We have previously reported about the issues facing players in the postseason of the Overwatch League, uncertainty around the release of Overwatch 2, and the precarious position of teams that has led to a number of major roster changes. In some cases entire teams, including coaching staff, have been dropped.
As we build our 2021 roster this offseason, we’ll give you exclusive insights in our newest series: Building #BostonUp
Up first, the veterans we’ve locked in for the start of 2021.
— Boston Uprising (@BostonUprising) October 20, 2020
Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth joined the team in 2018 and in a statement for Boston Uprising said,
“When HuK asked me [if I wanted to be traded], I didn’t even have to think about it. I wanted to be here. I don’t see myself, as a person, going somewhere else. It’s not on my mind. I just want to win and prove I can win with this team. When he asked, it was an easy answer.”
The teams’ DPS player Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse also had this to say,
“I approached [HuK] and was like, ‘Hey, I know it’s been a lackluster and unsatisfying two seasons, but I still really want this, and I want to [win] with this team.’ After two years, I feel personally and emotionally attached to the team, whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Some people might think I’m crazy for wanting this team to succeed. But at this point, after all of the hardships, I don’t just want to succeed anymore, I want to succeed with Boston.”
The final two set to return are recent additions to the team, Leyton “Punk” Gilchrist and Sangmin “Myunbong” Seo. Both were picked up by the Uprising for the 2020 season, and despite a relatively lackluster showing, will be a part of Boston’s future plans.
Punk: “I’m really excited to come back to Boston. I feel like it’s a second chance to prove how good we can be and a more ‘normal’ start to my OWL career.”
Myunbong: “Rather than join something that’s already created, my goal is to carve out my own path. So that’s why I decided to stay on Boston.”
Despite a tough 2020, it looks as though the team has established a foundation to improve upon, as Boston will be looking to do just that considering they came dead last in the league’s overall ranking last season.
The team looks poised to cut its losses and enter a period of rebuilding. This was further strengthened with their roster announcement being titled “Building BostonUp”.
All in all, don’t expect the Uprising to be safe bets for the upcoming season. Uprising is positioning itself as an underdog looking to stage a comeback. Look to them for some potential dark horse bets with great odds.