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Get to know Philadelphia Fusion's newest acquisition Finley 'Kyb' Adisi

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Get to know Philadelphia Fusion's newest acquisition Finley 'Kyb' Adisi

It’s been a long season for the Philadelphia Fusion. Between illnesses, subs leaving for Korea, and stacked schedules, the Fusion have had a rough, but not an unsuccessful season. With the regular season now wrapped and playoffs just around the corner, fans are wondering if they are finally going to get a chance to see Philly’s newest acquisition play.

As part of the trade involving main tank player Fragi leaving the team, the Fusion acquired the young and hungry DPS formerly of the Guangzhou Charge. In the past Kyb has been unable to fully demonstrate his abilities thanks to the DPS hating GOATS meta, but hopefully, with the dawning of the role lock meta, things will be a little different.

Although he came to the Fusion fairly late in the season, fans are eager to see what this young gun has in store. Hopefully, Kyb is just what the doctor ordered for the Fusion, who has struggled recently in a more DPS heavy meta. As Kyb settles into the scene we thought it would be a good idea to check in with him and see how the transition is being handled.

The following interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Adam: What was the process of joining the Fusion like for you?

Kyb: the process was pretty smooth, all the way from just talking about the trade process to actually joining the team. I know several people on the team already, including coaches, for well over a year, Boombox, Neptuno, ChrisTFer, Hayes, even NamedHwi. I’ve known these guys for a long time, so I know a lot about how they work, and who they are as people, so it felt super easy to fit in.

I thought it would be kind of hard for me to move into the house since these guys are the big dogs, you know? These guys were grand finalists last year, but even the first day I moved in there, even though it was late at night everyone was really chill and we just laid around, hung out, played together, watch stuff together, it was just really easy to fit in.

Adam: How quick was the process of finding out you were in trade talks to actually step into the house as a new member?

Kyb: Well I think it was like just before the trade window was ending, during the Atlanta Homestead. I found out on the day we were going back, I think that was the day it was all sorted out. So I would say I was given like 1-5 days notice, that was the window of finding out and getting it all sorted before going off to the house. It was pretty quick, but I think it definitely worked out for both sides, both players and teams.

Adam: You played with both Coach Hayes and Boombox in World Cup 2018, how has this working history affected your ability to integrate with the team?

Kyb: Since I played with them in the World Cup, I know how they work and I really respect both of them, their opinions, and how they work through things,especially Hayes. I think he was the first coach I had that was at a really high standard at that time. So going into it, I already had a lot of respect for him, but during World Cup and now on Philly, I keep seeing more and more of how he works and I really really respect it.

I don’t know if it’s just something that other coaches don’t have, or if he’s on a higher level, but I really think he’s one of the best coaches in the league. He really knows how to push a player to the point they need to be in order to perform on stage.

Adam: Along with this trade you not only get a new team but a new city to represent and play in next year. How do you feel about the prospect of living and playing in Philadelphia as opposed to China for which you had been preparing?

Kyb: I didn’t really think about living in Philly that much, but I’ve thought about joining the team a lot. Even before season 1, Philly was the team I definitely wanted to be on. So after two years I’m finally here, and even though I don;t know much about the city of Philadelphia, I’m excited to be here and I’m really excited for next year.

Adam: Considering the length of time the Fusion has been playing together, what was the process of integrating like, and how do you build that synergy?

Kyb: It was really easy getting to know them because of our history and in-game it was a quick process as well because we all sort of know, or know of, each other, even the OWL players I hadn’t met. Carpe saw me in World cup last year, Eqo and I were both in EU and saw each other that way, it’s just all these different connections coming together. We’ve known each other all this time, so it’s very easy to just quickly get together and synergize.        

Adam: What are the biggest differences in team environment between Guangzhou and Philadelphia?


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Kyb: Not that much I guess besides, the fact that Guangzhou is mostly Chinese and Korean. Other than that both teams are pretty funny and just like to meme and hang around the house, in that sense they are very similar. When it comes to work they are pretty different, I guess it’s just two different styles of coaching in how they approach the game.  

Adam: What are some of your personal goals now that you are on the Fusion?

Kyb: One of my personal goals with Philly is to work well with Eqo, he’s one of the players I respected the most. Seeing him in season 1 and Grand Finals, I think he’s the best flex DPS in the game. It’s crazy how good his mechanics are and his ability to lead the team at the same time. I definitely want to watch him closely, learn, and make my playstyle a lot more like his.
 
Adam: Any words of greeting for your new fans in Philly?

Kyb: I’m excited to be joining the Philadelphia Fusion!. I know it’s late in the season, but I’m really looking forward to meeting all the fans when we go to the finals since I’m sure we will be going. I’ll see you all there.

Experiencing the Overwatch League for the first time and why you should too

Experiencing the Overwatch League for the first time and why you should too

The Philadelphia Fusion finally played in front of a home crowd for the first time Saturday at the Met. It’s been a long time coming but with a near sold out venue, it was clear that the city was ready for the league to make it’s way there during their regular season. 

And after the 2019 Overwatch League sold out Wells Fargo Center in September, I finally realized it may be time to pay attention to something that was taking over the nation … I just wasn’t sure how. 

Fast forward to this weekend of events. Still knowing nothing about the league, Overwatch in general or really what to expect at something like this … I decided to go. I wanted to see what it was like, essentially as an outsider, to see how things go. Here’s what I took away from the day:

First impressions

I arrived about a half hour before the initial start time and it was packed. Between the lobby, merchandise tables and gaming stations, the atmosphere was electric. It almost seemed like a mini ComicCon, or in this case BlizzCon — with fans in jerseys representing their favorite players, cos-plays of characters in the game and even a fake Gritty (the real Gritty was there too, but we’ll get to that later).

How does it differ?

One of the biggest questions I had heading into things was how different would this be from a regular sporting event? Turns out — it’s not. Two teams of six compete on three separate maps, with three games within them. It’s highly competitive and very intense. 

The crowd was also as Philly as it gets. The entire event went on for nearly four hours and the energy never died down. The first match of the Mayhem and the Outlaws had an interesting dynamic, where fans cheered for both teams. Everyone was just there appreciating the game and the atmosphere, but boy did it take a shift as soon as the Fusion and Justice took the stage. 

It was loud. I mean loud. From booing the Justice from the moment they stepped on the stage, to cheering on the home team for the very first time. It was the same energy you’d see from Flyers, Sixers, Phillies and Eagles fans. 

Not to mention, there was even an E-A-G-L-E-S chant that broke out, so it’s safe to say the Fusion were officially initiated into the Philly sports world. 

What I took away

I’m familiar with Blizzard Entertainment, having played World of Warcraft since my middle school days, but before this weekend I had held off to being open-minded to any other games they put out. If I had a better understanding to Overwatch overall, the way I do with WoW, chances are I’d probably become pretty invested into this. To be a player and to be able to watch some of the best in the game is a pretty cool concept. 

Not to mention, an appearance from Gritty is an automatic win in my book. 



Is it worth attending?

 If you’re open to trying new things, I’d suggest giving it a shot. Since this was the first time I was there and was still pretty much unaware of everything going on for the first few hours, two matches seemed lengthy. Luckily, if you wanted, you could’ve gone for just the Fusion that was set to start two hours into the event. 

The gaming community continues to evolve. If you’re a fan of Twitch — an online streaming site for players, this may be something to look into. It’s basically the live version of it but with the addition of a live sporting event atmosphere. 

I rather enjoyed my time there and look forward to the next time the Fusion are home (May 23-24). Now that I know what I’m going into, it’ll be exciting to be back with a new perspective. 

Meet your new Philadelphia Fusion roster for OWL 2020

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Meet your new Philadelphia Fusion roster for OWL 2020

The Philadelphia Fusion has officially announced its main roster heading into the 2020 season of the Overwatch League. Overall, the team has five returning players and four newly signed players along with a new coaching staff.

Players Leaving


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Leaving the Fusion roster are DPS player Finley "Kyb" Adisi and support players Elijah Hudson "Elk" Gallagher and Alberto "neptuNo" González.

Kyb leaves the roster after not seeing any play with the Fusion roster since being traded to the team from the Guangzhou charge just before the start of Stage 4. Meanwhile, Elk leaves the team after struggling on the Fusion Academy roster after rejoining the contender roster when they moved to Korea.

Finally, neptuNo leaves the roster after playing a huge role as one of the key supports for the Fusion. During his time on the Fusion, neptuNo was one of the starting supports through both seasons, acting as the main Lucio and Mercy player. He was considered one of the core members of the roster and played the most maps out of all players in season one of the Overwatch League.

There haven’t been any rumors about the landing spots for any of these players at the moment. However, it has been rumored that the Toronto Defiant decided not to trial neptuNo due to feeling that he may be too toxic.

Returning Players

After a mediocre 2019 season, the starting DPS and tank duo for the Fusion in DPS players Jae-hyeok "Carpe" Lee and Josue/Josh "Eqo" Corona along with tank players Gael "Poko" Gouzerch and Su-min "SADO" Kim. Finishing off the group of returning players is support player Isaac "Boombox" Charles.

While Poko, SADO, and Boombox were brought back fairly quickly, the DPS duo was a different story. For Eqo, it was originally announced that he would be leaving the team after two long seasons with the team. The announcement was a shocking one at the time and left fans wondering what the future would hold for both the Fusion and Eqo. Meanwhile, after weeks of rumors since the start of the beginning of the offseason, star DPS player Carpe signed a 3-year contract to rejoin the team as the face of the franchise.

Overall, the return of these five players allows the Fusion to head into the 2020 season with a solid core that has great synergy together as a team. Along with that, the return of the DPS duo in Carpe and Eqo ensures the Fusion will have the ability to default to a tested duo that is capable of carrying the team to victory.

New Players

The biggest pickup for the Fusion during the offseason is the former tank player of the London Spitfire Jun-ho "Fury" Kim who is widely considered one of the best offensive tank players in the league. During the offseason, Fury was sought after by other teams as reported by Halo of Thoughts in the New York Excelsior. While the NYXL had initial talks with the Spitfire, the asking price was too high for the team.  Along with Fury, the Fusion picked up two more Korean players in Seung-hyun "Ivy" Lee, the former DPS player for the Toronto Defiant and support player Kyungbo "Alarm" Kim, who has been brought up from the Fusion’s contender team in the Fusion University. Finishing off the new players joining the roster is a former support player for the Atlanta Reign, Daniel "FunnyAstro" Hathaway.


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Along with the new players, the Fusion also announced new members of the support staff. Taking over the coaching duties after both Se-hwi "NamedHwi" Go and Elliot "Hayes" Hayes left the organization is Dong-gun "KDG" Kim, the former coach for the Seoul Dynasty, along with him the returning assistant coach Christopher "ChrisTFer" Graham will continue to contribute to the team. Along with that, the Fusion also announced Roston “Roston” Yoo as the new assistant general manager.

With these changes the Fusion roster heading into the 2020 season will be:

Support: Alarm, FunnyAstro, Boombox
Tank: Poko, SADO, Fury
DPS: Ivy, Carpe, Eqo
Coach: KDG (head), ChrisTFer (assistant)

With the new players, the Fusion could potentially field a nearly full Korean roster depending on the meta with a single non-Korean support which would likely be Boombox. One big concern that still exists in the roster is the lack of a substitute for the main tank role as SADO could continue to struggle once the 2020 season begins. Overall, the roster has made some solid upgrades and should look much better heading into the new season. The question now will be if these changes are good enough to push the Fusion into title contention once again.

The Fusion’s 2020 season begins on February 15th in Philadelphia.