With a rapid surge in popularity since its release in summer of 2016, Overwatch quickly became recognized as an esport. With the creators, Blizzard Entertainment, announcing plans to back professional leagues, Overwatch has a trajectory for becoming a large scale competitor in the esports scene. With notable professional players moving from other well-established esports such as League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch has already become popular between many online communities.
Consisting of the largest roster amongst our varsity teams, the Overwatch team represents this mixing pot of other esports scenes. The majority of the team's players stem from already-established esports. The team was formed immediately at the commencement of Overwatch's first season. Starting Season 2 off strong, the Miami Varsity Overwatch team competed in Tespa, Blizzard's collegiate brackets, as well as at Ohio State University where they won first place at BuckeyeLAN 2016.
Unlike other esports, team composition and roles in Overwatch have a large amount of change. Nic Moore (Method) and Sam Yancer (Tobirama) comprise the primary DPS roles, Tyler Fass (Glassxfinite) and Calvin Sanvee (Doughboi) form the tank line, and Mack Patrick (EEEE) and Jarod Haney (Jirryus) represent support roles. Despite having primary roles, it's not unusual to see members of the team flex into other roles in matches. As Overwatch characters are free to change throughout the pace of a round, it's not uncommon to see team compositions such as 4 tanks. With this flexibility a key component behind continued success, Miami's Varsity Overwatch team competes alongside the best in collegiate competition.