Cloud9 Signs KongDoo Panthera, Will Possibly Compete in Overwatch League
It was only last month when Cloud9 signed Laser Kittenz from Europe to participate in the first season of Overwatch Contenders. Today, the esports organization has confirmed the acquisition of KongDoo Panthera from South Korea as its second competitive team for the game.
“KongDoo Panthera’s run in season three was nothing short of incredible, and the skills and passion they displayed in the finals are going to be right at home with Cloud9,” Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne said in a statement. “These guys are fierce competitors and I know they’re going to finish what they started, so we’re really excited for what’s to come.”
KongDoo Panthera is currently undefeated in the ongoing fourth season of Overwatch Apex, having placed second in the last season. The roster consists of skillful players such as Kim “birdring” Ji-hyuk and Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun. It is a team that demands respect from every adversary, and a fairly good pick-up by Cloud9.
It remains to be seen as to which of the two rosters will be competing in the Overwatch League. Laser Kittenz, now simply called Cloud9, was previously expected to be preparing for this honor. However, the strength and ferocity of KongDoo Panthera makes it likely that it will be South Korea that ends up raising the banner.
Cloud9 purchased the first European slot in the Overwatch League and will be setting up its headquarters in London. It is currently figuring out a new brand for representation, a mandatory clause for all participating teams.
The Overwatch League is scheduled to begin with a pre-season in December, with the first official season commencing from early January. A total of twelve teams will be competing for glory and honor. More details will arrive in the coming months.