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It was an interesting, but successful, first season for the Philadelphia Fusion. Coming into the year, there were a lot of unknowns about the Fusion. Philadelphia was the only team not to play in the preseason due to ‘player logistical issues’, as the Fusion were having a tough time getting visas for their international players. At the end of the year, few teams understood the meta the way the Fusion did though, and they rode that to a surprising second-place finish.

Philadelphia Fusion Owners

Comcast Spectacor owns the Fusion, and their deep pockets could provide the team with some of the best talent in the league if they decide to splash their cash. Comcast owns multiple professional sports teams, television channels, and hundreds of arenas throughout North America. This is their first venture into Esports.

Philadelphia Fusion 2018 Year in Review

The year started rather auspiciously for the Fusion. Not only were the Fusion unable to participate in the preseason because of logistical issues, one of their star players was banned for the first three stages of the season. Sado was found to have been participating in an account-boosting scheme in Korea, and that earned him a hefty fine and suspension for his actions. It also left Philadelphia with only one main tank on its roster.

The Fusion never finished below .500 in any stage, and that led to them grabbing the last playoff spot at the end of the season. In Stage One, they finished at 6-4 and missed out on the stage playoffs, but in Stage Two they remedied that. They won a tiebreaker with the Seoul Dynasty to receive the last spot in the stage playoffs and upset London before falling to NYXL in a great five-game series.

Philadelphia muddled through the last two stages, missing out on the playoffs each time, but a 24-16 record earned them the final berth in the OWL Season 1 Playoffs. They were seen as a one and done team there, but they pulled off the two biggest upsets of the playoffs to make it to the Season One Grand Finals. The Fusion toppled Boston Uprising in a thriller in the quarterfinals, but then they one-upped that to upset NYXL in the semifinals. Philly couldn’t get past the London Spitfire, but they still earned $400,000 from their second-place finish.

Philadelphia Fusion Roster

Entering last year, the Fusion had some of the most exciting DPS players in the league. A lot of attention was paid to Shadowburn, and he was seen as one of the best Western players in the game, but he slowly gave way to his teammates and he is no longer on the team.

Coming into Philadelphia’s second season, the Fusion have three very good DPS players in Carpe, Eqo, and snillo. Carpe starred for Korea at the Overwatch World Cup, and he is the leader up front. Eqo showed his skill on a number of champions, while snillo was the Fusion’s Tracer in certain compositions.

The tank play improved as soon as SADO’s suspension was lifted, and that really helped the Fusion in the playoffs. SADO was a definite improvement over Fragi, and both players are back for another year. The difference maker was Poko. He had some of the best D.Va ultimates in the league, and his self-destructs swung multiple maps for Philadelphia.

Over the course of the season, the support play improved, but this is still an area that is lacking on the Fusion. Boombox and Neptuno were the team’s two supports for almost all of last year, and they are back for another season. Philadelphia brought up Elk from their academy team to provide depth, yet they are in some trouble if Mercy falls out of the meta. Neptuno has largely been a Mercy one-trick, and he has not performed as well on other support champions.

Philadelphia Fusion 2019 Preview

The Fusion caught lightning in a bottle with their success at the end of 2018, but that’s unlikely to happen again. While the DPS and tank situation look good, support play will keep them from being a real contender in 2019. Still, this is a team that will likely finish above .500 and could get back to the playoffs.

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