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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.

Overwatch League 2019 Grand Finals in Philadelphia end with a shocking San Francisco victory

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Overwatch League 2019 Grand Finals in Philadelphia end with a shocking San Francisco victory

In a hyped-up Grand Finals, the two best teams throughout all of Season 2 faced off in the Vancouver Titans and the San Francisco Shock. With the team's previous matchups split evenly, this match would decide the victor once and for all. Despite all the hype that went into the match, the victor was decided fairly quickly as the Shock dominated the Titans on their way to a 4-0 victory and the title. What does this victory mean for the two teams heading into the next season? Let’s take a look and start off with the champions themselves. 


The San Francisco Shock: Golden run completed


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The Shock entered the Grand Finals after an amazing run through the loser’s bracket, going undefeated against the likes of the Hangzhou Spark and the New York Excelsior. With all the momentum in the world, the Shock completed their run with their 4-0 victory over the Titans, cementing their spot as the best team in the Overwatch League. 

Through the entire match, the shock showed a lot of versatility as they were able to continuously adapt to whatever the situation needed. A great example of the Shock’s ability to adjust and adapt on the fly was when DPS player Dong-jun "Rascal" Kim’s switched to Pharah on Eichenwalde, which turned around the map for the Shock, leading to their win. Considering the importance of that map in terms of momentum, this could have been one of the key moments that decided the series as had the Shock not won Eichenwalde, the Grand Finals could’ve gone another way with momentum shifting back to the Titans.

Overall, the Grand Finals showed the world how strong of a team the Shock truly are, but one aspect of the team that hasn’t received enough praise for their dominant run is their coaching staff. Head coach Dae-hee "Crusty" Park through the entire season was able to help the Shock remain one of the best teams in the league with two different starting rosters depending on the meta. It’s hard to imagine any other coach being able to do the same thing and as such, Crusty deserves a huge payday for his next contract.

The Vancouver Titans: Forever the underdogs and forever runner-ups

Apex Season 2, Apex Season 4, and now The Season 2 Grand Finals of the Overwatch League. While the Runaway core that forms the Vancouver Titans is used to being the underdogs in big matches, they’re unfortunately also used to being the runner-ups. 

Despite a strong run into the Grand Finals through the Winner Finals, the Titans were simply outmatched by a stronger team in the Shock. Key players that needed to have great performances simply couldn’t keep up as tank player Hyeon-Woo "JJANU" Choi was outclassed on Sigma, and DPS player Min-soo "SeoMinSoo" Seo was simply unable to make a big enough impact to affect the team’s chances to win. Overall, the Titans struggled against the Shock and were unable to show the same level of versatility. This was most evident as the team was mowed down by the Shock’s Bastion composition on multiple occasions without an answer. 

Despite all the negatives, the Titans will still head into the next season as one of the best teams in the Overwatch League. Along with that, if history has shown fans of the Runaway core anything, it’s that after a heartbreak, victory will follow. 

Watch 'For The Win Philly', a new program focusing on gaming in the Philadelphia region

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Watch 'For The Win Philly', a new program focusing on gaming in the Philadelphia region

NBC Sports Philadelphia is teaming up with Nerd Street Gamers to produce “For The Win Philly,” a program focusing on the world of highly competitive gamers in the Philadelphia region. The show will debut on NBC Sports Philadelphia+ on Friday, September 27 at 9 p.m.

The premier of “For the Win Philly” is launching alongside a weekend of events and festivities that lead up to the Overwatch League Grand Finals on Sunday, September 29th at Wells Fargo Center. Audiences tuning in to NBC Sports Philadelphia+ will get an inside look at the world of esports, its presence in Philadelphia, and how this massive industry is continuing to rise.

Clips from the program will be distributed on NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com, as well.

Here are the dates and times you can watch “For The Win Philly”:

  • Friday, September 27, 9pm on NBC Sports Philadelphia+
  • Friday, September 27, 11pm on NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Saturday, September 28, 11pm on NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Sunday, September 29, 6:30pm on NBC Sports Philadelphia+

NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia is available in three million homes throughout the Philadelphia area. To find these channels in your area, check out our channel finder.