North American esports organization Skyfoxes has announced a revamped roster for the 2020 Overwatch Contenders season. Formerly known as Meta Skyfoxes, the team saw several players leave during the offseason for Overwatch League teams like the Los Angeles Valiant and New York Excelsior.
Initially, Elijah Hudson “Elk” Gallagher was revealed to have been part of the roster showcased in the tweet. However, he announced later that day he would depart to join Harrisburg University’s collegiate esports program.
Yo, the Skyfoxes have been flying under the radar for the last month.
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Skyfoxes roster for Contenders
The Skyfoxes roster heading into the 2020 Contenders season includes DPS players William “Asking” Vetter, Nicholas “Speedily” Zou, and Valentín “valen” Ontivero; tank Michael “mikeyy” Konicki; off-tank Noah “salty” Smith; and flex support Steven “Mudkip” Saucedo. Jacob “jcb” Thostrup serves as the coach.
Kim “Mika” Young-Jun and Stefano “Verbo” Disalvo have been released from the coaching staff, with no new members being added. Many players on the roster are also new faces to the scene like mikeyy and mudkip. Others, like former XTEN Esports player valen and former Samsung Morning Stars player Asking, are returning to the competitive league after retirement. Speedily last competed for XL2 Academy, and Salty joins Skyfoxes after parting ways with Third Impact in August of 2019.
No replacement for Elk yet
The newly established team went on to defeat T3 Subs to win the North America Overwatch Contenders Open Division Breakable Barriers event and take home $1,200 in prize earnings. During this time, former British Hurricane player Ryan “CrusaDe” van Wegen substituted for Elk in the support role.
Prior support Carson “CarCar” First left to join the Philadelphia Fusion’s academy team Fusion University. No further information has been disclosed on what permanent player will be signed to fill in for the position. Meanwhile, players like Hwang “Attitude” Seok-hyun, Kelden “Boostio” Pupello, and James “Cloneman16” D Arcangelo have entered free agency, with Choi “Hoon” Jae-hoon retiring instead.