Paris Eternal sign FDGod to their Overwatch squad
The French Overwatch team Paris Eternal have unveiled the signing of 18-year-old support and French national Brice “FDGod” Monsçavoir as their final pickup of the offseason, ahead of 2020 Overwatch League.
Paris Eternal announced FDGod as their final signing of the offseason earlier this Tuesday on their official Twitter page. The former Young and Beautiful support FDGod will join forces with his national team teammates Terence "SoOn" Tarlier and Damien "HyP" Souville, who were both involved in French team fourth-place finish at 2019 Overwatch World Cup.
FDGod first appeared in the competitive Overwatch scene back in April 2018, when he joined Primate. He later played for YounG Star, Orgless and Hungry, Shu's Money Crew EU, HSL Esports, Cry me a River and most recently Young and Beautiful.
Throughout his career has seen a fair amount of success in some lower leagues, yet never quite made it to the top tier of the competition. In late 2018, the French support made his first appearance in the Overwatch Contenders with Orgless and Hungry where the team finished ninth-10th in Season 3: Europe.
After leaving Orgless and Hungry, FDGod competed in some low tier tournaments with several teams, until he was signed by Young and Beautiful in May 2019, when he made his second appearance in Overwatch Contenders league.
With his new team, FDGod finished second in Contenders 2019 Season 2 Trials: Europe, which qualified them for European Season 2. Unfortunately, Young and Beautiful underperformed, as they failed to make it out of the group and finished seventh. Slightly over three months later, FDGod made his debut at 2019 Overwatch World Cup, where France lost to the reigning world champions South Korea in the third-place match, meaning France finished fourth for the second time after 2017.
By joining Paris Eternal, FDGod will make his debut appearance in the Overwatch League, which will be a huge stepping stone in his career as a professional Overwatch player.
The Paris Eternal entered the Overwatch League last season, as a bastion of EU talent, which featured players from all corners of the Old Continent, including Russia, Portugal, France and other European countries. Their goal was to break into the Asian-dominated scene and prove Europe possesses enough talent to compete with the best, yet failed to deliver to the expectations.
In their debut season in OWL, Eternals failed to impress with their 16th place finish in both Stage 1 and Stage 2. In Stage 3, Eternals made it to 12th place but dropped back down to 14th in Stage 4. The French team ended the 2019 OWL season with an overall record of 11-17, meaning they missed out on the playoffs by three wins.
Due to their lacklustre performance in Season 2, Eternal made huge changes to their roster in a bid to become more competitive comes the next season. That, however, meant the French team had to move away from their initial focus to field only European players and decided to bring in some South Korean talent.
In October 2019, Eternal signed two Korean talents in DPS Jung "Xzi" Ki-hyo and Tank Daun "NoSmite" Jeong. They also signed DPS Kim "SP9RK1E" Young-han and Tank Choi "Hanbin" Han-been from Element Mystic, however, they are both still underage an uneligible to compete in the OWL. That being said, Hanbin's 18th birthday is on February 20, while Sp9rk1e will become of age on May 31, later this year, meaning they will be set to make their appearance in 2020 OWL.
Besides their roster shuffle, Eternal also made quite a few changes in their coaching staff. They appointed the former Element Mystic coach Yun "Rush" Hee-won as the team's new head coach. He will be joined by Jaeyoon "Aid" Go and Chunghyeok "Levi" Jeong as his two assistants.
Eternal also brought in former San Francisco Shock coach Kim "NineK" Beom-hoon as their new General Manager and former Washington Justice coach Kyoungey "Molly" "AVALLA" Kim, who will take over the Assistant General Manager position.
As for the departures, Eternal parted ways with DPS George "ShaDowBurn" Gushcha, DPS Karol "Danye" Szcześniak, Tank Finnsi Finnbjörn "Finnsi" Jónasson and Tank Roni "LhCloudy" Tiihonen, who joined with Los Angeles Gladiators.
As far as their coaching staff departures are concerned, Eternal let go of Joni "Seita" Paavola who left for Philadelphia Fusion, Alban "Albless" de la Grange and Félix "Féfé" Munch who joined Toronto Defiant, and their former assistant coach Kyle "KyKy" Souder, who is currently without a team.
Despite all the changes made to the roster, Paris Eternal remained true to their EU roots, by keeping their core of Nicolas "Nicodgh" Moret, Harrison "Kruise" Pond, Luís "Greyy" Perestrelo, HyP and Soon.
Whether Paris Eternal will see more success in 2020 Overwatch league is at this point a pure guess, but with the addition of new talent to their roster and experienced coaching staff, it's safe to say they’re set to prove themselves in Season 3 and push for a playoffs appearance.