been with the team since its inception in 2017, as the team announced that they had parted ways with him on October 21.[12] The following day, the team elected not to exercise their option to retain DPS Josue "Eqo" Corona, who was also a inaugural season team member.[13] Support Elijah "Elk" Gallagher and DPS Finley "Kyb" Adisi, the final two players that were under team options, were released a day later.[14] Although he was announced as a part of the Fusion's roster in October, DPS Simon "Snillo" Ekström was released from the team on December 19.[15]

Roster[edit]

Philadelphia Fusion roster
Players Coaches
Role No. Handle Name Nationality Previous team
Damage 18 Carpe  Lee Jae-hyeok  South Korea  FaZe Clan 
Damage 2 Ivy  Lee Seung-hyun  South Korea  Toronto Defiant 
Damage 15 EQO  Corona, Josue   Israel  Zengaming Esports 
Damage 1 ChipSa  Graham, Philip   United Kingdom  The Chavs 
Damage Heesu (I)  Jeong Hee-su  South Korea  RunAway 
Tank 9 SADO  Kim Su-min  South Korea  N/A 
Tank 21 Poko  Gouzerch, Gael   France  GamersOrigin 
Tank 19 Fury  Kim Jun-ho  South Korea  London Spitfire 
Support 33 FunnyAstro  Hathaway, Daniel   United Kingdom  Atlanta Reign 
Support 42 Boombox  Charles, Isaac   United Kingdom  eUnited 
Support 17 Alarm  Kim Kyung-bo  South Korea  Fusion University 
Head coach
  • Kim "KDG" Dong-gun

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

Latest roster transaction: December 19, 2019.

Standings[edit]

# Team Division W L PCT P MR MD STK
Conference leaders
1 New York Excelsior ATL 2 0 1.000 2 6–1–0 +5 W2
1 Philadelphia Fusion ATL 2 0 1.000 2 6–1–0 +5 W2
3 Vancouver Titans PAC 2 0 1.000 2 6–2–0 +4 W2
Wild cards
4 Toronto Defiant ATL 1 0 1.000 1 3–1–0 +2 W1
4 San Francisco Shock PAC 1 0 1.000 1 3–1–0 +2 W1
6 Paris Eternal ATL 1 1 .500 2 4–3–0 +1 W1
6 Washington Justice ATL 1 1 .500 2 4–3–0 +1 W1
Play-in tournament
8 Florida Mayhem ATL 1 1 .500 2 3–3–0 ±0 L1
9 Los Angeles Valiant PAC 1 1 .500 2 3–4–0 -1 W1
10 Chengdu Hunters PAC 0 0 0 0–0–0 ±0 W0
10 Hangzhou Spark PAC 0 0 0 0–0–0 ±0 W0
10 Atlanta Reign ATL 0 0 0 0–0–0 ±0 W0
10 Guangzhou Charge PAC 0 0 0 0–0–0 ±0 W0
10 Shanghai Dragons PAC 0 0 0 0–0–0 ±0 W0
10 Seoul Dynasty PAC 0 0 0 0–0–0 ±0 W0
In the hunt
16 Los Angeles Gladiators PAC 0 1 .000 1 2–3–0 -1 L1
17 Boston Uprising ATL 0 1 .000 1 0–3–0 -3 L1
18 Dallas Fuel PAC 0 2 .000 2 2–6–0 -4 L2
19 London Spitfire ATL 0 2 .000 2 1–6–0 -5 L2
20 Houston Outlaws ATL 0 2 .000 2 0–6–0 -6 L2

Game log[edit]

2020 game log (Overall record: 2–0)
2020 season schedule

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. ^ Richardson, Liz (September 23, 2019). "Shanghai Dragons, Philadelphia Fusion drop staff". Dot Esports. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Shepard, Kate (October 7, 2019). "Philadelphia Fusion: Potential Moves for 2020 [Part II]". The Game Haus. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Richardson, Liz (October 25, 2019). "Philadelphia Fusion hire new head coach". Dot Esports. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Esguerra, Tyler (October 23, 2019). "Philadelphia Fusion re-sign Carpe to 3-year contract extension". Dot Esports. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Fusion, Fuel, Defiant and more make Overwatch League roster moves". ESPN. Reuters. October 30, 2019. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  7. ^ Morello, Matt (July 30, 2019). "2020 Team Needs and Player Contract Status". Overwatch League. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  8. ^ Richardson, Liz (October 4, 2019). "Overwatch League reveals player contract status for entire league". Dot Esports. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  9. ^ Peres, Pedro (November 25, 2019). "Philadelphia Fusion sign Heesu". Dot Esports. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  10. ^ Richardson, Liz (November 26, 2019). "Philadelphia Fusion sign ChipSa". Dot Esports. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  11. ^ Gwilliam, Michael (November 26, 2019). "Jayne says Fusion "spat in pros' faces" by signing Overwatch streamer". Dexerto.com. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  12. ^ Shepard, Kate (October 21, 2019). "The Philadelphia Fusion Release Neptuno". The Game Haus. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  13. ^ Samples, Rachel (October 22, 2019). "Philadelphia Fusion part ways with Eqo ahead of 2020 Overwatch League season". Dot Esports. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  14. ^ Samples, Rachel (October 23, 2019). "Philadelphia Fusion release Elk and KYB". Dot Esports. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  15. ^ Richardson, Liz (December 19, 2019). "Philadelphia Fusion part ways with Snillo". Dot Esports. Retrieved December 20, 2019.