British Hurricane annihilated the competition in the Overwatch Contenders finals this month to bring home a victory against rivals Team Gigantti.
Contenders is a level below the Overwatch League, with many players hoping to transition to the latter.
George Moncaster sat down with two of the team’s players – British player Fusions and Dutch player CrusaDe – to talk about their victory and plans for the future.
Esports News UK: Firstly, after such a great finish to Contenders, can you describe to the readers at home some of the emotions you felt?
CrusaDe: During the final map of the EU finals Dorado, in the last fight, after we used Zen ult, we knew after this fight we were gonna be crowned champions. The feeling I had during that fight was amazing, and one of the best feelings I’ve ever had.
Fusions: After winning the final I was extremely happy, I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy as I was at that moment, it was quite surreal.
How is the team planning to celebrate?
CrusaDe: We celebrated our win that same night in Poland by having a meal together at the hotel and having a few drinks after with some other teams and casters.
Fusions: Aside from going out the night after the final wins, we are also celebrating by taking some time off before starting practice again, but aside from that nothing special.
“Coming off this victory in Contenders, we want to keep up the momentum and show that we can keep competing at the top. And our victory shows that there is definitely up and coming talent in the UK.”
Fusions, British Hurricane
What kind of impact do you think your victory will have for British esports?
CrusaDe: I don’t know what impact it will have for British esports, but i do think we’ve shown that Europe is not something to just overlook. And we hope that by winning the EU vs NA show-match, that more people will look at EU closely now.
Fusions: I think our victory shows that there is definitely up and coming talent in the UK, especially with me and Astro coming from much smaller teams. Hopefully people give more chances to UK players because of it.
What is next for British Hurricane?
CrusaDe: Right now we are having a one-week break after the months of grinding for contenders S1. After this we will start practicing hard in the new meta for the upcoming tournaments.
Fusions: We will be looking forward to the next season of Contenders for now, although there may be some stuff before that.
What lessons have you learnt from the experience?
CrusaDe: That hard work pays off.
Fusions: I think the whole LAN experience in general just helped me learn to keep calmer in a lot of situation inside of the game especially.
“We’ve shown that Europe is not something to just overlook. And we hope that by winning the EU vs NA show-match that more people will look at EU closely now.”
CrusaDe, British Hurricane
What are your goals/targets for the next event?
CrusaDe: If we don’t lose people to OWL, our goal is to win the next season of Contenders of course!
Fusions: Our goals for the next events are definitely to win, coming off of a victory in Contenders we definitely want to keep up the momentum and show that we can keep competing at the top, since most of us want to be in the Overwatch League eventually.
The Official British Hurricane jerseys have arrived!
The boys in blue are now appropriately dressed and ready to take off for the @owpathtopro Contenders EU Finals directly from Poland! #FangsOut? pic.twitter.com/HSPvkIJeCw
— British Hurricane (@Hurricane) May 8, 2018
George has been writing general content for about two years now, and is now branching out into gaming and esports. He also runs a Twitch and YouTube channel and is currently at university.
"My first pieces were published on my stream network site TheBNN who have a small blog that's quite general," George said. "It was initially Overwatch mechanics and updates, but has begun to spread into other areas and other games.
"I also used to do a little remote casting for amateur CSGO teams, which I still do on rare occasion for a few orgs through Broadcast.gg. I'd really like to get some on camera experience with esports, and hope to cover content at LAN events or even end up hosting desks."