7Lions Team Selection Process Explained!
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Hello everyone,

First of all I want to say how grateful I am to get to work as Team UK's Head Coach once again this year. It's an honour and we're going to make sure we exceed last year's performance.

For the trial process we set the bar to apply at 4500+ SR the past two seasons. During these trials, we ran a combination of 2/2/2 and GOATS: we wanted to test players' current knowledge on their role as well as putting them in difficult situations which they might not have dealt with before to see how they adapted. We had 33 players trialing in total of which we judged on a multitude of factors, raw skill/mechanics, flexibility, game IQ, team cohesion, communication and mental fortitude. The coaches involved in the trialing process were primarily myself, ChrisTFer and Tanizhq.

Ultimately we'd come to our Final 7, Fusions, SMEX, Kyb, KSP, FunnyAstro, Kruise and Boombox. The majority of these players I have a strong relationship with and have worked with prior to this year, the only exception being FunnyAstro. We chose the best players who would mesh well together and compliment each other's strengths. We considered taking a 3rd in the damage role but it wasn't really necessary with how flexible both Kyb and KSP are, this lead us to considering the taking two Main Supports instead. We felt that FunnyAstro and Kruise were both very talented players and each proved to have different strengths that could compliment the team in different ways. Team UK is an opportunity to prove yourself in front of the world and we felt that Astro deserved that chance to play on such a big stage.

I'm sure many of you are wondering who the sub is on this 7 man roster: neither Kruise nor Astro is a substitute. Both of them will get playtime as we experiment in our scrims leading up to BlizzCon.

Thank you to everyone who applied for Team UK and every player who participated in trials. We are truly stacked this year and will show you the best Team UK can be. #LANimals #7Lions

- Hayes, Head Coach.

Ruby Stewart
Inside the Lion’s Den: 7Lions Tryouts Broadcasts

On Sunday 23rd and Sunday 30th June, 7Lions broadcasted the first stage of our tryouts process. Over 4,500 viewers tuned into watch the potential of UK Overwatch, household names and upstarts alike.

Organising this project was a chance to use the resources that are available to 7Lions to give the community two things: transparency in the process and a showcase of lesser known players. Both of these two objectives were met with the two streams. While we will be unable to showcase any further stages of the tryouts process, have faith that we will share what we can as and when it becomes appropriate to do so. 

The NUEL has been an important part in not only my own development, but also that of collegiate Overwatch in the UK. When given the opportunity to find a suitable broadcast partner for our four blocks, the choice was obvious. I’d like to thank them for their support, particularly their Creative Director, Tasha Jones (Sunkern) for providing not only the observation of the tryouts, but as well as sourcing producers and additional talent for the broadcasts.

Internally, the creative juices are flowing. We wanted to start the campaign strong, do more and more as we get closer to the main event. I’m always open to suggestions for further events/content that 7Lions could do.

A special thanks to:

Jaws

LEGDAY

BiggHungryPhill)

Geo

- Tridd, Assistant GM. 


Stylosa Comment
A Message from the General Manager

Wow! What an awesome few weeks it’s been! We’ve setup the infrastructure, re-branded the team, and started the applicant process for our player/coach trials!

Over the coming week’s we’re going to hold trials to start working on identifying the top 12 players. From there, we’ll eventually refine the roster down to the final 7 we’ll send to Blizzcon later in the year. Stay tuned for the announcement on our trial scrims (we intend to fully stream and cast the process). Ideally, we’re looking to begin on 22/06/2019!

I’d like to take this time to thank everyone who has helped with the team so far. It’s been a monumental effort already and I’m super happy with the direction we’re heading in. When I look back to last years team setup, this year’s already puts that to shame. It’s super important to me to make sure we get all the basics in place to make sure the team we send to the finals team have the best possible chance.

In the coming weeks I hope to finalise sponsorship agreements with both Blizzard and local partners to allow us to host a week long boot-camp for our final roster before Blizzcon. I’m also working to setup viewing parties across the UK, so no matter where you are, you’ll be able to join like minded fans and support the team.

Oh and we’ve got a nice new website!

Lot’s is going on, and I’ll do my best to keep you guys informed. Don’t forget, if you have any questions or would like to take part in our community, please join our discord or contact us directly from the website!

LET’S GO LIONS!

-Stylosa

Stylosa